Get To Know The Snook

Our Underwater Fish Lights aren’t called “snook lights” for no reason! The longer your light is in the water, the more fish you are going to see. One of the most popular inshore species of fish our customers see is the snook. Our lights will also attract tarpon, redfish, and many more predator fish species. 

Some customers purchase our dock lights to make it easier to see and catch snook, and they are never disappointed! Snook are one of the most popular inshore gamefish. They are caught recreationally in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Atlantic. Commercial fishing of snook has been prohibited in multiple states. Because of this, most of the targeting of snook is done by recreational fishermen.

Know Where To Look

Snook generally like to hang out in mangroves, but also around bridges, docks, and other structures. So, when you see a dock light, you will most likely see snook swimming around. Most snook will be hanging out in the shadows. They might only swim through the light to strike at a bait fish that was attracted to the light. 

Fake It Till You Make It

They key to landing a snook at a fish light is simple. Just act as much like the baitfish as possible. Obviously, we don’t mean you should jump in the water and start swimming around the light. We’re referring to what you have on your hook. You’ll want to ensure your lure or live bait are swimming in the patterns as the other fish around the light. 

If you do not see much shrimp at your dock light, then we suggest against using shrimp bait or lures on your hook. If you see mostly small minnows, then choose a lure that matches those species. 

Once you have something on your hook that resembles the rest of the baitfish, it’s time to start casting. You’ll want to cast out into the shadows passed the light, then reel your line in through the fish light. This will keep your lure from scaring everything in the light when it “plops” into the water.

Just keep casting in a pattern matching the bait fish and within a few casts, you should have a fish on! 

Don’t Lose It!

When you hook the snook, it’s going to be a little bit of a fight depending on the size. Snook are smart, and they’ll try to lose the hook by jumping, or swimming under and through different structures. When you first hook the snook, try to steer it away from the dock pilings and any other waterway obstructions. For many fishermen, once the snook juts under a dock, the fight is lost. So, stay vigilant and have fun! Snook are one of the most fun inshore species of fish to catch! Good luck and tight lines to all!


Know The Species

It would next to impossible to go night fishing without knowing exactly what you’re fishing for. To avoid getting a boat full of catfish, you’ll need to learn and understand the species you’re targeting. Unless of course, catfish is your goal. If so, you shouldn’t have too much trouble! There are many more than just the two species we have listed here, but these are the most popular. If you don’t see your favorite fish species below, don’t fret! Shoot us an email and tell us about your favorite species to night fish for and you can be featured in our next blog or video!

Snook

Snook are known for being smart, and also good fighters. If you want to catch a snook, you’re going to have to work for it. Snook are one of the most popular recreationally fished species in the country. They’re incredibly fun to fight, and make a really good meal. Commercial fishing for this species is outlawed in multiple states, so snook have become something of a rare meal unless you find yourself catching some snook during season!

Snook usually eat small baitfish and crustaceans like shrimp. They perform “ambush strikes” that are strong enough for you to feel in your rod when they strike. After setting your hook, they put up a big fight. Many times, snook will try to swim under docks or around other structures and break your line, so try to steer them away! Even though it sounds rather daunting, snook are one of the most fun fish to fight and catch. So get out there and have some fun!

Tarpon

Tarpon, also known as the “silver king”, is one of the most popular recreational species in Florida. Every year, thousands of people travel to different areas of Florida during tarpon season to try to land a huge tarpon. These fish can grow to be massive, with the largest tarpon catch weighing over 295 lbs. This species is also known for their frequent jumps while on the hook. Tarpon can jump up to 10ft in the air while shaking their gills. Many fishermen will tell you that the most frequent time they lose a tarpon is when they’re in mid-jump. Whether you’re fishing with artificial lures or flies, it’s best to keep to dark colors while targeting tarpon. Deep purples and blacks tend to achieve more attention from the tarpon than most other colors. Landing a tarpon is one of the most exciting things an inshore fisherman can experience. So go give it a shot!

Get the Right Gear

One of the most important things to remember while fishing with dock lights is to bring the right gear. Seeing the fish is one thing, but actually showing them something they want to strike at, is a different matter all together. You don’t want to get all the way out to a good fishing spot and not have the tools you need! Below are the best lures we suggest for fishing dock lights, as well as some other tools that really come in handy.

DOA TerrorEyz

The DOA TerrorEyz lure is a GREAT choice when it comes dock light fishing. No matter how many lures you put in your tackle box, this small minnow should definitely be one of them! Designed to set horizontally, even on a vertical drop – this unique rigging method allows for an extremely high hook up ratio. The design also allows this lure to hold in strong current. This patented design has been proven to catch anything from freshwater Crappie and Walleye to saltwater Tarpon and Spanish Mackerel. Multiple weighted eyes are available for each size lure

DOA Bait Buster

One more shoutout for DOA is the DOA Bait Buster! We suggest using the Deep Runner Bait Busters. The bigger guys usually like to swim deeper! Depending on the model, this lure will tease the fish on the surface or along the bottom. The single upright hook system reduces hang-ups and weed problems. The hollow body allows the lure to collapse in the fish’s mouth and insures better hooksets. Anywhere you fish — from casting in the local bass pond to trolling offshore — DOA Bait Buster lures will produce for you.

LiveTarget Sardine Swimbait

LiveTarget has combined nature’s best with modern technology to create an exciting new collection of swimbaits. Available in common forages, the new LiveTarget Swimbait Series is designed to look and swim just like live bait. The profile of the body and tail is so accurately matched and anatomically scaled, it sets a new industry standard to match-the-hatch. The tail is precisely fitted with a strategically engineered oscillator that generates a side-to-side tail swing action. Every swimbait has its own signature action, making it come alive and swim just like its natural counterpart.

LED Headlamp

It’s not very shocking that it’s dark while you’re out night fishing. This might be an obvious choice when going dock light fishing, but many people forget about it! All of us here at Underwater Fish Light have been stuck out in the dark without a headlamp, and trust me, it was not fun. These great energizer headlamps are cheap and work great! There are also some other light configurations like light clips, or just a flashlight, but we’ve found that it’s easier to use the handsfree headlamp that will turn in the direction you’re looking at.