Homemade Bait Fish Lights

Homemade Bait Fish LightsIf you are in the market for a bait fish light, there are plenty of online and brick-and-mortar stores that will be happy to sell you one. However, if you look around your house, you probably have the objects necessary to make your own. In a matter or minutes you could be on your way out the door with a fishing light that will work just as well as a store-bought one.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mason jar or clear waterproof case
  • Cord or fishing line
  • LED flashlight
  • Rocks or other small heavy objects.
Step 1
Find a container that is waterproof and somewhat clear. You need to be able to see light through it. Examples might include a Mason jar, a clear case used for valuables at pools or the beach, or even a small sealable Tupperware container. For the Tupperware, pick a piece that has a handle or side holders.
Step 2
Test the case to make sure it stands up to being submerged. If it isn't able to sink on its own, force it underwater for the watertight test.
Step 3
Take the container out of the water and open it to see if there are any water droplets inside. If there are, find something else. If there is no water inside, you can use it.
Step 4
Attach a string or fishing line to the container so that you can pull it in and out of the water. For the Mason jar, the string can be tied around the opening with the lid off. When the lid is tightened, the line will stay on. Waterproof beach and pool containers typically come with a clip or loop so you can attach it to something. This is perfect for the line. For the Tupperware, cut a hole through the handle area, so that you don't put a hole in the container.
Step 5
Drop a small LED flashlight into the container to make sure it fits. Turn it on and check that the light can be seen through the container.
Step 6
Turn the light on and close the container when you are ready to use it. Drop it in the water and allow it to go down as far as you need. If the flashlight isn't heavy enough to make the container sink, you will need to add something heavy. Fishing line weights will work, but generally anything heavy that will fit in the container is okay, such as small rocks, sand or even bolts.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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