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Old 05-21-2020, 12:56 PM
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Night fishing on the reef in the keys. Do you have your underwater lights on or off? Topside lights on or off?

Does it attract fish or scare away fish?

What is your opinion? I have heard both. Done both. Just wonder which way is the correct way?
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Scares them away in my experience. I stopped using it
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No lights
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Just the nav lights and plotter/weather.
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Anchor light & deck lights if anchored. Headlamps in red so you don't blind each other.
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Nav lights only for us
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minimal lights. You’re night fishing for a reason
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OK. So everyone agrees no lights. Thanks
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No, not necessarily. I have had nights were it drew in dozens of sharks and killed the bite. I have also had nights it drew in hundreds of squid which got eaten by monster snapper as soon as deployed. Also attracts ballyhoo, theadfin ,flyers and sardines so it is a toss up. Four foot green hydroglow light.
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And for the love of god turn off your "nav lights" at night when you're anchored and only display your 360 white anchor light.
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Here's some underwater fishing lights that mount on a removable boat adapter pole. They are pretty dang bright and easy to setup. Underwater Fishing Lights
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Originally Posted by thaechten View Post
Here's some underwater fishing lights that mount on a removable boat adapter pole. They are pretty dang bright and easy to setup. Underwater Fishing Lights
I have underwater lights built into the boat.
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Nav lights at anchor are a no no....... While fishing at night on 3 day trip to the Marquesas the back-deck lights were on the entire time and the bite never slowed down a bit.... Had flying fish, ballyhoo. gogs and all sorts of stuff come up and check the boat out. Might be different some place else.

Bigger issue fishing the keys at night this time of year in the keys is the mine-field of lobster buoys.
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My night days are so over but agree darker is better. Used to use head lamps as needed
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Originally Posted by OliMiami View Post
Nav lights only for us
Edit, meant to say white deck lights not nav. Don't use underwater lights. We clip those little lights on hats or use headlamps to rig lines
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