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crappie cowboy
06-01-2005, 11:11 PM
Can anyone give some advice on the night fishing lights price,will they
drain the battery,and which battery starting or deep cycle,and above all
do they produce as advertised?

thanks...spider rig man

FalconSmitty
06-01-2005, 11:34 PM
the flouresent green lights draw low power... Q-beam draws little power. Floating light draws much more than the others. I run 3 lights on a trolling deep cycle battery and the other off the cranking bat. I put the floater by itself some times but most of the time it is on the same bat as the others.

I fish all night and still have starting power and trolling power left. I use the biggest deep cycles I can get from Wally World.

rango
06-02-2005, 06:47 AM
Can anyone give some advice on the night fishing lights price,will they
drain the battery,and which battery starting or deep cycle,and above all
do they produce as advertised?

thanks...spider rig man

I use the qbeam starfires. prices average around 15 dollars each. some places a little more, some a little less. I wouldnt use the starting battery for a light source. you might not be able to get home when you ready to go, and they arent designed for that kind of application. anytime you are using something thats causing a slow drain, its best to use the batteries designed for a slow drain. any light source you use is gonna drain the batts. keep em charged and check the water regular. yep, they produce. seeing is beleiving. if you go back and check out some the photos the nightstalkers bring to show and tell, you will be a beleiver before you ever give it a try. :). some of these boards is loaded with night stalking info. so do a little backpeddling and you will find plenty of tips and info on it.

Billy
06-02-2005, 08:11 AM
Ive got one of the Hydro-Glow lights thats about 5 feet long. It puts out tons of light but I havent had much luck using it yet. Probably cause Im not doing something right. I spent enough on it that its gonna have to let me down 100 times before I will able try something else...hahaha. Billy

GABoy
06-02-2005, 10:49 AM
Ive got one of the Hydro-Glow lights thats about 5 feet long. It puts out tons of light but I havent had much luck using it yet. Probably cause Im not doing something right. I spent enough on it that its gonna have to let me down 100 times before I will able try something else...hahaha. Billy

Unfortunately, I have had the same success rate with that Hydroglow. I would recommend those Starfires - HANDS-DOWN - over that Hydroglow. I have yet to catch a fish having that Hydroglow out. Of course, you would think for that much money the fish should just give up......

I would go with the Starfires, MUCH BETTER in my opinion.

Stingrayg4
06-02-2005, 11:00 AM
Back when I was a kid a friend of my dad's used to fill up a glass jug with water, put about a half dozen minnows in it and then drop in a couple of those green glow sticks. He's hang it over the side of the boat at the depth he was fishing. He claimed that it would draw the fish in like a magnet. Never tried it myself because I never do any night fishing. Might try it for kicks one of these days.

-S

shadow
06-02-2005, 11:51 AM
Back when I was a kid a friend of my dad's used to fill up a glass jug with water, put about a half dozen minnows in it and then drop in a couple of those green glow sticks. He's hang it over the side of the boat at the depth he was fishing. He claimed that it would draw the fish in like a magnet. Never tried it myself because I never do any night fishing. Might try it for kicks one of these days.

-S
Check your state regs. in some states this kind of fishing is illegal. Believe it or not!

Stingrayg4
06-02-2005, 12:01 PM
I'll be darned. Never occured to me that it might not be legal. Maybe I won't try it after all.

-S

CrappiePappy
06-02-2005, 12:32 PM
I would think that it would only be "illegal" in a state where possession or use of "minnows" isn't allowed. Of course, checking with your Fish & Game Officers, would be a good move.

I've also heard that the glass should be clear/smooth & not have any "raised" lettering or prismatic properties (like a Mason canning jar does). It's also wise to punch several holes in the lid ... not only to allow fresh water to enter - but also for tying the holding string to :p

Maybe you could tie the string around the middle of the "glow stick" - then thread the string thru a hole in the center of the lid ... directing the light out and down on the minnows (highlighting them :rolleyes: ).

I read about this "trick" - back about 30yrs ago - and it was intended for use during the daytime ........ But, I don't see why it wouldn't work just as well at night. I always "intended" to try it out ..... but, with my luck, some big 'ol Flathead or Striper would come by and ........... (insert picture of one Crappie saying to another -- "Ooooh, that's going to leave a mark" ) ...cp

Stingrayg4
06-02-2005, 01:02 PM
Are there actually states where it's illegal to fish with minnows? I've never heard of this. Wonders never cease.

-S

SlabKing
06-02-2005, 04:36 PM
Are there actually states where it's illegal to fish with minnows?

Yep, like right here in Washington State :mad:

Stingrayg4
06-03-2005, 08:04 AM
Are you not allowed to fish with any live bait at all or just not with prey fish? Honestly I've never heard of this. What a bizzare law.

Oh, and sorry for taking this thread so far off topic.

-S

SlabKing
06-03-2005, 10:48 AM
No live fish, frogs, or eels can be used here. Only worms, crickets, and things like that can be used. It makes no sense to most of the fisherman here either. We've tried to get the regulations changed many times but so far it's been a no go. To top it all off.......you can only use one rod at a time.

crowderj
06-03-2005, 11:28 AM
Go with the starfire. I always had great luck with them. never heard of hydro glow. We now use about 6 100 watt flood lights hooked to a generator and weve never done better.