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AJ, I like the write up. As a kid and a young man I did a lot of LMB fishing at night in a canoe in the private lakes near my house. My absolute favorite way to fish. The fishing's good, the peace n' quiet is refreshing and  you have the whole place to yourself!. So let me ask you a dumb question that I think I already know the answer to. How bout the smallies? Didn't have them where I grew up but out here they are in the river and some of the reservoirs. I've never river bass fished before but may try it. Very challenging walking in the daylight so night fishing may be dangerous but it can be done in certain places.  Then you add the rattlesnake factor. Maybe not such a good idea. However, I recently bought a boat and have a world class SMB fishery 4 1/2  hrs away. I also have a week off in August so the conditions may be right for some night time smallie fishing! Also here is another question that I have no idea about. We didn't have many Pike back home but we had pickeral. I don't recall ever catching a single pickeral at night. Do Pike bite at night? The reservoir I'm going to has some MONSTER Pike. 40-50"s They are so aggressive during the day that can't imagine there isn't a night bite for pike but as I said before I spent a lot of nights on the water when I was younger and can't recall ever catching a pickeral. Pike and pickeral are related so I don't if the same is true for them. How awesome would it be to be walking the dog, listening for the explosion, setting the hook on a 20lb Pike although a 5-6lb smallie would just fine by me! Tight Lines!

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tonight will be my first foray into night fishing in a few years and i am looking forward to it.  It is an electric only lake which is nice and usually doesn't have many people on it.  I am hoping the clear skies stay and i will be able to limit the use of external lighting.

I'll be sure to post up some pics of my hawgs that i hope to catch :)

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On 6/18/2016 at 12:40 PM, 1simplemann said:

AJ, I like the write up. As a kid and a young man I did a lot of LMB fishing at night in a canoe in the private lakes near my house. My absolute favorite way to fish. The fishing's good, the peace n' quiet is refreshing and  you have the whole place to yourself!. So let me ask you a dumb question that I think I already know the answer to. How bout the smallies? Didn't have them where I grew up but out here they are in the river and some of the reservoirs. I've never river bass fished before but may try it. Very challenging walking in the daylight so night fishing may be dangerous but it can be done in certain places.  Then you add the rattlesnake factor. Maybe not such a good idea. However, I recently bought a boat and have a world class SMB fishery 4 1/2  hrs away. I also have a week off in August so the conditions may be right for some night time smallie fishing! Also here is another question that I have no idea about. We didn't have many Pike back home but we had pickeral. I don't recall ever catching a single pickeral at night. Do Pike bite at night? The reservoir I'm going to has some MONSTER Pike. 40-50"s They are so aggressive during the day that can't imagine there isn't a night bite for pike but as I said before I spent a lot of nights on the water when I was younger and can't recall ever catching a pickeral. Pike and pickeral are related so I don't if the same is true for them. How awesome would it be to be walking the dog, listening for the explosion, setting the hook on a 20lb Pike although a 5-6lb smallie would just fine by me! Tight Lines!

Thanks ~

Ok so to answer your questions; At least Half of my night operations are in search of Smallmouth - but never in a river.  Like I mentioned in the OP - "I do not recommend fishing at night on rivers, tidal water or any place with a moderate to heavy current.  It certainly can be done, but Is No Place for a beginner."   Walking the bank at night in & around venomous snakes is not an activity I'd participate in, but hey, that's just me.

Yes Pike bite at night - I've had many a spinner bait crushed & mangled beyond recognition at night.

Good Luck

A-Jay

 

On 6/18/2016 at 1:41 PM, flyfisher said:

tonight will be my first foray into night fishing in a few years and i am looking forward to it.  It is an electric only lake which is nice and usually doesn't have many people on it.  I am hoping the clear skies stay and i will be able to limit the use of external lighting.

I'll be sure to post up some pics of my hawgs that i hope to catch :)

Good Luck ~  crystal clear nights are often a great time to be out on the water.

And sometimes on the blackest of star lite and flat calm nights, one of my all time favorite scenario's plays out.  It's when the flat calm lake perfectly reflects the black but star light sky on the surface of the water.  When conditions are right it's hard to tell what's up & what's down - always makes me a little dizzy - (I mean more than usual.)

It's very cool.

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I figured the smallies would bite at night. Just never tried. I'm not about to mess around on the river at night w/ my kayak and since i don't like snakes especially rattler's i don't think I'm gonna mess around w/ hiking down the river at night. That leaves Fort Peck! I just came from there and one morning had a good topwater bite going for northerns and smallies. In my experience the best nite bite has been when it's hot so i started thinking that maybe I should go back in August since i have a week off then. So back to my pike question. Is it a just after dark kinda bite or all through the night bite. I did some research and what i find is that the general consensus is that for the most part they are not night feeders since they feed mostly by sight. Spinnerbait makes sense. They can here it and feel it. Ever catch one on a topwater at night? Generally I throw 2 or 3  baits, a Colorado blade spinnerbait, a buzzbait and/or a walk the dog type bait. The fish are usually bigger and i just love the explosions. A lot of the times your fishing by sound so you really have to pay attention.

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16 hours ago, 1simplemann said:

So back to my pike question. Is it a just after dark kinda bite or all through the night bite. I did some research and what i find is that the general consensus is that for the most part they are not night feeders since they feed mostly by sight. Spinnerbait makes sense. They can here it and feel it. Ever catch one on a topwater at night? Generally I throw 2 or 3  baits, a Colorado blade spinnerbait, a buzzbait and/or a walk the dog type bait. The fish are usually bigger and i just love the explosions. A lot of the times your fishing by sound so you really have to pay attention.

  Despite not having added any of my results here to The Research, I've caught pike at night. 

They've hit spinnerbaits, jigs and yes even some topwater.  

As sight feeders, night may not be the best time to target them but they are still predators & opportunists  - so strike they do. 

A-Jay

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1 minute ago, ED DOWNS said:

How do you hook this worm up ?

Hello and Welcome to Bass Resource ~

That's Catt's Bait but I'm going to guess Texas rigged with either a round bend or EWG hook and an un-pegged bullet weight.

A-Jay

 

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On 6/18/2016 at 2:56 PM, A-Jay said:

Thanks ~

Ok so to answer your questions; At least Half of my night operations are in search of Smallmouth - but never in a river.  Like I mentioned in the OP - "I do not recommend fishing at night on rivers, tidal water or any place with a moderate to heavy current.  It certainly can be done, but Is No Place for a beginner."   Walking the bank at night in & around venomous snakes is not an activity I'd participate in, but hey, that's just me.

Yes Pike bite at night - I've had many a spinner bait crushed & mangled beyond recognition at night.

Good Luck

A-Jay

 

Good Luck ~  crystal clear nights are often a great time to be out on the water.

And sometimes on the blackest of star lite and flat calm nights, one of my all time favorite scenario's plays out.  It's when the flat calm lake perfectly reflects the black but star light sky on the surface of the water.  When conditions are right it's hard to tell what's up & what's down - always makes me a little dizzy - (I mean more than usual.)

It's very cool.

Stars on lake 1.jpg.png

A-Jay

Did you take that picture?

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41 minutes ago, EGbassing said:

Did you take that picture?

No - but it's a great example of what I was describing. 

But I don't have the specific type of camera equipment to take a night time exposure like that

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4 hours ago, A-Jay said:

No - but it's a great example of what I was describing. 

But I don't have the specific type of camera equipment to take a night time exposure like that

A-Jay

That's still awesome. I kind of want to move to the north woods at some point now. 

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Just now, EGbassing said:

That's still awesome. I kind of want to move to the north woods at some point now. 

While I can certainly relate to the allure of that idea - make sure you understand what you'll be living in for at least 1/2 the year.  

But no worries, shoveling 4 feet of heavy wet snow off your roof is great exercise and really only takes about 10 hours or so.

Enjoy.

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4 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

While I can certainly relate to the allure of that idea - make sure you understand what you'll be living in for at least 1/2 the year.  

But no worries, shoveling 4 feet of heavy wet snow off your roof is great exercise and really only takes about 10 hours or so.

Enjoy.

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Haha, being from Alabama, where it snows once a century, that looks awesome. I would probably get tired of it eventually though.?

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2 minutes ago, EGbassing said:

Haha, being from Alabama, where it snows once a century, that looks awesome. I would probably get tired of it eventually though.?

We all do 

:smiley:

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living in socal i can only night fish one month out of the year on a lake and only tell 1130 with a boat... all my experience is running saltwater or the river... the lower colorado river is dangerous during the day let alone night because there is sandbars moving and changing constantly... at times river might be 10 ft wide but only have a 10ft lane that is more then 1ft deep... ocean fishing i launch at 1-3 am hit bait barge then shoot off shore... normally about 35 miles running about 20 mph in darkness... 

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17 minutes ago, Tony johnson said:

living in socal i can only night fish one month out of the year on a lake and only tell 1130 with a boat... all my experience is running saltwater or the river... the lower colorado river is dangerous during the day let alone night because there is sandbars moving and changing constantly... at times river might be 10 ft wide but only have a 10ft lane that is more then 1ft deep... ocean fishing i launch at 1-3 am hit bait barge then shoot off shore... normally about 35 miles running about 20 mph in darkness... 

Nice ~

I have some experience running off shore in salt water myself.

Other than operating your rig safely, much of that scenario may not actually be applicable to Night Bassing.

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the biggest thing is being comfortable and safe.. in offshore you are mainly looking for other vessels... just sometimes we running 8-10'ft swells on 10-15 sec intervals in a 24ft boat.. I will never run offshore solo... normally 2 of us and both are compitaint and well experienced in the operation of boat, all electronics, saftey equipment.. Its a long way from help when you get 40+ miles out... even uscg is about 1 hr away on mayday calls

 

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6 minutes ago, Tony johnson said:

the biggest thing is being comfortable and safe.. in offshore you are mainly looking for other vessels... just sometimes we running 8-10'ft swells on 10-15 sec intervals in a 24ft boat.. I will never run offshore solo... normally 2 of us and both are compitaint and well experienced in the operation of boat, all electronics, saftey equipment.. Its a long way from help when you get 40+ miles out... even uscg is about 1 hr away on mayday calls

 

Agreed ~ 

For 30 years, I was the help.

A-Jay

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7 minutes ago, Tony johnson said:

Thank you for keeping our waters safe! i have actually beat the coast gaurd cutter/helo to a mayday of a boat going under cause i was just 10 miles away

Speed = Distance / Time

Time = Distance / Speed  

Distance = Speed / Time 

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On 9/15/2019 at 2:27 PM, A-Jay said:

Speed = Distance / Time

Time = Distance / Speed  

Distance = Speed / Time 

:smiley:

A-Jay

distance = speed X time

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On 2/8/2021 at 4:57 AM, MGF said:

distance = speed X time

 

I have always thought distance was a function of time  

 

1000 miles

Forever if it's a walk

Long if it's a drive

Short if by plane

A nano second in a spacecraft

 

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