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Old 05-31-2014, 08:33 PM   #1
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I have set out new underwater lights. my problem is not attracting the fish but
catching them. I need help on how to get them to bite. I've used shrimp under a float, but the fish hit the float not the shrimp. I used double ghost jigs and caught a few. I've tried pulling Johnson spoons through the lights and the fish will follow all the way to dock. all help appreciated.

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try a very small white grub tail, or a white on white deceiver (fly). Also depending on the depth of the water, some stealth may be required. In shallow water expect the commotion of landing a fish to put the others down for about 15 minutes of no casting....if your in a boat, approach quietly by electric trolling motor. Work the areas outside the ring of light 1st....good luck!

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Go light/Ultra light.

4-8# mono or FC, and tie directly onto a #4-6 kahle hook, no swivel or weight.
Let the shrimp swim naturally. Try the same with some small LYs.
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thanks for the information. Can you tell me what the LYs are, and also with the grub do I use a jig head with it. the water depth is about 5 to 7 feet in depth. I have the lights set about 30ft from my dock, hard to cast that far.
I'm thinking I need to bring the lights closer to the doc.
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LY, slang for Alewive, true name Scaled Sardine.

https://www.google.com/search?q=scal...x-a&channel=sb

Yes, a small jig head.
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I have the lights set about 30ft from my dock, hard to cast that far.
I'm thinking I need to bring the lights closer to the doc.
Yeah I would put it at the dock. The fish will hold under the dock then. Just free line a shrimp. No weight just tied straight to the hook and you'll get'em !

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Go light/Ultra light.

4-8# mono or FC, and tie directly onto a #10 treble, no swivel or weight.
Let the shrimp swim naturally. Try the same with some small LYs.
I may be wrong, but i thought you couldn't use a treble with live shrimp??
or other inshore live baits?? Of course you can use one with a live cigar minnow on the pier.....for kings etc.

anyone know the rule on this?
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I may be wrong, but i thought you couldn't use a treble with live shrimp??
or other inshore live baits?? Of course you can use one with a live cigar minnow on the pier.....for kings etc.

anyone know the rule on this?
Excuse me, I'm a Bama boy.

I had to check Forida rules, you're correct, many SW species are prohibited with a treble hook.
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Apparently it isn't a problem when fishing Pelagics. Except for Tripletails, which are listed under Pelagics.
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Use a Vudu shrimp, my favorite color for them on dock lights is white w chartreuse tail. You will not be disappointed, trout on dock lights are my specialty. You don't have to use super light leader, I use 15lb fluorocarbon and do just fine. The key is using a long leader
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Live shrimp on a small bare hook, no leader no weight. no bobber.. Just cast it barely in the shadow beyond the light. Let it go past the light. You'll know by the way the line comes off the reel when a trout has grabbed it. Reel it in and set the hook.(not too hard with no leader,trout have soft mouths anyway).

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After a few tries if you don't hook up, move to the next light. The fish get smart quick it seems.

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