boat set up help

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I've been bowfishing out of my 14ft jon boat. I put a 3 ft deck over the top rails. not a lot of elevation but its better than standing in the floor. I tried to mount lights at deck level but with me in the front of the small boat the lights aren't much higher than a foot off of the water. as you can guess this don't give me much of an area lit up. maybe 3 or 4 ft from the boat. any ideas of how to raise the lights up? I don't think I can build a rail bc of the limited space in the front of the boat.
 
I did my old deck/light rig like this. not the greatest by no means, But I shot a TON of fish off of it. Just a piece of flange on top and bottom with a piece of pvc or conduit in the middle with the lights mounted on top. The whole in the deck is from the tornado at the 2010 Muzzy...
 

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FOD

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From what I've found,a raised deck isn't really worth the trouble unless you're shooting in the daytime,and it gives you a nice place to put your lights.After having raised decks for 10 years,I went to a flat deck,my lights get in the way sometimes,but I'm closer to the fish,and it's alot more simple.
 

j_seph

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My 10 are mounted just barely above the deck and get plenty of light with 300 watts, even more now that I went with 225 ultras may even add 4 more toward the back.
 
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that's a lot of lights. my boat is so small I was afraid that many lights would make me fall. I just have two on each side angled towards the bank I'm working. since I'm always working the bank for these carp the thought has crossed my mind to put all 4 on one side and add one on the other side just for navigation?
 
that pvc pipe and flange should work well on a flush deck as long as you dont put them too high. its just like shooting over a knee rail. for that matter, just build a knee rail and mlunt them to it. we built one on my buddy's 1648 and my 1756 before i built the raised aluminum deck on it.
 
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I will have to check but I think they are smooth. I went to the home depot and found pvc precut to 2ft and flanges that fit. with a little ingunuity I should be able to run the set up free of wires around my feet. now the big question is how to keep all of the bugs off of me. I got covered last time I tried this.
 

Michael

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I shot for yrs out of a 14' Duracraft with 2-500 wt lights up front and 2-300 wt lights on the side. The 500 wt lights were on a 16" pole and the 300's were on a 12" pole.
 

FULL_DRAW

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I will have to check but I think they are smooth. I went to the home depot and found pvc precut to 2ft and flanges that fit. with a little ingunuity I should be able to run the set up free of wires around my feet. now the big question is how to keep all of the bugs off of me. I got covered last time I tried this.
What bugs???
 

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FULL_DRAW

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Good Lawd, I thought we were in em bad, but no where near did they try and push the boat down like those are:yawn:
Yea that was @ Oconee near swords. It was pretty bad! took 2 hrs to clean them outta the boat! probably could have filled a 5 gallon bucket with em.
 

j_seph

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We had em at Oconee up the river and you could ere popping everytime you took a step. Started to go to a team name change of snap, crackle, pop lol
 
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