How Do I Use a Red Laser While Bed Fishing?

How Do I Use a Red Laser While Bed Fishing?
In bed fishing you intentionally try to aggravate and disperse schooled fish from rock beds or other submerged locations. One popular method of getting the fish to move is by employing small red lasers. Red laser pointers, found at office supply stores, make an effective way of provoking the fish into movement. With a bit of learned technique, red beam laser fishing adds a new technique to your fishing quiver.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Red beam laser pointer
  • Fishing rod and reel
  • Tackle and line
  • Boat with fishfinder
  • Polarized sunglasses
Step 1
Drift your boat slowly over areas known to have rock beds, vegetation or submerged logs. On the fishfinder display look for schooling fish under the boat. Let the boat drift just out and away from the schooled fish, keeping a bearing on where they are.
Step 2
Aim your red beam laser into the center of the bedded fish. Using a small circular motion, move the red laser beam around and around until one of the fish takes notice of the beam. Be patient, as it may take a few moments for the fish to begin to notice the intrusive red laser light.
Step 3
Cast out to the edge of the bed where the fish are grouped. Place your lure where you think the fish will head once they take notice of the red laser beam light. Slowly pull the lure into the edge of the fish bed. Use a twitch and snatch motion on the lure if the fish do not begin to strike, all the while keeping the red laser beam moving.
Step 4
Continue this process of red laser beam movement and casting until the fish become agitated and drawn to strike.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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