How to Use Lights at Night to Catch Fish

How to Use Lights at Night to Catch Fish
Many different species of fish, both fresh and salt water, may be caught while fishing at night. One of the more common methods for night fishing is to employ the use of lights. Using light at night is a technique designed to attract smaller plankton or food on which bait fish will feed. As the bait fish begin to gather and school around the food, their presence attracts larger game fish, which will approach to feed on the bait fish.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Flood light Submersible fishing light Heavy weight braided string or cord 2 to 3 pounds of weight Boat
  • Flood light
  • Submersible fishing light
  • Heavy weight braided string or cord
  • 2 to 3 pounds of weight
  • Boat
Step 1
Attach the flood light to the railing of the boat that will be used during night fishing. The light should be positioned so as to direct the beam of light downward on the water rather than at an angle.
Step 2
Tie the heavy string or cord to the submersible fishing light and also attach two to three pounds of weight, which will be suspended from the bottom of the light. The purpose is to weight the light so that it will attract bait fish at a desired depth and the weight will also help keep the light more stationary.
Step 3
Position the boat at a location on the water that is conducive to attracting both bait fish and larger game fish such as bass.
Step 4
Shine the rail-mounted flood light onto the surface of the water. Shine the light directly down rather than at an angle. This will help with seeing underneath the surface of the water.
Step 5
Place the submersible light into the water and allow it to sink to a desired depth. Tie the heavy string cord to an anchor point to avoid placing stress on the power cord leading to the light. Turn the lights on and wait for the bait fish to begin to school as they feed.
Step 6
Position a bait such as crank or plastic swim bait, which matches the type of bait fish being attracted, in or near the schooling fish and wait for larger game fish to begin to feed.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure all lighting connections are secure and properly sealed to prevent water from entering and possible causing damage to the equipment or injury during use.
Use caution whenever electrical equipment is used on or around water. There is always the possibility of injury due to water coming into contact with exposed wiring. Check all connections regularly during use.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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