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         Do flash lights and head lights spook the fish when fishing at night? My friend said they will. Do they?   ???  ???

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Years ago we did a lot of gigging and used spotlights the fish just sit there.

The 12volt blacklights are great if you use florecent line it glows and is a breeze to tie, it makes watching your line alot easier, and cuts down alittle on bugs also, some also have a reg. floresent bulb for other things too.

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My experince has been that the lights really don't seem to bother the fish.  As a SCUBA diver, we dive a lot at night and the lights don't seem to scare the fish.

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Years ago I went fishing with a buch of guys down in Southern Arkansas on the Texas border.  We got there late and camped out.  This night I woke up and looked out over the lake and it looked like a small town, there were lights every where.  The next morning I asked some of the guys what was going on and they told me it was crappie fisherman and what they would do was put a Coleman lantern on their spare tire and tie it to the boat with a rope and push it out to attract the fish.  When I asked why they didn't just hang the lantern on the boat they said it was to keep the water mocasins from climbing in the boat with them as they were attracted to light as well ???

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Did this not to long ago and still caught fish it'll prob help than rather scare the fish especially throwing out a top water bait...

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I know that bugs are attracted to the lantern and the fish are attracted to them. They land in the water or get sqourched on the lantern. Getting it out of the boat makes it easier to see, keeps the bugs "way over there" and attracts fish too boot. I don't know about it attracting snakes,  

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I have always felt a direct, concentrated light will spook shallow bass.  Years back, before the invention of the 12V black lights, we night fished for bass with no light at all.  Kept a red filtered light in boat to see how to tie knots and untangle lines etc.  We always caught way more fish with no light than when we tried to use lights.

Black lights are great with florecent line.  I run four, both sides of the boat, front and back.  Two years ago, we started experimenting using a florescent white lite with the black light and seemed to get just a many bites with that setup as with just the black lights.  The white light I reflect upwards slightly to minimize the light on the water itself but makes seeing the bank cover much easier.

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