DIY Squid/Bait Light

I thought I'd attempt to make myself a floating squid/bait light using an old childs toy. The toy screws apart and each section is filled with air.

 

 

A small sinker in the shaft ensure's it stays right way up.

 

A few small holes (at each end) will cause the shaft to fill with water. The other part is sealed up and becomes a float.

 

A length of waterproof LED's from my fav online auction site will do the trick

 

 

A light sand and a coat of adhesive added

 

Wrap the LED's around and attach a long lead to a 12V plug.

 

Works a treat

 

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Squid/bait Light

Mon, 2012-05-21 21:35

I can turn this lamp other way up, sit it on the boat or car and it makes a great work/camp light.

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That's thinking outside the

Mon, 2012-05-21 21:45

That's thinking outside the box, nice one

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that is mint! How much?? 

Mon, 2012-05-21 21:49

that is mint!

 

How much?? 

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All under $25

Mon, 2012-05-21 21:53

Toy - free, my daughter donated to a good cause

Lights - around $24 for 5m delivered from ebay (I used about 2m for this)

Cable/plug - $free as were laying around the shed

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To quote bruce mcevaney

Mon, 2012-05-21 22:05

 "clevvvvvver" hahahah would work a mint

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Working on something similar,

Tue, 2012-05-22 08:11

Working on something similar, but this look so much simplier than what I've been working on.

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Cool! Let us know if it

Tue, 2012-05-22 08:11

Cool! Let us know if it improves your odds!

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Well done kudos for the

Tue, 2012-05-22 08:49

Well done kudos for the idea-brilliantly simple. I,m shore based would this work the same of a jetty ?

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low voltage

Tue, 2012-05-22 10:17

The lights are ultra low voltage and heat so there is no reason why you couldn't use a really long lead to your porta battery pack or vehicle. They'd run all night will little drain on the battery.

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You've inspired me.Going to

Thu, 2012-05-24 17:30

You've inspired me.

Going to order some LEDs now

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Hi tnarg79Got my led strip

Mon, 2012-08-20 15:14

Hi tnarg79

Got my led strip light and am going to make something similiar. Thanks for the idea, I was going in a different much more complicated direction

Few questions if i may

1. Is it necessary to use adhesive, my strip light has self adhesive backing

2. Is the connection between LED and cable waterproof, or did you have to do anything to make it more watertight

3. Lastly, did it improve your catch rate

Thanks

Eric

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Hey EricAfter seeing this

Tue, 2012-08-21 09:23

Hey Eric

After seeing this post I made myself one also, so can probably answer your questions.

1. I just used the adhesive that came with it, but made sure to keep the wraps very close together to keep water from getting between them as much as possible and I also put a large cable tie around the first and last wrap. Note though my cylinder was a constant diameter, with a cone as per the above you'd probably want better adhesive.

2. Depends how you connect it. We ended up cutting both ends off and soldering it onto cable directly, then coating in sikaflex and heat shrinking. She's waterproof now, but if you just used the plug I wouldn't trust it.

3. Too early to tell. We gave it a 30 minute bash one night and some small shrimp looking things and little fish started hanging around, but didn't pull any squid off it. Will give it a better go another time.

Be mindful of battery usage, and also of using any high current items (such as starting the engine) when you have this connected depending on what gauge cable you've used.

Dan

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 Haa..ah..! nice work! Very

Tue, 2012-08-21 09:48

 Haa..ah..! nice work!

 Very creative indeed.

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Thats a bright idea! LOL,

Tue, 2012-08-21 11:29

Thats a bright idea! LOL, think it would work well over some weed banks for the squid!

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Nice job

Tue, 2012-08-21 11:52

Nice job mate. Simple but looks great and would be cool to see some results in the future. I wonder how it would go for prawns ?