How to Fish with a Flashlight

fishing with flashlights

Most fish out there are photo tactic, just as insects are. It’s pretty common that fish would search for food in places well lit. Which is why it’s such a nice experience to night fish in midsummer and early autumn, as the water temperature is nice and warm.

Using light for fishing

There are several light sources that you may use for fishing, not only a flashlight. You may also use a torch or any light source from a close building or street lamp as well.

For instance, if you decide to go for a torch, it’s better to know first your fishing spot before nightfall and cast enough for attracting fish. You need a clear view of the float, which is why it’s best to throw the light of your torch ahead of the fishing float. You may easily fix a bulb at the top of your fishing rod and connect it with electrical wire, drying the batteries at the bottom.

If you plan to use a light source from a close building or a street lamp, you can definitely count on some omnivorous or carnivorous fish looking for some drown insects. It’s almost like fishing at the daytime. You can use the bigger hook and the luminous floats to enlarge the biting signals, raising up your chances for landing the perfect fish.

When you’re fishing in an area with no natural light source, it’s a great idea to use lantern for lighting. It’s best to find a place where you can easily place your lantern vertically. Check it so that is doesn’t fall and pay attention to the fish 🙂

Keep this in mind when fishing with a flashlight

Just to make it all clear: you’d better get a tactical flashlight when fishing as it’s designed to take a fall, some splashes and to give bright light in the darkest night.

For instance, when you fish on a lake or pond, you should use a strong flashlight that gets deep into the water (now you get it why a tactical flashlight is a better choice?) so that you may attract some small baitfish. Young fish really like the light, whereas adult fish really like…the young fish. Therefore, a good lantern for fishing has to be bright, waterproof and able to shine down into the water, bringing up very small fish. You are actually going for the bigger fish that goes after the small fish that goes after the light…quite catchy, right?

Strong Flashlight

You may go for a battery operated fluorescent lantern that is very bright on its high mode. It’s great if you may hang it over some gunwale and if it’s waterproof/. You should have the patience for it though, as it may take around half an hour until the action actually begins. However, after all, if you didn’t have the patience, you wouldn’t be reading this anyway 🙂

Let’s give you even more tips. Use lead head jigs that look like fry and minnows and hang them into the water at different depths, with only a little bit of jigging effect. As for the results, it’s all relate to your luck. You may catch four casts in a row, on a lucky night.

In addition, if you’re trying to teach your offspring how to fish, never miss the opportunity of night fishing! For kids is a great, fun adventure to try!

What kind of flashlight should you use?

Some say that you should definitely try the halogen lamps as they give yellow light and are quite powerful, resulting in a very intense light. After all, the whole point in night fishing is to use a flashlight with bright light. There are some downsides though as they do overheat when running for long. You should get more than one with you. If the light is too dim, you can’t really see the fish, whereas if it’s too bright, you may have your eyes hurt.

halogen lamps flashlights

Don’t hesitate to use Xenon lamp beads that feature large-capacity batteries as power source. A flashlight like this presents high brightness, a battery that holds its charge for long, a long range and…it’s quite durable as well. The catch? They do have bulky bodies and may not be that comfortable to use after a while.

Another choice for the night fishing would be the common LED light flashlight. its light is whiter than in halogen type, but it may also be very bright and durable. The risk for overheating is minor and this type of flashlight has low power consumption also.

If you’re ready to step up your game, you should definitely try the night fishing flashlights that use blue light or purple light LEDs. They’re actually great for finding the fluorescent powers on the fish’s tail and they don’t have to  be very bright in order to be efficient.

Keep in mind that, even if the UV light is good for fishing, it’s actually harmful for humans. UV light has the shortest wavelength and the most powerful light transmittance, which is why it’s not good for the human eye.

Play it safe and wise and go for the blue light when night fishing as it’s harmless to human and it’s dependable as well. It’s not too strong, but reflective enough to reach so you may see what lies in the water.

fishing with the blue light