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Flounder led & battery underwater lights

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Printed Date: 18 Jun 2024 at 4:51pm


Topic: Flounder led & battery underwater lights
Posted By: Percie
Subject: Flounder led & battery underwater lights
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2020 at 4:28pm
I have purchased 4 led lights over the years and not one will work over or under the water with new batteries & led look ok.

Any suggestion what it may be please. [email protected] 



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Posted By: Steps
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2020 at 9:14am
batteries the right way around  or led light leads to the correct end of the batteries?

 Seen these flounder lights in the shops...
Sort of takes me back to the old school days.
 A broom handle. Drill the end and tap a 10" nail with head cut off into the hole
 A small galls marmite jar with little hole drilled into the lid.
 A torch light bulb either soldered to  light electrical wire, or if bit more fancy, a old torch bulb holder soldered on. The old Dolphin torches where best sized bulbs.

Bulb (holder) in the jar, wire thru the lid with a grommet and heap heavy grease or gasket sealer.
Around the lid to strap to the broom stick some old fashioned  rubberized insulation tape.
 And run the wire up the broom stick to one of those large square Dolphin torch batteries kept in the side pocket of your jacket.
 For the flounder was a small size potato sack. about 1/4 to 1/3 from the top, a bit twine threaded thru side to side.
This tied around you waste, and the top 1/4 or 1/3 was the 'flip top' for it.

Now we have to buy these expensive things...
Marmite now comes in plastic jars ..torches are near all led now, bulbs obsolete??

Just had a thought here, the old bulbs sent light out in all directions under the water... led lights are directional..maybe an issue ???

Or just jumped into the little dinghy..someone pushes gently from the stern and you sit up the bow with the spear light in the water.



Posted By: pjc
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2020 at 9:22am
"Steps" you mentioned Dolphin torches,bulb ones brilliant.  We have been supplied with Dolphin LED torches complete pieces of junk,new battery and dull.Glad I didnt pay for them.Still have the good ole bulb dolphin

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Posted By: Percie
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2020 at 10:54am
At 82 years of age I have been there done all of what you say.
My problem is the new triple AAA battery & LED lights not working on what look like 4 broom handle led lights.
Must be something simple thats wrong with them.


Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2020 at 11:41am
Good on you Percie. There will most likely be two contactson the pole, those contacts will operate the LED lamp when they are immersed in water. Check they aren't covered by tape or a sticker. Double check the batteries are in correctly & look carefully for + & - signs in the battery chamber and cover. 

Hope you get some flounder


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Best gurnard fisherman in my street


Posted By: Catchelot
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2020 at 7:32pm
Yes as above I purchased one off Tas-Tackle (RIP) and it had two probes that had to be immersed in water to create the circuit and switch on the LED's, it works fine, I must brush the cobwebs off it... as I love Flounder spearing...

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"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jacques Cousteau


Posted By: terrafish
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2020 at 10:09pm
Try giving the two little probes on the top of the light housing a bit of a scuff back to shiny metal. One of mine had a problem once, and that sorted it.

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Posted By: Catchelot
Date Posted: 18 Mar 2021 at 11:54am
Originally posted by terrafish terrafish wrote:

Try giving the two little probes on the top of the light housing a bit of a scuff back to shiny metal. One of mine had a problem once, and that sorted it.

Yes, and after that try it in a bucket of water...


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"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jacques Cousteau


Posted By: Reel Deal
Date Posted: 19 Mar 2021 at 4:26pm
I use the cheap $75 flounder light. Batteries last about 5 trips out. A brush with wet and dry as mentioned on prongs as they get blue corrosion on them after a while. Now in Whangarei I’ll be looking for new grounds to hunt.  Average 6-10 raglan and 2-4 tairua. 0-2 Whitianga. ( get more during day than night here)

My final meal before an execution would be pan fried whole flounder and two eggs!! The food of gods 👍


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The gods do not subtract from the allotted span of men's lives the hours spent on fishing - Assyrian Proverb


Posted By: Steps
Date Posted: 19 Mar 2021 at 5:11pm
It will be like my old trailer lights...contacts on the bulbs USED to need a quick sand ...
They have not been cleaned for a few yrs now. Last time I cleaned the contacts then a quick spray of lanocoate...put covers on  good to go.
And they are permanently in the weather, elcheapo plastic incandescent.




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