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Convince me to fish at night

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Fished a new spot during the new moon one day, and bested myself. With the full moon coming, I’ll go back for high tide, but I’m concerned about being out at night. So if you guys think it’s more worthwhile to fish the spring tide at NIGHT, please chime in.


Last time I had to wait out the tide before I could wade without getting water in my waders. I had to get out and bushwhack, and I ended up with a pinhole in my waders. (It is not practical to walk along the water)

 

I’m pretty green, and lack the confidence to fish at night, it would be nice to catch my first cow though.

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There are 2 types of fishermen.....Those that fish during the day....and those that fish at night.

In FW and Salt I prefer night.

 

You have to put the time in.  Plain and simple...

 

There's nobody that's gonna convince you..You either have to want to learn and become proficient at it or not...You also have to have a schedule and routine that allows for it.

As it's not 9pm to midnight...it's 10pm to 5am depending on time, tide and location.

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2 mins ago, ermghoti said:

Whatever bass you get during the day will multiply by about ten at night.

What exactly was that girl in the avatar originally doing....lmao

 

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5 mins ago, scoobydoo said:

What exactly was that girl in the avatar originally doing....lmao

 

As far as I know, that's the original image. Using porn for avatars is strictly forbidden.

 

[whistles innocently]

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Lern the spots you want to fish during the day ! When you know them well enuff fish them at night. Be careful try to fish with a buddy if you can if not invest in a pfd . Night fishing is the best ! 

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Fish when you can.

 

IMO, night time is just better and bigger striper and LMB will be less wary of committing when it's dark.

 

I've compared targeting 5 species between night and day: Striper, LMB, Bluefish, Catfish, and Bluegills. I'm undecided about bluegills, pretty sure big bluefish are better at night, and close to positive about catfish, LMB, and striper.

 

In the fall and winter, I'll target striper whenever I get the chance, and honestly feel some day times are better in January and February...but so many of my Jan and Feb night time outings were hindered by ice, wind, and being so cold I was uncoordinated, I'm not sure the days weren't better only because I fished more effectively.

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35 mins ago, worldsworstangler said:

Fished a new spot during the new moon one day, and bested myself. With the full moon coming, I’ll go back for high tide, but I’m concerned about being out at night. So if you guys think it’s more worthwhile to fish the spring tide at NIGHT, please chime in.


Last time I had to wait out the tide before I could wade without getting water in my waders. I had to get out and bushwhack, and I ended up with a pinhole in my waders. (It is not practical to walk along the water)

 

I’m pretty green, and lack the confidence to fish at night, it would be nice to catch my first cow though.

Fishing at night is an acquired taste of sorts. Since you are new to this as you stated, try to find someone to go with. That will make a world of a difference. Preferably someone with experience fishing the dark too. I would also choose your areas. I would not be venturing out to the end of a reef or jetty all alone with little experience in the dark. I also would not be wading blindly in any water that you do not know well. By "well" I mean knowing the slopes, cuts, bars, current and tide.  I say this not to shame the inexperienced but to caution them. Such a harmless pass time can turn on you in a split second. Over the years there have been guys and some of them had years if not decades of experience who made a wrong move and paid the price. Wader belt, korkers, and a flotation device all have their place.  Lastly, not every neighborhood we fish in is one that you should be in at night.. You might want to think about this too depending on where you venture.

 

Is night fishing worth it. Yes. Generally speaking it's a lot better. The deeper into the night you can put your time in the better. I gave up these days but when I was more into fishing I tried very hard to fish that 11pm to 3AM shift. That is night fishing.  Fishing 8-10pm and even 4 to sunrise is not, while it can show some reward is not the same.  I used to prefer fishing the bay at night. It built my confidence in the dark. Wading in the quiet waters you can really connect with what is going on even in pitch darkness. Easier to hear and locate bait too. I used to find it therapeutic to some degree, taking your mind of the darkness. It's a good way to start.  You can get very large fish in the bays at night. Don't let the skinny quiet water fool you. Lighter tackle can make catching smaller fish both fun and rewarding. Wading out onto reefs and jetties and fishing bigger surf in the dark is a different ballgame. You should be ultra comfortable with the area, tide etc. Places like this should be looked at in the daylight at different tide stages. Moon tides magnify both the high and low tides so be aware of that too. Fishable jetties on normal high tides can get completely overtaken on a moon tide. Best of luck and be careful out there.

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It looks like you had some difficulty at this spot during the day...maybe learn it a bit better before going back at night. 
 

Night fishing can certainly be productive, it's not rocket science, but the lower visibility definitely makes things a bit tougher/more dangerous.

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Many of us are tight lipped about our fishing. No one is really giving up info on spots or bites. Consider guys telling you to fish night tides the best secret they could ever divulge. It’s the only secret any will tell you. 

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Thanks for the responses. I know the area fairly well, but not well enough that I would wade confidently at night. I’ll be taking my kayak to access the area, then I’ll cast from knee deep water, or drop anchor. There is no real risk of drowning, as I am about 10-15’ from firm ground at any given time. Unfortunately, the spring tide puts the water just over the top of my waders. 
 

Essentially I’m never out between 11pm-4am in the woods, or water. Even in daylight I get creeped out sinking into the mud. I’m not used to seeing real wildlife up close (otters, big fish, etc), and the darkness exacerbates that fear.

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