What Are Fish Attracted To?

What Do Fish Eat

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!


Know The Species

It would next to impossible to go night fishing without knowing exactly what you’re fishing for. To avoid getting a boat full of catfish, you’ll need to learn and understand the species you’re targeting. Unless of course, catfish is your goal. If so, you shouldn’t have too much trouble! There are many more than just the two species we have listed here, but these are the most popular. If you don’t see your favorite fish species below, don’t fret! Shoot us an email and tell us about your favorite species to night fish for and you can be featured in our next blog or video!

Snook

Snook are known for being smart, and also good fighters. If you want to catch a snook, you’re going to have to work for it. Snook are one of the most popular recreationally fished species in the country. They’re incredibly fun to fight, and make a really good meal. Commercial fishing for this species is outlawed in multiple states, so snook have become something of a rare meal unless you find yourself catching some snook during season!

Snook usually eat small baitfish and crustaceans like shrimp. They perform “ambush strikes” that are strong enough for you to feel in your rod when they strike. After setting your hook, they put up a big fight. Many times, snook will try to swim under docks or around other structures and break your line, so try to steer them away! Even though it sounds rather daunting, snook are one of the most fun fish to fight and catch. So get out there and have some fun!

Tarpon

Tarpon, also known as the “silver king”, is one of the most popular recreational species in Florida. Every year, thousands of people travel to different areas of Florida during tarpon season to try to land a huge tarpon. These fish can grow to be massive, with the largest tarpon catch weighing over 295 lbs. This species is also known for their frequent jumps while on the hook. Tarpon can jump up to 10ft in the air while shaking their gills. Many fishermen will tell you that the most frequent time they lose a tarpon is when they’re in mid-jump. Whether you’re fishing with artificial lures or flies, it’s best to keep to dark colors while targeting tarpon. Deep purples and blacks tend to achieve more attention from the tarpon than most other colors. Landing a tarpon is one of the most exciting things an inshore fisherman can experience. So go give it a shot!

Get the Right Gear

One of the most important things to remember while fishing with dock lights is to bring the right gear. Seeing the fish is one thing, but actually showing them something they want to strike at, is a different matter all together. You don’t want to get all the way out to a good fishing spot and not have the tools you need! Below are the best lures we suggest for fishing dock lights, as well as some other tools that really come in handy.

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! Designed to set horizontally, even on a vertical drop – this unique rigging method allows for an extremely high hook up ratio. The design also allows this lure to hold in strong current. This patented design has been proven to catch anything from freshwater Crappie and Walleye to saltwater Tarpon and Spanish Mackerel. Multiple weighted eyes are available for each size lure

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! Depending on the model, this lure will tease the fish on the surface or along the bottom. The single upright hook system reduces hang-ups and weed problems. The hollow body allows the lure to collapse in the fish’s mouth and insures better hooksets. Anywhere you fish — from casting in the local bass pond to trolling offshore — DOA Bait Buster lures will produce for you.

LiveTarget Sardine Swimbait

LiveTarget has combined nature’s best with modern technology to create an exciting new collection of swimbaits. Available in common forages, the new LiveTarget Swimbait Series is designed to look and swim just like live bait. The profile of the body and tail is so accurately matched and anatomically scaled, it sets a new industry standard to match-the-hatch. The tail is precisely fitted with a strategically engineered oscillator that generates a side-to-side tail swing action. Every swimbait has its own signature action, making it come alive and swim just like its natural counterpart.

LED 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.


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!


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!


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!


Get The Most Out Of Your Dock Lights

So you just bought your new fish light, and you’re so excited to see what it’s going to bring to your dock. All of us here at Underwater Fish Light know exactly how you feel. We’ve had the excitement of setting up the light and waiting for night to fall. Now that you’re enjoying your light, you can’t help but wonder “what else can I get for my dock?” We also had that same problem. Because of this, we created and added things to our product line that will enhance you experience with our Dock Lights and make your time spent on your dock more enjoyable.

Mounting Plaque

The Mounting Plaques are a great addition to your new dock lights. The plaque will ensure the control box will stay securely in place, even in some of the roughest weather. Some of the control boxes for our larger systems are much wider than the pilings themselves, so a mounting plaque would be almost essential to ensure the longevity of your system.

Timer Photocell

The timer photocell is a great way to create a schedule for the operation of your dock lights. If you would like your light to turn off at a specific time during the night, just set the dial to your desired time. This type of customization comes in handy for those not wanting the light to run all night, or to shut it off before the other nighttime fishermen start trolling the canals.

Solar Piling Caps

DokLites serve the conventional purposes of piling cap, whether it be to guard against birds or rain. They also use Mil-Spec micro-processor circuitry to create a comfortable, ambient light on your dock. Each has a UV and impact resistant housing. DokLites, and the LEDS within them, will last and be protected for years.

Boat Lift Lights

Guide Post Light

Every set of GuideLites is manufactured in the USA. From the patent-pending polymers used in the plastic, to the custom designed solar panels. We build our GuideLite boat lift light to last. GuideLites fit snug into the 2 inch PVC pipe that comes with most boat lifts. The GuideLites can be seen from long distances, but not be blinding while up close.


The Dark Problem

Each year, thousands of marine accidents occur. Many of these accidents are caused by watercraft hitting obstructions (docks, pilings, etc) that are not properly lit. Unfortunately, there are many people with boater’s licenses that may not have safety as their first priority. The typical boat will have many different lights on it. There are several navigation lights that ensure the boat can be seen by others.

If different marine vessels have different safety lighting, why shouldn’t your dock?

Get Seen With Dock Lights

The best way to prevent your dock from becoming a target, it must be visible. Someone is less likely to hit something while driving, if they can see it. This may seem obvious, but it’s sometimes the obvious things that seem to slip our minds. When it comes to dock lights, there are many different types to choose from. You can illuminate your pilings, boat lifts, and even the water surrounding your dock.

Solar Piling Caps

These solar piling caps will automatically come on from dusk to dawn. They require no maintenance, and last for years. They will ensure your piling caps will be seen from far away, to help keep your dock safe.

Boat Lift Lights

The GuideLite Boat Lift Lights not only protect your boat lift by making it visible to other people. They also help you center your boat properly on the lift while you are parking it after the sun goes down.

Guide Post Light

Underwater Lights

Underwater lights not only illuminate the water under your waterway, but also reflect some light onto your dock. This, in turn, makes your dock more visible and protected from any passersby. Underwater lights will also attract fish like snook, tarpon, redfish, and more! They will create a beautiful and entertaining backyard aquarium, while keeping your dock safer!


The Mystery Of Night Fishing

Let’s state the obvious. For many fishermen, when the sun starts to go down, they start to head in for the night. What a lot of people don’t realize, is that they’re heading in right before the fishing reaches its peak! Don’t let the darkness scare you. Under the surface, there are hundreds of snook just waiting to snatch up your lure and get reeled in!

Snook Lights Are The New Honey Hole

While night fishing, you no longer have to guess and search for a good spot all night. You already know where the fish are! It doesn’t matter if you have a snook light of your own, or if you know where to find one. Just search for that classic green glow in the water and start casting.

Thanks to snook lights, you’ll no longer have to take your boat out to a spot half an hour away from the boat ramp to get to the fish. Now, the fish come to you! Just light up your snook light, and wait for them to swarm. We all know grandpa had that special spot growing up where he knew he would get a bite. Yeah, it was kind of a pain to get all the way out there, but at least you came back with fish every time. Snook lights bring all of the fun and fish straight to you without the need for all the travel time! Now, you can enjoy time with your family and friends while catching fish and making more memories.


5. Solar Piling Caps

DokLites are the world’s most functional dock lighting system available. Its technology has multiple patents and brings a new era in lighting for docks, decks and waterway obstructions. With a solar power design, all DokLites are maintenance free, and eliminate the need for any further electrical work on your dock.

DokLites serve the conventional purposes of piling cap, whether it be to guard against birds or rain. They also use Mil-Spec micro-processor circuitry to create a comfortable, ambient light on your dock. Each has a UV and impact resistant housing. DokLites, and the LEDS within them, will last and be protected for years.

4. Guide Post Lights

Every set of GuideLites is manufactured in the USA. From the patent-pending polymers used in the plastic, to the custom designed solar panels. We build our GuideLite boat lift light to last. GuideLites fit snug into the 2 inch PVC pipe that comes with most boat lifts. The GuideLites can be seen from long distances, but not be blinding while up close. To achieve this, we create a “glow” effect to ensure you can see every boat lift light. So, whether you are looking from 5 feet or 50 feet, you will still be able to know exactly where your boat lift is.

Each GuideLite is made with safety in mind. Centering your boat on the lift perfectly isn’t our only goal. Also, we want to ensure your boat lift is visible to all other boaters that happen to be on the water after sunset.

3. Self-Filtering Livewell

If you have an Underwater Fish Light, you know how easy it is to collect bait. Whether you catch your baitfish off your Underwater Fish Light, or purchase it from your local bait shop, it’s important to not let it go to waste! The Livewell by Underwater Fish Light is custom made to your specifications, to ensure it fits on your dock perfectly. This Livewell will keep your bait alive for days, thanks to its water filtration system. Never let your bait die again! Get one now!

2. Single Dock Light

Anyone with a dock, knows there is a lot of life under the surface they can’t see. What’s the best way to solve that? Illuminate it!

A single Underwater Fish Light is one of the best dock accessories available. You’ll discover an entire new world of activity that has been under the surface all along! These systems attract fish by reflecting off microorganisms in the water. These reflections attract baitfish, which in turn attract predator fish like snook, tarpon, redfish, bass, and many more!

1. Double Dock Light

Get twice the lights for twice the fun! The more lights you have under the water, the more reflection. This means you’ll be able to seen more bait fish & predator fish! These systems are the exact same as our single systems, but they have two bulbs each on their own individual wires. With two lights, you will have twice the amount of microorganisms reflect from the light, therefore attracting more baitfish and predator fish!