Zeke Cernea and I had been planning this trip for some time. We were on a small city reservoir just outside Monroe City, Mo.

This is a fantastic body of water with plenty of structure and plenty of big bass. We had a specific area of the lake we wanted to fish that night.

Mike Roux takes advantage of cool summer nights to score on really big bass.

There were hundreds of submerged logs and trees. We were going to fish two of my favorite methods: for largemouth bass, at night, with large, noisy topwater plugs and also on the bottom with soft plastic baits.

Many new challenges arise when fishing after dark. One of the biggest potential problems, especially on a large body of water, is getting lost.

Most of your familiar landmarks disappear with the sun. Navigation becomes a little hazardous and sometimes not knowing exactly where you are can get a little tense.

I remember one night when a 2 or 3-hour catfishing adventure turned into an “all-nighter” because I could not find my marina on Table Rock Lake in SW Missouri.

Be sure of your directions and be sure somebody knows where you are supposed to be.

Another interesting aspect of night fishing is blind casting. Granted, if you have a good moon, and after your eyes adjust, you can see more than you thought you would.

But all too often trees, stumps and even the shore can sneak-up on you at unexpected times in unexpected places.

Making a full overhead cast with a level-wind reel and having your lure hit a tree limb five feet out can cause a mess in your reel that you could not get out at noon, much less at midnight.

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