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Old 09-01-2014, 09:03 PM   #1
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Hi,

I'm new to gigging...I have some questions that you guys might be able to help me with:

1) I've read that lots of people favor the cosson gigs - how many tines should I get, 3, 4, or 5?

2) I plan on using my 16 foot Jon that doubles as my duck slaying boat it has a two stroke Yamaha 25. What kind of lights would you recommend for someone starting out? Like a headlamp, or some hand held submersibles, or a propane or just mount something on the boat? Would you start out by wading or from a boat?

3) I'll go mostly Perdido or Pensacola Bay just to give you an idea. I figured the top spots charts would give me decent places to start scouting and move from there?

4) Do you guys every throw a cast net on a spotlighted flounder?

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Jim Cossons gigs are the best available. I have some I still use that are 15 years old. 3 prongs is plenty for flounder but I mostly use 5 since its easier for my clients to hit other fish such as mullet and sheepshead. When you ask about lights your opening a can of worms. I use four 150 watt high pressure sodiums powered by Honda EU2000i. Wouldn't trade the setup for anything. However, if your starting out and don't have a genny I'd suggest the 50 watt LEDs with the extra warm chips. My fishing partner runs a setup with 6 of them. As far as cast netting one, never had a reason to try. To easy to just run some cold steel through his head!!!
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I agree with the captain. Just know above water LED lights suck for muddy water (personal exp) and the castnet thing I grew up mullet fishing alot and i know you run into a few flatties mullet fishing but its something else to pin one of those big uglies to the bottom its awesome good luck buddy I got into it 2 years ago and I draw a blank about every 4th trip so dont get discouraged.
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Above water leds do fine in dirty water as long as you have the right color like Hunter said. Extra warm white which is very close to hps. I also run 4 150 watt hps lights on my rig and will never use anything else again. As far as gigs go I just started using cosson gigs this year and love them. I use 4 prong gigs which is my preference.
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One more thing Google Earth is your friend when it comes to scouting.
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Lights depend on how serious you're going to flounder. I use 6 150 watt HPS with the Honda EU2000. I haven't used the JC gig's because I have no need to purchase gigs at this point, I however encourage you to purchase stainless steel gigs. I prefer 5 over 3 or 4 prongs.
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One more thing Google Earth is your friend when it comes to scouting.
The Hotspots maps aren't gonna be much use. Google Earth is definitely the ticket if your trying learn ground.
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And I Like my gig's made by Choppedliver.


The Cossons remind me of a B&M.....except made in stainless.


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The cosson gigs are much better then B&M gigs. Much larger barbs. I used all thread for a long time but the cosson gigs penetrate so much easier and hold just as well.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:55 PM   #10
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Thanks guys.

I never thought about scouting with google earth - that's a great idea.

I do have an old 4500 watt generator that we use as a backup for hurricanes, it is kind of loud though.

How would you ground your generator on your aluminum hull?
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