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Look closely at any docklight and try to see which way the current is flowing. If your fly or lure or bait comes into view with the current your chances of some action go up. Also, if you're on foot look to see if you can cast to that light without ever setting foot on the dock since you need a cat burglar's feet on any dock where there's fish in a light...
Hope this helps
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Use live bait, preferably cast uptide and allow the bait to drift to the fish.
If you can find a light source that shines down from above the water, those tend to be more productive, in my experience at least. One of the biggest snook I ever caught was past the edge of a street light shining down on the water. So when the fishing is tough targeting those snook in the lights, might as well put a big bait out in the dark. Eventually those fish in the lights will eat and in the meantime you might get a monster.
Under said street lights..
Now if you can find a dock in a pass, with lots of hard moving water, that's a different story. Those fish will generally respond to some artificials, and definitely live bait such as pinfish, big shrimp, and big scaled sardines, or dead mullet and ladyfish.
We’re over on the Atlantic side of things and most of my night charters are between Miami and Miami Beach. I’ve been fishing that area since the early seventies, but only took up guiding in 1996.
We fish only ladyfish we catch ourselves each day - and when we’re fishing chunks I want them from a fish that was kicking when we cut it...
For snook we use the exact same rig for both live and dead ladies. A rod’s length of 80lb mono with a 5/0 Eagle Claw #85 hook and an egg sinker on the leader that is slid right down to the hook (it’s called a knocker rig). A live lady is hooked just like a live mullet (hook inside the mouth - then out of the top jaw). Sinkers range from 1/2oz all the way up to 1 1/2 oz -depending on the current at each spot).
Each rod for either live or dead bait is left in gear in a rod holder using standard fighting drag -no “drop back ” ever... I tell my anglers not to touch the rod until it bends over and the reel screams... We only fish one or two rods this way while we're anchored or staked out. After the big rods are set out we then use lures around whatever structure we're fishing and just let the bottom rods sit quietly until a bait is picked up (then it's pandemonium...).
At night I wouldn’t set up any differently... We only fish cut bait in places where there is a noticeable current...
Fishing with these baits we’ve caught and released some really big fish - snook up to 25lbs, sawfish up to 14 feet long, sharks as big as they get. Goliath grouper, gag grouper, big jack crevalle, cobia, redfish -our biggest - 35lbs, tripletail to 18lbs, tarpon as big as they get (but for tarpon we use a float -not a sinker).
I wouldn’t do any different if fishing at night - but in Biscayne Bay at night we’re mostly using flies or lures... since there's bait around at night there only occasionally...
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