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Night Bass fishing.. Small ponds/farm ponds

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by MrMurphy, May 8, 2002.

  1. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    Anybody do it? Any advice? Guy I know has two ponds on/next to his property, he's never nightfished for anything but catfish, I've night-bass fished but only a few times. Tips, tricks, etc appreciated.
  2. glockster96

    glockster96 Moderator Lifetime Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Necessary Equipment:

    Fishing Pole
    Lots of Beer

    Bait hook, cast out and prop pole up so it looks like your fishing. Drink beer. Repeat as needed. ;f ;c

  3. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    Serious advice only please. :) I do not need advice on how to get drunk.
  4. flinch

    flinch Nortius Maximus

    Aug 5, 2000
    Perkiness West
    1. Know the terrain and the water. Spend a few days scouting out likely spots and figure out your casting lanes.

    2. Bug repellant.

    3. If you use a flashlight, put on a red filter or turn away from the water.

    4. Use something that generates a lot of noise. Ratt-L-Traps or spinner baits are good.

    5. It's scary at night. I've been buzzed by a heron, and it scared the heck out of me.

    6. Be prepared for some seriously large fish. My last night trip coughed up a 24" walleye. Next time, I'm hoping for some trout.
  5. jame

    jame mange takk

    Apr 6, 2002
    Central Iowa
    Good surface baits like poppers or floating frogs will do well, also. Just make sure you know the terrain before you go. As previously mentioned, outdoors-night and outdoors-day are two completely different worlds.

    Oh. The beer thing really is a good idea.;f
  6. TheBigCA


    Nov 1, 2001
    Portland, Oregon
    Find a light emitting lure, or use Jitter Bugs. My dad and I caught record setting bass in upstate New York with the Jitter Bugs.

    I think that in a pond, like you describe, the bass will attack anything and you'll probably be able to use a marshmallow.

    If you're lucky, there might be a monster or two in the ponds.

    Wish I could go with ya. :cool:
  7. PieceBwithU


    Mar 8, 2002
    I'd try topwater baits, plastic frogs, lizards, etc.
    I've had some success in the early evening with a medium sized buzz bait fished around some cover. Man ,I'd love to fish on a private pond at night, you just may land that LUNKER!
    Good luck and let us know how you did!;)

    BIG C IN BIG D Useless Member

    Jan 22, 2001
    Bug repellant a chair a light a cooler some Bug repellant. A radio some more Bug repellant. Bait. Bug repellant. It's fine fishing especialy for Bass and other nocturnal things like Snakes. ;)

    I love to bank fish at night it's cool and quiet I love it.
  9. i fish a few irragation ponds here in N.C. but no way id fish em at night.too damm many snakes!

    PACKIN' PLASTIC 4,500+ posts

    Jul 18, 2001
    Cloud Nine
    My best bass to date came at night, in a small pond.

    I was using minnows.

    It's nice to catch crappies and catfish while waiting on the bass.

  11. bass nail hula poppers all nite on my canal
  12. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    This advice wasn't for me, it was for the guy I work with. I was figuring plastic crawdads, worms on the bottom, frogs on topwater, funky "what the hell is it?" plastic wormlike lures, buzzbaits and spoons maybe. I wasn't too far off.
  13. BLiTzNicK

    BLiTzNicK Silent Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    I can only speak from my local experience.

    1. Live crawdads (if you are a sissy you can tear the pinchers off)
    2. Pole
    3. Reel (optional)
    4. Line (mono)
    5. A nice lawn chair
    6. Something that goes BOOM (read GLOCK) incase something other than the bass are biting
    7. Beer (omit if you do 6)
    8. Hooks
    9. Egg sinkers
    10. Blacklight

    Turn the blacklight on, it will help you see while producing little light. It also helps the mono to glow(you can see your line)Rig the line with the egg sinker(clip on type) about a foot up from the hook. Run the hook through the crawdads tail. They swim backwards so this works quite nicely. Cast and wait. I've caught more than my fair share this way. Crawdads are, however, easy to catch here and the bass thrive on them. You should adapt your live bait to what you see swimming in the lakes, ponds, and streams in your area.