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How to Make Your Own Bait Light for $30

Up your night-fishing game with this DIY light

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Lighted areas are always worth a few extra casts, because more often than not, they hold fish. Phytoplankton, the tiny organisms that form the base of the aquatic food chain, synthesize light to feed themselves. Bright areas attract them, which attracts the larger zooplankton, which attract baitfish, and in turn, predators.

An underwater light can improve your fishing game for a number of species, from crappie to catfish, snook to stripers. This DIY light uses LED technology so battery draw is minimal, meaning you won’t have to worry about your boat not starting—or you can fish all night on a small lawn mower battery. Take your night fishing to the next level for about $30, and a couple hours of your time.

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