In today’s society you can do most things or activities regardless of the time of day. Gyms are opened at night so we can work out after work and we can also find doctors available to fit our schedules. Do you agree? Well then, who says you can’t fish at night. Yes, that’s what I said. There’s nothing stopping you from fishing in the dark. The fish are there willing and eager to participate. All they need is a willing angler. Fishing in the dark does come with it’s own unique challenges but with a little effort and the right equipment you’ll do just as fine at night or better then you’ll do at fishing during the day.
Think about some of the distractions you face when day fishing and you’ll soon see why fishing in the dark is becoming so popular. I do a lot of my fishing in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland which is close to three large cities so you can imagine that if you don’t plan your trip at the right time there’s a traffic concern. Not at night. A 45 minute trip to the Bay during the day is cut down to a 30-35 minute drive at night. At night you don’t have nearly the crowds of fishermen fishing the same area as you do at night and if you’re launching a boat you have plenty of room to launch it. Of course there is an extra safety concern when boating at night so be very careful. Once you get your boat in the water and navigate to your fishing location you want have to be concerned with jet skis and sports boats chasing the fish away.
If you do decide to go the route of fishing in the dark check with the fishing experts and organizations in your area to be sure that the type of fish you’re interested in are active at night. I had great success at catching catfish in the dark and they put up just as much of a fight if not more in the dark as they do during the day. I like to say that if you’re a true fisherman the type of fish doesn’t matter as long as it puts up a fight. Imagine reeling in a monster catfish in the dark and not truly knowing where the fish is in the water. You’ll remember the catch for the rest of your life.
All and all, fishing in the dark is a most exhilarating experience. This type of fishing may seem a little strange to you at first but once you snag your first fish you’ll get the hang of it. If you’re planning to go fishing in the dark in the summer you will find it much cooler than fishing during the day which is an added benefit. Just make sure you’re using the right equipment and have adequate lighting; especially if you’re anchoring a boat in the dark. Check all local fishing regulations in your area before beginning your trip. Have a good outing.