Let There Be Light: Do-It-Yourself Lighted Bobbers

Try this simple trick to light up the night with Northland Fishing Tackle® Glo-Shot™ Sticks

Lighted bobbers are critical tools for tapping the night bite for walleyes and other gamefish that dine after sundown. However, commercially made lighted bobbers are often big and bulky, making it a challenge to present your bait in the strike zone without scaring the fish.

Veteran guide and Team Northland Pro-Staffer Eric Brandriet of Dakota Prairie Angling sidesteps these setbacks by making his own lighted bobbers, and so can you.

“Mass-produced lighted bobbers are clumsy and heavy,” he says. “I prefer the light, streamlined design of Northland Fishing Tackle’s Lite-Bite Slip Bobbers. These daytime floats are made from balsa wood and offer premium features like a brass grommet, which lets the line slide freely through the float.”

Ever the tackle tinkerer, Brandriet transforms Lite-Bites into nighttime fishing bobbers by adding a Glo-Shot™ Stick to the stem. “Glo-Shots are non-toxic, luminescent light sticks that use a chemical reaction to generate just the right amount of light for 8-plus hours per stick,” he explains.

“Each three-pack of Glo-Shot™ Sticks comes with a little plastic collar for easily attaching them to a bobber, jig or lure,” he continues. “The collar works on a variety of different float sizes, allowing you to quickly change floats to match the conditions and weight of the jig or shot needed to keep your bait in front of hungry fish.”

Brandriet combines Glo-Shot™ Sticks with Lite-Bite bobbers for lake and river nightfishing throughout the open-water season, and encourages other anglers to do likewise. “Spring through fall, there’s a hot night bite happening somewhere,” he says. “Adding a Glo-Shot™ Stick to a Lite-Bite is a great way to see your float until a fish pulls it under.”

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