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We get questions - lots of them!
Here are two from the top of the list:
Why Night Fishing?
Night fishing is usually quiet, calm and not as hot as day fishing. You
also won't get a sunburn. It can be a very comfortable experience, not to mention
the fact that most folks have to work for a living - an activity that takes up a fair
portion of any given day.
Why Submerged Green Light?
Most fishing enthusiasts regard the use of green light for night fishing
with a certain amount of disdain and believe that green lights are simply a marketing
ploy. An analysis of scientific papers from universities around the world however,
provides conclusive data that green light is the best compromise for night fishing. It's
not hype and it's not a gimmick to sell lights. It's real, even though few folks have
actually done the homework to understand the mechanics of the situation. At best, they
have simply placed different colored lights in the water and observed which lights had the
most "customers", i.e. bait fish coming by.
The ultimate goal of any fishing endeavor is to catch fish. In order to do this, we need
to attract the fish by appealing to their senses. The primary lure is something that looks
like food to the fish, thus they must be able to see it. In the daytime, this is easy. The
sun provides broad spectrum illumination. The fish see the bait, and if they are feeding,
they take the bait, and the hook. At night we must provide the light. Bright, white
sunlight works in the day, and so do bright, white, high-power spotlights hooked up to
generators at night. It's simple, effective, but it's noisy, somewhat dangerous, and big
lights attract lots of bugs.
To diminish the bug problem, submerge the light. This is fine with safe, low-voltage
methods, but is not a good idea for 110 VAC devices. It can be deadly to submerge a 110
VAC light. A low-voltage system is much safer. Incandescent lights provide a broad
spectrum of light but are inefficient compared to fluorescent lights. Although fluorescent
lights require high voltages, if only low voltage is sent to the submerged light assembly,
the necessary high voltage can be generated inside a water-tight housing. Should the
housing leak, the inverter circuitry that provides the high voltage will simply fail
without becoming an electrical hazard.
The use of white light from any source assumes that a broad-spectrum light propagates well
in water. It doesn't. Pure water looks blue and it passes blue and green light with very
little absorption. Typical lake, bay or offshore water is not pure, but contains various
dissolved organic matter, photo-synthetic pigments and particulate material. Salt has very
little effect on light absorption, but the other ingredients do. Tests reveal that light
between 450 and 550 nm (nano meters) transmits through lake, bay or offshore water with
the least attenuation. Other wavelengths of light, especially near the low, infra-red end,
are dramatically absorbed. Green light has a wavelength around 525 nm, near the center of
the range, thus green light propagates better than other colors in fresh or salt water.
Rather than waste energy by using broad-spectrum white light, use green light.
Human eyes and fish eyes respond to similar colors through the use of short, medium and
long-wavelength receptors. While human eyes are less sensitive at 500 nm, fish eyes are
very responsive throughout the region between 450 and 550 nm. In fact, two of the three to
four sets of typical fish-eye receptors (the number of sets depends on the species), are
very responsive to the wavelength of green light. Note that this is also the primary
portion of the optical spectra that travels well in water.
A low-power, low-voltage, low-cost, high-intensity, submerged green light is the BEST
solution for night fishing. Current technology dictates that a large (24" or longer),
green, fluorescent tube in a water-tight, non-metallic housing should be suspended under
water for optimum results. In the future, the fluorescent tubes will be replaced by LEDs
(Light Emitting Diodes). They are more efficient and more rugged than incandescent or
fluorescent lights, but the cost is currently prohibitive, like the first LED watches and
calculators of the past. For now, the only cost-effective way to safely enjoy peace and
quiet while night fishing is obvious.
Want to research further? Go to Google and search on
topics associated with light spectra absorption in water, animal sensor spectral
sensitivity, light-absorbing components of the aquatic system, visual ecology of fish,
etc. Technical papers from such diverse locations as The School of Biological Sciences at
The University of Sussex in England, The University of Queensland in Australia, the
Department of Marine Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi and Fiskeriverket
in Sweden, will turn up.
All the Best, and Great Night Fishing!
CEO - The Fishinglights Company, LLC
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The Fishinglights Company LLC
c/o Tackle Hut
216C West Little York
Houston, TX 77076