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Moonlight Bass Tips: Summer Night Fishing Game Plan

Targeting lighted boat docks, ramps and houseboat slips at night with topwater lures can generate some intense action after sunset. (Travis Faulkner photo)
Targeting lighted boat docks, ramps and houseboat slips at night with topwater lures can generate some intense action after sunset. (Travis Faulkner photo)

Smaller crowds, avoiding hot daytime temperatures and aggressive nighttime feeding activity are three good 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.

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