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hi,

Started to feel confident enough to do a bit of night fishing. Been fishing off piers and walls but these are usually lit up.

Been looking at camping lamps and seen the 30 led version available at argos for 拢29.99. Not sure if these are any good tho!?

With regards to headlamps i have a 6 led ver which is ok. I know you get what you pay for and it was only a tenner but its ok (i think, have nothing to gauge against) Any others that are good and wont break the bank?

I was looking at rod tip lights, are the electric ones any good?

Any other advice/tips for night fishing? My biggest concern is leaving stuff behind!

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my advice would be to buy the most expensive headlight that you can afford. you will not regret it. for the rod tip lights I have tried a lot of the battery powered ones which work fine for about a month then when they go rusty you can never get them to work again. I now use the break and shake ones which I buy a box of 20 from the 99p shop. they are about 6 inches long and i just use some electrical tape at each end to tape them to my rod tip. they last for about 12 hours and are as bright as a bright thing! the camping lamps are pants - they dont give out a very good light - just stick with your headlight!
 

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Alot also depends where you want to fish...if your thinking of rocky shelfs and rough low tide marks, then definately a top headlamp / the upmost one in your budget is the best option. If your looking to fish from open beaches and flat shelves, then a pressure lantern (tily / coleman) may be a good alternative..can pick up decent colemans second hand for little over 拢45 from our favourite auction site. and there power will not be touched by headlamps even twice that money, you'd need tiga / silva / petzl ultra to give that power. but as i said, no good over rocky / rough marks are as an extra thing to carry and dont give direct light to your feet. - but are more sociable if your taking people with you. nothing beats the hiss of a pressure lantern in the early hours of a frosty winter night, a fishermans true friend - give warmth as well! I know my dad in his early years only used to use a lantern, before headlamps became half decent. My massive tip though is to get some bloody good reflective rod tape, white / orange paint is just not up to it, and the little lights to put on the rod tips, in my experince, are hard to look at, and in the wind just bob around with the very tip of the rod, but a strip of tape gives you more length on the tip to look at. anyways, good luck - nothing beats night fishing. the ultimate.

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Agree with most of the above - get the best headlamp you can afford. As for tip lights, spend the 拢3 or so on some Mighty Brite then use your headlight to watch your rod tip. Only exception to this is when Sole fishing or close in Bassing when you need to keep light discipline but for that I just get some of the tape on chemical tip lights as I don't have to worry about them catching my line as I'm not distance casting.

I've got the Speleo Anglers Light, on a full charge it has a strong beam for about 8 hours, had it two years, used loads and I've had to replace one bulb and thats it.

Lots of people recommend the Princeton Apex, it's an LED light so runs of smaller batteries (the battery pack for the Speleo weighs a ton), not sure about the battery life on constant but I'm sure someone will be along soon to enlighten us.
 

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As Mlangford said, get a Tilley. They are fantastic on a cold winters night, if you take some cheese sarnies wrapped in foil you can toast them on the top. Try doing that on a headlight! They're cheap as well, I recently bought 2 for a tenner each, they are old but go on for ever
 

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Hi,

I got 2 energizer LED haedlamps up B and Q last week. They were reduced 9.95 to 7.98 and then buy one get one free aswell! Plus they include 3x AAA batteries. So 2 headlamps and 6 energizer batteries for 拢8. They are genuinely brilliant, far brighter than any other headlamp I have used think it said 26 lumens or something on the box, seriously good light which travels far and wide They also have a single red LED setting which is great for making rigs etc when you dont want to scare the fish off or light up the rod tape.

Worth a look but have a feeling they were end of line stuff. :victory:

I would still pay a tenner for 1 if I could find it they are very very good.

EDIT: Found it here if anyones interested http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160364263999

HTH Sam :)
 

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I have just brought the lamp you mentioned its brilliant you have to charge it up 12 hrs when you first recive it. The light is instant very bright as good as a tilly lamp without the mess and blowing yourself up. This is the future for beach fishing. it lasts ages I would recomend this lamp.And its water resitant.If you buy this from argos you will have to get this deliverd which is an extra 拢5.80 as this comes from a diffrent warehouse and you can't get it in store. I have been fishing for the last 30+years as new things come onto the market I try them.I brought my headlamp from wicks its good it does the job quite cheap.I also use the new I think there the starlight clip on tip lights they come in diffrent sizes you will have to take your rod tip into the shop to get the correct size they are a bit expencive 拢1.20 for two. or you could get the ones from the pound shop which I might be doing.
 

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definatly need a good reliable light , theres many on the market yuo've bee told some good ones in the end only you can really decide but shop about and go out and about where anglers fish in the dark and ask but always have back lamp just in case.
my fave lamp lenser h7cost about 拢40 but shop around you might get one cheaper:fishing1:
 

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totally agree with previous posts. you cannot beat a good headlamp. i have used a speleo technics fx2 (rechargeable) for over 10 years and still going strong.
it has 2 beams, one halogen igh power and one low power (useful when talking to your fishing neighbour on the beach).
this headlamp has been replaced by the dx2, which has a smaller lighter battery.
carry a petzl as spare
hope this helps
 

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for the rod tip lights I have tried a lot of the battery powered ones which work fine for about a month then when they go rusty you can never get them to work again. I now use the break and shake ones which I buy a box of 20 from the 99p shop. they are about 6 inches long and i just use some electrical tape at each end to tape them to my rod tip. they last for about 12 hours and are as bright as a bright thing!
Yep, ive been stocking up on them over the past year or so, 25 in a tube for 99p you cant go wrong, think ive got about 20 tubes indoors, so enough for me to do a many many many night fishing sessions.
 

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Cool, think ill end up getting a coleman then. Think ill try a trip to b and q as well. Or maybe get myself a nice petzl!!

Nearly bought the batt operated rod tips as well. Think ill stick with the chemical version!

This fishing lark aint cheap!:laugh:
 

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Seriously mate get some Mighty Brite tape for your rod tip. No need for any type of tip light then, if you're getting a Coleman it will light the tip up like a christmas tree.
 

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I would recommend getting a baselamp as well as a headlamp.
I fish a lot of rock marks and reckon you can never have enough light at these places.
I'm using a coleman northstar tilley and never had any trouble with it.Very bright,easy to light (electronic ignition) and easy to maintain.Runs on unleaded aswell.
For a head torch I've got an ageing mfa lamp complete with batt pack.Only trouble I've had with this is curly cable has broken a couple of times.I do find the battery and cable annoying now though and am now considering buying a small led lamp which I've seen in local farmers shop that has a small rechargable pack on the back of the headband.My mate bought one for 30 quid and its as good as what I'm using.Says it lasts for 8 hours on full power also
 

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All my night fishing is done on rock marks in cornwall, and I use a 拢5 headlamp from asda! However, I only have it on for baiting up and moving around. Its far better to let your eyes get accustomed to the low light levels, be organised and keepyour kit neat and near you, you dont need to move much on most marks. All these big lights scare the fish and wildlife IMO.
 

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I always take 2 petzl headlights and a small camping dome light to hang off my tripod. You can never have enough spare lights at night.
Don,t forget spare batteries and bulbs too.
This is a good point. Never go fishing with only one light source unless you are totally familiar with the spot!
 

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hardly ever see a tilley/base light on the shorelines anymore. a decent headlamp will give you more than enough light for what you need. secondly why take more gear than you need to especially if you have a long walk.

one thing i would suggest with winter just around the corner is a decent floatie as the nights are starting to get colder and fishing aint fun when your f f f f freezing!
 

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I would save 33 quid up and buy the lenser h7 headlamp and some reflective tape for a couple of pounds, the tape shows up great in low light and you dont get your line caught in the rod tip holders and crack off when casting. Take some spare batterys with you just incase but just use the headlight as dim as possible and you should get lots of time from a set of batterys.


One bit of advice dont go and try new marks in the dark as there can be some dangerous drop offs that you just dont see at night only go to marks you have fished a few times, good luck
 

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hardly ever see a tilley/base light on the shorelines anymore. a decent headlamp will give you more than enough light for what you need. secondly why take more gear than you need to especially if you have a long walk.
I tend to agree with this if you are an experienced angler but many beginners struggle to cast in darkness and find it easier to cast when there is more light around.
 
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