When comparing LED and HID fish lights, there are many things to consider. Some fish light companies use LED lights for their dock systems. While LED lights are relatively bright compared to typical lights we, as consumers, are used to on a daily basis, they are not always bright enough to light up a large area by your dock. LED lights also do not generate heat; therefore, they are unable to clean themselves. This will lead to excessive aquatic growth, like barnacles and algae, to build up on the light in the water, and eventually render the light useless. To recap, LED lights struggle in two ways; they are not very bright, and they cannot clean themselves.

The best type of light for permanent dock installation are HID lights. These bulbs are not only over 300% brighter than LED lights, they are also self-cleaning. These bulbs generate enough heat to burn off any aquatic growth that tries to grow on the bulbs. Because of this, high-quality fish lights run on a photocell, which turns it on each night and off each morning. This ensures the light will turn on all night, every night, to it can remain clean and barnacle/algae free. The photocell also builds a feeding cycle for the fish, teaching them that each night they can find food by your dock, so they will keep coming back.

It is also important to be wary of the lumens posted on many fish light websites. Some companies claim their 175-watt bulb gives off 22,000 lumens. This is absolutely false. Unfortunately, the tool that is required to measure lumens is incredibly expensive, therefore no customers are able to dispute the claims made by these customers. While comparing fish lights, you must look at the wattage of the light. All 250-watt lights will have 14,500 lumens, and all 175-watt lights will have 9,000 lumens, no matter what the company claims. If you are comparing companies, be sure to look at the individual components they use to build their lights. While some use simple extension cords (which is illegal), other companies will use UL approved underwater-rated wire. Many companies only have a one-year warranty while others have three-year warranties. Do not let claims of high lumens trick you!


It’s all up to you! Night fishing can be fun…or miserable. It all depends on how prepared you are!

If you went night fishing as a kid, the exhilaration of being out at night when everyone else was asleep may have been enough to keep you entertained. But as an adult, nighttime fishing can be frustrating if you’re not prepared. Whether you are fishing off your boat or off a dock or pier, fishing at night can be difficult if you’re not organized.

  1. Check the forecast
    • How many times have you gone out only to wish you had paid more attention to the weather forecast? Bad weather can make a potentially fun night of fishing a wretched experience.
  2. Check your supplies
    • Go through that tackle box to make sure you have everything and everything is organized. There’s only one thing worse than trying to find something in a disorganized tackle box and that’s trying to do it in the dark.
  3. Check your equipment
    • Make sure your poles are ready and lines are in good shape.
  4. Using a boat? Make sure your boat is maintained and in good working order.
    • Breaking down isn’t fun. Breaking down at night? Far less fun. Go through the boat to make sure everything is in place and secure. Make sure all equipment is working properly. Make sure to pre-tie enough leads and rigs to last the whole trip.
  5. Safety First
  6. Check that first aid kit to make sure it’s well stocked.
    • It’s hard to tell the seriousness of a cut or wound at night and you want to be prepared for anything.
  7. Know your area.
    • You want to be able to anchor properly. Sometimes it’s best to get out early when there’s still some daylight.
  8. Light sources.
    • Make sure you have sufficient light sources for your own functional needs. But also consider fish lights to attract baitfish. Lights are not only important for the fisherman but also stimulate the fish into looking for food.

Fishing for night feeders is often all about smell or movement. Many night feeders sense the wounded prey or smell it so a good chum line can be very effective at night.

If you’re anchored in a good area, you can also make use of the feeding frenzy caused by an underwater fish light. Night feeders are often attracted by the movement of baitfish that are lured by plankton that is drawn by lights that are either mounted to the boat or submerged off the side. These fish are drawn by the lure of an easy meal so night fishing with a submersible fish light can often be far more productive than fishing without one.

If you are fishing off a pier, nighttime is often the best time due to the amount of lights that are typically shining on the water. You can watch the veritable feeding frenzy off the side of a pier on any given night. If you are fishing off your own dock, underwater fish lights can be affixed to your dock to boost your catch capabilities at night. Either way, the use of lights can stimulate fish into going for an easy meal.

Fishing at night can be a great experience if you’re organized and well equipped. Don’t miss out on the abundance of fish that are active only at night. You just may find that you like fishing at night better than during the day. No sunburn, less competition, and more active fish! What’s not to like?