Ok, so I don’t literally mean fishing with the owls in the boat, but have you ever tried night fishing? I have never had any interest in fishing after hours….too many bugs, past my bed time, and then there’s the whole not being able to see thing. But, on a recent trip to Kentucky Lake, I told my lovely fiancé “Let’s go night fishing”. I’m not really sure what came over me but out of nowhere night fishing sounded like the best idea ever (Maybe it had something to do with the blazing sun and 90+ degree temperatures).
Anyway, it got to be dark as dark can be, and we pulled up on a rocky bank and began fishing. We weren’t set up for night fishing so we celebrated every time we made a cast and heard a splash of water and not a thud from throwing up on the rocks. After fishing for about 20 minutes, Krista switched to a black jig with rattles. And minutes later she was hooked up with an acrobatic smallmouth that I just knew was going to throw that jig. But, she fought it like a pro and I soon scooped a 4+ pound smallmouth into the boat. What followed was a rush of emotion and excitement that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen from a fisherman. I’m not sure, but I think she was pretty excited too. I love watching her catch fish and I had wanted her to catch a big smallmouth. They are now her favorite fish too.
We sat there and caught several nice smallmouth in a pretty short window of time…some good ones too! About 11:30 pm, we realized we had been up since 2:30 am, and it was definitely time to go back to the cabin for the night. Now, I’ll be the first to tell you….I don’t have a clue how to night fish. But, I do know to set the hook when a 3 pound smallie about rips my Dobyns Champion 734 out of my hand. So begins my newest quest, which is to catch a 6 pound smallmouth under the curtain on darkness and learn how these fish act once the sun goes down. I have plenty of research to do, and I guess I’ll just have to spend a little extra time on the water. I don’t think I’ll mind that one bit.