The bait was everywhere.
Glass minnows, shad, shrimp, you name it-all things baitfish were attracted
to the light. We hadn't been set up for more than half an hour and already
there were long silhouettes darting near the edge of the lighted water,
where the green rays from the LED light and darkness met. Then I heard it.
That familiar "Pop" of a trout smacking at the water's surface.
The feeding frenzy started gradually, as the incoming tide was just beginning
to pick up the pace. A few busts and swirls at the surface turned into nonstop
commotion as the current found its rhythm. The scene sounded like a really
loud popcorn machine as the noise from the surface-feeding fish echoed across
the calm water in the still night. We found ourselves frozen for a few seconds,
in awe of the show before us.
The "viewing" didn't last long as we scrambled for rods. It
was time to start catching. We chunked a variety of lures, all of which
seemed to prove effective as the trout engulfed them just about every time
they were drug near the outer edges of the light. Smaller fish could clearly
be seen smack dab in the middle of the brightness, while the better trout
lurked in the shadows.
The most exciting action came from tandem rig presentations where twin
soft plastic jigs often fooled the fish two-at-a-time. Fighting two eighteen
inch trout hooked on one line with the swift current was a chore, but more
than anything it was an absolute hoot. This was what we came for. The underwater
LED green light made by John Drawe was doing its thing and our bent rods
were proof. Going green at night never made more sense.
Fall brings some of the best fishing of the year to the Gulf Coast. Baitfish
like shad, glass minnows, and pogies along with crustaceans like shrimp
and crabs will be on the move. Cold fronts and gradually cooling temperatures
will spark a migration within these populations. They leave the marshes
and back lake estuaries to make their way towards the Gulf as the winter
season approaches. This gives anglers an opportunity to find trout and reds
gorging on these swarms of fry in a variety of locations throughout the
next few months.
There are numerous options for anglers to take advantage of the excellent
fall fishing opportunities, as fish will be following the bait up and down
the entire Gulf Coast. One of the best ways to catch a ton of fish is to
attract the bait to one location, rather than going to look for it. This
in turn will bring plenty of game fish and make for some great memories.
One of the best ways to bring a bunch of baitfish to one location is
to use a green light at night. Scenes like the one mentioned above can be
replicated just about anywhere along the Gulf Coast at night where there
is plenty of tide movement. And, it all centers around one piece of equipment-an
underwater green light. One of the best, most effective, and durable green
fishing lights on the market is the Drop Light LED 300 made by John Drawe.
Drawe's products can be seen and purchased from his website at thegreenfishinglight.com
and the reason behind their effectiveness is fairly simple.
"It's all about the food chain," explains Drawe. "The
green light draws in the smallest organisms within the saltwater food chain
like plankton. Then baitfish and shrimp are drawn in to feed on the plankton
and before you know it, here come the predators like trout and redfish to
feed on the bait fish and shrimp that were attracted to the light."
When asked why a green colored light works the best, Drawe informed that
the frequency of green light on the color spectrum travels further through
water than any other frequency of light.
"Green light has a frequency that penetrates through the water column
and less of this light compared to other colors is absorbed by the water,"
he explained. "Because of this, green light attracts more fish than
any other color of light."
Drawe's Drop Light LED 300 is extremely easy to use and can be
powered by a 12 volt battery. He suggests using a good, dual purpose battery
separate from the cranking battery when using the light from a boat.
"A fully charged 12 volt battery should power the light all night
long, but I can't promise that the same battery will have enough power to
start an outboard after several hours of use. It is best to use a separate
battery to power the light, and reserve the cranking battery or batteries
for powering the motor.
The Drop Light LED 300 can also be used from a dock, pier, or other waterfront
structure, and it can be powered by a 120 volt AC source with an adaptor.
There are several ways to use Drawe's drop light throughout the water
column. The light can float at the surface, it can be suspended under surface,
and it can be sunk all the way to the bottom. Information and graphics on
how to employ these different uses of the light can be found on Drawe's
website in the "Tips & Tricks" section at thegreenfishinglight.com.
Using the green light from a boat opens up a world of opportunities for
anglers. The best areas to set up are places that receive an ample amount
of tide movement. These can be channels and cuts leading into bays, passes
lined by jetties, or even the Intracoastal Waterway. Another thing to consider
when choosing a location is its fish producing history. Anglers will want
to set up the light in an area that is known for holding plenty of baitfish
and also plenty of trout and reds.
Drawe said his absolute favorite place to fish at night with the green
light is on the inside of a jetty where bay waters and Gulf waters meet
during an incoming tide.
"I like to focus on areas where current is flowing through the rocks
of the jetty and there is an outcrop that creates an eddy," says Drawe.
"In this situation I will set up at the edge of the swift moving water
and float the light on the surface."
Drawe says that in areas with a strong current, the light will be the
most effective when it is floated at the surface in this manner.
"A strong current will make it difficult to suspend the light or
sink it to the bottom, which is why I choose to keep it floating at the
top," he elaborates.
When floating the light at the surface with a moving current, anglers
will need to tether the light to the boat by a means other than just the
cables that are clipped to the batteries. Some strong fishing line or lightweight
rope can easily be attached to the bottom of the light and will do the trick.
As far as bait presentations go when using a green light at night, just
about any hardware will work when the fish are drawn in and feeding on the
baitfish present. I prefer to use soft plastic paddle tails rigged in tandem
on quarter ounce jigheads. Texas Tackle Factory's Killer Shad rig works
great and so does the H&H Cocahoe Minnow 3" Double Rig. These tandem
rigs will often provoke strikes from two fish at a time and are deadly at
Hard bait presentations are a great option when fishing a green light
at night because they do not tear up easily after numerous strikes from
aggressive fish. Two phenomenal hard baits that work great are the Rip-n-Slash
70 and the Arrowhead 70 made by Unfair Lures. These two baits will produce
bone crushing strikes when twitched at the edge of a green light at night.
While working various lures through and around the green light, it is
best to vary the speed of retrieve and the angle at which the lure is passing
through the light. Sometimes the fish prefer a steady, quick retrieve, while
other times they like a more erratic retrieve with many twitches and pauses.
Most of the strikes will come at the edge of the light and at times the
fish will prefer the lure to pass by this edge at different angles depending
on the current direction. Changing up the angle of the retrieve every so
often sometimes draws more bites.
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Apprx 110' away.
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Fall is finally here as temperatures are beginning to make a move towards
a more mild direction. Some of the best fishing of the year is taking place
right now and anglers can bring the action right to their boat by using
a green light at night. Check out John Drawe's green fishing lights at thegreenfishinglight.com
or, give him a call at 830-377-2185 and put one to the test. The next after
dark feeding frenzy awaits.