Light setup for making squid

Ben Green

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Planning on taking my seabass/yt fishing to the next level this season, so first issue is making squid.
So far I have only made squid using a squid jig with moderate success, I also have a small squid light that hooks up the battery (pretty useless).
I am considering getting a generator with some more serious light action, so any advice on what to look at would be highly appreciated (Been looking at the Honda EU2200i)
Oh and btw I need something compact as this is for a 22' GW :)

Thanks
 

Ben Green

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Something like below, obviously this one sold but a metal halide setup is what you want.

Any idea where I can buy those or something similar? I've googled around without much success
 

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I use the hydro glow 45. It’s all LED and very bright. I switch out the alligator clip connectors to Anderson power poles and connect to a goal zero yeti 1500x. You could def use the Honda you mentioned and a cig lighter connection

It’s 45 watts and tiny.... Can run that thing forever. I bought my hydro glow at Mahi tackle in HB. They have some in stock still.

I’d recommend a mono dip net, 8 feet or a crowder if you have room for it on the boat. ( I don’t and I don’t think you want to lug around a crowder either) Promar makes production model non dip nets. Most times they don’t float right on the surface. Let me know if you need a discount code. If baller, get some custom bamboo ones that are super light from Morita customs.

Good luck with new adventure!


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Planning on taking my seabass/yt fishing to the next level this season, so first issue is making squid.
So far I have only made squid using a squid jig with moderate success, I also have a small squid light that hooks up the battery (pretty useless).
I am considering getting a generator with some more serious light action, so any advice on what to look at would be highly appreciated (Been looking at the Honda EU2200i)
Oh and btw I need something compact as this is for a 22' GW :)

Thanks
If you want to make the ultimate light I use a 600w hps that goes in the water I get it float when others struggle not to mention flyers love it
 
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I have the same question but I am coming from a sport boat. My batteries are underneath the engine room and don’t want to go that route. I can run my genset and that’ll give me 110 and I have some outlets in the cockpit. Just wondering how do people hook up these lights with an AC/DC panel and/or on board genset (onan) on a 42’ vessel? Ideally it would be awesome to kind of have something hooked up where I can turn it on and off with the dash toggle switches like an “accessory” with the breaker and everything running on the 12v (DC) side of things.
 

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I have used both the metal halide and hydro glow. I like the hailde for lumens but hate the noise and exhaust. The hydro glow puts out a greenish tint and more then enough light for most nights. I make bait by myself all the time both with a crowder and dipnet depending on volume.

It's always better to buy bait if its available- staying up all night swinging a net around for ones and twos gets old fast.
 
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Planning on taking my seabass/yt fishing to the next level this season, so first issue is making squid.
So far I have only made squid using a squid jig with moderate success, I also have a small squid light that hooks up the battery (pretty useless).
I am considering getting a generator with some more serious light action, so any advice on what to look at would be highly appreciated (Been looking at the Honda EU2200i)
Oh and btw I need something compact as this is for a 22' GW :)

Thanks

What I use is a 1000 generator, don’t need the 2000 unless you want to use a 1000w light which is probably not necessary. A good 600w metal halide or hps setup is best. I know Squidmax makes some killer setups. I make my own.. you’ll want this brighter light if you fish Catalina especially when there’s other boats around it’ll float squid way better than those green 12v ones.. and the flying fish will literally jump in your boat
 

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I have a squidmax light. Josh who makes them is super good dude. Really responsive, and his lights are bright like the sun. Can't go wrong there. We make bait with them, and they crush.
 

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Well I know one thing, you almost want 4 lights if you are really serious. Sometimes the green works good and others the white halide/hps works better. Also, above the water some days and under water on others.
 

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    Any idea where I can buy those or something similar? I've googled around without much success
    The Pacific Edge shop is in Huntington Beach On Edinger. Mark Wisch owns it and is a top of the line bait tank builder. He also wrote two Classic books on White Seabass. If you’re in the area stop by. Check the website.
     

    Ben Green

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    Picked up my Squidmax light from Josh the other day and all set with a Honda 2200 generator, getting serious this season, have the first (out of many) Catalina trips scheduled for Apr 2nd...
     

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    Nobody has mentioned LED transom lights yet, they also work similar to the glow sticks. Lumitec makes some good products but there are other brands as well.

    Expensive and you're punching holes in your hull below the water line but it is a no-hassle approach once they are installed.
     

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    we can usually make all the squid we need catching it during the day or night without lights,although I do have a light.
     

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    Planning on taking my seabass/yt fishing to the next level this season, so first issue is making squid.
    So far I have only made squid using a squid jig with moderate success, I also have a small squid light that hooks up the battery (pretty useless).
    I am considering getting a generator with some more serious light action, so any advice on what to look at would be highly appreciated (Been looking at the Honda EU2200i)
    Oh and btw I need something compact as this is for a 22' GW :)

    Thanks
    I use LED pool lights
     
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