The most important item that you need to go flounder gigging is a light. If you have gigged before, you proably already know this. You need a light that is bright enough for you to see the bottom around you while you are easing through the water. There is a balance here. Too bright and your eyes will fatigue quickly from the surface glare. Too dim and you will not see the bottom very well. I have flounder gigged since the early 90's and have tried almost everything you can try to use as a flounder light.
1. Gas powered lantern (coleman lantern) - uses single or double mantles to catch the pressurized fuel and burns the fuel inside of the to emit light.
2. Propane powered lantern - same as a gas powered lantern but uses propane for fuel.
Pros of #1 and #2 - they provided a little light to allow me to flounder gig and kept me out of some trouble when I was a teenager!
Cons of #1 and #2 - multiple burns, mantles are very fragile after they are lit and often had to be replaced multiple times per trip, after a fish was gigged there was no where to put the lantern while trying to get the fish on a stringer, the surface glare from the light hitting the water tends to impair my vision.
3. Halogen bulb light- uses a 12 volt, 30+ watt bulb to emit light.
Pros of #3 - It gave off a very bright light to see the bottom a lot better than a lantern without the surface glare, after I gigged a fish the light could be let go to free up my hands to string the fish, it was battery powered so no fuel and mantles were required to buy every trip.
Cons of #3 - The halogen bulb was not invented to withstand shock at all, especially after it "warmed up". I bought one, took it floundering, put it in the back of my truck moving to another spot, plugged it up and nothing! The filament inside the bulb is very fragile.
The light was too bright. I did not discover this until developing the Flounder Assassin and using it. Some of the flounder would swim off leaving a "cloud" of sand in their tracks before I could get close enough to gig them. I did gig flounder with the halogen, but since using the Flounder Assassin lights, I can honestly say i gig an average of 5 fish using the Flounder Assassin to 1 using a halogen light.
The halogen bulb loves watts! While at the time carrying 10+ lbs. of battery to last the night gigging with a halogen wasn't going to do me in, it got heavy after awhile!
Recently, things got a lot better. Check out the updated Flounder Assassin LED light
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