Moonlight Bass Tips: Summer Night Fishing Game Plan

Moonlight Bass Tips: Summer Night Fishing Game Plan
Moonlight Bass Tips: Summer Night Fishing Game Plan

Smaller crowds, avoiding hot daytime temperatures and aggressive nighttime feeding activity are three good excuses/reasons why you should target bass under the moonlight during the summer and early fall months

When the sun goes down, it’ll get a little hotter, according to what country music singer Tyler Farr says in one of his hit songs Whiskey In My Water. I think Farr is referring to things heating up on a hot date, but his line can also apply to summer night fishing for bass as well.

Fishing after dark is one of the most productive ways to exploit lunker bass throughout the hot summer months and into early fall. The action can be extremely intense and sizzling hot after sunset.

On that note, let’s breakdown a complete night-fishing game plan that will keep you out of the daytime heat, away from those large lake crowds, and in the strike zone all summer long.

Night Fishing Gear Adjustments

In order to step up your night fishing arsenal, the first thing you need to do is simply switch your daytime fishing line over to a clear-blue fluorescent monofilament. This type of line glows like a blue-beam laser on the surface when used in combination with a blacklight. The ability to clearly see fishing line at night is a huge advantage, because it allows you to detect the lightest strikes and determine when your lure has reached the bottom.

There are a variety of blacklights and mounting options currently available. One of the most technologically advanced and convenient blacklights available is the new Nightfishion Plus. This custom-fit blacklight system is embedded directly into a boat’s rubber rub-rail.

During the daytime, it’s virtually undetectable, but a simple flip of the switch at night and you can light up the dark like nobody’s business. With precision lighting wrapped around the entire boat, your line will be clearly visible regardless of where you cast. It also has a dimmer switch option allowing you to adjust and fine tune lighting according to the present moon phase, cloud cover and fishing conditions.)

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