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Night Lobstering

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself - DIY' started by Fusion94, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Fusion94

    Fusion94 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: N.E. Florida
    I go to the keys every year for the opening of lobster season... and after lobstering all day we will usually go out at night and try and get a few more... the issue we are running into is a good way to illuminate the bottom... it is always less than 5' where we are at. right now we have rigged up 2 flood lights to the trolling motor and sealed it with epoxy at the electrical connectors... i know real high tech lol... anyways we usually only get a night or 2 at the most before the lights die on us
    Can anyone think of a good solution to light up the bottom?
  2. haibeis

    haibeis Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Australia mate

    ...assuming you don't want to spend bulk cash - as there are many proper boat lights
    that install on or in the hull...

    - what about a couple of swimming pool lights?
  3. HonuDiver1059

    HonuDiver1059 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Amboy, WA
    How about a Boggie board, take a proper sized hole saw and cut holes in the board that fit dive lights of your choice nice and snug. Mount the lights on the board tuen them on and tow it where you go the light lights the bottom very nice. If in shallow water you can snorkle behind it to cover some area. Works great for dungeness crab in the PNW on night dives to about 20' depending on vis. I use 4 of the C-4 LED lights.
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  4. Snuff

    Snuff Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Monticello, GA
    I'm not completely familiar with a particular lamp you should use, but I'm thinking your best option to get more burn time out of your current setup is to go to LED. Probably a pretty hefty investment up front compared to regular bulbs, but much longer burn times. A quick Google search for 12volt led floodlights came up with alot of results. I'll let you sort through them.
  5. drdaddy

    drdaddy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Oregon
    Crazy!!! Where do you do this? My dungeness crab dives are usually 40 to 50 ft deep in cold murky PNW water.
  6. HonuDiver1059

    HonuDiver1059 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Amboy, WA
    Now I can't give away all my secrets, Maybe we should go dive the PNW some time. I can tell you this though. If you have crab at 40'-60' during the daylight hours then they will come into shallows at night esspecially if they smell food. If you have access to your area at night, try a heavy duty commerial bait bags (England Marine) with rocks and bait in it. Toss these out in 15-25' at dusk wait a few hours and go get-em.:D
  7. tengsr

    tengsr Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: British Columbia
    Try a flashlight

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