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Are surface lures any good in the dark?

Discussion in 'Surface Lures' started by {name}, May 15, 2017.

  1. Sandeel

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    Hi guys,

    I was out the other night and someone came along and said I was not going to catch anything with surface lures in the dark. I wondered if that is true or if true in part. Would they catch in the dark with no artificial light or perhaps where there are street lights etc. I was also wondering if there are popular colours for night time surface lures if any are good.

    One other thing if I face up the beach to change a lure could that still spook close in fish if so any tips would be very handy.

    All the best

    Steve
     
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  2. A

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    Straight retrieve works well...I think the fish home in on the plop, but the wake also gives attraction. I do have a mark where there is street lighting behind me and I can see the lure flashing in the distance, on this particular mark I am confident working it like it was day time ie walk the dog.
     
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  3. Chub

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    Surface lures are great in the dark.
     
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  4. Sandeel

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    Thank you for the reply I am glad they work at night time I will keep on going! All the best Steve
     
  5. Sandeel

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    Many thanks Steve I am so pleased they work at night.
     
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  7. Sandeel

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    Cheers Dan I will keep plugging away with them!
     
  8. Bass

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    Oh yes, deadly when waked on the surface . No need to WTD just reel in at a slow to medium pace.
     
  9. Sandeel

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    Cheers Gareth I have a glow in the dark surface lure must also try that All the best Steve
     
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    Shallow diving lures with rod tip up, reeled slowly to wake across the surface also works well.
     
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  12. Sandeel

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    Cheers Daniel appreciate the reply.
     
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    White seems a good night colour, Is it coincidence?
     
  15. Bass

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    Mat, I do catch a lot of fish on white colours/combinatons at night compared to other colours, yellow is also good
     
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  16. Sandeel

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    Cheers mat I will make sure I have some white ones in my box. I am not sure about the coincidence part.
     
  17. Striper

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    my rule of thumb is black (or dark colours) if you're above the fish (i.e. surface or shallow divers) and white (or light colours) if you're below the fish (i.e. deeper divers or soft plastics on the bottom). Makes for better contrast i.e. visibility to the fish.
     
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  18. Pike

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    Re: lighting, consider getting a headlamp with a red light on it - standard issue for night trips in my opinion. I use a coast HL44 as it has a handy separate button to turn on the red light - had mine for a few years now and still going strong. No harm in practicing changing lures in the dark without a light either!
     
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  19. Sandeel

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    Many thanks Adrian what you say sounds well thought out.
     
  20. Sandeel

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    Thanks Ken I will take a look at the headlamp. Using the little clips I use and my big fingers I have a job changing lures in the light never mind the dark!
     

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