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  • The Fight at Night

    With the heat and dog-days at their peak many folks head to the lake to try their luck night fishing; let me just say its not for me and here are my thoughts on why! I believe the night is a fight against many elements that I have tried, experienced and found itís not my cup of tea.

    One of the biggest reasons I am just not the night guy is itís extremely dangerous, you canít see whatís in the water, other boaters do not pay attention to the rules of the road when it comes to night time navigation and keeping in contact with the weather as it changes is not easy to do. Sure, during the full moon period the night time is much brighter and easier to see but it still is only a help if there is not clouds to block the moon light. Being a victim of a night time boat accident in 1994 has certainly not helped me be that night time guy.

    As many of you know I am a perfectionist when it comes to my boat, tackle and general fishing equipment and there is just nothing worse at night than the bugs that can invade your boat at night. I can remember a time when we experienced a willow fly hatch and my night lights attracted the willow flies and ruined the carpet on my boat as they got so thick that we ground the willow flies with our feet into the carpet and just devastated my boat carpet. Many people turn off there running lights at night to hide from the bugs which is illegal and dangerous. I have also experienced boats running 65 mph out there at night as drivers seem to think you can see everything on the water, Iím here to tell you good eyes miss 50% of the things on the water, docks, buoys, floating debris and other boats become hidden obstacles that can kill you. Lastly tackle on your deck can cause falls, hooks into your body and danger for everyone in the boat.

    The good news for the night-time fisherman is the bite is generally better than the heat of the day and catching is easier as bass feed at night a lot during this period of dog-days; but itís a fight at night to be safe!.

    Fish Lake Guntersville Guide Service
    Email: bassguide@comcast.net
    Call: 256 759 2270
    Capt. Mike Gerry