I like to fish at night, it's cooler, not as many people around acting stupid (is it an act?) and the cats bite better, but Phat (my wife) likes to day fish cause she can see better and the insects are not as bad. Last week we were out on Barkley near the main lake channel, anchored on a drop off from 30 to 55 feet deep. Around 1am she wanted to go home, as we were bringing in the poles she almost jumps off the front of our 171/2 ft boat yelling SNAKE SNAKE. I run up front to her, looking all around trying to see the snake and calm her down at the same time, but I can't find the snake. She finally calms down enough to say "its on YOUR fishing pole". I shine the light to the back of the boat where I fish and sure enough a 2ft garter snake was wrapped around one of my poles. It must have got in the boat at the house and just went for a ride to the lake with us. I did not see it climb up my pole but I cat nap sometimes (getting old I guess) the pole was in a holder at my feet. Sure was glad I did not get a bite and grab that pole/snake, I may never have seen that rod again!!!! Now Phat really don't like to night fish!!!!!!!!!