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    Default Night Fishing for Bass

    Anyone out there night fish for bass? Imo this time of year (summer) can be a very productive time. What are some methods that you have used to be sucsessful. I have bee very sucsessful at night on bass fishing in tne past an will share some tactics that I have found productive later. What say you?
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    I love to night fish for Bass Oldrambler as you well know. My favorite and most productive method is to fish the bank parallel using a live nightcrawler rigged on a weedless hook without any type of sinker. Getting as close in to the banks and structure as I can get and fishing very slow is a plus.

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    First of all I am not trying to come off as an expert or anything. I am far from it. Some things that I would recommend are: Unless it is a small lake, pick one area of a lake to fish at night, I personally don't like to run all over a big lake/resivoir at night. Clear water lake sthat have lot of traffic on them during the day are usually good night lakes. Keep tackle to a minimum, have good idea of what baits you will be fishing and have them readyto go - I usually had a plastic worm and/or live crawler rig, a crankbait, topwater (buzzbait or jitterbug) rods all ready to go. Keep the boat clutter at a very minimum. Keep the noise down, this is magnified even more at night. For the most part bass in the summer are more shallow than in the daytime. Fish shallow areas that are close to deep water. I liked to run "blacklights" from the side of the boat at night, with the clear/blue flourescent line the blacklight makes 10lb test look like well rope. Fish slow. I probably have had my best nights in the time period from the 1st qtr. phase to the full moon and on the night of the full moon with the new moon time period being next to it. Take a thermos of coffee and a couple of sandwiches or vienna's (you do get hungry). One other thing that most might not consider is to have a jacket and even possibly an insulated suit in the spring in the boat. you would be supriused how chilly it can get out on a lake at night, even in the warm months.

    Have fun and catch a lot of bass, cvillecat and I have fished together many a night on Greenbo lake and had some very good results as well as our share of nights with nothing.

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    Another very good night bait is a single colorado blade spinnerbait in a black - black/red color.

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    Have fished the Dead Sea,,,,I mean Greenbo Lake the last 2 Sat. night tournaments with the midget, tough fishing in that hole of water.

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    oldrambler,
    I haven't had the opportunity to do any night bassin', but you are correct that this is an EXCELLENT time of the year, especially on small lakes.

    In terms of my tactics when I go, I use a pretty standardized method.

    DUSK- Topwater action with a popper around submerged timber or timber on points.
    EARLY NIGHT (after Dusk til about 9:30)- Tube Baits (Watermelon Colored), fished around boat docks or any structure off of points.
    MIDDLE NIGHT (9:30-11)- If you are going to try to live abit fish with a blacklight this is the time, I prefer to drift fish with minnows or shad.. just be prepared in case the lake has Hybrid bass that will knock your pole into the water. I also will use my spinner baits (preferably black/blue with silver blades) around any sunken timber that I mark during the day.
    LATE NIGHT (11pm-til dawn)- Spinner Baits and Jigs, (Black and Blue skirts) make sure the jigs have rattles and the the spinner has a double blade to create vibration

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    ^ EKU I can tell by your post that you know what you are doing and love the sport, that is great! You list of baits sound good I can tell you about one night topwater tactic that I have had sucsess on. A Black Jitterbug fished in acouple of different ways - on a full moon phase or close to full moon fish the bug at a slow to medium pace as to let the bait make that signature noise/plop that a J-Bug makes. On a new moon phase or no moon try barely crawling the bait super "s-l-o-w" as to try to not let it make a sound. A man by the name of Delbert Grizzle told me this one time and it proved out time and time again for me. Delbert is a former 2 time Ky. State record holder on largemouth bass - both fish coming from Greenbo Lake.

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    ^^^ Oops!!! I stated that wrong - reverse it - crawl the bug on a Full moon phase and fish it slow to medium on the New moon or no moon phase. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldrambler
    ^^^ Oops!!! I stated that wrong - reverse it - crawl the bug on a Full moon phase and fish it slow to medium on the New moon or no moon phase. Sorry.
    I'll definately have to give that a shot the next time I night fish. To be honest, I don't think I have ever cast a jitterbug in my life. That's half the fun of bass fishing though, is buying new lures and trying them out. (And I thank God that I left Louisville and that Bass Pro Shop or else I would be BROKE HAHA)

    Let me ask you this.... when it comes to night bassin' I have never really caught a true lunker before. I'd be willing to guess that the largest night largemouth I have caught was just under four pounds. Have you found a specific retrieve pattern works better for larger bass at night? My go to big bass lures (Larger jerk baits, zara spook) aren't necessarily good night fishing lures, do you prefer any specific bait when looking for the hogs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EKUAlum05
    I'll definately have to give that a shot the next time I night fish. To be honest, I don't think I have ever cast a jitterbug in my life. That's half the fun of bass fishing though, is buying new lures and trying them out. (And I thank God that I left Louisville and that Bass Pro Shop or else I would be BROKE HAHA)

    Let me ask you this.... when it comes to night bassin' I have never really caught a true lunker before. I'd be willing to guess that the largest night largemouth I have caught was just under four pounds. Have you found a specific retrieve pattern works better for larger bass at night? My go to big bass lures (Larger jerk baits, zara spook) aren't necessarily good night fishing lures, do you prefer any specific bait when looking for the hogs?
    A plastic worm or a jig fished v-e-r-y.........s-l-o-w-ly. I have never gotten a true trophy in the boat either, I have caught plenty of bass at night in the 4-5 lb. range but mostly smaller ones than that. I know it is another big one got away story but I know that have had 2 on for sure that I would bet were bettter than 8lb.. One I got a real good look at - I had it up at the side of the boat and reached for the net, that gave it just enough leadway to make one more dive/run...............game over. The other one as a matter of fact cvillecat was with me and all we heard was the sound of the water when the fish surfaced and spit out a jitterbug, never saw the fish. Those are my two "one that got away stories" .

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldrambler
    A plastic worm or a jig fished v-e-r-y.........s-l-o-w-ly. I have never gotten a true trophy in the boat either, I have caught plenty of bass at night in the 4-5 lb. range but mostly smaller ones than that. I know it is another big one got away story but I know that have had 2 on for sure that I would bet were bettter than 8lb.. One I got a real good look at - I had it up at the side of the boat and reached for the net, that gave it just enough leadway to make one more dive/run...............game over. The other one as a matter of fact cvillecat was with me and all we heard was the sound of the water when the fish surfaced and spit out a jitterbug, never saw the fish. Those are my two "one that got away stories" .
    Since I sold my boat, I haven't been out at all lately. I use to fish a lot of tournaments and some night tournaments. I loved practicing for them. I usually started out with a spinner bait fishing parallel to the shore, then as night went on, I moved to a worm and worked it very slowly. Then as EKU said earlier, I went back to my spinner bait, but then went a bit deeper. Had a lot of fun, and like you said, I never caught the trophy's but I did OK in the 2-5 LB range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BucksFan
    Since I sold my boat, I haven't been out at all lately. I use to fish a lot of tournaments and some night tournaments. I loved practicing for them. I usually started out with a spinner bait fishing parallel to the shore, then as night went on, I moved to a worm and worked it very slowly. Then as EKU said earlier, I went back to my spinner bait, but then went a bit deeper. Had a lot of fun, and like you said, I never caught the trophy's but I did OK in the 2-5 LB range.
    Having fun is what it is all about ! BGP member cvillecat and I have shared the boat countless nights through the years. Getting out and enjoying the outdoors with good friends and family is what it is all about. Should you catch some then that is just icing on the cake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldrambler
    Having fun is what it is all about ! BGP member cvillecat and I have shared the boat countless nights through the years. Getting out and enjoying the outdoors with good friends and family is what it is all about. Should you catch some then that is just icing on the cake.

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    I couldn't agree more, I had much fun even by myself sometimes just able to think in peace and quiet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BucksFan
    I couldn't agree more, I had much fun even by myself sometimes just able to think in peace and quiet.
    Absolutely, I just love out in the woods or on a lake with no sounds but the ones by nature and being in Gods creation He has given us a great thing in the outdoors, hunting and fishing. At no other time am I more at peace than when I am out on a lake or in the woods. I can't get out like I used to bc of the M.S. that I am now afflicted with and I do miss it. I am thankful for the times that I can get out and for the many precious memories that I have from years of the outdoorsman lifestyle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldrambler
    Absolutely, I just love out in the woods or on a lake with no sounds but the ones by nature and being in Gods creation He has given us a great thing in the outdoors, hunting and fishing. At no other time am I more at peace than when I am out on a lake or in the woods. I can't get out like I used to bc of the M.S. that I am now afflicted with and I do miss it. I am thankful for the times that I can get out and for the many precious memories that I have from years of the outdoorsman lifestyle.

    I am glad that I had the chance to share some of those times with you Oldrambler. You were brought up in the outdoors as I was and we both had great teachers that took the time to pass on the hunting tradition. I'll cherish the memories for a lifetime as I know you will.