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Updated: 05/23/2014 08:00:01AM

A night at the pass

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By Robert Lugiewicz

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When was the last time you stayed up until 2 a.m.? I know this is a town that shuts down early, but there are a few folks who keep late hours. Even if you’re not a night owl by nature, I’ve got something that might make you want to give up a bit of sleep: Nighttime fishing at the local passes.

Big redfish, snook, mangrove snapper, sharks, cobia, tarpon, enormous ladyfish — they all hang out in these areas after dark. Passes are fish magnets all the time. Most local anglers know that current is usually a requirement for good fishing, and there are few places that see more current than the passes. But once the sun goes down and most human activity ceases, the fish really show up — and they’re not shy about coming in close to shore.

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