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Beginners Guide: 5 Essential Items for Night Fishing

Updated on March 27, 2016

If you're new to fishing and planning your first night session trip, this guide is designed to aid you in having a successful night fishing session.

Below we will cover all the tackle and other items you will need to have success fishing at night.

As well as the tackle you will need, we will also give you some handy tips for making the most of fishing at night.



There’s nothing more that will help you at night than lighting. There are two main types of lighting that will help you with your night fishing; lamps/bivvy lights and headlights.

Lamps come in all different shapes and sizes, but I would advise using a small and lightweight lamp. In recent years bivvy lights have been made with the anglers in mind. Bivvy lights are lamps you can attach to your bivvy often with a strong magnet strip.

Having a light in your bivvy can make preparing things such as rigs and bait easier in the dark. The most popular bivvy lights are the Phoenix Remote Control Bivvy Light and the RidgeMonkey Bivvy Lite.

Headlights are also really helpful in certain situations such as playing fish and sorting out rigs at night. Many brands have their own headlight so make sure they take small batteries and have secure head protection.



When night fishing some comforts are a must so owning a bedchair will allow you to sleep comfortable and off the ground. There are lots of types of bedchair but I would advise finding one designed for your own personal weight and size.

Find the lightest bedchair you can get away with as you will transportable all your gear around the lake much easier.

Decent bivvy

A shelter is essential to keep you warm and dry at night. When choosing a bivvy you will have to think about how much space you will need and what features you need from a bivvy.

As with the bedchair a lightweight bivvy is ideal for transporting around.

Camera with flash

Whatever camera you own, make sure it has a decent flash as you may need to take photos of your captures at night.

If you're fishing on your own having a tripod and a remote control for your camera will make trophy shots so much easier.



When night fishing and playing the waiting game having something to entertain yourself can make the time just fly by.

Magazines and books or a portable devices are ideal, keeping you entertained for hours. Making rigs and preparing bait can also keep you busy on the bank.


Although there are many more items to make night fishing a lot easier, these five are the most essential items you will need for fishing at night.

I hope you have enjoyed this guide to the five most important items for fishing at night. If you have have any questions about night fishing leave them in the comments below.


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