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Old 03-31-2014, 09:52 AM   #1
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I've been researching online and possibly found the quickest, most affordable way (for me at least) to get some lights in the water fast from a small boat... however, I know that ya'll will have some better ideas.

My goal? To run a basic set of submersible lights off a 12 volt battery framed out of PVC. At least two lights but would like more. Hoping for lots of light that will run 3-4 hours. 12v MR16s?

I was hoping to make a row of them in front of the boat or at least 2 on each side of the boat.

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Old 03-31-2014, 10:12 AM   #2
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You can get by with 2 50 watt LED's. $75 each x 2 = $150

If you decide you're ready for more light, just add two more.

I run 4 and it's plenty of light.

You'all get folks with an AC setup tell you that you need 50,000 lumens of light to gig fish but they're usually just trying to justify listening to those loud ass generators to themselves. Then they'll tell you they have a Honda and its quiet and blah blah blah.
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What is your budget? We have have four LEd lights that we run off a 12volt battery. I believe we spent like 30.00 on each of them.
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You can get by with 2 50 watt LED's. $75 each x 2 = $150

If you decide you're ready for more light, just add two more.

I run 4 and it's plenty of light.

You'all get folks with an AC setup tell you that you need 50,000 lumens of light to gig fish but they're usually just trying to justify listening to those loud ass generators to themselves. Then they'll tell you they have a Honda and its quiet and blah blah blah.
This is funny, but true. The LEDs he's talking about put out plenty of light and since they're above water there's no worries about breaking them off running over stumps or submerged pier piles.

PS: I'm one of those guys with the Honda and 50,000 lumens of HPS lights...
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We've all had to start somewhere and the new led's are a good start. But I promise you , that when you get hooked and get back to the ramp and compare coolers with someone that has hps and a generator, you will just shake your head. If you just want an evening out and not real commited, than led will be fine without alot of investment.
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We've all had to start somewhere and the new led's are a good start. But I promise you , that when you get hooked and get back to the ramp and compare coolers with someone that has hps and a generator, you will just shake your head. If you just want an evening out and not real commited, than led will be fine without alot of investment.
I was waiting on this type of comment....so, are the flounder drawn to the rattle of your generator? That's the only reason I can think of as to why someone with an AC system would automatically gig more fish than a person with a DC setup. Look, I'm not saying that you're not an amazing flounder gigger or that you don't fill the cooler every time you go or whatever. I'm just saying that your generator isn't the reason.

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Im one of the guys with a loud Honda generator. I like em.
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You're right Josh. I spend a whole lot of time on the water and knowing it fills the box. But as you will find out the next few weeks the water will not be stellar and the extra will help cut the soup. You can kill fish with a 100 watt light bulb, but I prefer and have tried them all the AC system. It's all about what you like. I won't follow a boat with HPS down a beach, but will follow a DC systen all night long. Areas I gigg , there is never a clear water night and the HPS does make a difference.
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You're right Josh. I spend a whole lot of time on the water and knowing it fills the box. But as you will find out the next few weeks the water will not be stellar and the extra will help cut the soup. You can kill fish with a 100 watt light bulb, but I prefer and have tried them all the AC system. It's all about what you like. I won't follow a boat with HPS down a beach, but will follow a DC systen all night long. Areas I gigg , there is never a clear water night and the HPS does make a difference.
No doubt about the muddy water deal. I've been with five prongs over around OBA a couple times and its usually a mud hole no matter where you go over there. I usually fish much cleaner water so that's usually not an issue. In the end, you can't gig what you can't find so knowing how to flounder is much more important than how many lumens hit the water. OP, we've officially jacked your thread, now go buy those LED's and join the ranks of us amateurs until you can afford one of those red chatterboxes.
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Thanks for all the feedback. My budget or lack of is more like it. What do ya'll think about this route?

http://www.flounder-fishing-and-gigg...der-light.html
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