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|How Lights Work
|Notice: In order for lights to attract plankton,
they can not be competing with sunlight.
Therefore, fishing lights are only effective at night or
under snow covered ice.
|FISHING with artificial light has been around for many years. In the early days the most
common method was to hang a lantern over the side of a boat. Some of the old timers
thought the light attracted bugs (which they did), and in return the fish surrounded the boat in
hopes of getting a meal. There are still those who believe the old theory of fewer bugs, less
fish, but new technology has done much to disprove that theory.
Submersible lights project light directly into the water which leaves little reflected light to
attract bugs on the surface. Why then are fishermen catching more fish using the
submersible lights than ever before? It's actually quite simple, light starts a natural food
chain reaction by attracting a concentration of small microscopic animals called plankton.
Bait fish such as shad and minnows are drawn to the light to feed on the plankton; and larger
game fish move in to feed on the bait fish. It's not uncommon to see bait fish stacked in
columns 15 feet thick under the lights, with game fish suspended directly below them.
Rods, lures, fish locator's and Underwater Lights all help increase your chances of catching
your limits on a daily basis, but they are not magic. In order for lights to attract fish, there has
to be fish to attract. If you have a dock that sits in 2 feet of water and you have never caught
a fish in the area, chances are the lights will not be the magical solution to the problem. If the
water is unsuitable to hold fish, not even lights will help lure fish into unhealthy water.
With that said though, the use of artificial light WILL attract fish to your Boat or Dock if the
boat or dock is located in water capable of holding fish and if you follow the below
Fishing From a Boat
THE BOAT MUST BE ANCHORED IN ORDER FOR THE LIGHTS TO ATTRACT FISH!
If you are drifting, the plankton and bait-fish will never be able to gather around the light
which will stop the food chain before it ever starts. ANCHOR YOUR BOAT WITH AT LEAST
(1) ANCHOR AND PREFERABLE (2) ANCHORS SO IT CAN NOT PIVOT ON ONE ANCHOR
LINE. The more stationery the better!
Set Up In An Area Whre Fishing Are The best Lights, Lures and Boats won't help you a bit
if you're not fishing in an area that holds fish. If the water is to shallow, to deep or doesn't
have sufficient structure nothing will help you catch fish. This holds true when fishing from a
Boat, Dock or thru the Ice! Fish ALWAYS relate to water temperature and some kind of
structure. This can be a drop off adjacent to a river channel, submerged brush or even a pile
of rocks. If you aren't fishing on or near some type of underwater structure your chances of
attracting or catching fish are greatly reduced. Remember, 10% of the water in any lake
holds 100% of the fish. The rest of the lake is dead water....with or without a light. To fish,
an old river channel running through the lake is like a highway to other areas of the lake and
it provides cover and different depths of water for them to forage in. Ideally, a point or a
bridge that has the old river channel running adjacent to it is hard to beat. Try and find a
spot on the point where there is a good drop off. If the top depth is 10' and drops to 50' very
fast, you would want to set up in 15' to 25' of water to start. If you don't have any luck there,
move deeper or shallower until you find the fish. Attracting bait fish is a MUST! If the bait fish
do not show up in the first 30 minutes after setting your lights, move to another spot. Just
because they weren't at one spot doesn't mean they won't be at another spot further down
the lake. Water temperature is a key factor in attracting large numbers of bait fish. If the
water temperature is below 70 degrees there will be less bait fish around the lights. As the
water warms up, the bait fish begin to school up and you will attract them by the thousands
around the lights.
Fishing From a Dock, the water around the dock has to be deep enough to hold fish.
The use of lights will not attract fish to area’s that are not capable of holding fish. If you have
never seen or caught fish around your dock before, lights will probably not help attract them
Set the Lights at the Proper Depth Our SuperBrite Lights and Magnum lights are
designed to be hung off the side of a Boat, Dock, Pier or thru the Ice. There is no reason to
put the lights deeper than 3' under the surface. DO NOT lower the lights to the bottom or let
them lay on the bottom. .
NOTICE: If you will be using our Magnum light or DockPro 6200 light off of a Dock in tidal
waters, be sure and set the lights deep enough that they will not be exposed to air during low
tide! The lights will be damaged if they are not submerged are all times!
Tip: Some fish are skittish of the bright light, so it's always advantageous to not only fish
directly in the light but also fish on the outer edge of the light. Many times, more fish will be
caught on the outer fringe of the light. then directly under or in the light itself. This is usually
always true of snook that can be hard to catch when seen in the light.
How Many Lights Do You Need when fishing from a boat?
IF POSSIBLE, it's always better to use (2) lights compared to (1) light in most
circumstances. Using two lights spread 3' to 4' apart will give you a much wider radius of light
and will allow more fisherman to fish in different zones of the light. However, if you have a
smaller boat, one light will provide sufficient light.
Using (2) lights will also let you experiment with different colors so you can see which color is
attracting more bait-fish on any given night. For example, starting with one white light and
one green light will let you see which light is attracting the most bait-fish at that particular
time. Once you see which color is attracting the most fish, you can switch both lights to the
The color of light is also very important just as it is with fishing lures. Different colors of light
travel further underwater than others in different conditions. Changing from White Light to
Green Light could make all the difference in the world from the eyes of a fish. Again, just
because Green Light may not be working doesn't mean another color won't. As with all
fishing, you have to be patient and try different methods in order to catch fish consistently
night after night.
Lures and Bait
You should always try to use a lure or bait that looks like the bait-fish in the water you are
fishing. You can never go wrong using live bait dipped from the same water you are fishing
in, however artificial baits work as well.
Keep in mind though, If you are using artificial lures it is imperative to keep the lures looking
as real as possible. If you are using a 1/8 oz. lead head jig with a rubber body, you want to
make sure the jig ALWAYS hangs horizontal in the water. If the lure is hanging at an angle it
will greatly reduce the number of hits you have. So, take time to straighten your lure out after
catching a fish, it will increase your strikes 10 fold...I guarantee it..!
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