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Posted on Monday Jun 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM  
Have your numerous times the old Styrofoam headlight style for fishing at night. Was over at Academy in the market for one since mine has disappeared. They had those for around 10 and three other models for about 20. One was the long green stick type, another was half a green stick with a halogen spot on the end, and another was shorter shiny and looked like an old glass Christmas ornament inside a tube that emits green light. There were a few other smaller styles that actually held batteries. Anyone have much experience with any of these and have any reviews to share?

On an interesting side note the mid sized one had to have at least a 16 oz weight added to get it to submerse. The ornamental one called for a 25 oz, yep, 25 oz. of weight to get it to sink. I looked at the weights after that. I was going to take about $5 of sinkers to sink it.
Posted on Saturday Jun 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM  
I have a small one that I ordered online. It is a 12v green tube light that you can only hook up while in the water; otherwise it will burn up. Has a 20' cord and requires no weight to send down. Only drop it about 2'-4' down. It lights up the whole underneath of the boat (19.5' V hull). I've had good luck with only 2 species, shad and sand bass. After about 15 min I can throw the net 1 time and fill it with shad. Other times sand bass start finding cover under the boat and no mater what you throw out you catch one. Oh yeah, I've never gotten this light to work out on Sooner Lake, not that I've fished much at dark there. Maybe I should give it a shot again sometime. The light cost me around $60. Don't use it much anymore since most of my fishing is done during the daytime nowadays.
Posted on Saturday Jun 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM  
I have used the floating headlight with good success and have both white light and green light but prefer the white light just from past experience. Don't know if it really makes any difference. I like the floating ones because fish are less likely to wrap line around them than the ones you sink. Also if you can put a light over the side of the boat and above the water it will draw bugs which the minnows will feed on and flip around drawing the predators, however the bugs can bee a little bit of a pain in the boat. Years ago we used coleman lanterns hung over the side to catch crappie and white bass. Have thought about trying it for hybrids but heard they shy away from the light. Some of the newer floating lights do not have as wide of a base as the old ones and flip over easier in the waves.
Posted on Sunday Jun 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM  
I have a 48" green L.E.D light. It is a game changer on crappie. Have used it and done well with sandies as well. Mine doesnt float but can be suspended by rope up to 10 feet down. I think you will enjoy the lights and fishing under them. Btw, The green light is less attracting to bugs but not full proof.
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