Bass Fishing 101 – Night Tips and Tactics

By John E. Phillips.

“I got him!” Mike Carter of Cedar Bluff, Alabama, who guides for bass and crappie at Guntersville and Weiss lakes,  yelled as we did a little bass fishing at night in the summer of 2020. “Get me the net.” I immediately found the net, handed it to him and watched as he skillfully played the bass down. Using his rod, he dragged the big largemouth into the net and lifted the fish into the boat. We only had been on the water for about an hour and a half before Carter caught this 6-1/2-pound largemouth. Mike definitely has tons of night fishing tips and knows what lures to use for bass fishing at night.

That’s only a glimpse of Carter’s talent as a bass fisherman. Carter often competes in bass-fishing tournaments, and so far, in the first seven months of 2020, 438 bass-fishing tournaments have taken place on Lake Guntersville.

Once Carter had the bass in the live well, I asked him to tell me what just happened and why.