Donnie Blackshire looks for every opportunity he can find to do a little fishing. Tonight he's casting his line on the Kanawha River looking for some bass.
"One thing about night fishing, this time of year when it gets hot, it is so hot outside sometimes it becomes a little uncomfortable, so that's why a lot of people come out at night, it's cooled down, you don't have the boat traffic you would normally have in the day and sometimes the bass bite at night better than they do in the day."
That's because fish are like we are in one way-they want to be comfortable, so when it gets hot, they go deep and cool off. When the water temperature starts cooling down a little at night, they come back up and Blackshire says that's the time to catch them.
"With all the boat traffic and heat, the water temperature gets up and the bass will move out and they'll move off the bank and shallow bass are easier to catch than deep bass. What will happen, often the water has settled down, they'll move in and start feeding." says Blackshire.
But while night fishing has its advantages, it also presents some problems and challenges. As with all types of boating activities, Blackshire says safety comes first.
"Safety is very important at night. In the daytime you can see what's going on in front of you. You can see at night, it's totally different, you've got the barge traffic that can blend in with the bank." says Blackshire.
And you have to keep a keen eye on the water itself so you can see if there are any obstructions, things like floating logs, that could damage your boat or cause and accident. So, be careful, know the water you're on and have fun...night fishing is a blast.
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