Using Glow Sticks for Night Fishing

DO I NEED GLOWSTICKS FOR SALTWATER NIGHT SHORE FISHING? This is my first time fishing from shore at night in the hopes to land a shark. I’m using fresh chunks of Bonita and King Fish, 5/0 hooks, 90lb leader on 40lbs test line. Med.-Heavy action spinning rods, and a bag of chum. Will it improve my chances of catching something if I toss out another weighted line with a glowstick? Thanks, Tom

Though it is not necessarily proven that the use of glow sticks will increase your chances of catching something, I would recommend using them.  This is particularly true since you are fishing off the shore.  While the rest of the gear you have should be effective, it can’t hurt to throw a glow stick into the mix.  This is primarily true because when you are fishing off the shore at night, you have to be constantly monitoring your rod tip.  One method that some people implement is the use of a bell that can serve to alert them to a bite.  However, you must remove the bell to reel in the fish or cast.  As a result, it is a good idea to use the glow stick.  In addition, it is proven that some types of fish are attracted to the light, which makes it even more desirable to use glow sticks.  One specific example of this is squid.  Glow sticks are often used when anglers are targeting squid during the night.  Glow sticks are also relatively cheap and many brands (particularly those made especially for fishing) can last up to 24 hours.  In addition, most commercial brands are environmentally friendly, crack and leak resistant, moisture proof, and have a shelf life of several years.  One example of a glow stick designed specifically for fishermen is Dry Pak’s Glow Sticks, which are environmentally safe and not considered to be a marine pollutant.  This particular brand also boasts a formula that produces more light than many other competitors. 

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

2 Responses to “Using Glow Sticks for Night Fishing”

  1. Daniel says:

    I am wanting to fish from Ft. Desoto Pier. I am trying to find out what would be the best way to use fishing glow sticks. I have some ideas, what would you choose for the best way to catch anyting other than a catfish. I will be useing 6″ glow sticks.

    Thanks,
    Daniel from Lakeland Fl

  2. matt says:

    I like to use 4 or 6 inch green light sticks as a bobber with any small bait i can snag at night . works great for blues and stripers. a lot of fun

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