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Using lights for Shrimping and Fishing has been around for many years. In the old days the most common method was to hang a lantern over the side of a boat.  Then came along halogen and florescent lights… along with noisy gas eating Generators…

These days new LED technology has done much to improve upon Shrimping and Fishing using underwater lights.

The method of attracting fish Is actually quite simple:

Light starts a natural food chain reaction by attracting a concentration of small microscopic animals called plankton.  Bait fish such as shad and minnows are drawn to the light to feed on the plankton; and larger game fish move in to feed on the bait fish.  It's not uncommon to see bait fish stacked in columns 15 feet thick under the lights, with game fish suspended directly below them.

GatorTough Lights™ will increase your odds of catching fish. At night our lights mimic the sun and bring the zooplankton toward the surface. The zooplankton attract fish who come to feed on them, and the smaller fish attract larger fish. Zooplankton are almost invisible, appearing as a cloudiness in the water. The presence of zooplankton can be determined by watching the number of fish that come to feed.

Fish Feeding and Light Facts

One of the largest migrations on the earth takes place every day in the oceans. It is called diel vertical migration (DVM) and refers to the movement up and down in the water column by millions of zooplankters and fish. Most of these animals are small, ranging in size from a few millimeters to a few centimeters, and travel 100's of meters (many times their body size) twice a day -- it really is an amazing feat.

Fish move into lights to catch their prey. Fish are visual predators, and it seems that any additional light in waters that would otherwise be dark would help them locate their prey. Within minutes, microscopic creatures called plankton or zooplankton begin to zoom in on a light source such as our GatorTough lights™ Similar to the way mosquitoes are drawn to outdoor lighting, that’s why you bug light being sold in stores.  Shrimp and other small minnows and bait fish are also attracted to our GatorTough lights™ which attracted plankton or zooplankton.

Within minutes you will notice small shrimp, minnows, bait fish and other microorganisms such as zooplankton. The Larger predator fish will actually find your light source and show up to feed on the bait fish your light has attracted knowing that easy meals can be found in the light source and the shadows surrounding the light field luminescent glow. This is why many anglers fish around dock at night time.

This spectrum of light has been tested at the University of Michigan - and in the lab they have proven that it attracts more zooplankton organisms than any other spectrum of light. (It is the wavelength of this particular light that the zooplankton are attracted to) Zooplankton lives in every body of water (both freshwater and saltwater) and is the main source of food for bait fish.

Here's a brief description of how DVM works:

Phytoplankton are the primary producers of the open oceans; as photosynthetic organisms, they are restricted to the surface waters where enough sunlight penetrates for them to do their photosynthetic magic. Many zooplankters (copepods, many other crustaceans, larvae of various invertebrates and fish) feed directly on phytoplankton.

However, feeding at the surface during the day would make these planktivores visible to their predators, so they (the planktivores) spend the daylight hours in deeper waters and come up to feed on the phytoplankton under the cover of the nighttime darkness. Of course, the predators (fish, larger invertebrates such as chaetognaths, crustaceans, and squid) follow their prey to the surface. An orgy of feeding occurs every night, and towards dawn the survivors return to deeper waters and hide until the next night.

Other predators, such as chaetognaths, don't use vision to hunt, but have other sophisticated sensory systems to locate prey. Still, they make the nightly trip to the surface waters along with the other hunters because that's where the food is.

But finding one's own food is usually the number one priority of fish -- if you don’t eat, you die. So I'd say that the need to find food overcomes the fear of being preyed upon.


The color of light is also very important just as it is with fishing lures.  Different colors of light travel further underwater than others in different conditions.  

What Colors work best for attracting fish?

We have tested and found Ultra GREEN Lights, Ultra BLUE Lights and Ultra White Lights work best for Fishing.


At GatorTough™ We use the latest Ultra Chip Diodes™ H.I.D. High Intensity Design Chip Technology and components in all our Shrimping and Fishing Lights, that are specially designed and engineered to light up the night underwater to show Shrimp and attract Fish™…

Our Ultra Chip Diodes™ have been tried and tested many times over…

Use our web menu and check out the different types of lights we manufacture to help you become more productive while Shrimping or Fishing.

Fish Light Facts