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Good product for night fishing. I use these when catfishing and love them. If you typically tape a glow stick to your old bobber, you already realize that you are covering about 1/3 of the glow stick with the usual black electrical tape. Less light! You also know that tilting a glow stick vertically makes any air bubbles/crystals go to the top. Even less light! Glow sticks only stay bright for about 3 hours and then start to dim fairly rapidly and you notice yourself starting to squint more and more just to see if the bobber is actually moving or if your eyes are playing tricks on you. Forget about all these negative issues and buy this bobber. They are about 30 percent brighter than a good quality newly cracked glow stick, and they stay that way. They obviously don't last forever, but i get about 20 + hours of excellent light before they start to dim. If you want to purchase replacement lights/batteries, they are a little hard to find on the website. Copy and paste this item number in the item search bar 38-444-049-00 . Here is the confusing part...you have to click on the only float listed that comes up from the search. Then scroll down to the last item. This is the replacement battery/LED. BUT.....this is only the RED replacement LED. I can get all three colors (red,green, yellow) at my local BPS store. Those who don't live close to a BPS store and order online can thank me later :). The bobber itself....well, it floats. It does its job. This is a slip bobber for those that are wondering. The item description is very vague. I'm not sure why another person who reviewed the bobber said "after water gets inside it shorts out the light". You can throw the light itself into a sink full of water without any issues. I did this when I first bought one just to test it. The LED's get wet while inside the bobber all the time. Rest your mind that you aren't going to have to replace the light just because a fish dunked your bobber under or it went under from splashing into the water while casting. My guess is that he just got a bad LED. I myself got a dud once. I didn't give this item 5 stars because I did get a dud once and the pricing is a little high. But its worth it to me. Even after losing one to a snag. If you are a cheapskate and like squinting, keep on using glow sticks. I recommend the red LED's, but I use both green and red to designate which one is on which pole. Sometimes I go all red if people fishing near me are using the traditional green color glow sticks.
May 12, 2012
Thill Nite Brite Lighted Pole Float
It performed as expected. I had no problems seeing the float, it never dimmed all night long. They were well worth the money, accually saving me money in the future on glow sticks and tape.
June 13, 2011
ill stick with glow sticks
nice but after u reel them in a few times water gets into the top and its not tight enough where it scews on and even if you put tape on it water still gets in there and shorts them out.They are very bright untill enough water gets to them they dont light any more the replacments really are just to much when they last one maybe two trips out.
February 19, 2011
This makes night fishing REALLY FUN.....
This 10-inch lighted and unweighted bobber will float up to a one-half ounce sinker so it is good for light to medium tackle. The white and yellow lower sections are painted balsa wood and high quality. The upper red with white cap are plastic and unscrews to insert the supplied bulb/battery combo and is very bright at night. You can also put a cheaper 1 to 1-1/2 inch glow stick inside the plastic cap although that won't be as bright as the original light. This is a slip bobber and up to 50 lb. mono will thread through the center hole.
I will always use one of these style bobbers for night fishing from now on.
January 24, 2011
Absolutely. I use them in 30' of water. I fish submereged bridges. I set the float to where it floats on its side when laying on top of the bridge. Then I add about 4' to 6' by pulling the Sinker Stop further up the line adding extra depth. I then reel it in and drop it off the deep side of the bridge. Usually having great results.
To turn on/off just push the LED in or out. The ability to turn them off saves the battery until you go on your next night fishing trip. The battery and LED are one piece. If you want to purchase replacement lights/batteries, they are a little hard to find on the website. Copy and paste this item number in the item search bar 38-444-049-00 . Here is the confusing part...you have to click on the only float that comes up from the search. Then scroll down to the last item. This is the replacement battery/LED. BUT.....this is only the RED replacement LED. I can get all three colors LED's (red,green, yellow) at my local BPS store.
THE METAL PRONGS TOWARD THE BASE OF THE BOBBER HAVE CURRENT FLOWING TO THEM DUE TO INTERNAL BATTERIES- THE WATER ACTS AS A JUMPER BETWEEN THE METAL PRONGS THUS COMPLETING THE CIRCUIT WHICH CONTAINS THE SMALL LIGHT AND IN TURN LIGHTS UP WHEN WET AND GOES OFF WHEN DRY
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