During the summer when the water temperatures are near 90, night fishing is productive. Tarpon and snook are more active at night because the temperature will drop a few degrees after sunset.
Tarpon at night: One of my favorite ways to catch tarpon is sight-casting to them under the major bridges. This is a productive way to have an action-packed night. Anchor under the bridge about 3 feet from the shadow line. You will need to fish the up-tide side of the bridge. The tarpon will swim just inside the shadow line about a foot or two under the surface. You can use live bait such as threadfins, pinfish or whitebait. I prefer to use a jig or swim bait and sight cast to the fish as they swim down the shadow.
Snook at night: Nighttime snook action is good this time of year. One of the best ways to catch them is fishing docks with lights and good current flow. Remember the snook are spooky around docks, so use a stealth approach. Use live baits such as shrimp, white bait and pinfish. Artificial baits such as small jigs, top-water baits and swim baits work great.
Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.