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Old 05-23-2008, 03:23 PM   #1
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Well, sold my boat, not quite ready to get a new one and am hungry, freezer empty.....



I want to wade and flounder gig, but dont know jack about it, pretty sure I could spot em and have gigged frogs before so I am somewhat coordinated.... What I need is a list of items needed, so make me a list so I can go to Wal-Mart and pick em all up!! Ha ha, thanks ahead of time, I have a little tub we use for duck hunting to lug our guns around so mark that off the list.
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Old 05-23-2008, 04:05 PM   #2
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Get a length of pvc pipe say bout 7 to 8 ft long. Cant remember diameter size. 15 ft of wire, 12 volt battery. One rubber socket with pig tail wires. Use the outside diamater of this rubber socket to determine what size pvc you need. The socket will fit just right up in the end of pipe to make a water tight seal. The size is going to be about 2 in if I remember corectly. Two aligator clips. A few 12 volt 100 watt bulbs. And one old shop light dome from an old clip on shop light. Now for the building process. Connect your 15 ft piece of wire to the socket. I would sodder this joint. Then run your wire into the pvc pipe all the way down to the socket. Put some silicone around the socket then shoove it into the pipe. Should fit just snugg if you have the right size pipe. Dont be scared to use the silicone. Then affix your metal dome or shield to keep the glare out of your eyes around the socket end of the pipe. Then connect your alligator clips. Let silicon dry and then screw your bulb into the socket. Once in put a thin dab of silicon around base of bulb to makeit water tight. Some folks skip this step and just put vasoline inside the socket but I like the silicon better. You can find these rubber pig tail sockets at Lowes in the electrical dept on the bottom shelf. They are black with 2 wires sticking out from the rear. Then throw your battery and a cooler in your little boat. Tie a rope around your waist and pull your boat behind you. Good luck. One more thing. Seal the other end of your pipe to keep water out just in case you drop it in the water.
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:21 PM   #3
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MR i think your right on the size PVC but for some reason im also thinking it might be 1 3/4"

When your at lowes picking up the light scoket take it to the area where the PVC is and get the smallest pipe that the socket will still fit inside of.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:15 AM   #4
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One more thing. In case there are two of you going, go ahead and build a second light. If you don't have someone else going with you it is not that much of a problem to carry the extra one in or on the tub (strapped on) in case the original goes out and you can't fix it. You will have an extra one for a backup. I have done my share of wading and it is very rewarding. Another tip is if you do have someone else going then drop one truck off at a destination you think you may want to quit to keep you from walking all the way back. Just load your gear and drive back to the original starting point. If you want to continue then go get the truck from the original spot and move it to the next point. You only have to hope someone doesn't steal your shit or worst yet you can't remember where you stopped. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-25-2008, 02:48 PM   #5
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Yes, all the above sounds like great advice! I have to say though, in this day and age, you've got to have patients with the boaters! (If they'll cut each other off, they won't think twice about you either. -I'm just telling you what you'll soon find out- sorry!!!) So- once you've established your direction (don't go in circles all over)- most folks will observe and find their own way with little or no interruption for you. So- with that said, you just have to plan well- in advance-and enjoy it. Oh yeh, wear some long, non-abrasive shorts (so your legs won't rub). You'll be doing what many of us use to enjoy,(with coleman lanterns, wash tubs and inner tubes). And with gas prices, we may be doing it all over again! (economies of scale- $20 of gas for 2 fish?)

Good fishing friend- and if I see you out there (in my boat), as always-you'll have plenty of beach to walk!
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Old 05-26-2008, 07:35 PM   #6
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Thanks for all of the advice fellas, I found an already built light at the Wal-Mart in Gulf Breeze, found a gig there too, bought a lawn and garden 12v as well. Will post any good info.
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Old 05-26-2008, 10:14 PM   #7
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Ok, no dice this eve..... Anyone know of alligators in East Bay?? I want to try there but a dang gator moved into our neighborhood which is right on the bay...... I dont want to get bit... Or eaten for that matter.
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:55 AM   #8
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Ok, dumb question, I have been a few times this week, only been able to go for about the first hour after sunset due to working during the week. I havent seen any fish yet, however I have seen circular holes at various locations in the sand, are those holes made by flounder?
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:41 PM   #9
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I know what you mean about the gator! There is one that lives at the mouth of one of our rivers and I am not stretching the truth when I say she is about 13' or more! All she does is ease into the water when when go by. But, I'm like you, that gator might have a nest somewhere around. I haven't been too worried about it but that I'm always on the lookout for it. As for the circles, I ahowed a buddy when we were out not long ago of some similar to what you are describing, and he said they were Sting Ray beds. Are they raised around the edges, kinda like a crator? Just my guess...... Better luck next time!
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:49 PM   #10
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Yeah, they are like craters. Bummer, I thought I was on to something there....
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