Fishing Tips

Green Fishing Lights: How to use Them

Underwater green fishing lights attract fish to your dock for a spectacle for you to enjoy or fish upon. These lights range from $25 – $450 in price and range in colors as well as brightness. The brighter the light the more fish you will attract. Generally you want to use a green or blue light source as fish are attracted to those colors.

How Do Green Fishing Lights Work?

Underwater fishing lights work by creating a food source around the placement area. Blue and green wavelengths of light in the water attract things like plankton. Smaller bait fish swarm the plankton to feed and hang around the light for a source of food. Smaller bait fish then attract larger game fish looking to feed on the small bait fish. These green fishing lights only increase in fish density the longer you leave it operating. Fish return to places that are easy feeding and before you know it you’ll have tons of fish swarming your green fishing light.

Types Of Green Fishing Lights?

A green fishing light can be categorized as a portable or mounted light. Some lights are smaller and more portable to use for pond fishing. Others are geared to dock presentations and attract fish to your property. These lights are mounted onto the dock and plugged into a GFCI. This is different from portable lights as they can be run from a car, or external portable battery. The smaller led lights tend to be dimmer but it’s a sacrifice for the mobility they bring. Mounted led fishing lights tend to be powerful and are stationary bringing fish back.

Can You Fish With A Green Light?

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With the green fishing light attracting game fish to your dock it is perfect for dock or bow fishing. With most green fishing lights being submersible you can fish, cast nets, and bow fish around them without any impact on the light. Moving the lights to different positions around your dock or in the area you are fishing is also possible. Testing new depths and locations is key to attracting the most fish. Remember not to make a lot of noise on the dock as the fish can sense the vibrations of you walking heavy and it may spook them.

What Depths Can You Use A Fishing Light?

Small portable lights are limited on depth because they lack the lumens to light the surface through the water. Mounted lights can reach depths of 35 feet while still maintaining good visibility and fish attraction. The visibility through the water can also affect the lights brightness and dull colors. Generally speaking if the water is dirty the light might not perform as well as if it was in clear water.

Are Fishing Lights Submersible?

Most green fishing lights are waterproof and can be thrown in salt-water and freshwater environments. The lights are weighted at the bottom or have weights attached to them to keep them facing upwards in the water. If your waters have high currents getting heavier lights is recommended so it will stay in place.

Increasing Your Homes Aesthetic

With color options of blue and green lighting your boat outside your house is magnificent with green fishing lights. While they attract fish to your dock they also illuminate your home’s water or boats around your dock.

How the weather affects carp fishing

There are many factors that can greatly affect your chances of having a successful carp fishing session such as location, rigs, bait and fishing depths. However one of the most important overlooked, is the fishing weather which goes hand in hand with the carps feeding pattern.

Air pressure

Typically carp like to feed during low pressure conditions, if the pressure is low the standard way to fish for them is at the lower depths with either a float or a rig on a ledger.

If the pressure is high the carp are most like to be feeding in the middle to higher depths of the water, in this case it makes sense to float on top with dog biscuits or bread. Another upcoming tactic fisherman use during high pressure days is zig fishing. Zig fishing is great because you can modify your rig to different depths at any time. It can take some trial and error to find the current depths that the carp are currently located, however once this is done the tactic can produce some incredible results.

Most good fishing weather reports should provide you with a pressure reading for the day or over an hourly breakdown. Learning to read these pressure readings is essential.

Temperature

When fishing in the colder conditions carp are less likely to feed, if they do feed they tend to only feed small amounts at a time, so its best to adjust your fishing approach. Using a small hook and baits such as maggots and sweetcorn and keeping pre-baiting to the minimal amount can really pay dividends. During the summer months Carp tend to pack on the lb’s and often clear the baits in swims in minutes. A great tactic to use in the warmer months is either to use Spombs or bait boats to pre-bait a spots in the lake with lots of bait to attract the carp. Another thing noting is that carp tend to spawn when the water is warm, if you fish during spawning you are unlikely to receive any bites. So it’s best to maybe ask the fishery owner before you turn up to see if the fish have already spawned or not.

Rain

Rainy days can really contribute to a great days fishing, when it rains is oxygenates the water which really gets the carp going. This is why people often target water infills and waterfalls because they also oxygenate the water.

Wind

If the wind is blowing down to one bay of the lake it makes a lot of sense to fish there, one of the main reasons fish tend to follow the wind is because the food in the lake will be concentrated in that area. If its a very windy day it can become a real nuisance for fisherman who are ledgering with bite alarms because the wind can keep setting of the bite alarms and give false indications. If this happens to you it makes sense to turn down the sensitivity on your bite alarm or use heavier bobbins.

A great website to check the fishing weather local to you is FishAdviser. The fishing weather reports include a bite rating guide to help you get the most out of your sessions.