Go Green Fish Lights was created out of necessity through the collaboration of fishing buddies: One with an intense background in sport fishing, the other with many years in the lighting industry. When offshore swordfishing, glow sticks and low wattage fluorescent lights were used with great success, however the limitations were apparent since the light did not extend more than a few feet from the point source.
As a preliminary attempt, a commercial “Mercury Vapor Fishing Light” was purchased, and the quality was extremely poor – it was merely a $40 security light available at any hardware store, with the contacts of the bulb mounted in a PVC cap with 2 part epoxy. The bulb came with a lead weight and tie wraps to submerge it. This light was tested, and was more effective than the fluorescents, except the quality of the light bulb was so poor it only lasted one fishing trip. Not to mention, this extremely fragile bulb designed to be submerged in the water contained Mercury – one of the most harmful elements in the world. It was not nearly enough, so we hit the drawing board.
The brightest lights on the market are High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights, and the largest size available is 1000 watts. We bought ourselves a PVC cap and some 2 part epoxy, and as the other company did made ourselves a 1000W underwater light. THIS WAS BRIGHT – but 2 problems persisted: The color was a white color instead of green, and the bulb was still too fragile, not even submerging 15 feet before the pressure broke the bulb. So with this information in hand – we knew what we needed – higher wattage, and a new gas mixture to increase the level of green light, and no more mercury in the water.
We built our first 1000W MH Go Green Fish Light in 2005, and the results were fabulous. The green gas mixture brought 2 large cobia to the boat within 10 minutes of the light being turned on. Within a few hours, we had our limit of fish. Since that point, every fishing trip has been so successful that people began asking us our secret. When demonstrated, we immediately began having requests for these lights – and so began Go Green Fish Lights Inc.