Tips for catching bass after dark

While most fishermen head to the dock at sunset, others are just starting to fish. They know that during the summer, the action heats up as the night cools down.

Justin Giles doesn’t just fish at night for bass in the summer because it’s coolers, but because that’s when he catches some of the biggest fish of the year. Here are some of his tips that can help you find and catch more fish after dark.

Key locations: Pinpoints deep water and offshore drop-offs, humps, ledges, roadbeds, ditches, flooded windrows and brush piles during daylight hours and then arrive just before dark to fish.

By picking specific areas, you can spend time fishing rather than running around the lake after dark trying to locate spots. Traveling on public waters after dark can be time-consuming and dangerous as well.

Gearing up: When Giles heads out for a night of fishing, he goes armed with 15-pound fluorocarbon on a Johnny Morris reel and G Loomis heavyweight swimbait rod.

His lure selections include a Shaky Head rig: ¼-ounce Bass Pro Dragon Head finesse jigheads with a Strike King KVD Super Finesse worm in junebug and green pumpkin colors.

Giles is always ready to switch to his preferred swimbait rig: a 4.3- inch Keitech Swing Impact Fat soft bait in sungill color, fished on an Owner Swimbait hook. He also likes to upsize to a 6.8-inch Keitech swimbait in bluegill flash color.

When the action is hot, Giles often switches to a Bass Pro Shops Speed Shad or Sassy Sally. The plastic is durable, and Giles said anglers can catch multiple bass on them without tearing up when used on a screw-on swimbait hook rig or swimming jig.

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Michael O. Giles
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Mike Giles of Meridian has been hunting and fishing Mississippi since 1965. He is an award-winning wildlife photographer, writer, seminar speaker and guide.

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