Throughout my years night fishing with our underwater LED fishing lights I have come to realize that there are a few tricks that can be utilized to increase the odds of success. I have seen everything from boats constantly pulling the light in and out of the water, to people throwing lures 10x the size of the bait swimming around the light. I am hoping that the few fishing light tactics below will allow you to create many lifelong memories while fishing with your friends and family.
Have patience. The chain reaction will take time. Phytoplankton and bait may show up very quickly, but predator fish that are attracted to the easy meal may take longer. Microscopic marine algae called phytoplankton attracted to the light starts the chain reaction off and is soon followed by larger baitfish. These baitfish will be either attracted to the microscopic meals or the LED fishing light itself.
If the light is in an area of minimal current, you will notice the bait ball swimming in a mesmerizing circle around the light. This is when your best night fishing begins! With so much action around the light, nearby predator fish can't resist coming by. Underwater LED fishing lights are perfect for attracting massive bait balls and a variety of bass, snook, crappie, trout, shrimp, squid, various offshore species, and more!
Fishing the outer edges in the "shadows" of the light produces more bites than directly in the light. Predator fish like to swim just outside and dart in for the easy meal. You will notice that some species of fish such as snook and perch like to hang out directly in the light while others tend to navigate the waters just outside in the "shadows."