Fishing is usually done during the early morning hours, especially when participating in a fishing charter. The group gathers together before sunup and heads out for the morning. However, many anglers are out late at night after the sun goes down, which offers the opportunity to try night fishing charters. If you’re considering night fishing, you might be wondering if there are different techniques and safety concerns you should be aware of. Night fishing can be a unique and rewarding experience if you follow these tips:
- Adapt to light conditions: If you’re a typical daytime angler, you’re probably used to watching the line for movement and being able to see what you’re doing. With night fishing, you’ll need to rely more on your intuition and feeling your tackle and line for movement. It’s also possible to bring a black light for some illumination of the lines, as well as a headlamp. It’s important to note that red and green color lights are less alerting to fish than bright white ones.
- Keep noise down: Keeping quiet is essential when fishing, especially at night. When part of a fishing charter, you may be in the company of many anglers you don’t know very well. You should also be aware of the noise you’re making as a group, and try to be stealthy. Keep the motor of the boat turned off, and keep movements at a minimum. It’s also good to slow down and fish in one area for a long while instead of rushing about to multiple spots.
- Know the area: It helps if you’ve been fishing in the area before during daylight and know it well. It’s inadvisable to go fishing in a new area for the first time at night. While it’s still light out, make notes of where obstacles will be, so once the lights go out, you’ll be better aware of your surroundings.
- Rig rods ahead of time: Preparation makes night fishing and charter fishing easier and will help your night to go more smoothly. Keep rods handy that already have a variety of lures and baits on them and are ready to go. That way, in the event of backlash, you can employ another rigged rod right away.
- Be extra aware of safety: Without light, you’ll need to be extra safety conscious, especially when landing and unhooking fish. Do it sitting down and in a stable position. In the dark, you’re also more prone to losing your balance and falling in the water. Make sure to have a clean and tidy boat before beginning, so there’s less chance of tripping and falling. Keep a flashlight on hand in case of emergency, and also to warn neighboring boats of your presence.
If you’re looking to try night fishing as part of a charter fishing expedition, you’ll have a great experience with Sea Wife Charters. Located in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, we’ve been one of Hawaii’s leading charter fishing services for more than 30 years. We offer both exclusive private charters of up to 18 people at a time and individual shared charters for four to eight anglers. Visit us to find out more about our night fishing expeditions!