Light sticks- do they attract or not?

tunakillerjoe1

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I know this has been gone over in years past in BD, but why not ask? I saw these small glow sticks at party city, and thought about stuffing one in the bait cages. Anyone tried these? I know, the enemy of good is better! I thought in dirty water...maybe?

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Capt.C.Delany

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Don't know but would like to find out.

My theory would be no. The reason being is lobsters typically only crawl under the cover of darkness to avoid detection from predators. By having a light source there it will then be lighting up the area of where they will be. I could be totally wrong, just my thought. The other thing I was thinking about would be it being a homing beacon for the sea lions.
 

djam

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I would think not, I know when we used to dive for them it was key not to flash them with the light. I also have heard that the white of bait cages can scare them, but not confirmed and plenty of people use white tubes. Maybe drop a few with and few without and see if there is a noticeable difference. You should drop two next to each other, so you have a closer apples to apples comparison.
 

nefarious235

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I use them in my balloons (white)for nighttime WSB fishing
 
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tunakillerjoe1

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All good observations. I thought I heard something about the specific spectrum of light attracting them. Maybe just the rave ones.
 

makairaa

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They were selling nets with glow in the dark rings once upon a time. So I assume they can work. I do agree that they are more likely to cause more seal problems than they will attract lobsters though.
 

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I tried something similar one time, I had a GoPro and a light attached to the net, it didn’t seem to affect anything and this was an LED dive light. Lobsters don’t have great vision, they go primarily off their antennas and smell, but I imagine they can tell a glow from darkness, maybe not clearly like humans, but at least they know it’s different.
 
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FloMar

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I know this has been gone over in years past in BD, but why not ask? I saw these small glow sticks at party city, and thought about stuffing one in the bait cages. Anyone tried these? I know, the enemy of good is better! I thought in dirty water...maybe?

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Years ago did some testing of the concept. Nothing was conclusive good or bad, there were benefits and issues. As many have stated lobster will find the bait by smell/scent and other means. You have to put your nets in the correct spot each night, which is a bigger nut you need to crack first. My short answer is it’s a waste of time and mental energy. John.
 

mhanson59hb

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They work great..... if you use them on your floats!

In the hoop? Not so much! :D
 

skrilla

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They were selling nets with glow in the dark rings once upon a time. So I assume they can work. I do agree that they are more likely to cause more seal problems than they will attract lobsters though.
I bought those. Caught more stingray orgies than I care for. Ripped the glow plastic rings off and started attracting the right kind.
 
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