Fishing Tip: downsize flies when fishing under lights

March 17, 2008 by John - No Comments

petenight.jpg In many coastal areas, game fish congregate under lights after dark, capitalizing on the congregations of bait fish that gather there. Along the Gulf coast, spin and (especially) fly anglers target snook, sea trout, redfish and juvenile tarpon in this manner, and — given that fish can sometimes be found in great numbers under residential dock lights, especially in the cooler months — it can be a highly productive affair. Most of the bait fish and shrimp that are found under such lights are on the small side, though, so “match the hatch” with small flies (hook size 2 to 6 or so). Work the edges of the light, and use weighted versions to get down to fish that are reluctant to rise to your offerings.