Re: NANFA-- collecting at night

Dave Neely (
Tue, 11 Jul 2000 21:12:46 CDT


>The other day, someone wrote an interesting account about collecting
> >juvenile gar at night. What other fish are best collected at night?
> >What are others' experiences and tips collecting in the dark?

You learn something new every day- I hadn't thought about trying to collect
gar at night before...

but night collecting/snorkelling is in my experience MUCH more effective for
madtoms and some large darters (eg, Crystallaria, Percina shumardi). The
critical point to remember is to know your site well when you are night
collecting- a misstep can have much more drastic consequences than during
the daytime. The little Petzl or Pelican headlamps are really helpful, and
aren't so powerful as to wipe out your night vision. There are very few ways
more fun to spend a summer night than on a gravel bar of a beautiful river
under the stars.
Catching fish is just icing on the cake.


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