Safety When Night Fishing and Bass Boats
Safety is key during night fishing, so follow these suggestions. Make sure a friend or family member knows your plans including where you're going and when you plan to be back. Don't fish alone; having an extra set of ears and eyes is just good sense. Make sure your running lights are functioning -- test them before you go out. Have two working flashlights, a primary and one for backup. Be over-prepared. Wear a life jacket. And remember that it will get cooler after the sun goes down, so dress appropriately. [source: Hood, Cork, Watts]
A bass boat is a fast, two-or three-seater boat. In comparison to other fishing boats, a common analogy is that a bass boat is like a fighter plane and another type of fishing boat is like a commercial plane. Boats designed for tournament fishing are more than 18 feet long, with 150 horsepower. For casual fishing, aluminum bass boats are usually 16 to 18 feet in length, with 25 to 150 horsepower. An electric trolling motor is attached to the front of the boat, or bow. The catch is kept in livewells. [source: We Rate Boats, Discover Boating]
Lures for Bass Fishing at Night
Although it doesn't seem logical, many anglers have found that dark lures are most effective for night fishing. Remember that bass don't have the same vision as people. [source: Bass Fishing.org] It turns out, the bass can see the dark lures more easily, because they are lit by the sky. Dark colors, like black, purple, deep blue, brown and burgundy, create a silhouette on the water that the bass can see. [sources: Hood, Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Watts]
Another recommendation is to use a black, short-arm spinner bait, with a single large Colorado blade. The blade and short arm together create a thump and vibration that attracts bass even at a distance. Bass are attracted to vibrations as well as to sound and color, so the combination is important. Bass feeding at night rely on feeling rather than seeing their prey. Just as you care about the flash of the lure during the day, you need to be concerned with its thump at night. [source: Cork] If the bass are feeding primarily on bream, use a larger thump than if they are feeding on shad. You may also want to vary the size of the Colorado blade to see what's working best. [source: Cork]
If you're fishing in smaller lakes, streams or even farm ponds, don't neglect the classic black jitterbug, which creates a lot of noise. [source: Hood] Another strategy for making some noise is to use rattles on crankbait, spinnerbait or inside a plastic worm. You should be equipped with 7- to 10-inch plastic worms, 4- to 6-inch skirted double-tailed grubs, and large lizards made of soft plastic. [source: Hood, Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources]
What are some of the special tricks of fishing for bass at night? Cast a line out over to the next section.