by Gary Watts
Its summer and the thermometer is reaching 100 degrees. You
want to go fishing. You don't want to roast like a pig in the
oven. Does this sound familiar? If so do what many others are
doing and discover the joys of fishing for bass at night.
If you are like most people you may be a bit reserved out
heading out to the lake in a high powered bass boat at night,
but with the proper planning and equipment you may just hook
into the biggest bass of you life.
First and foremost is lifejackets
Gotta have 'em. Next,
be sure you tell someone where you will be and when you expect
to be back. Also, have a good flashlight, spotlight and be sure
your running lights are in working order.
Now for the fun part. If you have invested in black lights
( Bass Pro about $25.00 ) you want to be sure you have spooled
up with clear blue florescent line, this way it will glow like
a ¼ inch rope under the lights. I normally will start
on a main lake point to get a feel for how deep the fish are
at that time. I usually start out with a 4 inch worm. Once its
good and dark, about 10 p.m. here in California, I will start
throwing my big fish baits, 10-12 inch worms, large jigs, spinnerbaits,
buzzbaits etc. But don't forget those topwater baits as well.
By this time the fish are usually moving up shallow to feed and
the bite should be on. If I am not getting bit I will downsize
my baits until I have found something they like, starting with
a 6 inch worm and going from there
.and yes have even had
to throw a 4inch worm on a splitshot rig sometimes!
As for colors, I usually only throw 2 different colors at
night, black and junebug. If its a full moon I may use something
a little lighter in color. To make it easy to change baits and
retie I take a small flashlight and hang it around my neck. Some
people use the "snakelight". Find what's best for you.
Some nights you catch fish after fish and some nights its
slow, don't get discouraged! You will soon discover the joys
of night fishing and find out that more people are doing it than
you think. I have caught many fish at night in the summer, give
it a try
you will surely like it. Remember to use extreme
caution at night on the water, always look out for the other
guy. Most of all have fun.
Please feel free to contact me with any specific questions,
I would be more that happy to answer all that I can.