For Florida Fishing Night

Bob Roberts
• Wednesday, 27 October, 2021
• 7 min read

We mainly use top water frogs, swim baits, buzz baits, worms or lizards although a spinner bait works well with a little wind. Having a bass blow up on your top water lure is, indeed a thrilling experience at anytime day or night.

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But it is especially good when it happens at night when you can hear your lure working and blindly feel the explosions of the top water strike. The Jitterbug is one of the all-time favorites for night bass fishing because it causes such a ruckus and can be stopped periodically, a modern-day floating frog can give that same noise and action by simply adding a few glass rattles inside the lure.

Summer is by far the most popular time of the year for bass fishing at night, and there are several reasons why. For one, bass are caught fairly regularly at night during the hot weather months.

Secondly, the temperatures are cooler at night than they are during the day, and thirdly it provides a great escape from the daytime crowds. If you have never tried Night bass fishing but plan to do so, add it to your bucket list.

In a place like Florida, that possibility of a 10+ lb bass can come at any time and the gear needs to withstand the fight at night. Top water lure colors are about the same, black is the favorite choice of anglers in most situations as it provides the most contrast to a fish looking upward into the moon light.

What’s the best locations to fish at night is a question asked by many Florida bass anglers. If the fish are deeper than that, many anglers find it hard to search the waters at night.

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While many will write the high temperatures during the day are the reason to fish at night, we will argue moon phase is much more important. Because the bodies of water in Florida are shallower than to the rest of the country, the bass are much more effected by the moon phase.

So next time the bass quit hitting during the daytime and you want to blame it on the heat…stop and look at the moon phase. Lures with more “feel” such as spinner-baits and buzz-baits fish easily at night with or without a hat light.

You should consider limiting the number of rods and tackle you bring to avoid tangles and damaging equipment. Lastly, while the hat lights help when fishing, they do hinder your sight while driving.

With a big moon consider turning of all extra lights and let your eyes adjust, most times your navigational will be easier this way. A high-powered spotlight recommended, as it will provide additional distance to your ability to see ahead of you.

Amazingly, the simple fact is that every time I interviewed a fisherman about night fishing tips he mentioned preparation at the top of the list. As boring as the topic can be, make it a habit to go through this section as a checklist before embarking an night fishing excursion.

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Early morning, evening, and night fishing can be extremely fulfilling (in terms of the FUN you have and the amount of big fish you CATCH). Here are some tips to make sure that you have an amazing experience, and catch a ton of big fish.

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It is important to be even more organized than normal because with night fishing you must rely on your sense of touch and sound to find what you are looking for. Have some extra flashlights and a good high candle power beam.

Also, tying on lures can almost be impossible in total darkness without the help of a headlamp that keeps both hands free. Because fish caught tend to be bigger at night it would pay to step up a line class.

Night fishing from a boat can be very productive and safe if you have the right equipment, you are organized, stick to a set plan, and are confident about the area you intend to fish. In your artificial lighting your reaction time to problems and unmanned rods bending is going to be at least double.

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Bow and stern lights are required and essential equipment on your boat, and they must be lit when visibility is reduced. A proper and fully functional warning device (horn) becomes a vital piece of equipment in the darkness.

It can be used to warn approaching craft as to your presence and also can be used to draw attention in the event of problems arising. An approved type fire extinguisher that is currently dated should be onboard and in a convenient and ready location.

A paddle is required (for smallish boats), not optional equipment, and again should be in a convenient and accessible location. Deployment of the anchor should occur at the first sign of trouble to keep your boat in its present safe location.

Too often then anchor is the last thing thought of and boats end up drifting into dangerous situations. A radio with weather band capability is not only recommended for day operation but is an essential piece of equipment at night.

The whole world could know about it but if you have no means of hearing the warnings you can be caught by nature’s worst. Navigation tools, which are helpful in the daylight, become absolutely essential for safety at night.

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Not only is everything different out there at night, but also things such as fog can move in with no apparent warning and without a means of determining direction you are dead in the water. Finding someone that has fallen overboard in the daytime is generally easy, but in the dark can be quite difficult.

Running a black light, electric trolling motor, fish finders, and other gadgets can take a toll on the battery through the course of a night trip. You should never leave the boat ramp without a good bottle for those trips when the bugs are biting more than the bass.

When you are settled, get a radio check and try all lights on board before it gets dark, so if there is a problem, it can be fixed before nightfall. First and foremost is safety: In the daytime, most anglers wear sunglasses while fishing and aside from the obvious, they also serve to block the fly on an errant back cast.

This does two things; it helps you avoid any obstructions you could snag behind you and, more importantly, it protects your eyes, as your head is turned away from the oncoming fly an instant before it comes whizzing past. Also, fly lines with a shorter front taper are easier to feel loading and are well suited for close distance casting, which prevails after dark.

It’s heartbreaking to see the biggest shook you’ve ever hooked break off due to the stray twig or rock that your line may have found its way around down by your feet…trust me! The fly could be slightly fouled or there could be a small bit of debris on the hook that’ll hurt your chances when that big mother shook has a midnight snack in mind.

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While some places you may fish at night will have enough ambient light to see pretty well, you may find yourself in that secret spot on the beach in the pitch dark. I like to use a small headlight that has a red light option to keep from spooking fish while tying knots or performing other chores.

Deer hair flies and some EP style synthetics will push a little water and be easier for predators to key in on. Unless you’re throwing at dock lights, you probably won’t see the fish eat your fly like you can in the daytime; you’re simply waiting for a tug on the line in your hands.

A great way to dodge the heat is by taking advantage of nighttime fishing opportunities this time of year. If we are fishing at night this time of year, we are typically targeting shook, snapper, or swordfish.

On nights like this, it is a great time to take advantage of the weather and venture 15+ miles offshore to get to the swordfish grounds. Tangle with the gladiator of the ocean without braving huge swells during summer months between June & Sept.

Artificial lures work but pilchards, pinkish, or mullet are a great bet. For shook, we like to use 60lb Bull buster fluorocarbon leader to help with abrasion resistance.

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It is not uncommon for us to catch 4-5 shook on a calm summer night while fishing in the Government Cut. Anchoring in 30-60 feet of water on the edge of the reef line and chumming heavily is a great way to get them behind the boat.

After setting up the slick, we like flat lining dead shrimp or silversides, so they drift with the chum. We throw up our kites and put a hurting on the fish including sailfish, king fish, tunas and big Mani.

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