Night fishing has been interesting and productive but sight fishing is a feast for the senses. I'm glad there's both but the more I fish in the dark the more I miss daylit flats. I guess I'm getting set in my ways.
One of several good flats fish from the other day
07-22-2009, 04:52 AM
I agree , nighttime is not for me. It's like fishing in a closet. Yeah, you'll catch bigger fish ,after all stripers are nocturnal . But when the birds are diving, fish are busting and it's a Caribbean type of day on Cape Cod I'll take the day time on the Flats.
07-22-2009, 10:12 AM
It's tough to beat the sight of a cow on the flats slowly cruising in a serpentine side to side food search in a little over a foot of water on a path that gives you the perfect presentation. There's also the rush of going blind in an area where the big girls are known to visit in the dark, the anticipation of a strike in every cast will keep you on your toes.:hihi:
I dunno, you only really use one sense during the day. You get to use them all at night.
When I get my boat I guess day will hold some appeal but I like not relying on just your eyes. Makes me feel more alive out there.
I agree with Sean's point; I feel like I am fishing more with "spidey" senses at night and notice the nuances of how a fish takes the fly much more without the visuals where I tend to look for the gill flare and set on any tension. I act/react on what I see and don't think about the way they feel while sight fishing, but at night it's like I can feel when they miss.
I had a 'sight' fishing night recently on a FAC flood tide moonlit night when they're leaving wakes along the shoreline. A popper is a blast fished s-l-o-w. You can see their interest by their wakes. Maybe it's the foam but I did notice they miss a lot at night. I had a huge popper on and after a big slurping miss I set the hook on nothing making a pop that was heard in Nantucket I'm sure! Surprised the crap out of me :)
I've had success on really big bass around fall bunker at night with big patterns, looking forward to that again this October except that it signals the end of the season. My advice to those who aren't maximizing their time on the water... get out there it'll be over before you know it!
Paul hit it on the head, enjoy 'em both. They each have appeal and it's nice of them to be active both day and night.