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Ok...so after the last tournament and the last couple nights out of not being able to get shallow enough with my boat, I decided I need a light to mount on my bow. I don't need anything fancy, I'll only be shooting in less than a foot of water, but I'd like to be able to see 50 yards or so to see fish swirling or rolling. I want a wide beam so I can cover some ground quickly. I'm not looking to spend a ton, but I don't want to be wishing I had more light when I'm out.
What do you guys use or reccomend?
 

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before i got my generator we rigged up a holder that fit into front of reel seat where your rod extension would go to hold a spotlight . the spotlight was the cheapest one we could find cause the high dollar spotlights were to heavy it was 300,000 candlepower. we used a pressure pad switch off of a old dishwasher. taped to handle of bow so when you wanted the light on you just squeezed the handle. the only downfall was getting tangled in the wires coming off bow to battery. but other then that we were high tech bowfisherman on the lake back in the day......hope this helps
 

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Thanks. I like the push pad idea. I'm looking for more of a small lightweight flashlight to hook on. The spotlight would be good and bright, but holding in and the bow in 1 hand for 10 hours could get to be a bit much. I'm thinking about getting a waterproof diving light and getting a scope mount to hook it to the stabilizer on my bow.
 

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When we first started my friend zip tied a flash light on to his stabilizer. It worked ok. I think with a better flash light it would have been awesome. those zip ties held nice and tight. I think he just did one on the front and one on the back.
 

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I just happened to have a Stokerized Double Nucleus stabilizer mount that holds 2 stabs, I got a couple of 200 lumen flashlights and mounted them to the bracket and wired a momentary switch in parallel. Works awesome. There is also a "Marauder" light that cabelas sells that mounts to your stab hole on your bow. It comes with piggy tail pressure switch and normal push button cap. It also comes with white, red and green LED caps so you can choose your color when hunting different things. Its expensive but pretty good. I use mine for both hogs (red or green) and white for fishing.

Here is a link the the Marauder Lighthttp://www.cabelas.com/product/Hawglite-Marauder-Lighting-System/753307.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3DMarauder%26x%3D9%26y%3D11%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts&Ntt=Marauder&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products
 

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I use a headlamp. It's set up the same as a kill light so the beam isn't very wide and a I have a hard time getting to use it to actually shoot. Then again even when I clip it on the real seat it doesn't end up pointing exactly at my kill spot.

The headlamp at least makes them show up. It's red.
 

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I like the headlamp idea. I like a lot of light when I'm shooting, so anywhere I can hook a light the better. :lol: I'm not planning on doing this much, but when the fish are spawning sometimes I can't get my boat shallow enough to get on them.
 

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I think my eyes must be jacked up, as when I have my headlamp on, I cant see the pins on my bow sight, even with them set to the brightest setting. The headlamp illuminates the peep on the string so bright that I cant see anything past the peep sight because my eyes can only focus on the bright lit area on the peep sight. And to make matters worse, if I try really hard to focus past the bright light to see the pins, then I cant see the fish.... lol
 

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I shoot instinctively so I wouldn't have to worry about that.
 

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I rigged up a aftermarket fog light by swapping out the bulb with a off road bulb (120w) and putting a lighted switch in the housing and making a bracket to mount it behind my reel and using speaker wire. Works great only complaint i have is the beam could be a bit more focus.

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I rigged up a aftermarket fog light by swapping out the bulb with a off road bulb (120w) and putting a lighted switch in the housing and making a bracket to mount it behind my reel and using speaker wire. Works great only complaint i have is the beam could be a bit more focus.
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There is some engineuity there. I like it, but not really practical for what I need. I'd have to have a 12v with me everywhere I walk.
 

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Wouldn't be ideal for walking but works great off my boat. When your a grease monkey for a living and raised on a farm the ideas are endless lol.
 

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Check out elusivewildlife.com they have a bow mounted light and if it works anything like the bigger predator hunting version I've got it will be plenty of light.
 

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Wouldn't be ideal for walking but works great off my boat. When your a grease monkey for a living and raised on a farm the ideas are endless lol.
Would have been great before I got setup with with a genny and lights.
 

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Thanks guys!! I'll check both those out. Definitely gonna need something for next spring.
 

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I end up turning off the headlamp most of the time as it draws bugs to your face. Even using red.

I also have a hard time getting it to point the right direction when shooting.
 
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