5 Reasons Why It's Better to Fish at Night

Updated on January 4, 2017

As the old saying goes, the early bird catches the worm. However, the night owl catches the fish, and fish taste a hell of a lot better than worms.

Before you plan your next fishing trip, consider these reasons why it might be better to plan a night excursion rather than one in broad daylight.

5. The Other Side of Nature

This one is quite simple. There are things you can see while fishing at night that you simply won't see during the day. Case in point: bio-luminescent dino-flagellates. These algae-like creatures let loose a brilliant neon glow when agitated. It's a sight to behold, but for obvious reasons, you can't see it during the day. See the video for an example of what I am talking about.

4. Piers Are Free

With a few exceptions, fishing piers typically open up for free after the bait shop on shore closes. Be warned, however, just because the operators of the facility are gone, the game warden can still pay you a visit, so keep that license up to date.

You have paid enough for your privilege to fish, going after closing saves a few bucks you can then spend on replacing tackle you will no doubt lose after you nail the same hang up on thirty consecutive casts (I speak from experience here). Oh, and for those of you who support and defend the fees to get on a fishing pier... Take a good look the cost of any item in the bait stand... Hell, take a look at how much you pay for bait. They make more than enough money already. Just my humble opinion.

3. No More Sunburns

Sunburns suck. We all know that. Skin cancer is even worse. Well, when you fish by moonlight instead of sun, you eliminate the risk of both. Not one avid fisherman can claim to have never had a sunburn from a whole day of fishing. Some of them will try to confuse you, claiming they hit the water early and leave before it gets too hot. Well, that's all fine in theory, but what if you happen across a large school of very hungry fish at just the moment when the sun begins to do damage? Leave? Hell no! By that point a sunburn would be worth it in the minds of most anglers.
What about sunscreen? Well, sure you can use sunscreen, if you remember to bring it! Then you have to remember to reapply repeatedly. Fish and night and that is one less thing to concern yourself about. It's much more comfortable, believe me.

2. More Active Fish

Okay, now I admit this one is open to debate. While tides and moon phase play a big role, many species still seem to be active at night.

One reason for this is the phase of the moon. Fish are more active in the light. It makes it easier for them to find the bait. That is partly why anglers say it is bad to fish the day after a full moon.

The fish have been active all night and have had their fill by the time the sun comes up. That, on the other hand, is the perfect reason for night fishermen to hit the water.

Another reason fish become more active at night is because the water temperature begins to cool off. This is especially important in the summer months. During the heat of the day fish dive down deep to find the cooler waters. That is why most anglers target sunrise and sunset. So few ever choose twilight and yet it is such a great time!

1. Less Competition

People, for the most part, are not nocturnal. Those that are usually have night jobs so you won't find them out fishing. Aside from the occasional vampire, you will usually have your favorite fishing spot all to yourself at three o'clock in the morning. This is helpful for a number of reasons. First off, you don't have to spend your entire trip untangling fishing line every time Bubba Joe Billy Bob casts over you because all the beer HHS drank ran down his casting arm and now he is powerless to cast straight forward. More importantly, however, being alone on the pier/jetty/shoreline allows you to try different spots in the water to find those schools of tasty, tasty redfish.


So there you have it. Five solid reasons to hit the water in twilight. Aside from the occasional pesky vampire, you're free to experience nature, relax, enjoy yourself, and catch more fish! Let me know what you think about nighttime fishing by answering the poll below and leaving me your comments!

Do you fish at night or during the day?

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      2 years ago

      During night, wind blows towards the sea which could help in pushing the boat/ship.

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      5 years ago

      Just remember some cities you have to be careful at night because of the rift raft people. Being out at night in a secluded place with not much people around could be dangerous. I'm from one of those cities and have to keep an eye out for dangerous people

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      6 years ago

      There's nothing like fishing at night If you're in the right spot the fish are going crazy and will buy anything Remember it's a doggy dog world down there live date is the way to go

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      Avery ****** 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for posting this site. You know 100 percent of the risks you don't take are the real ones you fail at.Well I love fishing so much but I didn't know what schedual to fish at. So you made it clear,at night, and 3:00 A.M. . So I tried to fish at night and caught 3 dog fish,2 trouts ,and 6 crabs. iT WAS AMAZING.! So as a result this is the best site EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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