Those who go after walleye with natural lures are often out at night. Trollers, on the other hand, rarely fish in the dark. Glow-in-the-dark plugs catch walleye when their spin-fishing colleagues are already blissfully asleep. Why should I do this to myself when trolling in the dark? Quite simply, to finally catch the otherwise often "uncatchable" zander.
Nocturnal predators On several waters you can observe the same phenomenon: During the day, the walleyes are tightly packed in a few corners, so they are hard to find and are very begging for bites. It's different at dusk: the zander leave the holes and move around. With the night trolling you cover large water areas and thus also cross the path of the wandering predators again and again.
Mark and illuminate With a few tools, catching fish by moonlight is not difficult either. Let's start with the lures: Each plug has an ideal distance from the boat that lets it run at the catchiest depth. Therefore, after a few test runs - still in the light - we put a mark on the main line. With lighter lines, this works great with a black sharpie, with darker ones a stopper knot made of bright braid serves as a marker.
Hold the rod in your hand as often as possible in the dark. By the way, it is also advisable to use a braided line on the reel for night fishing. This ensures that the bait action is also noticeable at the tip of the rod. Now add a bend light to the rod tip and you'll know if your tempter is still prancing or being slowed down by a blade on the treble. Even when the rod is in the rod holder. Whenever possible, we take the rod in the dark but in the hand.
Attract attention at any price This is the motto for lures. Despite the lateral line organ and light-reflecting membrane in the eye, it is more difficult for walleyes to find prey at night than during the day. And what is more conspicuous in night-black water than a self-illuminating plug? If it also rattles and runs particularly frantically due to a split, all the better. During twilight, brightly colored lures bring light into the gray. On exceptionally bright nights, black plugs just below the surface provide a strong contrast and are even more eye-catching than luminous artificial lures.
Moonstruck You know those claps in the dark when a big predator rides the surface among the forage fish? That very "clunk" puts you on the nighttime trail to the fish. And that the walleyes are romping on top is hardly surprising. Because, where the moon or a street lamp shines on the water, there's often ring to ring. The small fish collect everything that swims there. Especially in summer, they find an abundant supply of insects. And the throng of white fish also magically attracts the zander. No wonder we've had the best success so far in midwater or even just below the surface. On one lake, there were several fluke catches of good walleye while pike fishing in midwater - in summer, during twilight and far from shore. Targeted we can catch these fish with the night trolling.
Only for walleye? Night fishing with self-luminous or phosphorescent lures offers a wide range of options for predator anglers who like to experiment. Because especially in the hot season, pike also sometimes shift their dinner into the night. And I bet our biggest freshwater predator, the catfish, will also enjoy big, shiny lures in their trolling gear. So just unpack your trolling gear when your colleagues are already packing up. At the latest, when the rod tip with the glowing light strikes out violently, you will have forgotten the small additional expenditure for this fishing. (rod&reel)
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