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 dock 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 of the other bait swimming through the light. Also, if possible, try to match the swim patterns of the bait fish (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.

See Your Targets

Our dock lights allow you to view any of the fish in your area. Our dock 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 dock 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.

Underwater fish lights make a huge difference in your fishing endeavors. Instead of you going after the fish, you can now bring the fish to you.

With that in mind, it’s good to know that green underwater fish lights work perfectly with Snook and the highest quality light system would make a significant difference in your fishing adventures.

Since there are so many lights to choose from, knowledge is power. Combine the best Snook fishing lights with the best place to fish for Snook at night and a decent amount of patience and we guarantee success.

The Best Snook Lights

When searching for a great Snook light, we recommend these four options

  1. Extra Bright Quad Light System
  2. Classic Natural Green Single Light System
  3. Extra Bright Double Light System
  4. Classic Natural Green Triple Light System

Extra Bright Quad Light System

With the Extra Bright Quad Light System, you get 4 HID underwater lights running on the same control box and you’ll get to choose from three different colors.

You can choose from four different wire lengths. This is one of the top choices for attracting Snook, but it also works pretty well as Crappie light too.

With four underwater lights, it’s safe to say that you’ll light the water on fire, as it will be swarming with fish. This light system comes with a customizable placement and it allows you to easily illuminate any area, which makes it perfect for attracting Snook.

Classic Natural Green Single Light System

The Classic Natural Green Single Light System is a single bulb underwater dock light, mostly used by avid anglers and enthusiastic fishermen. It’s a very common green fishing light and on the more affordable side of the spectrum.

Single light systems add a beautiful accent to your dock and are very successful at attracting fish, as well as bait which is needed if you want to take on a predator fish such as Snook.

Extra Bright Double Light System

The Extra Bright Double Light System is a double light system with two bulbs that guarantee the attraction of both baitfish and predator fish such as Crappie and Snook.

Since it’s always better to have more when it comes to fishing light systems, you’ll probably do better with a double light system, as it does an awesome job of attracting twice as many microorganisms.

Classic Natural Green Triple Light System

The Classic Natural Green Triple Light System is truly an amazing system and is widely used among avid anglers.

With this system, it’s impossible not to catch as many Snooks as you possibly can. It works well with Snook, as it’s able to penetrate into the deep water where Snook usually resides.

These are our top 4 recommendations for Snook lights. For additional options, be sure to browse our selection of underwater fish lights today!

How Fish Attraction Works

Many people living in, or visiting, coastal areas have probably seen a fair amount of green fish lights in the water. Most assume, with reason, the color green is what attracts fish to the light. Surprisingly, that’s not exactly true!

Most fish lights, when lit out of the water, actually illuminate white. After they are placed in the water, the light turns green. That’s because these bulbs are reflecting off particles in the water. This reflection give the lights their green color. 

This particle reflection attracts small baitfish to the light. In turn, these baitfish attract larger predator fish in the area. Because our lights automatically come on every night, the larger predator fish get used to the feeding cycle, and will show up each night. 

Fish Aren’t Picky With Colors

Just because most fish lights are green, doesn’t mean they have to be. Here are Underwater Fish Light, we offer a Caribbean Blue system that illuminate an icy-blue color. Even though it is not green, the light still attracts the same amount of predator fish each night!

Baitfish and the predator fish that follow do not care what color the light under the water is. They simply care about the illumination of the particles in the water. These particles are home to tiny microorganisms that are a great food source to baitfish. So, as long as there is reflection, there will be fish!

Every Light Is Fish Guaranteed!

Here at Underwater Fish Light, we can guarantee you that even light we sell is guaranteed to attract fish! 

While fish lights seem to magically attract fish to your dock, it is actually a simple, scientific process. Any light under the water, no matter what the color, will attract fish. When lights are placed under the water, they reflect off particles in the water. These tiny little particles enhance a natural food source for bait fish. These bait fish are then attracted to the light. Once the bait fish are attracted, they bring in bigger game fish like snook, tarpon, and bass.

Some lights attract fish within minutes of installation, while others can take up to a few weeks. Fish attendance depends on your location. Even though you might not have fish the first night, the process is still the same. It just takes a little longer for the fish to find your light and become accustom to the feeding cycle. Once the fish find the light, they will be back every night. Therefore, it is important for the fish light to run on a photocell. The photocell will ensure the light comes on every night, and off every morning. After a few weeks, you will have built a feeding cycle with the fish in your area and will see them coming back. It is similar to that of a dog. If you feed him every day at 5:15, he will be waiting for his food at 5:10.

As time goes on, more fish will appear at the light. Most of them will be bigger than the ones that preceded them. These lights do more than just attract fish, they create a natural aquarium in your backyard! The best part about these lights is that they do not harm the fish or any other marine life. They enhance a natural food source for the animals as well as provide countless hours of entertainment for anyone that sees them.

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!

What’s the Difference?

Here at Underwater Fish Light, our fish light systems have four color choices to choose from! We have our Classic Series, which is a 175 watt bulb. We also have the Extra Bright Series that is equipped with a 250 watt bulb. Our Extra Bright Series sports three different colors; Vibrant Green, Natural Green, and Caribbean Blue! It doesn’t matter which color you choose. Fish will be attracted to the lights no matter what!

Both Series work great, but choosing the color all depends on your water clarity. If you have murky water, your best choice would be to go with the Extra Bright Series. If your water is more clear, the Classic Series will work great!

Our Caribbean Blue fish light systems will only work in crystal clear water. If your are unsure if the Caribbean Blue is right for you, just give us a call at 855-347-4544 and we will be happy to help you!

Extra Bright Series

Our Extra Bright Series sports three different colors! Our Extra Bright Series is 50% brighter than our Classic Series! All three colors have 250 watt bulbs and will attract an amazing amount of fish! Whether you choose the Natural Green, Vibrant Green, or Caribbean Blue, the fish and your satisfaction are guaranteed!

Our Natural Green Systems have the same beautiful color as our Classic Series, but they are 50% brighter! The Vibrant Green Systems illuminate a head-turning emerald green color that is sure to enhance any dock! Finally, our Caribbean Blue Systems illuminate a beautiful ice blue that works great in crystal clear water.

Natural Green

Vibrant Green

Caribbean Blue

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!