Fishing for snook at night

Night fishing

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Dock light hopping

The sight of a 30-inch, log shaped shadow lurking in the neon of a docklight is what night time snook fishing is all about. The anticipation of drifting or pitching a live bait or soft plastic and watching the shadow rise from the depths to inhale your offering keeps nook fishermen awake at night… literally. When you come tight, the work begins. Keeping a snook out of whatever structure you’re fishing—on the light leader that you’ve used to elicit the bite you’ve just induced—can be something of an art form.

When it comes to targeting dock lights, a well full of live shrimp is a great option. Pinning a shrimp into a 2/0 octopus hook (hooked from the bottom of the tail through the top), allows you to pitch your bait where you need it—and to move it naturally. Today’s ultra-realistic swim bait are also a great choice here. If you don’t see individual fish in the lights, try casting a few times around the periphery of the lights Who knows what type of monster snook might be lurking just beyond the reach of the light? The ease with which a fly enters the water—and the fact that you’re targeting illuminated structure and often able to cast to individual fish—make dock light hopping a great excuse to sling your 9-weight.

Running the Bridges

The success of bridge fishermen catching big snook at night has created something of a Flarehawk revolution. You can fish these jigs from a boat or the bridge itself. Just bounce it off the bottom or utilize a steady retrieve that keeps the lure within a foot of the bottom. Work of warning… when slinging a flarehawk into the night, keep a firm grip on your rod. Live bait is another staple of the night time approach to bridge fishing. Drifting a live shrimp or mullet into the shadows can elicit bites from snook or tarpon. If you are stationary or plan to anchor the boat and fish the same area for an extended period, a live mullet (or a big dead one) on the bottom can be a great approach for snook, or even big snapper.