How to Build Your Own Fishing Lights

How to Build Your Own Fishing Lights
Fishing lights are a good way to bring the fish to you when out on the water. The lights attract small baitfish, which will then hopefully draw in the larger prey you seek. You can make your own fishing lights to save a little money, and all you need are a few simple supplies. Once done you can drop your lights in the water and fish.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Clear waterproof container such as a small plastic sealable container, a plastic sealable bag or a beach valuables container
  • Light
  • 20 feet (approximately) of fishing line or cord
  • Weights or pebbles (if necessary)
Step 1
Select a container to use to hold your light when it is in the water. You could choose a waterproof container used for valuables at the beach, a plastic sealable container with a handle or a plastic sealable bag.
Step 2
Seal or close the container and submerge it in water to make certain that it is waterproof with no leaks. If water shows up on the inside, use another container.
Step 3
Place a small flashlight inside the container. For a brighter light, use an LED light. Seal the container and re-submerge to make sure it will sink. If not, add weights, pebbles or other objects to weigh it down.
Step 4
Attach a line to lower and raise the light in the water. The amount of line will depend on how far down you want to set the light. It is better to have too much than too little, so use at least 20 feet. Wrap the excess line securely to keep it from knotting. With a plastic bag, tie the line around the outside of the bag and flashlight. Tie it tightly so that it won't slip off. With a plastic container, you might need to cut a hole in the handle to connect the line. With a waterproof valuables container, just tie the line around the loop or clip that comes with it.
Step 5
Turn on the light. Close the container and drop it in the water.

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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