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my buddy has a question, he is a hardcore nightime fisherman. recently he has tried to fish with me during the daytime, and has average success. will go back on the same water same area at night and produce unbelieveable stringers of fish. he wants to start day fishing, but is dissapointed with most day trips. what makes nightime fishing better for him? is it confidence or do the bass do something at night that they dont do during the day.

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Totally about confidence  ;)

I've night fished for the last 36 years from April October and I have kept a detailed log of every trip day or night. Overall averages are identical but it usually takes me a trip or two to acclimate to the change one way or the other. I fish the same areas with the same baits day or night

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Another night angler here and I'm with Catt 100%.

Confidence comes with time and success. The hours he has put in, figuring them out,.....were all night time hours. If he dedicated the same amount of time, the success would come and he'd be catching similar stringers during the day as he does at night.

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My dad says it is better to use darker baits at night because the fish want to bite off of surprise more than seeing the bait but idk I've night fished and day fished and I caught the fish on the same bait so I have to go with the other two guys. Probably confidence and what he is more comfortable doing. Everyone knows that when you try something new or try anything out of the ordinary it may take some time getting used to. That's all I got!

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my buddy has a question, he is a hardcore nightime fisherman. recently he has tried to fish with me during the daytime, and has average success. will go back on the same water same area at night and produce unbelieveable stringers of fish. he wants to start day fishing, but is dissapointed with most day trips. what makes nightime fishing better for him? is it confidence or do the bass do something at night that they dont do during the day.

I too ( like Catt ) have been fishing at night for over 40 years! And I guide at night up here in Wisconsin. The weight of the fish I catch at night goes way up. Bass are more at ease at night when feeding. There is a reason that bigger bass get caught at night! I am not saying that you can't catch big bass during the day, but not with the numbers that you can at night.

As for your friend fishing during the day and not doing as well that is part of the game. I fish tournaments and also fish just for fun during the day time and night time is the wright time!

 If he wants to still try to fish during the day time, when the bass get into there summer patterns just try fishing deeper water and you may find some bigger bass.

And I don't think that it is a confidence thing.Bass will move and feed at night more than during the day. Now that is not all the time,but I have kept logs for many years and I have done seminars at Bass Pro.Gander Stores, Cabelas and I have done two articles for Waters And Woods Magazine on this very subject.

I don't want to come across as a know it all, and I am not trying to put anyone down! This works for me for along time and it is not a confidence thing but a fact that BIG bass will become more active at night.

Doug Hannan ( Not sure of the spelling of his last name ) has done many articles on this and many others .

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Like others I have been bass fishing days and night for about 50 years or so. Where I fish the lakes are highly pressured during the day and weekends, during the warmer summer period.

Bass during the summer period tend to move away from the bank into deeper water about 35 feet or so and move up at night into 1 to 10 feet of water. If you fish the 1 to 10 foot zone around the shore line during the day light hours between 9A to 5P, you may catch a few small bass between 12" to 15", rarely any bass larger. However if you fish the deeper main lake structure 15' to 35', your catch rate will increase and so will the average size of the bass.

At night the opposite is true, the bank in 1' to 10' of water produces far better than the main lake deeper structure.

Also black colors work far better at night than the day light, you can use heaver line then during the day light hours, in clear deep western lakes. Whereas natural colors in crawdad and shad colors work far better during the day time and smaller diameter, low visibility line, works far better. You are better off to finesse fish during the day and power fish at night.

The transition times or low light hours, bass are active and reaction type fast moving lures work well; dawn to 8A or 6P to dusk.

You are fishing in Texas on big hill land reservoirs, so Liston to Catt, those are his lakes and he knows them well.

WRB

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Shallow verses deep water: I have not noticed a distinct advantage one way or the other. I will normally fish both areas thoroughly staying with the one that produces the best results. However shallow water does offer a greater opportunity to use different baits.

FYI: Toledo Bend Reservoir is a low-land type lake which is located in hill country  ;)

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