Night fishing on Stockton Lake, Missouri

Yay - I caught a fish! Picture by Tom (Glen) Pierce
Yay – I caught a fish! Picture by Tom (Glen) Pierce
Friday night I had my first opportunity to try out night fishing. Tom invited me to go night fishing with him on Stockton Lake. Just before four pm we set off with Tom’s boat in tow for the fifty odd mile drive to Stockton.

By five-thirty we were fishing and enjoying the lake side scenery from the comfort of the boat. In fact we did a whole lot more enjoying of the scenery than we did catching fish. On the rocks and bare branches by the lakeside the damsel flies were out in their hundreds, looking like delicate bunches of small pale blue flowers waving in the breeze. We saw two herons that reluctantly moved as we started casting close to the shore where they were sitting. One of them flew with it’s neck outstretched so that it could call out, well croak. I’ve not seen a heron fly with it’s neck out before, and it soon folded it’s neck in normal heron flying pose. We also saw a turkey vulture which sat in a bare tree eyeing us up, presumably for a potential meal.

By seven pm we’d ‘half caught’ a couple of small perch and that was it. By half caught, I mean the fish managed to get off our hooks before we could properly land them. It was about this time that I switched to my ‘Lucky’ fishing hat (Tom scoffed at this), but he caught a fish shortly afterwards. Around eight I decided that if I couldn’t catch a decent fish at least I’d try for some nice pictures, and started snapping away at the sunset which was absolutely stunning.

Once the sun went down a change in fishing strategy was required, so Tom lent me a heavier rod and I tried fishing with what is best described as a rubber worm. The bass seemed to like them, Tom caught several, and I managed to catch one nice sized large mouth bass. We continued fishing until around ten-thirty when we called it a day. Despite the slow start we’d got some nice fish and enjoyed a peaceful evening on the lake.

I arrived home according to plan, just after twelve, which was fine, except we’re going to St Louis to drop the girls off with their father Saturday, and onward camping after that. Saturday might end up being a long day, especially as the van still hasn’t got any air conditioning.

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