Fishing in the daytime is a delightful hobby, but anything can feel a little stale after a while. If you want to shake things up (and maybe see some new fish while you’re at it), consider giving night fishing a try! Of course, a new activity in the dark on the water requires a little extra thought and preparation. Read on to learn our four safety tips and tricks for night fishing.
PFDs if You Please
Nighttime, daytime—anytime. If you’re going out on the water, you should bring a personal flotation device, end of story. Make sure you deck yours out in reflective tape so it’s easy to spot you if you take a tumble out of your boat.
Use the Buddy System
This is a good idea even in the daytime, but it’s essential at night. If your boat flips while you’re alone in the dark, that’s bad news. Unless you’re a meditation master, dark water will probably make you freak out a little. Self-rescue is a lot tougher in low-light situations, so it’s great to have a friend nearby to help you out. Plus, fishing is always more fun with a pal!
Get Jiggly With It
Fish aren’t the best at seeing in the dark, so sonar becomes their “eyesight.” Your best bet to get them interested is by keeping your bait moving constantly. Spinnerbaits are perfect at nighttime since they create a ton of underwater vibrations. Make your lure dance!
Light Up the Night
Underwater fishing lights (like those mounted under your boat) are one of the best ways to attract fish in addition to a dancing lure. There are a few different colors, but green fishing lights tend to attract the most fish. This option can help you avoid using a lure altogether—the lights first attract minnows, which in turn draw in larger fish to snag.
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