Night Time Dock Lights!
We decided last night was the best night of the week to plan our night trip with winds predicted to be 5mph out of the Southeast. We launch from Jensen Causeway about 7:30pm and still have a little daylight so we stop on the edge of a flat and pick up a few small trout and bluefish. The sun sets and were off to the dock lights. The 1st one is just a dull light but we can see many trout swimming around it. Dad tosses a twitch bait in there and pulls out a 19 inch trout. They are still there but not interested in what we have. We skip a few lights to save them for the way back and head to our other ones. The wind is now 5-7mph, but nearly straight from the south. We fish the few calm lights we know and jump some of the biggest ladyfish I have ever seen! We start up the motor and then set up a drift so were going with the wind. The 1st few have some snook under them but the wind blows us by too quickly to really fish them hard. A few bites, but no hookups. Down a canal and I can see a big trout cruising under the first light. Throw my CAL in there and watch it get blasted! I hook it but its not doing the typical trout head shaking. Just dead weight... Until it got to the top, where it starts to fight. Biggest fish of the night by far, but it escapes our grasps. Every bit of 24 or 25 inches. We debate whether to fish the windy dock lights or not and decide to give it a shot. The south wind is blowing right in on them. We start to fish the first set of lights. One cast and I'm pulling in a 20 inch trout! Right about that time. The owners of the dock come out and inform us that "You have to be 500 feet off the dock!" We reply by saying that if were 500 feet off then we can't reach the lights... My very next cast in there, as the owner is coming out to the dock. I hook into one and drag starts peeling off. Right at that same moment, the owner called us every name under the book. Saying he was going to call the Sheriff, etc. We tell him we will just release this snook and be on our way. We land it and then snap a few pics and make sure they see us release it. Not that it made a difference to them. On the very next lights we double up on smaller trout. 16 and 17 inches. Really hard to fish them and take good pictures when your getting rocked by the waves. Our last few lights that we skipped are pretty calm. Down a canal that is brightly lit. 1 cast under the dock and we watch another snook slam the CAL. Right about that time we hear someone say "That's enough for tonight guys" and see his dock lights go out. The fish is putting up a good fight. Stripping drag and making runs, we finally get it up to the boat and too my surprise its only about 24 inches. It swiped at the CAL and got hooked down near the gills so that was why. The hook popped right out with no problems and the fish kicked away. With no lights in the canal now we have 2 or 3 left before we leave. This next one is loaded with snook. Our first few casts under there, 24 to 28 inch snook are swiping at the CAL, but dont get it! Then dad pulls out a big 22 inch trout that put up quite the fight. All the snook in there but eventually they spook off and we move on. I decide to pick up the DOA Shrimp for the last light. I have never caught anything on it. But on our last light, I sight cast an 18 inch trout with it! We could of fished more and caught more I'm sure but it was getting late. We leave at about 11pm. Happy with the trip and only having 1 fish throw the hook all night. We totaled 9 trout(all between 16 and 22inches) and 2 snook(23 and 24 inches). Mirrolure twitch baits, DOA CALS and DOA Shrimp were the lures of choice. We used them in glow!
Treasure Coast Tackle