If you truly want to catch a lot of fish while sight fishing, then you have to try night fishing. Many of the houses and canals in the Tampa area have underwater lights or lights hanging over the water. baitfish and shrimp are attracted to these lights and snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, and other predators are not far behind. This is as visual as it gets with fish sitting in the lights and destroying anything that swims through the light. As my good friend Capt. Nick Angelo Says, “Night time is the right time”.
The other night time option is tarpon fishing on the local bridges in the light lines. This is not for the weak of heart. To see a 100 plus pound fish swim through the lights in front of you only 15 ft away will cause your knees to wobble. To see that fish open his mouth and eat your fly or lure will take your breath away. This is hardcore, close quarter, combat fishing with fiberglass rods and straight 80 lb leaders. We are hooking 40-120 lb tarpon within 15 ft of the boat and it is an awesome experience you will never forget.