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!


The use of submersible or underwater lighting to catch fish in freshwater or saltwater is not a recently developed concept.  However, the idea of equipping one’s boat with underwater lighting is relatively new and due mostly to the recent advancements in LED lighting technology.  Underwater lighting attracts plankton which in turn attracts baitfish to feed on the microscopic creatures. Eventually, the feeding baitfish attract the bigger predator fish where your bait-covered hook or lure are waiting for them.

The Evolvement of Underwater Lighting for Fishing

In the early years of night fishing with light, individuals would hang their lanterns over the sides of their boats.  The idea was that the light would attract insects (which it did and still does) and this would entice the fish to feed.  In fact, there are many individuals who still believe the theory of “fewer bugs means fewer fish.”  Unfortunately, today’s technology has done a great deal in the way of disproving that theory.  The underwater lighting leaves little if any light reflection on the surface of the water to attract insects.

So how do fishermen manage to catch so many fish when there aren’t any insects on the surface to feed on? The answer is simple.  Underwater light starts a natural feeding process by attracting plankton (see above).  Minnows, perch, shad, and other baitfish are attracted to the plankton and then the larger fish move in to feed.  When filming underwater, it’s not uncommon to see baitfish stack up near the lighting while predator fish are stacking up below them.

It’s all about being where the Fish are

While the right equipment and tackle such as baits and lures, fish locators, rods and reels, and underwater lights all play a role in increasing your chances bringing home a limit of fish, they are by no means magic.  This is especially true if you have set up in a spot with little or no fish in the area.  If you want to attract fish with underwater lighting, there has to be fish present.  For instance, if you’ve never caught any fish off of a dock sitting in a couple of feet of water, underwater lights won’t be the magical solution.

The best equipment and tackle will only increase your chances of catching anything provided you’re in an area that is holding fish.  Consequently, if the water doesn’t have enough structure, is too deep, or is too shallow, there is nothing short of a miracle that will help you catch anything.  This is true whether you’re fishing in a boat, on a dock, or even on the ice.  Remember one of the important rules about finding fish.  Fish will always relate to some form of structure and the temperature of the water.


You’re not the only one with this question!

We here at Underwater Fish Light have been in business for almost 15 years, and this is one of the most frequent questions we get. When customers initially purchased their dock lights,  they are unsure of the ideal depth for the bulbs under the water, but the explanation is quite easy!

The key window for the depth of dock lights

The bulbs on our dock lights range from 175 watts, to 250 watts. No matter the wattage, the ideal depth for these bulbs is about 6 to 12 feet. Now, if you don’t have 6 feet of water off your dock, don’t panic! 6 feet is our ideal depth, but it’s not the minimum! You can put our lights in as little as 3 feet of water at low tide. As long as the bulb remains under the water, you’re in the clear!

Keep the dock light far from the surface

It’s important to not put the bulbs too close to the surface! We relay this warning for two reasons. First, you’ll want to keep your bulb safe. There are an endless amount of things that could damage your dock light if it’s too close to the surface! A boat propeller, kayak paddle, or a cast net can bring unwanted damage to your light if it’s too close to the surface.

Secondly, if the bulb is farther away from the water’s surface, it will cast a larger circle of light. Think of our bulbs as a flash light being aimed towards a wall. If you hold the flash light close to the wall, the circle will be rather small. But, if you pull the flash light farther away, the circle of light will grow bigger. The same principle works with our dock lights! The farther away from the surface, the larger the light will be.

How to set the height of a dock light

To ensure your bulb is set to the ideal depth, you will need to get an accurate depth of your water. We suggest waiting until low tide. This will tell you the absolute lowest the water level will be, and will show you the highest you can mount the dock light. If your depth at low tide is 12 feet or lower, just attach your dive weight about an inch away from your bulb on the wire. If your water is deeper than 12 feet, simply attach the wait the amount of feet away from the bulb so when the bulb floats, it about 12 feet below the surface. The bulbs will float easily. The weight will sink to the ground and the bulb will rise towards the surface.

It may not be rocket science, but many people don’t realize how important the height of dock lights is! These ideas are simple, but they make the will decide whether your fish light lives much longer than the three-year warranty, or if it gets run over by a boat!


Underwater Fish Lights can transform any waterfront home. It doesn’t matter if you’re on fresh or saltwater, you’re guaranteed to see fish and catch more memories! Here is a quick roundup of the best dock lights on the market!

The Best Fish Lights

Portable LED Light

Extra Bright Quad Light

Classic Single Light

Extra Bright Single Light

Portable LED Fish Light

While the Portable LED Fish Light is not a permanent light for a dock, it is still one of our favorites. This portable system is designed so you can take it anywhere you go! So, it can be used off docks, piers, boats, and anything else that is near the water! All you need to bring is your LED Fish Light tube, and 12v battery. The LED dock light was specifically designed to pull as little power as possible, but still give you the brightest lights on the marketing for a portable system. You’ll only need a small 12v batter to last you the entire night! No more lugging around bulky and heavy car batteries! Also, the LED Fish Light by Underwater Fish Light is made at our facility in Port Charlotte, Florida. It also comes with a 60-night money-back guarantee as well as a three-year warranty!

Extra Bright Quad Fish Light

The Extra Bright Quad Dock Lights are the biggest and brightest light we have! It comes equipped with four 250w bulbs to ensure your waterway is transformed! The Quad Dock Lights are best for customers with large docks, or a large area they would like illuminated. With this much area illuminated, you’ll see more marine life swimming around your lights. The more water that is illuminated, the more marine life you will be able to see!

Classic Single Fish Light

This is the light that started it all! 15 years ago, we started our business with just one type of dock light. It’s still one of our most popular dock lights in our full line of products. Now called our Classic Series, the 175w bulbs create a beautiful natural color in the water by reflecting off the particles and microorganisms in the water. Over the last 15 years, we have not changed much about the design of our Classic Single Dock Light, and that’s because there isn’t much that needs changing! It’s an extremely reliable light that is sure to bring entertainment and joy to any generation of your family for years to come!

Extra Bright Single Fish Light

The Extra Bright Single has the same powerful 250w bulbs as the Extra Bright Quad Dock Light. While it is only a single light system, it still packs a powerful punch. The Extra Bright Series comes in three different colors. You can choose Vibrant Green, Natural Green, or Caribbean Blue. No matter which color you choose, you’re still getting the amazingly bright 250w bulb! The Extra Bright Single Dock Light is our favorite because it will work great and look amazing at any dock, no matter the size, and bring in more fish than you’ve ever seen before!


See Your Targets Better With Dock Lights

Our dock lights allow you to view any of the fish in your area. Our lights are fish guaranteed! They attract larger fish by reflecting off microorganisms in the water that attract baitfish. These baitfish, in turn, attract larger predator fish like snook, tarpon, redfish, ladyfish, etc. So, by placing these dock lights near your dock, you will be able to experience the activities of the fish below the surface. So, not only will this make your night fishing hobby more enjoyable, it will also enhance anytime you are at your dock. We like to call our dock lights a “backyard aquarium” because they illuminate the life beneath the water.

Learn Their Behavior

With Underwater Fish Lights, you’ll be able to see fish like you’ve never seen before. The illumination of our lights will not only allow you to see fish at night, but also how they behave. Being able to see their swimming patterns, social, and territorial behaviors will help you learn how they interact with others. In turn, it will make you a better fisherman. The dock light beneath the water will showcase the habits and natural tendencies of fish, and make your fishing experience that much brighter.

Cast Accurately

We love a good time on the dock, but when it comes to fishing in the dark, its often a hit or miss. Underwater Fish Lights will solve that problem. Being able to see the fish with our dock lights will help you cast with accuracy and precision. No more wondering if you cast at the right angle or depth. Our dock light system will allow you to see every move your fish will make. From our Classic Natural Green 175 Watt Series to our Extra Bright 250 Watt Series, you’re guaranteed to catch fish with every bait you cast.

FATHER AND SON FISHING AT DOCK LIGHT

What Are Fish Attracted To?

While a lot of us are attracted to a pretty face and a good sense of humor, fish are a little bit different. To attract fish, you have to recreate their food chain. The beautiful marine food chain starts with plants. Plants like mangroves, marsh grasses, and marine algae all produce their own food through photosynthesis. They also provide food for other organisms living in their environment.

The next link in the food chain are the Primary Consumers. This group includes zooplankton, phytoplankton, mayfly nymphs, and more. These primary consumers get their food from our friendly neighborhood plants. The next group is called Secondary Consumers. This group includes small fish like mullet.These guys feed on the primary consumers and other plant life.

The next group is the Top Predators group. This group includes large fish like snook, tarpon, redfish, and much more. These are the types of fish most people want to see at their dock. Top predators eat all of the other smaller fish around like mullet, shrimp, etc.

So How Do You Get The Fish To Show Up?

Fish Light

So, as with any chain, if one link breaks, everything falls apart. If you don’t have each piece of this chain by your dock, you’re not going to see those predator fish that are so fun to watch and catch.

The best way to attract fish to your dock is by enhancing the natural environment in your waterway. Dock Lights are a great way to do this rather quickly. When you place a dock light (also known as fish light or snook light) in the water, it starts the process of attracting fish immediately. The light bulb reflects off the microorganisms like phytoplankton in the water. With this extra illumination, the primary and secondary consumers start flooding your light. Within a few days, you’ll start to see more activity at your light. As time goes on, you’ll see more and more species of fish get attracted to the light. Now all you need to do is just relax and enjoy your new natural aquarium!


How Dock Lights Work

In order to successfully fish at dock lights, you need to first understand how they work. While lit under the water, the bulbs reflect off microorganisms. This reflection attracts small baitfish and minnows to the light. These baitfish, in turn, attract larger predator fish. Essentially, these dock lights create a food chain right next to your dock!

Because the dock lights automatically turn on each day, the fish will become used to the feeding cycle produced. The longer your dock lights are in the water, the more predator fish you will see. Depending on your location, you can see many different species of fish, such as snook, tarpon, redfish, ladyfish, and much more.

Choosing the Right Bait & Lures

The most important thing to do before fishing these lights is choosing the right bait or lure. Take a few moments to watch the lights and see what type of baitfish are swimming around. After watching the light, try to match what is on your hook to the bait surrounding the light. For example, if you use a shrimp lure at a dock light full of small minnows, the smart predator fish, will not give you the time of day. For the most part, small minnows will be the best choice for lures or bait. Shrimp are only apparent in waterways with a steady current, which is not the case for most dock lights that are popular in homeowner canals.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

The baitfish perform a circular pattern once attracted from the dock lights. Because of this, it will be easier for you to choose which bait or lure to cast into the water.  When casting, aim past the light and into the shadows. Then slowly reel in your bait or lure at the same speed as the other bait swimming through the light. Also, if possible, try to match the swim patterns of the baitfish (circle, darting, etc..). By matching the speed and behavior of the baitfish, you stand a better chance of attracting the predator fish who are at the lights.

At Underwater Fish Light, we strive to build the best dock lights on the market. All of our lights are built in the United States and come with a three-year warranty.


Solar Dock Lighting
Dock Lighting

Dock Lighting With A Purpose

When it comes to outdoor lighting for your dock, there are many things to consider. Sometimes, people like to choose the items that look the “coolest.” However, that might not be the best strategy. It’s important to choose products that not only look great, but serve an important purpose. So, this blog will be focused on the best purposeful outdoor lighting for your dock.

Solar Piling Caps

Solar piling caps are a great way to illuminate your dock. These amazing piling caps will serve multiple purposes when it comes to protecting your dock. First, it will illuminate the area on and around your dock with pleasant ambient lighting. This will make it safer and more enjoyable for you and your family. Second, these lights will also make your dock more visible to other boaters that might be navigating through the canal at night, to help prevent any marine accidents. Lastly, these solar piling caps also protect your pilings like regular piling caps, but with extra flare!

Pathway Dock Lighting

Our Dock Blocks are one of our most popular dock lighting items! Have you ever worried about someone walking off the edge of your dock at night? These little guys can help. They not only look awesome, but they help keep you, and anyone else on your dock, safe! These solar lights are incredibly easy to install, and last for years. Just attached them to your dock with two screws, and wait for the sun to go down!

Solar Dock Lights

Fish Lights

It’s no surprise that those who live in waterfront homes love the water. Whether it’s boating, fishing, or just enjoying nature, there are many benefits to having a dock. One of the best outdoor lighting accessories for your dock is an Underwater Fish Light! It’s a great addition for those who love to fish, or just to watch the beauties of the natural environment at night. Fish lights not only provide an amazing form of entertainment for you and your family, they also have an important safety aspect. Just like the DokLite solar piling caps, Underwater Fish Lights illuminate your dock. That way, if anyone is traveling the canals at night, your dock is safer from possible marine accidents.


Get To Know The Snook

Our Underwater Fish Lights aren’t called “snook lights” for no reason! The longer your light is in the water, the more fish you are going to see. One of the most popular inshore species of fish our customers see is the snook. Our lights will also attract tarpon, redfish, and many more predator fish species.

Some customers purchase our dock lights to make it easier to see and catch snook, and they are never disappointed! Snook are one of the most popular inshore gamefish. They are caught recreationally in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Atlantic. Commercial fishing of snook has been prohibited in multiple states. Because of this, most of the targeting of snook is done by recreational fishermen.

Know Where To Look

Snook generally like to hang out in mangroves, but also around bridges, docks, and other structures. So, when you see a dock light, you will most likely see snook swimming around. Most snook will be hanging out in the shadows. They might only swim through the light to strike at a bait fish that was attracted to the light. 

Fake It Till You Make It

They key to landing a snook at a fish light is simple. Just act as much like the baitfish as possible. Obviously, we don’t mean you should jump in the water and start swimming around the light. We’re referring to what you have on your hook. You’ll want to ensure your lure or live bait are swimming in the patterns as the other fish around the light.

If you do not see much shrimp at your dock light, then we suggest against using shrimp bait or lures on your hook. If you see mostly small minnows, then choose a lure that matches those species.

Once you have something on your hook that resembles the rest of the baitfish, it’s time to start casting. You’ll want to cast out into the shadows passed the light, then reel your line in through the fish light. This will keep your lure from scaring everything in the light when it “plops” into the water.

Just keep casting in a pattern matching the bait fish and within a few casts, you should have a fish on! 

Don’t Lose It!

When you hook the snook, it’s going to be a little bit of a fight depending on the size. Snook are smart, and they’ll try to lose the hook by jumping, or swimming under and through different structures. When you first hook the snook, try to steer it away from the dock pilings and any other waterway obstructions. For many fishermen, once the snook juts under a dock, the fight is lost. So, stay vigilant and have fun! Snook are one of the most fun inshore species of fish to catch! Good luck and tight lines to all!


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!