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 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, 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.

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 Dock Lights

Portable LED Fish Light

Extra Bright Quad Dock Light

Classic Single Dock Light

Extra Bright Single Dock 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 Dock 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 Dock 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 Dock 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 veer seen before!

Dock accessories to bring your dock from ordinary to extraordinary!

A dock isn’t just some place to park your boat or launch your kayaks. It’s a place where people can come together to relax, celebrate, and create memories! Without some key dock accessories, you won’t be able to make the most of your front row seat to nature! 

5. Outdoor Furniture

Our number 5 choice for dock accessories is outdoor furniture! While this might seem like an obvious choice, it’s incredibly important! If your dock doesn’t have any furniture, chances are, no one is going to want to spend an extended period of time there. The less time to spend on your dock, the less great memories you can make! So many of our customers tell us how nice it is to finish their day off by relaxing on their dock with a couple of drinks. It’ll be hard to to relax if there is nowhere for you to sit and unwind!

You’ll want to be sure to get outdoor furniture! Many of our customers are on saltwater canals. Even if you’re not on a saltwater canal, the natural elements of being on the waterfront can take a toll on any materials. For this reason, we suggest getting heavy-duty outdoor furniture that is made to be in these elements. This will ensure your purchase lasts longer and you have minimal maintenance!

4. Rod Holders

These are relatively cheap accessories that can really come in handy! While fishing off your dock, you may find that you’ll need to step away or put your rod down for water reason. If you don’t have rod holders, you’ll either have to reel in your line, or chances laying the rod down and losing it forever. 

Rod holders like the ones depicted in the photo below, can just be simple pieces of PVC pipes that are attached to the dock pilings. They’re cheap, simple to install, and work perfectly. If you’re looking for something more high-end, there are countless options online for dock rod holders. Just keep in mind, that the price tag on these can rise quickly!

3. Lock Box

There are many different supplies and tools we all need on our docks. Rather than having to take them to and from the garage each time, we suggest getting a lock box! These boxes are tough, safe, and secure. You’ll be able to keep your life jackets, rods, fish equipment, paddles, and much more in a box right on your dock! 

These boxes can be bolted to the dock to keep thieves from taking it away. They are also designed to be exposed to the elements of saltwater and harsh weather. These great boxes keep everything secure and close to your dock so you don’t have to go running back and forth for supplies every time you plan a day out on the water.

2. Boat Lift

Boat lifts are a necessity when you live on saltwater. If you’re going to keeping a boat near your dock in your saltwater canal, you’ll need a boat lift. While traveling through a saltwater canal system, you’ll rarely ever see a dock without a boat lift. Boat lifts keep your boat safe from extreme water conditions, tide changes, and barnacles. In many tropical areas, barnacle growth can get quite extensive. Rather than diving under the boat every two weeks to scrape off barnacles, many people purchase a boat lift to keep their boats clean and increase their longevity. 

We suggest getting a boat lift for any vessel larger than a kayak or a canoe. If it is going to be spending extended periods of time in a saltwater canal, you’ll want to get it out of the water. The best way to get a boat out of the water is a boat lift! All you have to do is align your boat over the lowered life, get off the boat, and flip your lift switch! The lift will then slowly rise to lift your vessel out of the water. It’s that easy!

1. Underwater Fish Light

Of course, it comes as no surprise that our favorite dock accessories is an Underwater Fish Light! These amazing lights enhance the natural food source for marine animals. By reflecting off microorganisms in the water, these dock lights attract large predator fish that will be coming to visit your dock every night! Our dock lights offer a different kind of entertainment that can bring a family together and create lasting memories. Whether you sit back and watch the fish interact, or you get up and start trying to catch some of the fish on the light, you’ll be sure to ensure your dock like you never have before!

For the past 15 years, our main goal here at Underwater Fish Light has been to produce quality, American-made products and provide excellent customer service. Because of this, we have created our three-year warranty as well as our sixty-night money-back guarantee! We guarantee that you will see fish, or you’ll get a full refund! Our lights are the best on the market because we use the highest grade material, and manufacture everything in our facility located in Port Charlotte, FL. If you’re still not sure if an Underwater Fish Light is right for you, give us a call at 855-347-4544 and we’d be happy to help you out!

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!


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!


If you’re wondering how you can accentuate the outside of your house, wonder no more. Dock lights add that special something that turns an ordinary house into a beautiful home.

Underwater dock lights have the ability to transform your entire yard and can match your style allowing you to express yourself, making anyone looking at your dock feel like they’re in The Great Gatsby.

Have a look at what LED dock lights and solar dock lights can do for you.

Create a Backyard Aquarium

There’s something entirely mesmerizing about observing fish as they swim around. When you incorporate underwater dock lights into your backyard pond or dock, you’ll be sure to see plenty of fish gathering around them.

Underwater fish lights reflect particles in the water to attract various types of fish. Depending on where you live, you can see countless of different fish species – snook, tarpon, bass, and many others.

Dock lights often have the option of automatically turning on at dusk and turning off at dawn, so you usually don’t even have to worry about them at all.

You can use your backyard aquarium for fishing, or you can just use it to add that pizzazz to your entire home.

Choose Your Perfect Color

LED dock lights often come in many different colors, and you can choose whichever one suits your personal style and preferences. However, if you want to attract fish, it’s recommended that you use a bit more subdued and natural colors.

A natural green color is sure to attract countless fish, and it will give a more natural vibe to your whole house, dock, and backyard. If you’d prefer to have that “The Great Gatsby” vibe, you could opt for a more vibrant green color. You’ll become the envy of the neighborhood, and everyone’s sure to be talking about your backyard décor.

Caribbean blues are often the favorite. If you have crystal clear water, this color will stand out, making you feel like you’re on a tropical island.

Before you choose the colors, check the condition of the water. Murky waters ask for brighter and more vibrant colors, while you can basically do what you prefer with clear waters.

Dock Light Systems

You don’t have to do a lot to accentuate your dock. Adding a simple single-light system can be more than enough for a subtle décor that’s still exceptionally noticeable.

Smaller docks can benefit greatly from solar dock lights with a single light source, while those with larger docks can opt for bigger light systems.

If you’re fond of throwing outdoor parties in your backyard and have a sizeable dock, you can find great use for quad light systems. A bright LED dock light with 4 bulbs will create an astonishing atmosphere for any occasion, making your home truly stand out.

Underwater dock lights add so much to your backyard and your entire home; you’ll regret not installing them sooner. Let everyone see your style and creativity with a unique dock light set up and enjoy the view and the relaxing atmosphere these lights can create. Get started today with Underwater Fish Light.

Fishing at night is an amazing experience on its own. If you consider yourself to be a professional angler, you know that fishing at night can be exciting. If you’ve never tried night fishing before, it’s about time you do.

Most anglers prefer fishing at night for several reasons. One of them is the fact that it’s soothing and relaxing. Also, it’s the perfect time to catch something worth bragging about.

With a proper night fishing light set up, you can finally catch something worth bragging about. Here are a few tips to do just that…

Attract the Fish With Properly Placed Lighting

When it comes to fishing from a boat, silence if everything. If you prefer to fish from a boat, you need to make sure that it doesn’t shake or move too much because any movement will scare the fish away. So, the best thing to do is to anchor the boat so that it remains stationary to prevent it from moving or swinging.

If you’re fishing off the shore, you can use saltwater pier fishing lights. The light needs to be underwater while it’s recommended to be in total darkness above the water. The fish will see the light and approach it, but you need to make sure that your silhouette or additional light doesn’t scare them off.

Choose the Area Where Fish Come to Feed

Underwater Fish Light night fishing spotlights guarantee that you will catch a good prize but only if you choose an area where fish regularly come to feed. Some areas simply don’t have fish around. While setting the lights and anchoring your boat is essential to your success, the area matters too.

Fish will be attracted to the promise of a rich feast on the surface. This is just the opportunity you need. Just drop a jig, a lure, or some bait nearby and wait. They won’t be able to resist.

Set your Night Fishing Lighting at the Right Depth

Setting your lighting at a proper depth is essential to going home with full hands. Avoid waters that are too deep or too shallow. You should be able to drop the light down a meter. It needs to be at the right depth, not too high near the surface nor too deep. Also, keep in mind that you’ll probably need to adjust it during the night, depending on the tides.

Two Lights are Better than One

Using two fishing lights gives you much more opportunities for catching lots of fish rather than just one. Therefore, if possible, use two underwater fishing lights and keep just enough distance between them to get the perfect radius of light over the fishing area.

Follow these tips and you’re set for a night full of prize catches! Get started today with Underwater Fish Light!

If you want to get the most out of your fish production, going with optimized aquaculture LED lights is perhaps the best thing you can do. Aquaculture lighting is a very effective tool that will help you significantly enhance your fish production and maximize welfare.

Underwater Fish light is here to provide you with all the necessary lighting equipment you need to create unique and specific conditions that optimize the needed aquatic environment and get your fish population to thrive. Since fish need a specific environment and the right conditions to develop, Philips lighting solutions are an excellent way to reduce production costs and increase your revenue.

On top of all that, all Underwater Fish Light aquaculture lighting solutions were specifically designed to fully support the development of sustainable aquaculture that’s needed for the welfare of your fish population.

Top Class Aquaculture Products

Whether you need the highest quality products for marine-based or land aquaculture, Underwater Fish Light has more than a dozen customized solutions, specifically designed for such purposes.

Our light systems were designed for providing optimized lighting conditions to ensure enhanced fish production while guaranteeing ease of use in every way.

Our systems were manufactured according to the latest standards and trends in the market and we welcome all technological innovations to make sure we bring our customers the highest quality products.

We take pride in offering the most advanced lighting systems that were customized according to your sophisticated needs. Whether you need a single light system or a quad light system, we have you covered.

A few aquaculture lighting systems we provide are:

  • Classic Natural Green Triple Light System
  • Extra Bright Quad Light System
  • Classic Natural Portable Light System
  • And so much more

Optimized Lighting Solutions to Maximize Your Fish Production

At Underwater Fish Light, we’re fully aware of how important light is to your aquaculture and fish population. Therefore, our cost-effective, high-quality lighting solutions were designed according to the latest environmental controls and research.

Our products provide an optimized light spectrum that was carefully tuned to the light sensitivity of the fish. Our systems offer very effective dusk and dawn simulation effects to minimize stress while optimizing photoperiods. With light installation and easy maintenance, you can expect benefits such as:

  • Increased growth
  • Improved feed conversion
  • Reduced stress, mortality, and sexual maturation
  • Improved smoltification
  • Sea lice reduction
  • Higher energy efficiency

With the most effective aquaculture LED lights specifically designed for the cultivation of fish, Underwater Fish Light will help you light up your fish farm and get the most out of your fish cultivation. Our innovative and advanced lighting systems enhance the natural food source in your aquaculture to help it thrive and develop.

With the best lighting systems, you’ll easily see your fish farms thrive and swarm with rich aquatic life. Bring your aquaculture to life with the most effective and affordable aquaculture lighting systems.

Get shopping today!