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.