Boat Lighting for Night Fishing: Types and Colors to Choose

Enjoying your free time hunting and fishing is a worthwhile activity that seems out of this world activity.

Due to the constraint of time, having the right types of equipment at the right time would be better as it is said “that a stitch in time saves nine.”

Underwater fishing lights or fishing spotlights are a decisive factor that makes all the difference between a bucketful treasure and going home empty-handed.

Of course, lights can also decide whether you’ll live another day for fishing or not, as law and security concerns state that you must have lights on in the boat when operating at night.

So, guys let me show you the best options and operations of lights when you are fishing. Lighting will make your expedition more rewarding. Sure, it will!

Types of fishing lights

Keen fishermen know very well that only durable and powerful lighting can work when you are far from the insidious offshore lighting.

Night fishing lights range from post mounted lights to the handheld, underwater and head mounted lights.

Only the way you can make your fishing excursion successful is choosing and mounting the most ideal lights.

Handheld lights are ideal for locating best fishing spot as well as impart portability — thus, making common fishing tasks easier.

Underwater lights turn the odds in hunter’s favor by attracting planktons toward the light. Once planktons have gathered, fishes will congregate automatically and next will be your chance to strike. Head-mounted light proves a beacon house on the boat once the sun goes down.

Your expedition becomes more convenient when you have hands-free lights with enormous illumination over the head.

You are now free to hook and fight for fishes having two hands free.

Which color is best for night fishing?

Choosing the appropriate color of lighting is a crucial factor while fishing. You must be familiar with the effects and penetration of different colors.

For example, green lights attract planktons, which is advantageous as fishes peruse them. However, bug swarms are also attracted by green lights and may cause unnecessary hassle.

Light penetration is also important when you are using submerged lights. Each color has its special penetration range.

Orange and yellow lights have 10 and 20 meters penetration range respectively.

On the other hand, the green light has a greater penetration of 30 meters due to its shortest wavelength.

However, blue light has an amazing penetration of up to 50 meters through the water. So, choose wisely as per the water body’s texture and conditions.

Spotlights for fishing

Spotlights have a wide range of products depending on their features. They can be head-mounted, handheld or rechargeable.

Head-mounted lights can easily be attached to a stand and they offer 2 or 3 pin socket. They usually possess 1000 lumens and remote control security settings.

Handheld spotlights are nearly indestructible. All assembly is enclosed in a waterproof Xylek shell.

Usually, such lights have Maxbright Cree LED that creates 500 lumens casting a light beam up to 200 yards.

On the other hand, rechargeable lights offer a safe backup in case you run short of the power supply.

They cast a beam up to 650 yards and more. They can shine easily through fog, glass and even rain.  Its ABS plastic housing provides longevity and water resistance.

Why LED lighting?

Now a day, traditional lighting is replaced by modern and lightweight LED lights. These lights offer miraculous benefits when fishing at night, some are mentioned below;

Most of the underwater LEDs offer a lifespan of up to 40,000 hours.  So, you need not replace them time and again that will cost you in terms of time as well as money.

They have an amazing trait of fantastic durability as they are resilient to shock, moisture, and heavy impacts.

This distinguished feature makes them more popular among anglers.

Moreover, LEDs operate at very low voltage hence drawing a little power from your battery. This saves you from running short of power.

Alongside, drawing a little power they offer you an instant output. Unlike other lights, LEDs turn on immediately and illuminate the space right away.

How LED helps in fishing?

LED lights are economical in their power consumption and provide greater output than the conventional lighting options.

These lights are waterproof rated hence preventing the user from the risk of electrical shock. LED light has another edge over ordinary lighting that they penetrate to more extent before it scatters.

Additionally, green and white LED lights to attract zooplanktons if submerged slightly up to 3-6 inches down in the water.

Bait fishes chase the zooplankton to the surface and gather around the boat.

However, do not forget to anchor your boat because moving boat will warn the prey to be more cautious.

Although flood lights put off a lot of light they also prove a big drain on your battery. They are heavy to use, difficult to replace and expensive to have.

Contrarily, LED lights range from as cheap as $10 to some that are as much as $700.  However, they do not show any apparent difference in their efficiency and output.

Only the difference between cheap and expensive lights could be their longevity and the warranty.

They all offer the excellent waterproof feature. This is the fundamental feature that is mainly required by a product that is supposed to use on waters for a long time.

So, I suggest you nothing but LED light which is a perfect package for anglers.

Installing LED Lights

You can easily install LED lights on your boat by simply following these steps.

1). Cut the LED Strip

Usually, LED strips come in various sizes ranging from 10 feet to 20 feet.  You just need to measure your boat’s gunnels, console and transom lengths and then cut the strip accordingly.

It would be better to affix LED strips in smaller parts in front of the console and back of the console to the transom.

LED strips are clearly marked that shows you where to cut.

In this way, you can get two strips to install at different parts.

2). Clean the Surface

Clean the surface where to attach the LED strip. Now use some adhesive tape that can hold the strip for a longer period. If you do not clean and try to affix directly on the dirty surface the adhesive tape will lose the grip very soon.

3). Use 3M Adhesive Tape

It would be much better to use an extra 3M adhesive tape along with the adhesive tape that comes with lights. The adhesive tape that comes with lights is not that efficient.

So, you need to use some exterior attachment that holds strips for a quite long period.

Law and security

Suppose you do not have even a single light on in the boat and another boat is coming toward you with full throttle in dark.

Obviously, you are sitting like an invisible duck in the dark. So, a little negligence may lead to a fatal accident and even deaths.

Just remember the law and security concerns when you are out with your boat in dark. If you are anchored then one green or white light is enough.

However, when sailing, you are required to turn on the navigation lights with red and green bow lights.

These lights will be visible far from your position and the other boat will be precautions early.

Be safe

Use at least one light mounted highest in the boat. This will help your boat to be pointed out from a distance. Some boaters just fixe single faced light that is only visible either from front or back. This is not quite safe.