The Ultimate Lights for Bully Netting and Lobstering
The best bully netting lights are able to light up spiny lobster on the seafloor. The common lighting choice for most seasoned bully netters is LED lobstering lights. Others may use halogen, HPS, or metal halide lights but these require additional maintenance and are far more bulky and heavier weight. Some of the best LED bully netting lights, such as the Swamp Eye Submersible, are capable of adjusting color tone for clear or muddy water. This can make or break some bully netting trips that are done in high traffic areas which have more suspended solids, or sediment, in the water column (muddy water).
Lobstering with Bright Lights
Bully netting for Lobster is an old tradition which started in the Florida Keys. It is the dry alternative to scuba diving for lobster and is done from a boat with bright lights and a net. There are many problems fishermen experience when hook netting lobster and among the most popular include changing water conditions and the inability to see lobster crawling on the bottom in water one to four feet deep.
The clarity of the water will vary from one night to the next depending on tide, wind, and other elements of the weather. Your vacation schedule may not always cooperate with what Mother Nature determines to be a good time to go lobstering, so it's important to adapt and overcome regardless of the weather conditions (within reason). While severe weather events such as hurricanes, thunderstorms, etc. are uncontrollable and difficult to overcome, other minor yet more common events such as changing tides and winds are easier to overcome with the right equipment.
Ultimate Bully Netting Lights
To effectively overcome the challenges of water clarity, you need a light that is capable of adjusting on the fly for various water conditions. In addition to this, it's important that it has high luminosity (illumination/brightness) to light up the entire area around you. You may be in a great lobstering location with plentiful amounts of lobster and it could be that you just can't see them. This is why the Swamp Eye Submersible Light is great for bully netting lobster. It's fully submersible, corrosion resistant, over 19,000 lumens, and has the capability to adjust color tone for various water conditions. When the water clears up, the cool white color tone will work very well. As the tide changes and the water become muddy, switch the light over to the warm white (High Pressure Sodium color). The warm white will penetrate through the muddy water, outlining the spiny lobster crawling on the bottom. Not to mention the high efficiency LEDs allow the light to run for long durations on a 12 volt battery.
Bully Netting Light Setups
There are a wide variety of methods for mounting bully netting lights. If you're a commercial bully netter, then the most common mounting method is to have your bully netting lights mounted flush to the bottom of the boat. This makes it easy to troll slowly and look for spiny lobster while preventing any light from being wasted upwards. The photo below is showing a Mini Swamp Eye Submersible mounted flush to the bottom of a fiberglass boat that is designed for bully netting.
Another common method to mount bully netting lights is to utilize a boat adapter with pole for underwater light and clamp it to the side of your vessel. This is an easy method for most bully netters to hook net lobster on the go with their current boat setup.
Turning a bay boat into a bully netting boat is pretty easy with our Swamp Eye Submersible lights and boat adapters. The Swamp Eye Lights come with strong protective covers, which make them ideal for running underwater while bully netting spiny lobster. Below is a photo showing their most desired attribute: color tone adjustability for clear and muddy water.
The warm white (left) works best for muddier waters while the cool white (right) works best for clearer waters. If you're out lobstering in the mini season, you probably know how stirred up the water can get when the competition is high for spiny lobster. Combine that with changing tidal currents, and you'll see water clarity go from good to great as easily as it can go from good to mud. The color adjustability will help you see more lobster and ultimately bring in a quicker limit.
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