Best Fishing Headlamps (To Keep Going In Low Light)

Last Updated: November 18th, 2019

When it comes to fishing in the dark a torch is not your best bet. You need your hands free to fight fish, cast lines and tie knots, as well as everything else. A headlamp or head torch is naturally your best option to get around these issues. Here we have brought together what we believe to be the best headlamps on the market for fishing.

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GearLight LED Headlamp S1000
  • Good light
  • A few modes to choose from
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GearLight LED Head Lamp - Pack of 2 Outdoor Flashlight Headlamps w/ Adjustable Headband for Adults and Kids - Hiking & Camping Gear Essentials - S500
GearLight LED Headlamp S500
  • Red light included
  • Shockproof
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Redlight Spot Rechargeable Headlamp, 500 Lumens White Cree LED Head Lamp Flashlight with Red light and Motion Sensor Switch, Perfect for Running, Hiking, Lightweight, Waterproof, Adjustable Headband
Go For Wild Rechargeable Headlamp
  • Turn on and off by waving your hand
  • Good light
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DanForce Headlamp. USB Rechargeable LED Head Lamp. Ultra Bright CREE 1080 Lumen Head Flashlight + Red Light. HeadLamps for Adults, Camping, Outdoors & Hard Hat Work. Zoomable IPX45 Headlight
DanForce IPX45 Headlamp
  • Clear light
  • Long lasting rechargeable battery
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SupFire Rechargeable Headlamp, Cree Led Head Lamp 500 Lumens,White Light,Red Light,Motion Sensor Switch,Elastic Headband Headlamp for Adults Kids Running Camping
Supfire Motion Sensor Head Lamp
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful light
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Rechargeable Headlamp, Hard Hat Light – Adults LED Headlamp Flashlight, Perfect Headlamps for Camping, Head Lamps for Adults, Head Flashlight, Lamparas Recargables.by QS USA (Single LED)
QS Rechargeable Headlamp
  • Well made
  • Great battery life
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LED Headlamp Flashlight with Carrying Case, COSOOS Head Lamp,Waterproof Running Headlamp,Bright Headlight for Adults,Kids,Camping,Jogging,Reading,Runner,Only 1.6oz/48g(NO AA Battery)
COSOOS Head Lamp
  • Fully waterproof
  • Runs on a single AA battery
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BORUIT LED Headlamp Rechargeable - Ultra Bright 5000 Lumens 3 Lighting Modes White Red Light Head Lamp IPX4 Waterproof USB Headlight for Adults Outdoor Fishing Camping Hunting
BORUIT LED Headlamp
  • Comes with 2 rechargeable batteries
  • Good brightness
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GearLight LED Headlamp S1000

This is a comfortable headlamp that is easy to adjust to get a good fit. The light is very clear and comes in 4 options; high, low, strobe and SOS. You can tilt the light by 90 degrees and focus the beam for seeing long distances.

It is weather-resistant, great for use in the outdoors and has an excellent battery life, especially when used in low mode. It is a tad bulky and heavy for some people but that is something you will get used to.

The battery pack is a bit flimsy and if you are hiking, or clip it with something when moving around it may pop out. It does not include a red beam which is best when you are fishing as red light won’t disturb the water as much as white light.

Pros

  • Good light
  • A few modes to choose from
  • Well made
  • Good fit and easily adjustable
  • Batteries last a long time
  • Weather-resistant

Cons

  • Quite heavy
  • The battery case is a bit flimsy
  • Bulky
  • No red light option
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GearLight LED Headlamp S500

GearLight LED Head Lamp - Pack of 2 Outdoor Flashlight Headlamps w/ Adjustable Headband for Adults and Kids - Hiking & Camping Gear Essentials - S500

This headlamp is super lightweight as you can see from the picture. It will not add much extra weight to your backpack when hiking to your spot and is great for wearing over long periods of time.

It is comfortable and adjusts nicely to the size of your head. It does not have the supportive overhead straps of other models, but you can get around this by wearing it on top of a hat.

The light is clear and comes in a range of modes, including a red light mode which is ideal for fishing. Although it can be tough to switch between modes, which could get annoying but is also useful that it won’t change by mistake.

This takes AAA batteries and has decent battery life. It is shock and weatherproof but the housing is not so durable. It is excellent value though and you get two in the pack.

 

Pros

  • Red light included
  • Shockproof
  • Weather-resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • 2 for 1

Cons

  • Not so durable
  • Hard to switch between modes
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Go For Wild Rechargeable Headlamp

Redlight Spot Rechargeable Headlamp, 500 Lumens White Cree LED Head Lamp Flashlight with Red light and Motion Sensor Switch, Perfect for Running, Hiking, Lightweight, Waterproof, Adjustable Headband

The great thing about this headlamp is that it is rechargeable, saving you having to buy batteries and the environment having to deal with them being thrown away. At the same time, if your battery runs out by the river, you can not just add some new ones and keep going. The light is also known to dim as the battery wears out, which is not ideal.

The light itself is clear and bright, has a lot of different modes and has red light included. A cool addition is that you can turn it on and off using your hand thanks to the motion sensor, so you can get quick access to light or dark without having to fiddle through all the options.

The angle of the light only moves to 45 degrees. This is not ideal when you are walking as you will have to move your head down to see the ground.

Pros

  • Turn on and off by waving your hand
  • Good light
  • Red light included
  • Rechargeable
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Loses brightness as the battery runs out
  • Only moves to a 45-degree angle
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DanForce IPX45 Headlamp

DanForce Headlamp. USB Rechargeable LED Head Lamp. Ultra Bright CREE 1080 Lumen Head Flashlight + Red Light. HeadLamps for Adults, Camping, Outdoors & Hard Hat Work. Zoomable IPX45 Headlight

This is very similar to the Gearlight S1000 but it comes with a rechargeable battery instead of using AAA’s. Again a bonus and a negative, depending on how you see it. The battery is long-lasting and the brightness holds as the battery power lowers.

It has a clear light which you can focus, and comes in all the standard modes plus red light. It is said to be waterproof and weatherproof, there are reports of water being able to leak into the battery pack, so be aware of this.

The straps are supportive and comfortable but the light itself is a bit heavy if you plan on wearing it for long periods of time.

Pros

  • Clear light
  • Long lasting rechargeable battery
  • All weather ready
  • Comfortable fit
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Stiff switch
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Supfire Motion Sensor Head Lamp

SupFire Rechargeable Headlamp, Cree Led Head Lamp 500 Lumens,White Light,Red Light,Motion Sensor Switch,Elastic Headband Headlamp for Adults Kids Running Camping

This is a lightweight headlamp that you can put in your pocket. It has a powerful light, all the modes you need plus a red light, which as we know is important for fishing. The red light is very dim, which is great for not spooking fish but maybe a little inconvenient if you use it for hiking around.

It is comfortable to wear and can be turned on and off by waving your hand, although this feature does not work in all the modes. It can tilt to 60-degrees, great for walking and it is splash-proof, so you won’t have to worry if you are fishing in the rain.

The headlamp comes with a rechargeable battery but the battery life is average at best.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Powerful light
  • Rechargeable
  • Motion-activated
  • Good value
  • Comfortable
  • Splash proof

Cons

  • Low beam is still bright
  • Red light mode is dim
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QS Rechargeable Headlamp

Rechargeable Headlamp, Hard Hat Light – Adults LED Headlamp Flashlight, Perfect Headlamps for Camping, Head Lamps for Adults, Head Flashlight, Lamparas Recargables.by QS USA (Single LED)

A well-made waterproof headlamp that gives a very bright light in a number of modes. It does not include a red light option, which is key when using it for fishing.

It is comfortable to wear, is not too heavy and comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts a long time but also takes a long time to charge.

The light can be focussed and tilted, the focus is not that strong so do not expect to be spotting things far away.

Pros

  • Well made
  • Great battery life
  • Rechargeable
  • Bright light
  • Comfortable
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Takes a while to charge
  • Does not have a red light option
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COSOOS Head Lamp

LED Headlamp Flashlight with Carrying Case, COSOOS Head Lamp,Waterproof Running Headlamp,Bright Headlight for Adults,Kids,Camping,Jogging,Reading,Runner,Only 1.6oz/48g(NO AA Battery)

This headlamp is the king of convenience. It is super light and comfy, fits well and comes in a nice carry case. It is fully waterproof and runs only on a single AA battery.

It only has 2 modes, beam, and flood so you will not be able to zoom in, SOS, strobe or use a red light. The modes are very easy to adjust but the beam is a little weak.

It is simple but useful and is great value for money.

 

Pros

  • Fully waterproof
  • Runs on a single AA battery
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Great value
  • Nice carry case
  • Easy to use interface

Cons

  • Not the brightest light
  • No red light mode
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BORUIT LED Headlamp

BORUIT LED Headlamp Rechargeable - Ultra Bright 5000 Lumens 3 Lighting Modes White Red Light Head Lamp IPX4 Waterproof USB Headlight for Adults Outdoor Fishing Camping Hunting

A comfortable well built headlamp with all the modes you can ask for. It is well made and will last a long time. It comes with all the charging gear you need, plus 2 rechargeable batteries, super handy.

Both the blue and red light are bright but you do have to go through all the modes to find each one and turn it off, meaning the strobe mode may give your eyes a shock.

The batteries can lose charge quickly in some cases, in other cases, they have lasted a long time.

Pros

  • Comes with 2 rechargeable batteries
  • Good brightness
  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Easy to turn on by mistake
  • Not the best battery life
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What To Look For

The main things to look for when buying a headlamp for fishing are; battery life, red light option, weatherproofing and comfort.

When you are by the water you are going to have your light off most of the time once set-up and then quickly go in and out of red light mode when you have to do something, like re-cast. Red light is key as it does not spook the fish as much as normal light.

Comfort is important as you will be wearing the lamp for long periods. You don’t want something bulky or heavy which will weigh you down or not fit quite right. It is hard to tell when you are buying online, be sure to do some research.

Battery life is important, try to pick one with long battery life. There is a choice to be made as to whether you want to use rechargeable or disposable ones. The great thing about the rechargeable option is that it will save you some cash in the long one and is better for the environment than running through a lot of AAA’s. That being said, if you run out of charge on the water, what is your plan? You could take a power bank with you but you are still going to have to wait for it to recharge, if you are organized, you may have a spare battery, but these are not included in a lot of models. If you are using disposable batteries, you just need to bring some spares and you are golden.

You are going to need a headlamp that can survive a splash or two. Make sure it is waterproof and at the very least, splashproof.

Our Favourites

The best value headlamp has to be this. It is small, comfortable, lightweight and you get two of them. It comes with a red light mode and is waterproof, the two most important factors when fishing.

The award for best allrounder goes to this guy. Again it is small, comfortable and lightweight but also rechargeable and motion-activated, which is such a useful feature. It gives a good beam and a dim red light which is great for fishing, and it is splash-proof.

The prize for being waterproof goes to this guy. This is the only headlamp that can actually be submerged and survive. Unfortunately, it does not come with a red light option or it would win most of the categories hands down.

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LED Headlamp Flashlight with Carrying Case, COSOOS Head Lamp,Waterproof Running Headlamp,Bright Headlight for Adults,Kids,Camping,Jogging,Reading,Runner,Only 1.6oz/48g(NO AA Battery)
  • ✔️Birthday Gift, Feathery Lightweight, Non-Bobbing: Keep dark & baddy away. LED headlamp weighs only 1.6 oz/48g! You get long-lasting comfort,which is ideal for DIYers, handymen, mechanics, runners,students and children, gift or present for outside adventure, great gadget/backup for your home,car or boat or when electricity is not supplied because of hurricane or snowfall.
  • ✔️Adjustable Strap, 3 Light Modes: Operating this head lamp is a no-brainer. Short press button to cycle through the white LED spotlight modes (high, low) throw an intense beam of light up to 100 feet ahead, while long press button for floodlights(2-side lights up) for superb peripheral lighting. Need 1* AA Battery (Not included). Adjustable strap is provided to make your head get the best comfortable condition for hours.