Have you ever gone night fishing on Lake Sinclair? The quiet of the lake can bring the bass out in droves, and they won't be spooked by other people or boats. Night fishing can be a really cool experience, but one that you need to prepare for differently than a regular old daytime fishing excursion.
- Simplify your gear. You really don't want to be trying to maneuver around a bunch of gear and tripping or knocking things into the lake. Pare down your collection to just a few lures. Put them in a small tackle box that you can keep on the deck of your boat. Decide which couple of rods you're most likely to use, and lay them over to one side, out of the way.
- Pick the right baits. At night, bass can't see so well. And while they can detect movement while hunting for food, they are mostly sight eaters. So bring black or dark patterned bait that produce maximum contrast against the clay bottom or against a starlight surface. Carry some metallic baits that can reflect any ambient light.
- Keep accessories on you. If you need any tools (like a hook sharpener, scissors, etc), try to keep it on your belt or around your neck so you can easily grab them instead of searching for them in the dark.
- Keep noise to a minimum. Talking doesn't transmit under water well, so that's fine. But avoid dropping things and banging around, as that sort of noise does transmit under water and will scare your fish away.
- Follow the laws. Safety is your first priority, so make sure your navigation lights are on and you are aware of your surroundings. Be visible to other boaters, and don't fish in high traffic areas.
How do you feel about fishing at night?