GLOW STICKS...THEY DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Cyalume glow sticks we commonly see, were big sellers down in SHEEPSHEAD BAY about ten years ago. Seems guys on the night bluefish boats, noticed a big difference in the amount of bluefish they caught. So Mikes Tackle, stocked them for both the party boats and their customers. But at one point, John one of the owners, found a place up in Canada selling them for under the wholesale price that he bought them for, and he ordered loads of them, which he sold for less then the price you could buy them here in the U.S. Well i believe the company, which might of been American Cylume, found out and sent a cease and desist (it was as thick as 2 telephone books!)order forcing Mikes to stop selling the Canadian made sticks, which worked incredibly well! What ashame, because their was a big difference in the price, and really no difference in the quality, other then the package it came in.
Anyway, i have used them when commercial fishing down in Virginia for Sea Bass at night and they did make a difference. I would suspect for any type of fishing they would work. The commercial longline swordfish industry has shown us how well they work, so why not use them for other types of fishing we do inshore.
One thing about buying glow sticks off ebay. I have a box of them sitting in my basement that a friend at work purchased and gave me....yes he got a great price, but the sticks were only a few months away from their expiration date! Yes they would work, but you only had a few months of shelf life! We use cylume sticks on our life vests at work, and when they expire, you throw them out. They do go bad, and the chemicals inside the tube, do weaken over time.
EC NEWELL MAN*