Have you every pulled up to a dock light and seen pops all over the water and struggled to get bites? If so odds are you were fishing much too large of equipment. Downsizing is the key to after hours light fishing. With these new age underwater green lights the fish’s vision is superb so drop that line size down to a 6-10lb flourocarbon. The trout you are catching are typically school trout so breaking off is not a big issue. Also if you pay attention to the bait the fish are feeding on its typically very small minnows and 50-100 count shrimp. So down size that lure! We absolutely love the Matrix Mini for this style of fishing whuch is a bait we designed for crappie, aka white perch fishing. We typically put it on our 1/8th oz mini golden eye head and a straight retrieve is best if the specks are actively striking the surface. Speck strikes make a sound like no other. It is not a slash on the surface or a swipe, that is typically lady fish or another speedy fish. Trout strikes sound just like if you were to throw a bottle cap in the water upside down and it were to hit the water surface flush. It is a suction type sound. I could tell you want is on a light blind folded I believe as I grew up learning how to fish by fishing at night. When you find a light with this beautiful suction sound back way off. 90% of the time the trout are in the shadows. Specks typically aren’t right above an underwater light or right below an above water light. They love to lurk in the shadows so don’t crowd the light. If you are looking for good lights the underwater green ones are good but a lot of times they are better used as a natural aquarium and very exciting to watch the fish rather than catch as they are very smart on those. You will pull up to one many of times and see fish all over. Catch 2-3 immediately and then the gig is up. Their vision is phenomenal on these lights and they tend to be much smarter. My favorite is sodium vapor lights. These are the very bright orange ones. they are typically rectangle in size and they are great. The fish do not seem to be quite as intelligent on these and you can pull 10-30 trout off a light of this sort. There is no need to pull up to a light and set anchor or drop the trolling motor and make continues cast to see the trout are there. Pull up, stay distant, keep engine running. Then stand high on bow of the boat and look and listen. They will tell you within 30 seconds whats going on.. If you don’t see dark flashes crossing the lights edge or that infamous suction sound, simply put the boat back in gear and push to the next one. Some lights are duds but the next one just 100 yards away is a gold mine. The good lights typically whole true always. One light you will find to be good every time you go and others to be ghost towns every time you pass by so take mental note of where the good ones are. If you are fishing camp lights out in the big water at night such as the open lake be safe and cautius and try and fish these on calmer nights. These are the lights that you can load up on and catch limits. If you find a light holding 14-20″ trout with some reds mixed in beef it up to 15lb matrix flouro and switch to your favorite Matrix Shad or Vortex Shad. If you find the fish to be more of that 10-14″ class stay with the perch equipment discussed above and you will out fish your friends 10 to 1. Another tip I’ll leave you with is if you pull up to a light and rip off 10 quick by reeling it high in the water column then the bite shuts down do these two things. Next few cast let bait go to bottom and the fish will sometimes submerge. If that doesn’t prevail a few more then simply go to another light and give that one an hour then come back to it. Nine out of ten times when you return they will be back on the surface swarming like bees.
Author: Chas Champagnehttp://matrixshad.com
Capt. Chas Champagne is an avid angler, located in Slidell, LA. Capt. Chas owns and operates Dockside Bait & Tackle and also manufactures his own tackle producing the Matrix Shad fishing lure and the Golden Eye jig heads.