In this very hectic season, I like nothing better than an evening of fishing. However, I might be in the minority; night fishing isn’t for everyone.
Peace and Quiet
When the sun sinks below the horizon, there’s something wonderful about the
quiet that takes hold. I find night fishing more restful and serene than fishing during daylight hours.
Although there can be more dangers with reduced light, there seem to be many pluses — it’s a chance to tune into the night noises — frogs and crickets singing and the stars winking down from the night sky.
Fish Aren’t So Picky
Without elbow-to-elbow fishing that often occurs during the daylight hours, fish don’t have so many choices for a meal. Biologists say that fish seem to increase their feeding behaviors just after the sun goes down and around dawn.
Whether out on a boat or on shore, I like to go out when the moon is full. The water might be as slick as glass after sundown, and the moonlight is enough light to keep an eye on any rippling in the water.
Dining on Bugs and Lures
By using top water lures, I’m able to throw my line out where the top feeding fish are dining on the mosquitoes and bugs that are skimming along the water.
The Down-Side of Night Fishing in Texas
In the southern parts of Texas, we seem to have 10 months of summer, 20 to 30 days of fall, a couple of days of spring and whatever is left over we call “winter.”
At present, it is still fall; our winter is in January. All those mosquitoes that have left colder climes are chewing on us — still. I’m convinced we buy and use more bug spray than any other state in the nation.
Next time you grumble that ‘some folks’ can still fish at night in short sleeves, remember that mosquitoes usually come along for the ride!
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