3 Ways to Moonlight Bass with Josh Bertrand by Jody Only, Page 2

3 Ways to Moonlight Bass with Josh Bertrand by Jody Only, Page 2


Fall 2019

When the full moon actually comes up over the mountains, or rises up, it just pops out and up it can be like a light switch and that can make all the difference for fishing. It doesn’t have to be the absolute full moon; but any night around the full moon is going to be more productive.


A few additional pieces of equipment can be used for better night fishing.

I use four types of light for safety and to make it easier to fish:

• Of course, your boat

navigation lights

• A good spotlight for running

• A headlamp

• A black light (some guys don’t like to use one;

but I do)

When picking a good black light, I am looking for one that doesn’t draw a ton of power from the battery and suction cups that allow it to be stuck to the side of the boat.

Like I said, some people don’t use a black light; but I can hardly fish without it, at night. I use it to illuminate the line, which can tell you the bait is on the bottom or that a fish has picked it up and started swimming with it. If you’re not able to feel the bite, a blacklight may allow you to see it and that is a big deal in night fishing.


Fluorescent colored lines are typically what you can see with the blacklight. I use Trilene Fluorescent Blue on a lot of my baitcasters, because it comes in heavier sizes. I like it in 17- or 20-pound- test.

On spinning rods, I like braided lines or super

lines and the Berkeley Nanofil High Vis Yellow glows under blacklight. It is the only super line on the market that I know of that does.


A lot of the bait colors that

I would use during the day will

still work at night; but I generally

pick darker shades – black, blue,

purple and dark green pumpkin.

When you have a full moon

with relatively clear water, I

think I think those darker colors

show up a little better and leave

a better silhouette.

Another cool thing is the

color “motor oil” from Berkley PowerBait actually glows in the dark with a black light; so, you can literally see it if you’re pitching it or casting it towards a wall.


I keep nighttime fishing pretty simple. I know a lot of the people back East throw spinnerbaits; but out here in the West, I’ve always had better luck with three specific techniques – dropshotting, pitching a Texas-rig worm or craw and deep cranking.

DROPSHOT: I will use a little bulkier bait at night, than I normally would. Often, I will use a six-inch Berkley Bottom Hopper in Ike’s magic, which works really well in the dark. I also use a short leader at night, which I think is critical to keep the bait close to the bottom.

TEXAS RIG: For this technique, I like a Berkley Chigger Craw or the 10-inch Power Worm, both in black and blue or motor oil. These are good for big bites.

CRANKBAIT: For nighttime crankin’, the Berkley Dredgers are my favorite. I don’t feel that crankbait color matters as much at night. I go for a

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