Summer is here, and with hot summer days come slightly less hot summer nights! When anglers search for new ways to enjoy their favorite hobby, many turn to the nighttime. Night fishing is quite different than day fishing, with new techniques and new active fish. Read on to learn three essential tips for fishing in the dark, whether you’re a pro or a rookie!
Plan Ahead (in the Daylight)
Because you’ll see new fish at night no matter where you go, you should stick to areas you’re already familiar with. If you want to try out a new spot, make sure you tour it in the daylight first. This will help you get a sense of anything you’ll need to look out for—shallow areas and low-hanging branches, especially.
Also, if you want to try a new spot, make sure to bring a buddy along and tell someone where you’re planning to fish so that they can alert the authorities if you don’t make it back on time.
Bring the Right Gear
You can bring along all your regular daytime gear, like a personal floatation device and a GPS. There are also a few additional accessories you should take that are specific to night fishing. For example, an elevated 360-degree light can help you stay visible to other boaters and anyone in the water. It’s also never a bad idea to bring along a hand-crank flashlight or lantern.
Use Underwater Dock Lighting
Underwater dock lighting can be one of the biggest differences between daytime and nighttime fishing. Dock lighting is attractive to bugs—and once there are bugs on the water, small fish will join the party. The vibrations of small fish feeding will attract larger fish, which you can scoop up in a net or catch with a rod and reel. Choosing the best underwater dock lighting can be tricky, but there are some helpful guides to aid you.
Now that you know these three essential tips for fishing in the dark, wait ‘til nightfall and break out the fishing gear!