When most boats are being pulled out for the night, Bomber Lures ambassador Daniel Griffee and his buddies often are just launching. This time of year, some of Griffee’s favorite fishing occurs after the sun goes down.

Griffee, who lives near the tidal portion of North Carolina’s Neuse River, focuses on docks at night. More specifically, he targets dock lights. Docks that remain lit through the night illuminate an area of water. Baitfish and shrimp congregate in the lit area when the rest of the water is dark, and various predator species move in for the buffet.

“The waterway is calm, the winds have went away, and the only sounds your hear are pops, slurps and splashing from fish under the docks,” Griffee said. “We travel from dock to dock in hopes to catch something, and when you see them crushing bait on top, it’s like Christmas morning as a 10-year-old all over again.”

Some docks hold feeding fish quite consistently. Others can be on or off any give night. Once recent night, the fish seemed to be in the lights of every dock, with big numbers and high quality in some places – and they definitely were eating.

“For a solid 15-minute period we sat back and watched red drum crushing bait repeatedly,” Griffee said.

The fishing approach is simple. Griffee moves from one lit dock to the next, watching and listening for feeding activity. If the fish are home and active, he casts a soft-plastic shrimp or minnow rigged on a Bomber Shad-Head Jig-Head or Stand-Up Jig-Head, swims it though the lights and holds on tight. A small YUM Money Minnow ranks among Griffee’s favorite plastics.

One extra fun aspect of this style of fishing is that catches tend to be nicely varied. The final tally was 13 speckled trout, six redfish and four striped bass.