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By: Sue Crochet

Things are pretty hot right now; the weather, that is. Fishing, on the other hand, is generally not so "hot" in the heat of the summer. Typically, largemouth bass will be most active before sunrise and at sunset, especially if you're predominantly a shallow water angler. Night fishing is very popular this time of the year, particularly in fishing clubs. Personally, I like prefer sleeping at night!

Nighttime angling is usually preferred when there is a full moon to aid in maneuvering the lake more safely. Therefore, most fishing clubs will schedule their tournaments when the moon is at its fullest. However, there's no guarantee that weather conditions will allow the moon to be visible, so night fishing can be very dangerous. If you're on the lake at night this summer, be sure to wear your life jacket and use your running lights.

For many years, and still today, many boats were not equipped to use radios or communication equipment. The popularity and relatively inexpensive nature of cell phones has made it possible for virtually anyone to have a means of communication in their boat. If you plan to be very far offshore, you should consider having some form of communication in your boat. Make sure it's charged! If you're going to be anywhere from 2-5 miles offshore, a 2-way radio can be very effective and a less expensive means of maintaining contact with someone in case of an emergency. Either way, you can never be too safe.

Even when fishing at night, during the summer months it's still important to have plenty water in your boat. Particularly during the months of July and August, temperatures at night will sometimes remain in the 70s or 80s. This means you'll be sweating and need to replenish fluids, so make sure you're prepared. Lack of hydration can cause many irreversible health problems and is so easy to prevent.

These days there are several types of fatal diseases being carried by mosquitoes. Another critical item to have in your boat when fishing any time in southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas is some type of insect repellant. There are many good brands on the market, but my husband and I have found that products with a high percentage of Deet in them seem to be more effective than others. If you have very sensitive skin, you may want to take the time to experiment with different products on small areas of your skin before applying it to your entire body.

If you're allergic or very sensitive to these types of products, you can still fish. Outdoor clothing manufacturers have many products on the market that repel insects and/or protect your skin. These include lightweight, long sleeve shirts and long pants, netting to slip over your face, and gloves to protect your hands. This would require that you wear more clothing, but if you love to fish is definitely the way to go!

How about where to go and what lures to use when fishing at night? Although I prefer sleeping to fishing at night, I have had some experience in this area. Actually, very early in my fishing "career" my first 5-pound largemouth bass was caught at night. Main lake points and humps are usually prime areas to fish for largemouth at night, primarily due to more visibility. This would be particularly true if you prefer fishing with plastics over topwater lures. Dark colored plastic worms are best suited for nighttime angling, because they are more visible to the fish against the background light of the moon. Attractants like rattles and scents are also helpful to the fish in locating the lures and will usually make them hold onto the lure longer.

Main lake flats with some type of structure (grass or stumps) would be my choice for fishing topwater lures, such as a Zara Spook, Cyclone buzzbait, or Pop-R. Since visibility is generally poor, you have to rely heavily on your senses of hearing and feel. There's nothing more exciting than seeing a fish explode on a topwater lure, but to hear it and not see it can make your heart fall to your ankles! Just remember... don't set the hook until you feel the fish.

One thing's for sure... you probably won't see me out there at night. But, if you have a good night fishing trip, I'd sure love to hear about it. My e-mail address and contact numbers are below. God bless and good fishing!

The Lake Area Lady Anglers have scheduled tournaments through the end of this year. They are posted below for your convenience. If you are female and at least 18 years of age, love to fish, have fun, and meet new people, please give me a call.

E-Mail:   Phone: (337) 217-9283

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