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1 hour ago, Jacob McIntosh said:

I'm looking for some tips on night fish i g for bass this time of year I've tryed a few times with no luck I'm in a boat. Thanks

Talk to Bo James, he is the best out there!

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First off you need the air temps to be stable for a period of time as such they are doing now, we need night time temps in the 50's to start the process  and stable warm temps during the day as well to have any degree of consistency. Yes you can catch them without the for mentioned but you will work much harder for them and not have the  consistency, not to say that any periodic warm front during this time will not spur some activity, right place right time in that scenario. Once the temps have leveled out as they appear to have, it's go time! As far as where, consider where you have been fishing as the bass have moved up to the banks and or flats for their spawning ritual.  Take into consideration the deeper water channels and drops, deep coves leading into spawning areas and cuts in the channels adjacent to drop offs and large structure as rock ledges and boulders and possibly large downed trees near these areas, bluff banks are also productive as bigger bass prefer deeper water as a escape route.   There are numerous scenarios   depending on the environment where you are fishing. As far as methods of producing big fish at night without a doubt a black, black & blue, black & purple, black & red, and even a white spinner bait & trailer  is a proven method time and time again but  as always never limit your arsenal to just a couple of baits, worms, craws and jigs are all options as well as others. On top of that I would also recommend a clear fluorescent fishing line along with a black light so you can see your line. Last but not least, make sure your hooks are sharp, you don't want to lose that hog once he is on the end of your line!!  Add all that to many years of trial and error and you will become a successful night time bass fisherman

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96 CHAMP knows his business about night fishing on Table Rock. He won’t steer you wrong and neither will Bo (Merc97).

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Everything 96 Champ said is spot on. As for a time you want to head out, I know some guys that get on the water at 11pm and fish till 3am. Personally, I hit the water an hour or so before sundown and fish through 1a-2a, but that is what works for me this time of the year. You will need to experiment and let the fish tell you what time you need to be out there. 

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basically night fishing is much the same as daytime fishing.  i know that i will get an argument out of that statement, but what you like to catch them on in the daytime, will work at night.  just as in the daytime, you have to figure out where they are at night.  this time of the year is not any different, you literally have to go find them.  they change from night to night.

if you are after catching numbers, then stay with moving baits.  if you are after better quality, then tie on a jig, and do not put it down, period.  even with a jig, do not get stuck on one size, one retrieve or you will not have the success you might be looking for.

prime example would be last night.  i fished for 4 hours from 8 to 12.  started out catching everything on a 1/2 oz., but was catching everything around 15 ft. deep.  that bite seemed to go away so picked up a 3/8 and moved in a bit and started whacking them again.  ended up with a dozen or so keepers.  the other part of the equation was that the bass had moved again from the last trip that i had made.  took a couple of moves to find them.

time on the water, if one learns each time, can not be beat.  it helps immensely in tracking them down.  pay attention to where the food is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bo

 

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, 96 CHAMP said:

First off you need the air temps to be stable for a period of time as such they are doing now, we need night time temps in the 50's to start the process  and stable warm temps during the day as well to have any degree of consistency. Yes you can catch them without the for mentioned but you will work much harder for them and not have the  consistency, not to say that any periodic warm front during this time will not spur some activity, right place right time in that scenario. Once the temps have leveled out as they appear to have, it's go time! As far as where, consider where you have been fishing as the bass have moved up to the banks and or flats for their spawning ritual.  Take into consideration the deeper water channels and drops, deep coves leading into spawning areas and cuts in the channels adjacent to drop offs and large structure as rock ledges and boulders and possibly large downed trees near these areas, bluff banks are also productive as bigger bass prefer deeper water as a escape route.   There are numerous scenarios   depending on the environment where you are fishing. As far as methods of producing big fish at night without a doubt a black, black & blue, black & purple, black & red, and even a white spinner bait & trailer  is a proven method time and time again but  as always never limit your arsenal to just a couple of baits, worms, craws and jigs are all options as well as others. On top of that I would also recommend a clear fluorescent fishing line along with a black light so you can see your line. Last but not least, make sure your hooks are sharp, you don't want to lose that hog once he is on the end of your line!!  Add all that to many years of trial and error and you will become a successful night time bass fisherman

"on top of that I would also recommend a clear fluorescent fishing line along with a black light so you can see your line."

you need to try some spider wire braid hi-vis yellow.  the best black light on the market is a lunar extreme.

bo

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