Light source on boat for night fishing.

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by CatSlayer715, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. CatSlayer715

    CatSlayer715 New Member

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    What do yall use for a good light source on your boats when youre night fishing?? what do yall use for power??
     
  2. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    On our boats we use a coleman 2-phase lantern.:wink:
     

  3. xnmcclurex

    xnmcclurex Active Member

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    i hear that black lights are good, because they dont mess with your eyes, and you could probably use a marine battery for it
     
  4. CatHunter24

    CatHunter24 New Member

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    Most guys use LED Lights...usually Green or Red...Red has the least amount of effect on Nightvision. Some guys use black lights to make their flourescent fishing line glow nad make it more visable. They run them off marine deep cycle batteries. Some people just stick to keep LED Headlamps, and using them as needed to tie rigs or see things.
     
  5. cj7

    cj7 New Member

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    I saw a good idea using green or red led s. They don't mess up your night vision and hopefully don't attract bugs:crazy:
     
  6. Moose1

    Moose1 New Member

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    I USE THOSE SHOP LIGHTS WITH THE GAURD AROUND THE LIGHT AND A CLAMP ON THEM. I USE A 12 VOLT DC BULB AND HOOK IT UP TO MY MARINE BATTERY. IT WILL LAST MORE THEM 12 HRS. U CAN CLAMP IT ANYWHERE U WANT. U CAN FIND 12 VOLT BULBS AT
    A PARTS STORE.LOOKS LIKE A REGURAL LIGHT BULB.
     
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  7. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    I got a green led light off ebay ,it's about 16 in.long an about 1 in square ,runs off 12 volt just clipp to battery .Puts out good light an doesn't attract bugs bad. we just lay it on top off windsheild an grab rail around windsheild,but u can move it anywhere in boat if u want to .This has worked good for us :wink:
     
  8. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    My stern light is 4 foot tall, and mounted on the back corner brace at the transom. This puts off plenty of light for me. If I need more light, i always carry my 4 cell maglight.
     
  9. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    We have rigged 2 poles 7 ft. high that hang off the bow and stern of the boat out over the water . We put hooks in them and hang northstar lanterns from them . Most guys dont want that much light but it works for us and keeps the bugs 7 ft. away .
     
  10. bsu_catfisher

    bsu_catfisher New Member

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    We have been making the switch to green and blue line on our rods and use black lights. The ones we have been using aren't the cheapest things, but they have 4 leds and have suction cups on the bottom. So far this is the best thing we have used.
     
  11. SGTREDNECK

    SGTREDNECK New Member

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    I got some battery operated blacklights and led stick on lights. But will put in some hard wired leds when i get the chance.
     
  12. rrssmith

    rrssmith New Member

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    I am needing to get me some lights also, will just keep looking at what some of the members come up with. Bulldogboogers use some sort of light poles. think i will hit him up to see where he gets his.
     
  13. rasmotherman

    rasmotherman New Member

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    i have a fancy coleman 2 mantle. nothing like fire on a boat:wink:
     
  14. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    Ah yes! The smell of roasting skeeters on a warm foggy night!

    Better yet, the pile of little bloodsucker corpses in the morning!! :big_smile:
     
  15. H2O!

    H2O! New Member

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    I use a red compact florescent light bulb. Gives me enough light to see without effecting my night vision. Also, red does not attract bugs. I use an led headlamp for when I need more light.
     
  16. Slatebar

    Slatebar New Member

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    I never have bought the idea that you can't catch fish with light on your boat. I use some 12 volt floresents that I got from work. Water proof and almost destruction proof. Draws very little amps and hooked to a 12 volt trolling battery 2 will burn for several nights before needing recharged.I have 1 mounted to a seat pedisatal and 1 I drop over the side. I have caught a lot of nice cats over the years directly under a light.
     

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  17. jnordyke

    jnordyke Member

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    I have great successs with a three-pack of "stick-on" led lights I got at Wally World for $16 for the three - they use two AA batteries, you tap them on high, tap to low, tap to off. They come with stick-on velcro so you can mount them most anywhere, and the emitters are on a bit of a swivel so you can angle the light. I stuck one in my cargo hold, and one underneath each of my fore-and-aft fishing chairs - just enough light for rig-tying, etc.
     
  18. boombalaty

    boombalaty New Member

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    Superbrightleds.com has a ton of cool lighting products for a boat. Check em out.
     
  19. simpleokie

    simpleokie New Member

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  20. mavmannate

    mavmannate New Member

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    I am going to be mounting two fog lights from a car, one on a pole in the back pointing at the middle of the boat and one under the navi front lights (green/red). I won't keep them on all the time due to bugs.

    I use a hat light too that my dad got me when we were in warsaw missouri seeing my grandpa. Its awesome.

    You can get a good light setup (not including navi lights) for a small boat that runs on 12volt for under 50$ including 2 lights and wires and connectors. Look on ebay for 12 volt lights in the auto part of ebay.

    One last thing. I have a spot light from cabelas that died on me. Battery don't keep a charge, ima be opening it up and do a direct hardwire to the marine battery. Its got a threaded hole for mounting.

    Hope this is helpful!