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Ok so I went fishing last night in a pond and caught 8 LMBs.  So I've got the bug a little ha...other than losing a few lures because I can't see anything lol.   I am going on a trip next week and will be staying at a lake all week and thought I might do a little night fishing.  I have been out a few other times at night on the lake and have struggled a little.  Can anyone give me tips on where to fish?  Do you treat it just like daytime, and either fish deep or run down the banks?  Do you mostly fish by graph?  One last question, when fishing a worm with a curly tail, do you just treat like any trig and slowly raise the rod and real as you lower it, or do  you just do a very slow and steady retrieve and let the tail create the vibrations?  Thanks again for the help! 

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Thanks that's a great read!  So looks like most have said they bank fish if it's closer to new moon and fish deep if it's closer to full moon.  Anyone else any thoughts?  I love bank fishing but when trying to use no lights, sometimes it's hard to see cover/structure and get the line wrapped around limbs or something too much.   tips? 

 

Also, didn't see anything about how they work a worm at night. (fishing worm that is...) Do you continue to sweep the rod and then let it drop, or just a slow retrieve and let the tail do the work?  

 

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I have never caught any bass deep at night but other people do. I fish shallow but like you said its hard to fish cover . My favorite places are shallow on main lake flats . Buzzbaits and spinnerbaits work well and one can just randomly cast and catch fish . Shallow on main lake points are real good . I like to add crankbaits and plastic worms to my arsenal there . Riprap banks are easy to  fish , once again spinnerbaits , buzzbaits and crankbaits are my choices .

 

If its bright enough and I already know where the cover is , I will attempt it.

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Catt is the resident night bass fishing guru and says bass don't morph into a different fish at night so fish the same way you do during day time.

Me, I morph into a nearly blind bass angler at night and have learned to rely less on vision and more on all my other senses. A LED hat light comes in handy to find things and tie hooks. When the boat is on the water you must have navigation lighting and moving you should be able to see where you are going, use a good spot light.

Some anglers use black lights, others use flood lights or no lights. Light attracts bugs and doesn't seem to bother bass, it's your choice. 

My suggestion is start out using a Texas rigged soft plastic worm with sliding bullet weight and glass bead, you will improve your strike detection skills at night. Berkley Power worms are popular choice. 

Good luck,

Tom

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I don’t ever really “night fish”, just the hour or so before daylight. I have caught them on jigs, worms, crankbaits, etc. This year, I have had the best luck with a Black Neon Chartreuse Biffle Bug on a 11/16 hardhead. I out a rattle in and use some scent. They hit it hard and the hookup ratio has been almost 100%. A lot of fun. 

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5 hours ago, WRB said:

bass don't morph into a different fish at night so fish the same way you do during day time.

 

Their food source doesn't morph into a new creature either!

 

I fish the same structure, with the same techniques as I do during the daytime.

 

If I'm on a productive pattern that includes a Redbug worm you can bet your sweet bippy that I'll be throwing that worm after the sun sets!

I let the bass tell me, hey dummy I don't like that color no mo! 

 

Deep vs shallow or bright vs dark.

 

https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/176722-night-fishing-bright-vs-dark-nights/#comment-1995505

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I fish all day several times a week, it's actually exhausting so continuing into the night is not likely for me.

BUT when I was younger I quickly learned that bass do indeed hit at night as we would consistently catch smallmouth and largemouth all night while cat fishing. 

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2 hours ago, Bird said:

I fish all day several times a week, it's actually exhausting so continuing into the night is not likely for me.

 

When I night fish I don't day fish at all.

 

My mornings start at 6:00 pm, I'll eat supper, fix a to go box for later, & be on the water around 7:30 pm. 

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For lighting, try a red light if you want to be stealthy..

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my all-time favorite night time fishing lure is a 5/8 ounce black jointed jitterbug. I have caught so many fish on it ...wait...never mind! 😅

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20 minutes ago, shootermcbob said:

my all-time favorite night time fishing lure is a 5/8 ounce black jointed jitterbug. I have caught so many fish on it ...wait...never mind! 😅

Lol, I brought this subject up at work today and this fanatical fisherman said the exact same......black jointed jitterbug. 

Ok I'm fanatical also but old and drink maybe a little to much for night fishing. 

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I like single hook baits at night.  Jigs are great baits and easy to get out of bushes and trees.  Swim jigs and single hook Texas rugged swim baits are all winners.  Fighting your gear sucks when you cant see.  I run my favorite most familure setups at night.  Copolly line make life easy as a small backlash is not a show stopper.  Braid at night is not my bag of worms but others may feel differently.

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