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Captain Jim Hammond  -  Jacksonville, FL     Inshore  
Tel: (904) 757-7550.

July 1, 2015

Light Up the Night  

Do you hate the midday boiling temperature but still like to eat fish. Well, either get started before the sun comes up and get your fish before 10:00 am or do what I did last night and fish the lighted docks at night for some of the best trout action you can imagine. Every night, this time of the year, this bite is going on somewhere in the waters near you if you live in coastal Georgia, Florida, Louisiana or Texas. These lighted docks attract small bait fish and shrimp and with very large concentrations of bait under the lights, you guessed it, big numbers of trout to eat the bait. I have seen the numbers of trout under these lighted docks in the hundreds or maybe thousands. Sometimes there will be other fish enjoying the plethora of forage, like redfish or ladyfish but the main species under the lights are trout.  

You might ask, which docks have these big numbers of trout under them and my response would be, get out and look. When I started night fishing 40 plus years ago, I went with a guy that went to a dock, put his anchor down and told me wait for the action and then sat down and waited. I thought to myself, what the heck is going on here. He did not have a rod in his hand, nor was he rigging baits, he was just sitting and looking at the dock. I have never been much for just sitting and waiting for the fish to jump in the boat, so I grabbed a rod, tied on a lead head jig with a soft plastic and started throwing toward the lit up area along-side the dock. He quickly commented “you are wasting your time boy” and returned to puffing on his cigar. Now, I had heard of the hundreds of trout he had caught under these lighted docks and was wondering how he caught them while sitting in the boat smoking. Have I been hoodwinked or are the fish going to start jumping in the boat? I made about thirty cast without even a slight tap on the lure but I knew I had to at least try to catch fish on  my bait as I had never had a pile of trout jump in my boat. I knew he had caught piles of trout at night because I had seen him with coolers full of fat trout. Am I missing something or is someone coming by with a big cooler of trout to give him?  

About thirty minutes after we got to the dock, he started to tie on lead heads to this rods and after he had several rods rigged, he made a cast and low and behold he was hooked up. He angled the fish to the boat and said “well, are you fishing or what”. I looked to the dock, where he had cast and saw what looked like a school of jacks crashing baits on the surface but what looked like jacks were trout. I quickly tossed my lure toward the dock and before it got down a couple of feet, I was hooked up. I wound in my 2 pound trout, threw it in the cooler and made another cast and was again hooked up. I now knew what he was waiting on, while he was sitting smoking his cigar. He was waiting on the fish to get there based on the level of tide. He had this dock timed so perfectly, that he knew just about what time to get there for the action. As we fished he talked about fishing these docks and told me he knew which docks held fish and what time the fish would show up. He had been doing this for a long time and knew each dock. He knew where to throw to keep from getting hung up on bottom structure and which light produced the most trout.  

We continued to toss our soft plastics under the lighted dock and before long, we had a big cooler full of trout. Back then the limit on trout was at least 12 inches and there was not a bag limit. When the cooler was full, we returned to the dock and headed back home.  

Since this night, I have chased these trout for many years up and down the waters in the Jacksonville area and now I have learned which docks hold the biggest numbers and when to be there to take advantage of this bounty.  

I learned these docks by riding and looking for the surface strikes and when you get to a dock that holds fish, you will know from the numbers of fish crashing baits on the surface. I know most of you have seen jacks striking baits on the surface and the trout do the same thing at night under the lighted docks.  

Here are a few things to look for when you head out for this kind of fishing:

You want to look for docks with lights shining on the water. Docks with no lights do not usually have fish on them.

I like the outgoing tide but the incoming will work but not nearly as good.

Ease up slowly to the dock and look along-side and under the dock for the fish striking on the surface.

Keep an eye out for tug boats going by as the wake they throw out will be big ones. These tugs seem to go faster at night than in the day time.

Bring more than one jig head as you are going to lose a few.

Bring a few different colors and style of soft plastics and if the fish are there and a few cast does not produce a strike, change the soft plastic to another color or style.

These fish are usually feeding on glass minnows or shrimp, so a soft plastic around 4 inches is a good size to use.

Do not position your boat close to the fish or you will spook them. Keep just far enough away that you have to make a long cast to get to the action.

Do not get frustrated if you lose a few hooks on bottom structure, as this WILL HAPPEN.


If you put in the time, you should be able to find several docks in your area that consistently hold fish at night.

 Inshore day time action:  

The creeks are still holding reds and a few flounder and they are eating a shrimp or minnow and I have continues to have real good success on the lures a started making a few months ago.

Float fishing for trout around drop offs and docks is still doing pretty good. Jacks are everywhere on the flood tide along with a few lady fish. They will eat almost anything you throw to them. I have started to catch a few flounder but the flounder bite is not on fire. There are some big reds in the river and they can be caught on cut crab and chunks of lady fish, fished on the bottom.

 Good Fishing

Jim Hammond

Capt. Jim’s Fun Fishing Inc

Jacksonville, Fl 32226

904 757 7550



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Florida Keys Fishing Report week of 7/13/14
Well, this late season Dolphin season just seems to keep getting better.   The school Dolphin that are being caught are all nice fish usually from 4 to 8 pounds in weight.  There are plenty of “teenagers” out there as the charter captains call them, in the 10 to 20 pound range also.  There have been plenty of slammer Mahi brought to the dock this past week also. Catchalottafish Charters had a rack of nice slammer Dolphin in the 25 to 35 pound range.  Captain Joe on the Fearless charter boat had a Bull Dolphin weighing in at 56.5 pounds.  These great catches were mostly from 20 to over 25 miles from the islands.  To make things a little interesting, a great number of Dolphin are not hitting trolled lures and must be visually located and cast to with fresh dead Ballyhoo or live baits such as Pinfish , Cigar Minnows or Pilchards.
Reef action is centering around the Yellowtail Snapper.  Look for a drop off in the reef where there is a vertical wall and anchor backing up to the wall.  There are a number of these areas all along the reef from Tennessee reef up to the John Pennekamp reef area.  If you have a sonar unit you will “mark” the body of Yellowtail hovering near the coral.  Anchor so that your transom is in 80 feet of water or so depending on the depth you mark the fish and the current.  Use two bags of chum and ladle some soft chum mixed with oats every time you free line a bait down and away.  There will be Mutton and Mangrove Snapper in those schools too.  Suspend a big live bait off of the bottom so as to not get hung in the rock and perhaps Mr. Grouper will oblige.
Gulf and Bay:
The Gulf will provide great action during these hot times.  The deeper water will offer more likable temperatures for fish and the bait they want.  It can be as easy as blindly running out into 8 to 12 feet of water, anchoring and chumming.  There may be Trout and Snapper foraging in the lush grass on the Gulf bottom.  There are “spots” such as areas of live bottom and wrecks that will be nearly a guarantee of great variety and quality fish too.  Look for Permit, Cobia, Sharks, Jacks, Trout, Ladyfish, Tripletail and more.
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The Flamingo area, it is feast one day and tough the next, but always a good bet.  There will be Snook, redfish, Drum and Tarpon in the drains and channels and in the deeper moats around the islands.  The last of the falling tide is often best in channels and higher water along shorelines and islands.   It should not be to difficult to catch a load of Pinfish for bait.  Around Islamorada in the channels and along the banks are Tarpon and Permit in good supply.  Fish  comfortable in low light or darkness for best results with Tarpon.








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