By Danny Caldwell -
The dark of night can be one of the most productive and fun times for an angler to fish. A primary reason anglers are successful at catching fish during times of no sunlight is the imperfection of our approach.
During the day when there’s a lot of activity, such as boaters and fishermen, bass and other fish sense and see all this movement due to the amount of light penetrating the water. Even more importantly, fish can see the line, the errors in an angler’s presentation; they can see how unnatural the colors on the lures are, and many other factors that play into whether or not to strike a lure.
Anglers have always said that while fishing in the middle of the day for big fish, one needs to be quiet and use very realistic, natural motion and action in working their baits and lures. Here are a few things you need to think about the next daytime fishing trip:
-Turn the trolling motor down to a very low and steady speed; turn the depth finder sound off
-Try to make all signs of yourself go away.
-If you plan to sit in one place, instead of using the trolling motor to stay in place, use an anchor.
The fish will tend to forget you are there because you are putting much less commotion in the water.
Night Time Game Changer
At night the rules change. During the night, bass use the darkness as a cloak and become more secure with their surroundings. They don’t feel as threatened and don’t feel as visible which make the fish more comfortable.
Night fishing can be productive mostly based on the fact that the darkness covers up the errors previously talked about in our presentation during daylight.
An angler should also understand that bass have expectations, and during the day they want to be able to watch and observe what they are going to eat. During the night, a bass’s mentality changes and they become satisfied with just hearing or seeing something before they strike. They will just strike at action rather than seeing a completely natural presentation.
An angler must also realize that the vision for a bass changes just like a human’s eyesight and colors become harder to see at night. For bass objects of red colors are the first to go and the last are objects of blue colors. A bass at night cannot see as well as they can during daylight. A great example would be to relate it to human eyesight and what we visually take in when there’s a full moon. The night looks blue and taking a look at the trees, we typically see them as shades of blacks and grays. This indicates that black is the more dominating color for nighttime fishing because it’s the strongest color and stands out the best. Even for nights where there is no moon it seems to be the best option because there is still some light and black or dark colors are the most contrasting color for baits.
Another perfect example of this is when an angler is fishing on a star lit night and needs to see his or her bait. In order to do this, the angler holds the bait up to use the backdrop of the sky. Visually the bait looks almost black in color.
Finding the Spot
An angler should also realize that while using black as the primary color for fishing at night, the placement of the bait is just as important. Locating better areas where bass may be holding can be as easy as looking around and seeing the brightest structures or objects you can see at night.
Lighted boat docks are for security reasons for the owners, but can be great places for bass to lurk in the shadows and look up at the lights. These lights can be used as backdrops by the fish in order to see passing insects and baitfish to prey upon. Boat docks and houses don’t always have to be lighted, but can be painted a light color such as white which will make it a great backdrop too. This is especially true on full moon nights because the structures will reflect and be lit up by the moonlight. An angler can think of these boathouses almost like big drive-in movie screens for bass to see the silhouettes to feed off of.
All in all, night fishing can be one of the most simple and productive times to fish. Anglers must remember the difficulties for fish to see at night and using this as an advantage look for the correct structures to present a bait.