Night time is right time for bass – Florida Times-Union
Hot, muggy, sizzling summer weather makes for uncomfortable mid-day fishing anywhere in America. But in Florida, daylight fishing can be downright hazardous to your health.
Bass anglers especially have it tough. Anyone who hasn’t cast plugs all day on an inland lake or river far from the cooling breezes of the coast, has no idea what “the dog days of summer” are really all about in the South.
“Staying cool” is one of the major reasons many Florida bass anglers fish at night. Another reason is that frequently the largemouth action is better.
While all bass lakes and rivers occasionally can give up heavy catches of largemouths at night, a number of North Florida waters have well-known reputations for being prime “night spots.” As a general rule, most of the best “night lakes” are ones that are clear or have a lot of daytime boat traffic.
Clear waters have such deep penetrating sunlight that bass generally are not on the prowl unless the sun is low on the horizon. It’s important to remember that since bass don’t have eyelids, they are extremely light sensitive. So the only way for them to escape the sun’s burning rays is to stay deep or bury themselves in vegetation. But when the sun sets, they migrate shallow to forage.
Waters with heavy boat traffic also shine as night fishing spots, but for a different reason. A steady stream of boats and water-skiers will “put down” bass in quick order, even on dark, tannin-stained lakes and rivers. Such lakes may offer good mid-day fishing in late fall, winter and early spring when boat traffic is less. But when the summer boating brigades swarm, bass action is best had under the cover of darkness.
One of the best and most fertile “night lakes” in Florida is