When it comes to fishing off a pier or dock, using an LED Fish Light can make things much more fun! Here are a few tips to help make your LED dock light fishing trips more successful:

1. Location location location

LED fish lights only attract fish that are in the area. If you take your fish out to a dock or pier that doesn’t have much fish traffic, you’ll be sorely disappointed. These lights don’t make fish appear out of thin air. The fish already have to be int he general area in order for them to work. Using these lights at your favorite pier or honey hole, will bring you great results! If you happen to throw the light into a dead area, you sadly won’t see much.

2. Don’t Rush Into It

When you first throw your LED light into the water, give it some time before you start throwing lines out. Give the fish some time to notice, and become attracted to the light. LED dock lights are a magic magnet that brings the fish immediately to you. These lights build a natural food source for the fish. When the light from the LEDs reflect off the particles in the water, it attracts baitfish. After the baitfish start swarming, you’ll see the predator fish start to come too. This process takes time, so we suggest to throw the light in, then come back a little later. We like to throw our LED fishing lights into the water, then get all of our fishing gear ready. This gives the light time to do its thing while you get ready for a full night of fun. 

3. Watch and Learn

Once you see the fish start to come towards the light, watch their behavior for a little bit. Try to find the patterns the baitfish are swimming in. Also, try to pinpoint which baitfish the larger predator fish tend to gravitate towards. This little bit of time isn’t just relaxing, it helps you formulate a game plan for your retrieval strategies later. This extra little time also lets the fish become comfortable in the light. You don’t want to spook them away from the spot before you even get a chance to catch any of them!

4. Monkey See, Monkey Do!

Now that you know the patterns the fish are swimming in, you can finally throw out your line! It’s important to ensure that you’re retrieval patterns match the same behavior as the other baitfish that are swimming around. Predator fish light snook, tarpon, and redfish aren’t dumb! They can sense when something is off. 

Have fun!

This is the most important thing! We build these great dock lights to bring enjoyment to everyone who has the pleasure to use them! We hope you enjoy your light and bring in the catch of a lifetime!


You’ve got to be prepared!

1. A Headlamp

It’s not very shocking that it’s dark while you’re out night fishing. This might be an obvious choice when going dock light fishing, but many people forget about it! All of us here at Underwater Fish Light have been stuck out in the dark without a headlamp, and trust me, it was not fun. These great energizer headlamps are cheap and work great! There are also some other light configurations like light clips, or just a flashlight, but we’ve found that it’s easier to use the handsfree headlamp that will turn in the direction you’re looking at.

2. DOA TerrorEyz

The DOA TerrorEyz lure is a GREAT choice when it comes dock light fishing. No matter how many lures you put in your tackle box, this small minnow should definitely be one of them!

3. Tsunami Pliers

The Tsunami Fishing Fliers are an essential tool to your tackle box. Many fishermen will tell you how useful a pair of pliers are, and they’re not lying!

4. Vanish Fluorocarbon Leader

Vanish Fluocarbon Leader is a great choice for a leader. You’ll want to make sure that the fish you’re targeting can’t see your leader. Vanish Fluorocarbon Leader will help you use effective lures without spooking any of the fish!

5. DOA Bait Buster

One more shoutout for DOA is the DOA Bait Buster! We suggest using the Deep Runner Bait Busters. The bigger guys usually like to swim deeper!


Many people choose to go fishing at night so they can target those amazing dock lights that are always full of fish. Well, here are a few techniques to help you land your catch of a lifetime the next time you go out! 

1. When it comes to bait and lures, choose wisely.

The key to fishing dock lights successfully is to match the bait or lure on your hook to the bait you see swimming around the light. The species will differ on your location, but more often then not, it will be tiny minnows. Sometimes, in high current areas, you’ll see some shrimp, but in most canal waterways, you’ll see small baitfish. 

Anglers who love live bait don’t usually have any problems with this approach. Simply throw out a cast net or two and head out to the dock lights when you’ve got enough little baitfish to fill your bait bucket!

For those of you that are die-hard artificial lure fans, the DOA TerrorEyz lure is a great choice for fishing dock lights. Our favorite color variation is the Pearl color.

For our fly fishing friends, just try to take out a few different types of clear or white minnow patterns. These tend to blend in well with the other baitfish around. Below is an example of our two favorite flies for dock lights; the schminnow and the glass minnow. These two patterns are exceptionally easy to tie, if you’re the in-depth type of fly fisherman. We suggest going out with a handful of each of these patterns to ensure you don’t have worry if you lose any.

 

2. Wait and Watch

When you first pull up to a dock light, watch how the predator fish interact with the baitfish. Observe the patterns the baitfish swim in and how the predators interrupt those patterns for strikes. You don’t want to just start casting into the light with no plan. Learn what the real baitfish are doing, so you can go into a better plan regarding your casting and retrieving. By taking just a few minutes to monitor the situation, you’ll be able to learn how often the predators are striking (if at all), which baitfish they choose to strike, and how to recreate those moments yourself. 

3. Monkey see, monkey do

After you’ve watched the marine behavior for a little while, try to mimic that behavior yourself with your lure or fly. by mimicking the look and behavior of the other baitfish as close as possible, the predators will have a more difficult time telling the difference. 

4. It’s all about presentation

Most fly fishers know the importance of a natural presentation. You don’t want to throw your fly or heavy lure directly into the middle of the light. That will just scare everything away. Try to cast out into the shadows past the light, then retrieve your hook through the dock light while matching the baitfish swimming patterns. 

5. Be aware of your surroundings

When you finally hook a fish around a dock light, it seems like their favorite thing to is is go straight under the dock. It’s easy to get tangled and possibly lose your fish when this happens. So be ready to steer him out of the way right after the hook set! Don’t get discouraged if you lose a few. We’ve all fallen victim to a smart snook here and there. If you’re in a kayak or smaller vessel, try to anchor yourself at an angle where you can best steer the fish out towards the canal. 

Bonus: Just have fun!

Dock lights are an amazing way to catch and view fish. Enjoy the night, and be safe while trying to reel in those big guys!