What's the best time of day to fish?
It's a question that has been asked by many first-time anglers, and one that will be asked many more times in the future. Of course, different fishermen will have all sorts of different answers to this question, based on everything from personal preference to scientific study. Sunset is one of the most ideal times of day to fish. Here's eight reasons why.
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The fish are biting in the evening:
Beauty aside, many anglers choose to go fishing in the evening for one reason and one reason only: the fish are biting. According to the farmer's almanac, the best fishing is either in the morning or the evening. Of course, local weather patterns in your area will further affect precisely which fishing conditions you are facing during the sunset hours on any given day. Fish spend most of the day avoiding the direct sunlight hiding in the depths. They return to the shallows in the evening to forage for food.
Okay, let's be honest: arguably the biggest reason to go fishing in the evening, setting aside any issues of convenience or when fish may be biting, is that fishing beneath a sunset sky can be overwhelmingly beautiful. We've all seen beautiful pictures of sunset fishing cruises, shots of anglers silhouetted against wide open expanses of water, glowing with reflections of the sky in orange, yellow, pink, purple, and red hues. Whether or not you catch a fish when you head out to the lake in the evening hardly even matters because you're consistently being treated to the lovely consolation prize of the sunset on the water.
It can help you unwind
Is there anything better for relieving stress than fishing? For most die-hard anglers, the answer to that question is an unequivocal "no." If you want to maximize the stress relieving properties of your fishing outing, head out in the evening. Surrounded by nothing but water, quiet, color, and thought, you'll have the perfect way to unwind after a long day.
This point probably fits into the "no distractions" category, but it bears repeating as its own item because of how much a difference it can make in your enjoyment of fishing. During the day, between roaring speedboat motors, loudmouthed fellow anglers, the nearby sound of car traffic, and who know what other sonic disturbances, it can be far too loud to feel like you're actually enjoying the most of what fishing has to offer. Take a solitary evening cruise, and you'll be able to hear everything, from the sound of the waves to the noise of a fish breaking the surface of the water nearby. For some anglers, silence is merely an aid to thought and to the dissolution of stress. For others, it actually figures in to how they locate and catch fish. Either way, it's a benefit of sunset fishing.
Summer heat can get pretty intense when you are out on a boat or a riverbank all day, and short of jumping in the water, spooking all the fish, and drenching your clothes, there's not much relief available. Going fishing at sunset will mean that you are essentially taking advantage of the best part of the day weather-wise. At dusk on a summer night, the temperature is not too hot and not too cold. The risk of getting sunburned is gone, and the pleasant breeze flowing off the water will revitalize your appreciation for the season and for the sport of fishing in general.
More fishing time on the schedule
Finding large blocks of time to get away and go fishing is tough. Your friends, your family or your spouse might object to you disappearing all day every day during the weekend, and most mornings and afternoons are otherwise occupied by work or school. If you've been fighting to find time during the week to go fishing, look no further than the hours between dinnertime and bedtime.
No distractions for you or the fish
If you go for an evening fishing outing, chances are you are either making the trek alone or going out with only your closest fishing buddy. The lack of distractions on a sunset fishing outing can help you focus to catch fish. The lack of other fishermen, boats, jet skis, swimmers and other human diversions on the water will also help the fish be more relaxed and less distracted.
It puts the peak of your day where it belongs
What's your favorite part of the day? For many anglers, the answer will always be whenever they get to go fishing. If your fishing time is in the middle of the day, things may well be all downhill from there. When you go sunset fishing, it provides a perfect, satisfying, and poetic end to your day.