Thursday, May 28, 2020

Saltwater Nighttime Fishing Tips

Follow the Fish

If you prefer to fish under cover of darkness when it is calm and quiet, then nighttime fishing may be ideal for you. The sun begins to set which causes the fish to begin to move inshore so that they can feed, and they hope that the darkness is enough to protect them from predators as they do so.

With that being said, nighttime fishing can offer any angler more success than daytime fishing, but it can also come with its own downsides as well that should be considered.

May Prove Dangerous

If you are not familiar with the area, then sitting by the water with very little in the way of light can be unsettling for some; this is especially true if you find yourself in a more remote area. The best thing to do if you choose to fish at night is inviting another angler to go along with you−even better if they are more familiar with the area than you are.

On the other hand, with this kind of comradery, you may also end up finding a lot of smaller groups of anglers crowding the area which can ultimately hurt your chances for fishing success that night.

The best time for nighttime fishing is between the hours of 8 PM and 3 AM, and this is especially true if high tide is around midnight.

Some Fishing Tips

Clear and calm nights are good because the water is still and cool and the fish are much more active. To even further enhance your chances at success, you should pick a cooler time of the year.

Another tip has to do with the location you choose. Don’t let your fishing night be the first time you see the location. Visit the area during the daytime so you can get a better grasp of the layout. You will also be able to make a note of the kind of visibility you will have as well as the location of the sandbars and rocks.

It is also a matter of safety. Scouting the area and choosing a spot during the day is much less dangerous than doing so at night when you aren’t as familiar with the area as you should be.

Finally, make sure when you get to your desired location, you set everything up right away. Taking the time to create your space can save on some hassles and headaches later on during your trip. If it is colder outside, make sure you take care of any live bait you may have as well.

If you follow these snippets of advice, you will find great success during your next nighttime fishing outing.

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 islands and the Everglades National Park, Florida. We can be reached at or 239-571-1756.


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