Shop Outdoor Directory Guides and Outfitters Outdoor Activities Home Home
spacer
Home Activities Features Guides & Outfitters Outdoors Directory Corporate
3x10 spacer
 NEWSLETTER
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Enter your email to receive our weekly newsletter!

 FISHING
Back to Fishing
Fishing Articles
Fishing Auctions
Fishing Comics
Fishing Directory
Fishing Forums
Fishing Guides & Charters
Fishing Links
Fishing Polls
Fishing Reports
Fish Species
  
 MORE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Fishing
Hunting
Offroad Vehicles
Outdoor Cooking
Outdoor Survival
Shooting
Winter Sports
  
 FEATURED FISHING WEBSITES

 TOP OUTDOORS WEBSITES
Top Fishing Sites
Top Hunting Sites
Top Offroad Sites
Top Skiing Sites
Top Survival Sites
  
 
 SEARCH

Search our site for the outdoor-related info you need:

 WEBMASTER TOOLS
Add our search box to your Web site.

Link to TheOutdoorLodge.Com
Home / Fishing / Articles

FISHING ARTICLES
Night Time Crankin'

Well when it comes to fishing at night time, there really is no more an exciting way to catch bass than on crankbaits. This is fact. I think that bass are so honed into loud noises and fast moving baits. This is my own opinion, you may have your own, but I will give you my thoughts and tips on throwing these baits at night.

If you are going to pick a good crankbait I would put all my money into 2 brands of baits. Norman and Pradco Fat Free Shads. These two baits have the best shape, color, and wiggle of all the crankbaits out

 
there. I suggest for night time to use a darker color. I look for the darkest I can find. I think for the Norman Crank Bait, use either the Midnight Blue, Sun Texas Red, or Sun Crawfish. For the Fat Free Shad, I like the Threadfin Shad, Brown Crawfish, and Red Shad. These baits are my number one colors to throw at night. If I'm going to throw my baits, I recommend to use a 6'6" medium action rod to a 7' medium heavy action rod. I like to throw them on either the GLoomis or Shimano series rods. They seem to work really well. Reels don't really need to be too serious. Just make sure that they either have a 5.1 or 6.1 gear ratio's to get the baits down to it's maximum depth fast. It is really important to make as long of cast as possible to get your bait in the strike zone the longest. Use a lighter line so you can get maximum depth yet big enough to handle the fish. I like and prefer to use 10-12 pound test P-Line. This is about it for the tackle you need. 

Now when looking for a particular spot key in on spots where there has been a lot of bait present at the time. This will be the spot where bass are eating shad and only this. Look for any birds before it gets dark and this will give away a ball of shad or any bait activity. 
Yet, if there is no bait or birds really congregating, then go to the shallow grassy flats or long points with rock and sticks. The bigger bass seem to like sticks and rocks. Work your bait slowly over the rocks and sticks. Most of these colors of crankbaits kind of look like crawfish, so if you work it slowly over the structure and it looks like a crawdad slowly scooting away. That's what you are looking for in your spots.

This might not be the most productive way to catch fish, but it will be the way to get the more aggressive fish. It is in my books the most fun way to catch the fish at night. It can absolutely scare the snot out of you. It is a really fun way to catch the fish. 

The best times when the night is a full moon. This is when the bass can see and key in on your bait best. Try to plan your trip around and during the full moon. Trust me this will get you more strikes and more fish. I can admit to this, I had a tourney on the full moon and all my bites were on crankbaits and then 2 weeks after with a new moon, no bites on it. So plan around the full moon.

I hope that this little article on crankbaitin' at

 
night will help you out and catch a few more fish at night. It is really the most fun way to catch the most aggressive bass out there. Like I said, when you get hit, the bite can be so tremendous that you will get the snot scared out of you. I promise, it is worth it though. 

For any of these baits, Norman Crank Baits, Fat Free Shads, GLoomis Rods, and Shimano Rods, P-Line Good Luck and God Bless!   Eric Elshere

 

 Featured Fishing Ads

Fishing Forum
  
 More Featured Fishing Sites
Fishing Forum

 Fishing News
Bigfishtackle.com

1 pixel spacer
Top of Page TOP OF PAGE


Copyright © 1996-2012 First Light Net All rights reserved.
Duplication in whole or in part of this Web site without express written consent is prohibited.
First Light Net, a trademark of Predatorial Advertising Associates, L.L.C. is the leader in online marketing and
advertising for one of the largest online networks of fishing, hunting, sports and outdoors related websites.
For problems or questions contact webmaster@firstlightnet.com

Big Fish Tackle Top Fishing Sites