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    Ron Troversial Clay Guest

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    Many years ago if you went night fishing you were told by the experts to avoid showing as much as a fag end.

    In fact some of my friends at that time went around in the daytime wearing dark glasses so that their "night vision" might not be destroyed.

    These days, many anglers are seen with torches and headlamps flashing all over the place at night. I certainly would not be without a headlamp at night, especially on the banks of the Tidal Trent.

    However do torches and other lights scare fish at night. Might they even attract them. I have shone a powerful torch into rivers before today and watched roach feed in the beam.

    What do you think?

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    VEry interesting topic.
    Fish only avoid something if they have learnt that it is going to cause them harm. So I suppose if fish are continually caught from an area of the lake that is lit up by torches it may spook them.
    But they are very curious by nature and, I suspect, could be attracted to them on a lightly fished water.

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    in the sea i look for reflected lights and lit up areas, as ive found the fish gather there.

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    I also go fish spotting with a powerfull lamp in the winter. It doesn't startle them at all.
    Also, their is some little light gizmo that you can tye on an artificial fly isn't there?

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    When I was in the RN we used to shine the big 10 inch lights into the water at night and within a couple of minutes it was heaving with fish. Even the sharks used to come into the light when we were in the far east.

    It seemed as if they were attracted by the light rather than frightened, so I don't see that freshwater fish would act any differently.


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    There used to be a fisheries bylaw that stated that the capture of fish using lights was prohibited. I believe that this meant shining a powerful torch into the water, thus attracting species such as bream and roach.

    I have caught many carp using a shaded gas lamp projected at the water. They did seem to be attracted by it and often rolled in its beam. Trout are attracted by lights, perhaps because many night fly insects that are also attracted, fall in the water and get eaten.

    Yes Baz I have used a spinner bait at night with a beta light tied to it for bass and can assure you it works, perhaps too well.

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    I've shone a light on perch in the margins at night and they didn't even seem to notice it which is strance since they are said to be very sensitive to light. Perhaps they react to something else that we haven't thought of that coincides with daylight?

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    Blackpool North pier used to yield soem great catches of fish at one time. Even during the period of the lights.

    I've watched a heron catching its fill of bleak in the pool of light created by a large sodium lamp.

    One of the matches we always usd to hold was a late evening match where the general practice was for everyone to illuminate their quiver tips with a Tilly or Coleman lamp. The brighter the better and boats passing must have thought it looked like Blackpool.

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    Perch, being predatory fish are certainly sight feeders although they can sense flavours very well - especially worms. I can't ever seem to remember catching a perch at night and I've fished many waters at night with worms for other species that have been full of perch.

    However we must never lay down hard and fast rules. I remember an article in the 60s in the old "Fishing" magazine written by Frank Guttfield entitled "Unexpected Perch and Eels." In this article he described how he caught perch at night.

    There's still a lot we don't know about our quarry.


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    I've been told that an old trick, was to lay a landing net on the bottom, shine a light down a length of drainpipe onto the net, and catch the fish that were attracted, also the light couldnt be seen by any 'interested' parties.
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