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Old 09-28-2011, 02:16 PM   #1
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Anyone out there done their gigging while wading or walking through the water?
I'm sure a flat bottom boat is Ideal, just don't have access, and I like a challenge anyhow!

Any info or input will Help,

Thanks guys
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:38 PM   #2
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I always do my gigging while wading through the water since I don't have a boat. I wade where I can see the bottom so I don't step on a stingray.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:06 AM   #3
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Years ago,
I use to wade and did quite well.
Had a #15 or #20 washtub that sat in a tire inner tube so it would float. The washtub held a 12 volt battery for flounder light and what ever else you needed to take with you. I would tie about a 6 foot piece of small rope to the washtub handle, and hook it on my belt loop to pull it along as I waded.
Homemade flounder light. Several different types were made. The best I can remember, was a 12 volt sealed beam utility light for a tractor about 4 inches in diameter. Got it at a NAPA store. I siliconed it in a PVC pipe bell reducer and reduced it down to a 1 inch pipe for a handle. It would not blind you bad. Made some out of a 12 volt house type bulb and an aluminum pie pan as a reflector. You had to have the bulb underwater before you turned it on or off, else it would get hot and shatter.
If I were to do it again, would buy one made up from a bait shop or wal-mart. Wear a pair of old tennis shoes and shuffle your feet to stay off stingrays and other things that could poke your feet.
I could not tell you of how many miles of shoreline I walked, or how many flounder and crabs I caught. It was easier than polling a boat along.

I thought about it the other day, to show my Son the "old school" way of gigging. I don't know where you can buy a good galvanized washtub anymore.
Give it a try, it is a bunch of fun!
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:58 AM   #4
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Wow thanks. That's just the info I needed. Ive tried a few different things and pulled a few flatties... but wasn't sure if there was a more efficient way of going about gigging the lil boogers!
Galvanized, rubbermaid... all the same to me Thank so much for the input!!! Think its really going to help



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Years ago,
I use to wade and did quite well.
Had a #15 or #20 washtub that sat in a tire inner tube so it would float. The washtub held a 12 volt battery for flounder light and what ever else you needed to take with you. I would tie about a 6 foot piece of small rope to the washtub handle, and hook it on my belt loop to pull it along as I waded.
Homemade flounder light. Several different types were made. The best I can remember, was a 12 volt sealed beam utility light for a tractor about 4 inches in diameter. Got it at a NAPA store. I siliconed it in a PVC pipe bell reducer and reduced it down to a 1 inch pipe for a handle. It would not blind you bad. Made some out of a 12 volt house type bulb and an aluminum pie pan as a reflector. You had to have the bulb underwater before you turned it on or off, else it would get hot and shatter.
If I were to do it again, would buy one made up from a bait shop or wal-mart. Wear a pair of old tennis shoes and shuffle your feet to stay off stingrays and other things that could poke your feet.
I could not tell you of how many miles of shoreline I walked, or how many flounder and crabs I caught. It was easier than polling a boat along.

I thought about it the other day, to show my Son the "old school" way of gigging. I don't know where you can buy a good galvanized washtub anymore.
Give it a try, it is a bunch of fun!
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:21 AM   #5
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I don't know where you can buy a good galvanized washtub anymore.
I bet you could find it at Reynolds Hardware or Tractor Supply. 9mi rd.
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Old 09-30-2011, 02:38 AM   #6
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Thanks X,
forgot about Reynolds, TSC or Pensacola Hardware. Hate to say it, but the big box stores get most of my business now.
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harbor freight has some nice little spot lights for $9 there rechargable but only last about 20 -25 mins and need to be charged again.i bought three .its easier than toting a heavy 12 v battery around
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I carry my small 12v deer feeder battery in my back pack. It's not that heavy when carrying it this way.
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Old 10-14-2011, 04:11 PM   #9
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I am going to try gigging someday. I heard all I have to do is shine a light in the water and if I see something round, stab it! Can't be all that hard. Then again after reading these posts, could be a stingray? Is there an easy way to tell the difference?
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:32 AM   #10
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You gotta graduate to modern day giggin. Use a small lawn tractor/motorcycle battery w/ halogen lights w/ connections soldered and potted in epoxy resin monted on a pvc pole,make sure and use a disk reflector so as not to blind you. Backpack and drag a mesh bag w, your fish. Dive boots to protect the dogs and keep 'em warm. Last year there was this awesome creation on the forum: a boat made of large diameter pvc. Easy ,fun, and cheap to build and hands down better than foolin w/ intertubes and kids rafts, plus you can tote the all important cocktail cooler!
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