Late Fall Freshwater (After Dark)
With a “mild” late November night forecasted last Thursday, Chris Parisi and I grabbed two dozen shiners at lunch and headed to a small pond after work. We picked a pond that has a good mix of bass, trout, panfish and pickerel. Our primary target was brown trout, but anything with fins would do.
As we walked along the shoreline, we spooked a few fish holding in just inches of water right next to shore. They all escaped to deep water before I could get the light on them and see just what species was prowling the bank.
It only took two casts to find some action. “He’s on the move,” Chris said, referring to the live shiner that he had suspended under a red light-up bobber. The bobber moved slowly but steadily across the dark pond before stopping abruptly for an instant before dipping below the surface. “Not a bass,” Chris said after setting the hook. He was right, and moments later a stout brown trout swam into the beam of his headlamp. Chris landed the fish and released it after a quick photo session.
Chris continued to have the hot rod, landing two big crappies and losing another heavy fish. I caught two small bass on a jointed Rapala, but my shiners went untouched—I think. Chris had come prepared with a light-up bobber while my regular foam bobber left me in the dark. But that’s okay, I’ve already ordered a light-up float for myself for the next night the weather allows late-fall fishing trip.