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Night Floats

Discussion in 'Other Species Fishing' started by George Maltby, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. George Maltby

    George Maltby Senior Member

    After missing a take perch fishing this evening as I couldn't see my float anymore and had (as always) forgotten to throw some more starlights in the bag I thought to myself 'there has got to be a better way'. So, aside from attaching a £7 isotope to the float, does anyone have any decent tips on seeing your float at night? Has anyone used the luminous adhesive tape for example? Any good? Glow on the dark paint? etc etc all advice welcome.
  2. Graham Young

    Graham Young Senior Member

    Use cheap glow sticks off e bay,
  3. Stephen Crowhurst

    Stephen Crowhurst Senior Member

    Bit of rubber tube and a glow stick, I brought about 200 of the things for a few quid in Lidl a few years back.
  4. George Maltby

    George Maltby Senior Member

    Yeah as mentioned before though I am constantly forgetting to top the bag up with fresh ones, I was thinking more along the lines of a permanent modification to a loafer so I don't have to worry about it anymore.

    Sorry just realised I've posted this on the wrong forum, meant to put it on other species.
  5. Paul Whiteing

    Paul Whiteing Administrator

    Moved for you George :)
  6. Anthony Pearson

    Anthony Pearson Senior Member

    George I'm assuming you mean this sort of tape:

    Can continue emit light up to 6-8 hours in dark.(Brightness will be weaker and weaker as time goes by.)
    Turn on the light to re-charge phosphorescent stickers again and again. Each time about 20 minutes.

    Tape will glow in total darkness after exposure to artificial or natural light - it is fully charged within 30 minutes.

    So, if you've had the tape on the float exposed to daylight, it should be charged enough to take you an hour into darkness I would have thought.

    Alternatively you can buy luminous paint (from China on Ebay) and paint the top of your floats. I've got some and am currently shining a table lamp on them to see how long the effect lasts (as I've never tried it, despite painting a couple!).
  7. Anthony Pearson

    Anthony Pearson Senior Member

    Forget the paint option (at least the one I have)!
  8. George Maltby

    George Maltby Senior Member

    Thanks for the warning Anthony, exactly the sort of info I'm after...I fear the tape may be equally as ineffective... maybe okay for about 5mins after headlamp charging but would be keen to know if its bright enough generally...

    Oh and thanks for moving Paul much appreciated.
  9. Derek Funcks

    Derek Funcks Senior Member

  10. George Maltby

    George Maltby Senior Member

  11. Mark Swaby

    Mark Swaby Senior Member

    Old style, Richard walker wrote about laying the torch on the floor aiming across the water surface to illuminate the float,never directly into the water.But Starlights are the best answer, i have also tried the paint,tape and glow in the dark beads/tips all poor.Buy a box of 100 starlights and leave them in your rucksack.Askari used to deals on them and plenty cheap on ebay
  12. Colin Dapp

    Colin Dapp Senior Member

    Even using a powerful isotope you wouldn't be able to see float at more than about 15 yards. I used to use a powerful torch when after tench but don't know whether that would put perch off. Also that was in a lake so didn't have to move torch.
  13. George Maltby

    George Maltby Senior Member

    Yup okay thanks all...looks like its back to the loafer, electrical tape, and starlight for me then. Just thought it may be interesting to see if anyone had a silver bullet in their locker!
  14. Martin James

    Martin James Senior Member

    George I have found a torch light to be ideal if laying on or stet pegging, used this idea since the early 1950's, it was also an idea of Dick Walker. Still good today.
  15. George Maltby

    George Maltby Senior Member

    Perfect for one float, the issue is I often fish with two live bait float paternosters or one float paternoster and one free roving live bait which can make the head torch quite tricky.

    I have just ordered some bulk chemical lights off the auction site so will be persisting with this method for now...maybe permanently modify some loafers with the chemical light housing tubes and some araldite...depends how proactive I am feeling...
  16. Steve Roffey

    Steve Roffey Senior Member

    Reminds me of how we used to float fish at night when I was a kid, a good old fashioned bicycle headlamp that you could set low on the bank and aimed on the float.
  17. Gavin Hoe-Richardson

    Gavin Hoe-Richardson Senior Member

    As a kid we would use battery operated floats/lights, huge things in those days. Just did a search on eBay for 'battery floats' and they do still exist.
  18. John Hopkinson

    John Hopkinson Senior Member

  19. Mark Swaby

    Mark Swaby Senior Member

    I did see an angler fishing frighteningly bright what looked like pike floats after dark last winter.He was fishing a far bank slack so i was unable to get close enough to see them.They were so bright they lit up his swim and could be seen from a very long way 50 yds plus. I thought i was at Blackpool.They are out there but sadly where i do not know
  20. Paul Collins

    Paul Collins Senior Member

    I've got a Coleman head torch with a red light option. Using a Drennan insert crystal waggler with a red tip it's surprisingly visible in the red light.
    For lengthy sessions the tip can be pulled out and a starlight mini inserted in its place.