Ultimate Flounder Gigging Light

Discussion in 'Fish Species and Techniques' started by Uncle Russ, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Uncle Russ

    Uncle Russ Senior Member

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    I know this is a lot off topic for a primarily offshore board, but for all you youngsters out there who never enjoyed a night of flounder gigging, you don't know what you missed. I grew up using the old rusty but trusty Coleman Lantern with a reflector, and a two-pronged barb. My grandfather and I have toted up over a hundred a night--some big as your table cloth. There aren't as many as there used to be--partially, I like to think, thanks to my grandfather and me. :) Back then, we didn't even know there was such a thing as a game hog--much less that game hogs were us. The essence of this method of fishing was a very peaceful experience--either alone or with one other person. You could really relax.

    I got away from it for a long time, then an Aggy buddy of mine--an engineer with more money than sense (I said he was an Aggy. :D ), decided we needed a flounder boat. Five of us went in on it. the thing was an aluminum john boat about 20 feet long with an air motor made out of a 1961 Corvair air cooled engine and an airplane propeller strapped on for good luck. Buddy John and I took it out for its test ride one night near Pass Cavallo. John had tanked down his usual case and half of Butt Wiper, and we loaded his lab retriever in the boat and went shooting off through 6 inches of water at about fifty miles an hour. We hit islands and slipped sideways, terrorized black drum into damned near jumping into the boat, and sucked one of our life jackets up into the prop which shredded it into confetti--whereupon John stopped the boat, drooled about a quart of beer down his chest, looked at the shredded kapok, and said: "Thank God! I thought it was the f&%king dog. Then the AC alternator current got into the metal of the boat somehow and our hair was literally standing on end and you could feel it shooting up from the salt water in the bottom of the boat into your skin. Short story is that I never set foot in the thing again, and, like the Titanic, its first run was its last. We sold it for a couple of grand and I worried for about 5 years about potential liability for wrongful death.

    I've done a little floundering since, and even though the fish are not there in the numbers they used to be, I have outgrown the old lanterns. I have gotten tired of the rust and the re-fueling, and the third-degree burns to the genitals, trying to hold the lantern while stringing a 5 pound saddle blanket. So Uncle Russ has decided to go High Tech--with the ultimate flounder light--a "Light in Motion" Seca 700 Ultra. Actually, the setup was designed for nighttime mountain bike racing--it has three LED settings with a lithium ion battery--175 lumens for 20 hours, 350 lumens for 10 hours, and a whopping 700 lumens for 5 straight hours. It's a little like pointing a locomotive light down in the water at your feet. It is totally silent, the bulbs last forever, and you can definitely tell a flounder from a sting ray--no imitating the Crocodile Hunter's final hours for Uncle Russ!

    And I won't tell you what it cost me--I figure if I stab my first 700 legal flounder with it, I will be paid back in fillets.

    Russ
     
  2. ALW

    ALW Senior Member

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    I use my scuba diving lights, handle zip tied to a 1 inch pvc pipe. Run almost all nite on 4 C cells. $1 at the dollar store. Somtimes I walk and most of the time I use my flounder gigging boat. Next best thing to fishing for Tuna.
     

  3. Uncle Russ

    Uncle Russ Senior Member

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    I looked at NiteRider HID dive lights, but was afraid that there might be too much heat buildup that wouold not be eliminated in air, especially while moving slowly. I'm still not convinced the LED won't have issues, but at least it has a heavy duty heat sink on the back of it.
     
  4. ALW

    ALW Senior Member

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    I flounder with the LED dive light under water. I just sweep the area as I walk. Heat build up no problem. Underwater Kinetics C4 dive light. Have used them several years.
     
  5. ALW

    ALW Senior Member

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    attached is a picture of the light
     
  6. NEMO

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    Sounds like fun!! but alot of work, Uncle Russ I'm glad the dog is still around.
     
  7. Uncle Russ

    Uncle Russ Senior Member

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    Nice rig, ALW. But you know, I've found more fish in less than a foot of water than you might imagine.

    Nemo: The same guy once brought his little feisty family dog out to the cabin (which again, is right by the Big Jetties). I didn't like either of his dogs because they were both *****es, and whereas the Lab liked to rub against my leg when she was in estrus (Hey, some men have it and some of us don't), the little mutt onced pissed in one of my shoes. In any case, he brought the little ***** out to the island (Good Lord, TJ--why do you outlaw the word bitc# but not the really bad stuff? :D ) without the approval of his wife and daughter who loved the little thing beyond imagination. He then, as usual, proceeded to stay shit-faced the entire weekend. This little mutt loved to swim, and would take any opportunity to follow him wherever he went. So one night we took a boat across the mouth of the ship channel to do some floundering on the cove on the opposite side. As luck would have it, he was too drunk to remember to lock the dog up. In any case, when we got back--you guessed it--no dog. If you have ever seen that ship channel on a strong outgoing tide pushing against a 30 knot wind from offshore, it's like the Amazon at flood stage crashing into the Perfect Storm. Most of the group was in favor of the notion that she became a sea-going dog and either made it to the west coast of Africa or got converted into Purina Shark Chow. I took the minority view that she got gang-banged and eaten by the local pack of Coyotes.

    Not a pretty picture when he got back home.
     
  8. Fishhead56

    Fishhead56 Senior Member

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    Ha Ha
    "Buddy John and I took it out for its test ride one night near Pass Cavallo."
    I miss my POC night fishing from the 90's but I kept my a$$ around the base
    of the Jettys at night.
    ....................
    I think this was a good Flounder year for my area.
    I even got to wade and gather a few this last friday.
    K2
     
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