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#1 scissorhands

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 10:35 AM

I have been going out most nights and catching squid now. I'm afraid you wont get much NZ forum activity, as 99% of squidders here in NZ use english as a second language. I have learnt a lot but still much to learn. Does any one know which light colour is best for squidding?
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 02:36 PM

So you mean overhead or underwater lights? :)
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 04:25 PM

Both really, and whether supercheap auto or bunnings or someone sell anything that works. I've heard green is good? LED spotlights are very white. I'm not sure if thats an issue? Thanks Glen. Frank
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 12:17 PM

Hi Frank, The good thing about LEDs is they don't use much power. I would start off by having a look at ebay for lights.

I don't recall seeing any underwater lights at bunnings. But they would certainly have non-waterproof lights.

You could get a car battery, hook it up to an inverter (which I have seen for sale in super cheap auto) and then run lights off that. Or alternative buy a small petrol generator but that may be too heavy and noisy to bother with.

Jazman has mentioned that small batteries are available. I think they might have been motor bike batteries. And they are a lot lighter than car batteries.

Cheers, Glen
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 12:52 PM

Not really any information about colour there Glen??? I'd hate to be advised about lights that are less desiable/dont work...

Thanks for letting me know that small batteries are available, and lighter than car batteries. Thats fantastic.

I have lots of photos re Squid fishing in Auckland, I hope someone can help you one day too :lol
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Posted 14 September 2008 - 07:21 PM

Hi SH,

I don't ever recall hearing that green lights are good. But perhaps my memory is fading. Most commercial fisherman use white light.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:02 AM

So you mean overhead or underwater lights? ;)


Hi Glen, If you need a under water light, get a prawning light..cheap as and run off a 12 volt battrey... hope this helps regards Gary
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 04:46 PM

sissorhands
if you don't want to make up your
own lights/housings (which is not that difficult)
bunnings and lighting shops sell submersable pond lights
make sure they are IP68 rated (Ingress Protection Rating)
these lights take either standard 12v halogen, flourescent, or led downlight bulbs (which they also sell)
as for the colours a piece of coloured plastic placed inside the lens will do the trick
i would recommend either blue or white
for the battery you should use a deep cycle battery rather than a standard starting battery, these are designed for continuous discharge and will last longer than a starting battery
the size of the battery will depend on the current drain of your chosen light, how long you wish to run it for and don't forget about the weight if you have to carry it
i have a portable led light that i made up, from a 7Ah battery (small one) it will run for 14hrs no worries

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 04:55 PM

how much do the lights improve your catch rate. having them underwater I can see huge advantages. but do you notice a difference in the catch rate.
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 10:54 PM

personally i believe that they do
the biggest advantage is that there is no glare or reflection on the surface
i've had squids as small as 40mm swimming around the lights chasing the crill
herring and garfish get mesmorized by the lights and you can just scoop them out with a net
larger fish and squid may not be drawn to the light itself, but to the bait it attracts

led light engine before fitting in the housing

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crill

crill.jpg

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 10:56 AM

I have been going out most nights and catching squid now. I'm afraid you wont get much NZ forum activity, as 99% of squidders here in NZ use english as a second language. I have learnt a lot but still much to learn. Does any one know which light colour is best for squidding?

:rolleyes: orange
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 11:58 AM

Hello all,

I was given a link to a site in japan that sells both flashing and normal underwater lights.
This is what i purchased http://www.plat.co.j...al-bf-8952.html

and it WORKS!!!!! not just squid, bait fish, adult fish.... shrimp...
everything you can think of...... it is very cheap for what it is and was very worth it.

http://www.plat.co.j...tric-goods.html
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Posted 13 March 2010 - 07:47 AM

hey chippy
are those crill or baby mantis shrimp???
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make squid your friend...then bag them

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 05:07 PM

couldn't say for sure
there were thousands of them in big schools
not to mention the fish having a banquet :rolleyes:
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Posted 01 July 2010 - 09:37 AM

Re: Submersible lights, have a look at this one...

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 06:50 PM

Re: Submersible lights, have a look at this one...

High Intensity Light


i ave one i got it from plat.
its made y panasonic.
great thing, but it also attracts the bait fish so most of the time squid are eating the fresh bait fish not the jigs, but still a great thing
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