Just because the sun has set in the evening does not mean that anglers are required to drop fishing and head home. After the sun has set, freshwater and saltwater fishing in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina turn on for anglers. Like the fish turning on, we can light the night by flipping the switch of a headband light. Here is what you need to know about lighted headbands when fishing. 

How Do You Wear A Headband Light

Forget about the days of holding a flashlight or propping up a light that blinds you when looking in the direction. 

Instead of occupying your hands with lights, use them to hold rods, cast, tie lines, and, most importantly, catch fish. 

As it sounds, a light is affixed to the front of a headband. The headband fits comfortably around the head above the ears, where the light is positioned centrally to the nose on the forehead. 

Once the light is positioned on the forehead, the person flips the switch to turn it on. Once the light is on, they do not become blind as it does not shine directly into the eyes. 

How Are Headband Lights Powered

Without power, there would not be light. Headbands are powered by two different sources depending on the model you choose. 

One of the most widely used power sources is triple-A batteries. The batteries are lightweight and are installed into the back of the light. Remember to pack extra batteries when plans call for a whole night of fishing. 

In addition to triple-A batteries, another form of power is by rechargeable batteries. Rechargeable batteries are remain seated within the light unit and connect to a charger via a USB cord. 

Either rechargeable or triple-A batteries effectively produce brilliant light but ensure a rechargeable will last for the duration of the night of fishing. The loss of light during the evening hours puts a quick end to a trip with the opportunity to catch fish. 

What Is The Purpose Of A Headband Light

Lighted headbands serve multiple purposes but mainly to anglers. Anglers require light when fishing in the dark because of the need to watch the tip of the rod, inspect knots, handle fish, and other purposes. 

Cutting And Retying Lines

Cutting and retying lines are challenging enough in low-light conditions. Factor in no light, and the task becomes even more daunting. Headlamps solve the problem by allowing the angler to use their hands while the light shines from their head. 

Removing Hooks

Avoid sticking your fingers with sharp hooks due to improper lighting. Shine the headlamp at the fish’s mouth while pulling the hook free with fishing pliers

Rigging Baits

Yes, even live bait is effective when fished at night under dock lights where prey and gamefish gather. Rather than improperly rigging live bait and having it fall free, aim the headband light at the fish or shrimp being added to the hook. 

Monitoring For Strikes

Whether you are sitting back in a chair enjoying a cold beer or moving from rod to rod checking lines, keep the light shining at the rod tips. The slightest bites are easy to miss, especially during the evening hours. Wearing and shining the light at the rods will improve the bite to catch ratio. 

Remaining Visible

Lastly, lights are essential to be seen. It is challenging to see just a few feet in front during cloudy nights with a small moon. When fishing in high traffic areas, wear the light, so others in the vicinity are aware of your presence. People may become startled as you remain quiet, waiting for a bite without knowing your standing on the shores, dock, or pier. 

How Much Does A Headband Light Cost

Cost plays a factor in deciding which lighted headband will become added to your arsenal of fishing supplies. 

When shopping for a headband, the prices range between seventeen and fifty dollars. Decide whether rechargeable or triple-A power is best suited for your needs. Ensure the band fits snugly around the head to avoid losing your investment in the water below. 

We have fished with headband lights through the years and recommend the GearLight LED Head Lamp 2-Pack. The two-pack is designed to fit children and adults and is run by AAA batteries. 

Use A Headband Light The Next Time You Go Fishing

Don’t fiddle with a handheld flashlight strap it to your head with a comfortable band. Head lamps are affordable and provide unmatched convenience with fishing. Remember to charge or pack extra batteries before heading to your shore fishing spot or on a boat. Keep a head lamp onboard the water craft or in the fishing cart to avoid leaving it at home.