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Shrimping Lights, The True Facts

Discussion in 'Shrimping Chatter = Anything To Do With Shrimping' started by Nautical Gator, Oct 24, 2015.


  1. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    SHRIMPING LIGHTS, The True Facts

    The problem I see is that, many people follow advice from some people that are PROFIT motivated.

    Generally they will tell you anything that they think you will believe, then sell you what they want... then in time, one will read between the lines and see that they flipped there story once again, only to fit there needs to sell you another set of goods... (While bad mouthing other people’s products. Someone who sells a good product will not need to bad mouth someone else’s products to do so)!!!

    For instance, someone was preaching to use GREEN lights over WHITE, to promote someone’s products... With the motive of selling you a green light… only to find out that they flipped there story once again to fit there need… and now they are telling people that WHITE lights are good, to fit their needs once again, only to sell you another product... only this time you can switch from Green to White... (But remember white was no good to them before) but not now!!! all of a sudden white is good!!! mainly because they want to sell you Swampland in Florida!!!

    I have a saying, Don't piss on my back and tell me it's raining!!! LOL

    THE TRUTH IS: ANY light will light up under water; ANY light will cast a shadow of a shrimp between the light and your boat or dock!!! The GREEN Light is more soothing to the eyes when staring right into it all night!!!

    What do you think the old timers used, before there where "Green LED Shrimping Lights"?

    Now for the Quality of the Lights!!! Most lights are made of Schedule 40 PVC piping with a Clear Schedule 40 PVC outer shell… Most are glued using PVC Glue!!! (Not the best choice) While this will work, PVC cement bonding agent is better, because it welds the joints forming one piece of material… I noticed that some are using a cheap cord, the best cords are stated in my (Shrimp Light Build section) See link below…



    For anyone needing Shrimping lights, you can make your own, however if you do not buy the materials in bulk / wholesale, it will cast you almost the same as what is being sold…

    Now if you do not think you can build your own, email me and I will either show you how, or custom build you a set... of "GatorTough Lights" .. They are GREEN Fishing / Shrimping Lights...

    Or just type in "GatorTough Lights" into Google...

    Check out our DIY (Do it yourself) section for;
    How to Make your own LED Shrimp Lights...
     
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  2. Specialist

    Specialist Buccaneer

    I filled many buckets over the years with Coleman lanterns and then the Starfire halogen lights. (both white light) I do prefer the green glow of the led lights. There is definitely less strain on your eyes. The light is only for us to see them so it doesn't really matter what color it is.
     
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  3. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    Organically posted by barto on our old YUKU forum

    I am glad someone finally came out with the true facts. Thank you Sam
     
  4. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    Organically posted by Jigmaster on our old YUKU forum

    For your non-biased view. I have been shrimping and Gigging for the past 25 years plus. I st started with the Coleman lanterns then upgraded to the floating styrofoam car head light then onto the Star fire which is what I still use today. The biggest issue is they have become so crappy the glass itself,the seal and lastly the battery clips. When they 1st came outing the early 90's they were actually solid copper, today they not much more than copper colored tin that will go 3-4 mos even with a rinse down. I have experimented with building LED's from parts direct from China. < If you have an issue with anything customer service is non existent, you buy it -you own it good or bad! Outside of this clear LED's are very intense on my eyes especially using them on a new moon night. To each their own....$150-$200 is a stretch for me to spring for a light that really doesn't make a difference. I have shrimped next to people in the river using my single star fire and limited while next to someone with 4 LED green lights that became quite miffed at the difference that they move several times in and around me eventually moving rudely directly in front of me (30) ft and still couldn't catch a Shrimp! More so than light I think I was in a good vein. Unless maybe the Shrimp Gods, were having non of that! 200 years ago Indians would build a fire usually on a point to catch shrimp. I caught the most shrimp ever back in the 90's. Just after set up my light broke I decided to stick it out in the dark. I sat in
     
  5. Specialist

    Specialist Buccaneer

    Very well said Jigmaster! I agree with everything you said. As in anything today, technology can be a big help but it can also be a hinderence as well. Sometimes we just need to get back to the basics.
     
  6. shrimpforbrains

    shrimpforbrains Sailing Master

    Go to the Titusville pier on any given night and probably 80% + of the lights being
    used are 120 volt 60 to 100 watt soft white bulbs very well waterproofed in the
    rubber outdoor light sockets on 25 to 50 foot cords and chucked in the water, I've
    only made about a dozen trips to the pier but during the season I have personally
    seen folks with 3 gallons of shrimp dipping from the pier using WHITE lights!!!
     
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  7. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    Organically posted by hunterallen on our old YUKU forum

    Can shrimp be caught around Oak Hill year round or are they only in that area during winter and if so what month do they usually start running.
     
  8. fishingfool

    fishingfool Lieutenant

    Shrimp usually start around the end of November and run up into March. A lot of variables control the run. Check out the different threads on the forums to get an idea of the time frame. For Haulover and Oak Hill.
     
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  9. vinni turnbull

    vinni turnbull Greenhorn

    GREAT Info I have a background in electronics and these discussions about the lights and costs have me thinking.... I will let you know if anything falls out
     
  10. I made lights with supernight brand LED strips. They seem to work great.

    When I searched eBay, it showed all the needed parts, under the "also searched for" section.
     
  11. GoBlue

    GoBlue Pirate in the making

    How are they sealing the hole drilled in the end cap and around the socket? I was told silicone but it doesn't seem tough enough. Should I use 5200 and silicone around the bulb? Thanks.
     
  12. shrimpforbrains

    shrimpforbrains Sailing Master

    These are my Tville pier lights, I have 6 of them and last season I switched 4 of them over to the GE LED bright stik bulbs
    they're durable plastic and don't require the plastic bulb guard. I use liquid electrical tape and GE tub and tile 100% silicone
    caulk for waterproofing use lots of it!! If you'd like more info. send me a p.m. and I'll get back to you
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    This is a pic. of the 1# cannon ball weight and long line clip I use to submerge my lights. they can be purchased from SNL corp. in Sebastian Fla. here's
    a link to their sight http://www.snlcorp.com/default.aspx
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  13. GoBlue

    GoBlue Pirate in the making

    So you don't put a 2" end cap on your pvc from the looks of it. That is where I am having the problem with getting no good seal.
     
  14. Specialist

    Specialist Buccaneer

    GoBlue,

    I think you're getting two different styles of lights mixed up. Shrimpforbrains uses his lights at the Titusville Pier "only." The other style of underwater LED lights such as the Gator Tough shrimping lights do have a 2" end cap. The lights with end caps are used in places like Oak Hill, Edgewater, New Smyrna, Haulover Canal, and the Titusville Railroad bridge.
     
  15. shrimpforbrains

    shrimpforbrains Sailing Master

    I drill 2 small holes about 3/8 inch apart and an inch and a half from the end of the pipe where the cord comes out and secure the
    cord to the pipe using a zip tie thru the 2 holes and then use a piece of pool noodle about 2 inches long and cut to fit snugly in the
    pipe run a bead of silicone around the inside of the pipe and push the entire piece of pool noodle into the pipe until the end of the
    pool noodle is about a 1/4 inch inside the pipe and then coat the entire end and the 2 holes used to secure the cord with silicone caulk,
    use a lot of it I used almost a full tube when I upgraded my 4 with the new LED lights
     
    keep it reel likes this.
  16. Great info thanks:snappy crab:
     
  17. scotthallett

    scotthallett Newbie

    Excellent thread....
     
  18. Looey

    Looey Newbie

    Excellent thread I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am either going to make mine or buy them. Now just have to decide
     
  19. Looey

    Looey Newbie

    My buddy says it's a lot cheaper to build but this thread says not much difference .on a series of three lights anyone know the savings. I am a newbie
     
  20. We have both homemade and gator lights. We love our gator lights for certain applications and conditions and love our homemade for other reasons. To make good homemade it cost as much if not more than the gators.
     

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