First Boat Outing of the Year.

After yesterday’s epic fail, we went turkey scouting this morning. Then this afternoon we grilled brats for lunch, did a little yard work, and got the boat we *do* have cleaned up the rest of the way. We’re going out fishing, and we’re going to try to bowfish tonight. It’s a little over 70 today, and it’s lovely. Wish us luck!SAMSUNG

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3 thoughts on “First Boat Outing of the Year.

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  2. very interested in those lights. what watt bulbs are they using? wired in series or parallel? running them off a generator? (if so what model?) battery? i’ve been wanting to do this on my boat but havent gotten around to it.

    • Sorry I took so long to reply. I worked tonight, and people kept tying one on, and tying one on, etc. Those are 250 watt worklamps we bought from Home Depot, screwed into the wood of the boat. They come with little feet things, but we screw the brackets straight on. There is one 150 watt lamp on the stern of the boat, opposite the rear trolling motor. They take halogen bulbs of the same wattage. They’re wired insofar as they’re connected to heavy-duty extension cords, since they come with 3-prong plugs. Those cords get plugged in to a power strip (we melted a couple of those). They run off a generator. We use a Husky 1850 Watt portable generator model # 030437, also from Home Depot. People use other kinds of generators, though. This one is quiet as far as generators go, which is nice, since all of the lakes we’ve bowfished on so far have lakefront houses literally on every foot of shoreline. Matt’s buddy’s brother has had the cops called on him via noise complaints with his bowfishing set up.
      The configuration of the lights means we don’t have too many dark spots, and when they’re pointed straight down, we can see to the bottom in a lot of the lakes. They’re all springfed here and pretty clear. The number of lamps and their wattages would depend on the size of your boat, and that will also determine the size of generator you get. We looked at some, cheaper, used generators with higher wattage outputs, but they were all the big, heavy variety in a metal frame. Not easy to carry or put in a boat. Matt found a lot of the info to get this set up on YouTube. Since you asked, I might just write up a post on the bowfishing set up, especially preceding our first trip out.

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