Instant Illumination for Your Livewell

Cyalume chemical light sticks light up your livewell at night.

Give your bait some light when the livewell light malfunctions.Courtesy Cyalume Light Technology

Live bait is the life blood of many fishing trips, and a number of those trips start before daylight. That’s why most livewells now feature illumination so you can see how your liveys are faring. A light also helps keep the bait from bumping into the walls of the well. But what happens when the light malfunctions? First thing, turn it off, because a corroded connection or loose terminal can lead to an overheated wire and a possible fire. To illuminate the livewell in the meantime, carry a handful of Cyalume 6-inch chemical light sticks (about $0.40 per stick in bulk). Sharply bend the stick until it makes a snapping sound to activate the chemical inside. Shake the Cyalume, and drop it in the well. It floats and casts a soft glow into the water. Blue is the preferred color for livewell lights, but any color you have on board will work in a pinch.