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12-26-2018 02:16 PM
JerryD_56 What's my best option green led, warm white, neutral white, or bright white hand held flounder light. Any where from matagorda through Galveston bays...
07-03-2018 02:30 AM
Originally Posted by Flounder Face View Post
Good stuff! I do not know who this smackdaddy is but the post and your info are great! Thanks for the pics and directives, I need to start building one and get started on some gigging.

He is a counsellor at Banned Camp. Came out of retirement, but missed it so much he went back in just a few of days. This flounder light thread is a classic.

There is more to light than just watts/lumens. There's another thing called Color Rendering Index (CRI) that has to do with how well human eyes can make use of the light. The range is 1-100, and the higher the better. Those nasty yellow high pressure sodium lights they sometimes use on roads have a really low CRI. Things are lit up, but you just about can't read under them even if you try. Lots of fluorescent and LED lights have a low CRI. Some of the old cheapo battery operated fluorescents we used to call "anti-light". They lit things up, but trying to tie a knot was torture. You want a light that has the highest CRI you can get, and that usually means something more yellow, because our eyes see best in natural sunlight.

A lot of the old DIY flounder lights had a pretty tight beam. You can swing them back and forth, and see flounder, but it gets on my nerves. Jerry's LED's makes some great lights for flounder boats. Low current draw for the amount of light, high CRI, warm color, and a pretty wide beam. He now makes a ready-made underwater light. If you enjoy building things, that's fine. But if you're just wanting to go floundering, I would check Jerry's. They also stock them at the Tackle Box in Victoria, but I don't know where else.
07-02-2018 11:28 PM
Aggieangler Cmon fellas....get this thread revitalized! I am getting excited about gigging!
06-30-2018 10:10 AM
Aggieangler @JimD...just saw your old post about gigging bull frogs. My son and his buddy sometimes want to go fishing so bad that they go to a neighborhood pond that doesn't have fish, but has huge frogs. They cast rubber floating frog bass baits for them, and catch big frogs on the smaller frogs.

@GleCow...your pics motivated me to finally get my bulbs out of the garage and sling these together. I will be looking around for batteries today while out running errands.
06-29-2018 06:11 PM
Aggieangler Bought lights when this thread was hot. Finally getting around to putting some together this evening since I am stuck with work tomorrow. I love this thread.
04-26-2018 06:03 PM
Flounder Face Good stuff! I do not know who this smackdaddy is but the post and your info are great! Thanks for the pics and directives, I need to start building one and get started on some gigging.
04-26-2018 01:10 PM
GleCow A few more pics...
04-26-2018 01:05 PM
GleCow's Flounder Gigging Light

I built a version of my own last summer. See pics below. I read all the way through this whole thread and picked up some good ideas and nuggets of information along the way.

I built mine a lot like smack's later version, but instead of using a heat gun to bend the main piece of PVC, I added a couple of 90 degree fittings. This let me get the angle of the light exactly how I wanted it. I just dry fitted the setup, tried it a few times until it felt just right and then marked either side of all connections and glued it up. The light being offset doesn't bother me at all. I actually kind of like it because the weight of the lamp sort of twists the handle into my hand and it just feels good when carrying it. It works just fine carrying it in either hand.

Based on some calculations I found somewhere in one of these threads, this light "should" run for 3.94 hours with my 12V deer feeder battery (bought at Academy). That is based on 7500 mAh / 1900mA. I let the light run a few times in my bathtub to test it out, and it ran for 3 hours plus each time. I wasn't just sitting there waiting for it to go off, so I didn't get exact run times. But I carry two batteries with me, so that is more than enough run time for me.

Hope this gives folks some more ideas for homemade lights or inspires you to build one of your own.

Tight lines! Oh wait, I mean Gig 'Em! Haha

Class of '09
04-19-2018 06:36 PM
Fishing Logic Hey isn't it JimD's job to bump old threads?
04-19-2018 01:59 PM
TXXpress Still a great thread!
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