Underwater lighting for fishing is not a new concept. The technology has been around for a few years. Anybody who goes night fishing on a regular basis understands the importance of these lights and uses them on a regular basis. Underwater fishing lights plain and simple attract bait fish, and we all know that bait fish attract game fish . Using underwater fishing lights can optimally up your chances for a successful night fishing trip.
Underwater fishing lights are not a catch all for night fishing. You still need to do your research on being at the right place to catch your particular species, but with the addition of underwater lighting you will increase your fish catch dramatically.
One of the main reasons underwater fishing lighting works so well to catch game fish is because most of the game fish have a distinct advantage over the “food chain” at night. The “food chain” is attracted by the underwater fishing lights but they cannot react quickly enough to escape the game fish.
The reason Game fish have an advantage ,is because most of them can detect color at night. This creates a distinct advantage for the game fish over the food chain because not only can they detect change in light intensity but also color contrast. It has been known for sometime that fish , shrimp, and insects are attracted to light at night , but you probably are asking yourself what color is best at night? The answer to this question is the color blue or green because they attract both the food chain and the game fish.
There is commercial underwater lighting that get there power source from a land based systems, but these systems are used primarily by shoreline landowners and will not be discussed here . When looking for a quality underwater fishing light look for the following properties in order,
1) high intensity
2) emit it’s light color similar to the fishes space (blue or green)
3) powered by a portable electrical power supply
4) be submersible. Property number 4 is recommended because land based or boat mounted lights loose a great deal of their light energy to the reflection off the surface of the water.
Because of the power usage limitations of halogen and incandescent light sources, I recommend you narrow your search for a good portable underwater fishing light to fluorescent types, because there power consumption is a 10th of the power used by the other light sources. When comparing prices you need to look for the following specifications. The best fluorescent submersibles use 25-40watts of power , and they emit 1000 to 3000 lumens per tube. Remember from above, intensity of the light and color are key factors in attraction both the game fish and the “food chain” so look for these key elements when comparing pricing. The best underwater fishing fluorescent light units both blue and green, range in cost between 160$ to 200$ and go down from there, keep in mind , in most cases the cheaper the cost the lower the quality, and further you will be from the 1000 to 3000 lumens intensity.
In conclusion,Make Sure to check the quality of a listed underwater light before you purchase, remember , cheaper is not always better when purchasing a underwater fishing light. Well That raps up my article GOOD LUCK ! And good fishing!