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"I would like to start this article by presenting my knowledge and experiences during my lifetime on this subject so you may only need to read this first paragraph to base an opinion that I may know what I am writing about or not therefore no need in wasting your time reading the whole article. I have been either fishing or studying fish over the past 49 years and many of the fishing trips were studying while fishing. I also have a 3500 gallon pond that was constructed in 1998 to observe fish’s reaction to light during low light conditions. The pond was stocked with bass, perch, minnows, and carp. The observations were done while the water was stained, murky, and clear. The lifetime fishing trips were made in both daytime and night. There were many nights fishing from docks lighted and dark from dusk to dawn. The following is my summary of fish’s reactions to light as I have observed."

I have found that fish are curious when it comes to light. Some are drawn to the light because the light starts the feeding chain during darkness. First the insects are attracted to light and fall into the water to become food for the baitfish. The bait fish’s activity thus draws the attention of the active predatory fish. This is great for the fisherman except one problem exists. The more mature fish are lurking several feet below because they can also see the people and activity above the light. The mature fish lurking below did not reach their maturity by being aggressive in a setting that seems “Too Good To Be True”. Their maturity gave them the instinct to wait below for the wounded baitfish, injured from the feeding frenzy above, for a easy meal. Over the many hours of fishing in this type setting I tried catching fish that were engaged in the feeding frenzy to no avail. I used every type bait from flies, jigs, grubs, and fresh shiners dangling them in the middle of the ball of baitfish swimming in circles underneath the light only to see the fish ignore my presentation. Conclusion to this type scenario is do not waste your time trying to catch the fish you can see because they can see you.

The observations that I studied in the control pond were similar to those I wrote above with the exception that there was no activity by people above or around the water during the feeding frenzy around the light. I was able to use a very long pole from a hidden position to present a lively shiner or night crawler around the light with success 100% of the attempts. The conclusion that I reached in these tests are that fish are attracted to light but the surrounding activity above the water out weights the “Risk to Reward” in the fish’s mind.

The years of study on Light vs. Fish drove me to develop a light that can attract fish’s curiosity, below the activity above, to produce more fish to the area I am fishing rather than trying to light a large area to bring in baitfish. I wanted the light to be “personal” for my line only, away from all distractions above the water, with no concerns of another object to hang-up on while fighting hooked fish. There are submersible lights on the market today that come with long cables that allow the light to be submerged to a desired depth, but is this worth the untangling the line from the light every time a fish decides to escape using the light as if it were a branch? The design of the Crappi Candle fulfills all the needs of attracting fish curiosity to the bait or lure. The Crappi Candle serves as an external light source for unhooking fish and re-baiting out of the water. The low power consumption enables you to fish all day or night without changing the battery. The housing that conceals the light module is nearly indestructible and the light module has no wires or parts to break, and uses a gravity/friction On/Off switch to conserve battery life.

In conclusion of this article and the satisfaction that I accomplished the product that I was seeking, I enlisted help from an individual for the purpose of filming the product underwater in a natural environment to show all my studies and observations were indeed warranted. I enlisted the help from a gentleman named Doug Stamm whom is a professional photographer and marine biologist to video fish’s reaction to the light underwater in their environment. The video (you can view on website) was shot on a natural lake, after the ice had melted, and the water is still cold which is the reason for there not being a lot of fish activity. The video clearly shows that fish are very curious to light. If I can get fish curious to the light on the line then the chances of creating a strike on the bait have risen dramatically. The video was also shot during daylight hours mostly which should indicate that this light is not only effective during night but also during daylight hours. There are many fisherman that assume the light from the sun penetrates further below the surface than it actually does. When the water is stained, it contains very small particles which absorb and deflect light, starting at the surface, and deteriorating quickly every foot below the surface. I hope this will help many fisherman become more productive while fishing.


Author & Designer of Crappi Candle:  Garland Jones

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