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Beat the Heat,

Night Fishing has it's Advantages

There are circumstances which promote and encourage the hobby of fishing at night and actually provide a more conducive environment for one to be able to enjoy a larger haul and more catches. Night fishing on the coast is a great alternative to beat the summer heat in July and August. It can also be a perfectly miserable experience if you're not prepared. The difference comes in how you prepare for the trip. I have fished more times at night than I can count, and I learned quite a few tricks to make it easy and successful.

First off, your boat needs to be in good operational condition. All navigational lights need to be functioning properly, not just for meeting regulations, but to provide visibility for your safety. Make sure you have several light sources. Indirect lighting all the way around underneath the gunnels is great if you have it. Have additional flashlights and a good high candle power beam stored dry and safe. I also use a headlamp, either one of the varieties that clip to the bill of your fishing cap or one that has a headband. The LED headlamps are great, they're bright and last a long time on their batteries. Bring extra batteries, too, just in case.

Cap Headlamp

Your boat needs to be prepared properly as well. All of your gear needs to be stowed in it's appropriate location, in essence clearing your deck, helping to prevent and manage slip and trip hazards. While you're fishing, maintain diligence in keeping your gear stowed while you use it. If you drag out a landing net to land a large fish, put it back in it's proper place. Go through your gear several times, know exactly where your gear is located so that you can readily find it in the dark.

Scout the area you intend to fish during the daylight hours making a mental note of landmarks, reef locations, pilings, navigational aids, etc. Dry docking your rig on a reef in the middle of the bay at night isn't enjoyable, especially if your running on a plane. I misjudged a turn in a bayou once and run my entire rig up the bank about 10 foot. It took my son and I about 30 minutes to work the boat back into the water before we could continue our adventure.

Keep an eye on the weather. This should be a no brainer. Get the weather report before you head out and keep an eye out during your trip. Navigating your rig at night is hard enough, let alone doing it during a downpour with rough water conditions. The lack of light during the occasion makes it much more dangerous.

To sum it up, be prepared.