If you thought fishing on the ocean was fun during the day, you should seriously consider trying it at night! There’s something special about fishing by moonlight that can’t be replicated when you’re out on the water in the middle of the day. However, it’s important to keep in mind that night fishing is a totally different game than fishing during daylight. Continue reading to learn everything there is to know about nighttime saltwater fishing.
Choose the right location
Make sure you know exactly where you’re going before you head out for a nighttime excursion. Sandbars and other hazards are difficult or impossible to see when it’s dark out, so you must be familiar with the area if you’re fishing at night. Additionally, keep in mind that the water levels will be different at night, so do your research about tides before heading out.
Prepare during the day
You don’t want to be packing all of your gear right before you head out on the water. Gather all of your rods, reels, lures and everything else you need for fishing in saltwater during the daytime, when it’s still light outside. Packing in daylight is a whole lot easier, and helps ensure that you don’t leave anything behind.
Bring the right lures
It may seem like glow-in-the-dark lures would be very effective for night fishing, but that’s not the case! In fact, black or dark-colored lures are the way to go when it comes to fishing by moonlight. Since it looks more like prey, predatory fish are more likely to bite on a dark lure than one that’s suspiciously glowing.
Illuminate your surroundings
It should go without saying that headlamps are a good tool when it comes to fishing at night. Without proper illumination, it’ll be nearly impossible to bait your hook or even see what kind of fish you reeled in. In addition to providing plenty of light, headlamps are hands-free appliances.
Know how to spot a bite
Spotting a bite can be a bit tricky if you can’t see your reel! You can overcome this challenge by attaching a glow stick to the end of your rod. These sticks are inexpensive, and a single one can last you the whole night.
The temperature drops at night regardless of where you are, but the drop is going to be much more significant out on the open ocean. We recommend dressing in plenty of thin layers to keep toasty. You might also want to bring a thermos of hot coffee to keep you both warm and alert throughout the night.
Go with a pro
If you want to have fun and stay safe while fishing at night, book a charter tour with a professional! A pro will handle everything from planning the route to packing all of the right lures to catch some trophy fish. There’s no better way to fish at night than by booking with a professional.
If you’re interested in fishing in saltwater, be sure to book a trip with Sea Wife Charters! We guarantee a fun and safe time out on the waters in Hawaii. We provide both share charters and private fishing charters at affordable rates. Contact us today to learn more!