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« on: October 11, 2011, 09:55:58 PM »

During the busy Striper season, kayak fishing at night around the HRBT or Lesner can be a bit nerve racking.  I find myself always looking behind me and checking to see if any boaters are heading my way.  Even with a bright white light pole, like the VisiCarbonPro, the reflection and glare and another stray lights nearby can make it difficult for boaters to see you because nighttime depth perception is pretty bad.

I found a solution that I am pretty happy with: a super bright Berkley submersible green LED 360 fishing light. This portable light sits on top of the rod holder on my milk crate and can take it out if needed.  I only turn it on when I under way, in high traffic area, or navigating a channel or inlet.  The super bright green light contrast other lights and if used in combination with a pole light, it will surely keep you safe at night.

Berkley Submersible Green LED Fishing Light (@Walmart $19.95):
http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc509/lowegy/fish%20pictures/a2b1fd29.jpg
Berkley Submersible LED Fishing Light


In action at night:
http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc509/lowegy/fish%20pictures/dbdb92b6.jpg
Berkley Submersible LED Fishing Light


Side by side comparison with white light pole (CBBT lights in the background):
http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc509/lowegy/fish%20pictures/859c0c9d.jpg
Berkley Submersible LED Fishing Light
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2011, 03:03:59 PM »

Cool - one word of caution though......remember that green is considered a navigational light per boating regs......

But hey, that thing is bright enough you could create your own light line  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2012, 01:30:34 PM »

Yea, great idea however a green light will get confused for a starboard running light... I wouldn't use it for your application
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2012, 05:18:45 PM »

I don't know that it is a bad thing to be mistaken for a boat.. I would rather be seen with a bright light then have a boat never see me at all. I agree with Lou that when fishing bridges at night, the white lights easily blends in with horizon lights. I have spent many hours at the HRBT and can say from experience that I have had trouble picking up other kayakers lights when I knew were there. You can't expect that all the powerboats are going to take the same precaution in scanning the horizon for you. Anything that makes you more visible makes you safer in my opinion.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2012, 08:08:33 PM »

We had a marine police guy give us some crap about my buddy wearing a red led headlamp while runnin on his boat. There wasn't any ticket givin but just warned him because the same reason as mentioned above. I bought these little flashing led strap on lights that i strap on over the handles on my yak one's red and one's white. I put one on each side and they blink constantly. I think there $15 for pair
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2012, 10:41:34 PM »

There are different rules for vessels under 7 meters. You can as a small under 7 meter vessel display red, green and white lights while underway. However, it is better as a kayaker to show only an all around white light of a vessell under 7 meters and propelled by oars. The only other vessels who display all around lights are vessels at anchor and ships on the Great Lakes
 Not preaching at ya brother, just concernend for your safety.

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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2012, 10:51:06 PM »

 You could get a battery powered white spotlight to indicate your presence if someone were bearing down on you. But again, don't shine it in anyones eyes or pilot house. That's a violation too.. Be safe!
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2012, 11:37:58 PM »

I posted this write up a while back and it maybe of interest to you
http://laserfishing.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-yakattack-led-nav-light.html

I have had many people approach me and say that I was very easily seen with this light and found that boaters stay away a lot more. Honestly, I think a lot of the boats that approach us do not realize we are there... and then there's the ones that see you catching fish Roll Eyes I have also spoke with a marine police officer at the ramp one night that was very intrigued by the light and said he wish more of the kayaks displayed something easily seen like that. Whatever you decide to do, keep your head on a swivel and never let yourself get too comfortable at night. 
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2012, 07:50:48 AM »

Glad to see you taking steps that make you more visible to boaters and even other kayakers.  Also good to see how even folks that disagree on this topic are doing so with some very good points. it's one of the things i like about the kayak fishing community.   If this topic were on another well-known fishing site, it would, by now, have denigrated into a multi-page name -calling mess.

 I am one of the biggest safety advocates out there, and while  I can see and appreciate both sides of this discussion,  I tend to agree that red or green lights on a kayak can, especially from a distance, indicate a vessel that is under power and can move  quickly, which obviously we can't.  While they are much better than no lights or lights that can't be seen, I still see this as an issue.  I also recognize that only a 360 light mounted at the proper height (like a Visicarbon pro) is the best for most situations.  I can see the point others have made that, in situations where you are near bridge lights, that white lights can get lost in other lights from the bridge or horizon.

The answer to all of this  hit me this morning as I was reading this thread.  The simple answer is that we just need another color to serve as a warning light.  Maybe a yellow or orange, flashing or not, could be the answer in conjunction with other lights.  It would be visible, different from other lights out here, and let other boaters know we are there, but not under power. 

Just my 2 cents.  Comments?
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2012, 09:48:10 AM »

I agree Wayne.  It makes perfect sense.  We fly an orange flag during the day for enhance visibility on the water.  The same color should be used in that of a warning light.  Do you think the light color will stand out in the dark as good as white, green, yellow, or red? 
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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2012, 10:48:37 AM »

Thats a great idea Wayne. I was thinking the same thing. I was going to suggest blue, but the marine police might not like us using blue... then again an orange light might blend in the same way the white light does.
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2012, 11:33:15 AM »

Orange flashing or special flashing would be fine! I will explain my statement later if anyone wants me to justify. I teach rules of the road,  and orange has no other purpose Blue, red and amber are used for other purposes.

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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2012, 01:13:52 PM »

Thanks guys for the helpful comments.  I see your point and concerns about using green lights for Nav purposes and that red an green lights signifies a vessel is under way.  Remember, this is not my primary all around light. I also have a super bright white all around light, but like I mentioned in the original post, sometimes in certain situation, your white light can blend into the background.  

I only use I in situation where I feel others cannot see me or in high traffic area, and I sense there's a chance a vessel may run into me or not see me.  We all been in a situation like when crossing a channel at Lesner or paddling across from one hrtb bridge span to another and we concern about some vessel coming around the corner heading straight towards us.   The primary purpose of this "green" light is to be seen.  You can bet my life on it when a vessel is underway in my vicinity and I feel uncomfortable the light is coming ON. It's all about safety here and I want to be seen in those situation.  Ticket/legality or not, I will take my chances because with the added safety benefit and peace of mind, it far outweighs the consequences.

Stay safe out there and thanks for your comments and feedback.

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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2012, 03:01:12 PM »

I hope to fish with you one day Lou! I know about power boats,  but kayaking is new to me. Any help you wanna throw my way, I will graciously accept. I have read Cory 's book several times and Kayak Kevin's videos.  Thank you very much
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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2013, 01:47:52 AM »

During the busy Striper season, kayak fishing at night around the HRBT or Lesner can be a bit nerve racking.  I find myself always looking behind me and checking to see if any boaters are heading my way.  Even with a bright white light pole, like the VisiCarbonPro, the reflection and glare and another stray lights nearby can make it difficult for boaters to see you because nighttime depth perception is pretty bad.

I found a solution that I am pretty happy with: a super bright Berkley submersible green LED 360 fishing light. This portable light sits on top of the rod holder on my milk crate and can take it out if needed.  I only turn it on when I under way, in high traffic area, or navigating a channel or inlet.  The super bright green light contrast other lights and if used in combination with a pole light, it will surely keep you safe at night.

Berkley Submersible Green led lights(@Walmart $19.95):
http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc509/lowegy/fish%20pictures/a2b1fd29.jpg
Berkley Submersible LED Fishing Light


In action at night:
http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc509/lowegy/fish%20pictures/dbdb92b6.jpg
Berkley Submersible LED Fishing Light


Side by side comparison with white light pole (CBBT lights in the background):
http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc509/lowegy/fish%20pictures/859c0c9d.jpg
Berkley Submersible LED Fishing Light



Looks very nice to me.. SOrry for old thread reply but from where I can get the light?Waiting for reply thanks in advance:)
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