Mounting Ideas for Your Swamp Eye Bowfishing Light Bars

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Mounting Ideas for Your Swamp Eye Bowfishing Light Bars

The Swamp Eye Light Bar is one of the most trusted bowfishing light options there are. We've been fortunate enough to have our supporters send us photos of their flounder gigging, fish gigging, and bowfishing boat setups with their Swamp Eye Light Bars. (Please scroll down to the bottom to see the different boat setup photos.)

Bowfishing Boat Lights

The Swamp Eye Light Bars are most commonly used on bowfishing boats of all makes and sizes. The setups we see vary across the board, but the single most common setup for bowfishing boats is 2 lights across the front of the boat and 2 lights down each side of the boat. That's a total of 6 bowfishing lights, which can run for ~8.5 hours on a 2000W generator. Some folks will run them off two or three 12V DC deep cycle batteries, and they may get 4-5 hours or better. 

Flounder Gigging Boat Lights

The Swamp Eye Light Bars and Swamp Eye Submersibles are both common for flounder gigging, but for those looking for an above water gigging light option - they work great. The flounder gigging crowd typically has a smaller sized boat in comparison to the bowfishing crowd, so they are able to get away with 3-4 Swamp Eye Light Bars. The most common setup we see is either 1 or 2 light bars across the front, and 1 light bar down each side. Most flounder giggers will supplement the Swamp Eye Light Bar with a Swamp Eye Submersible at each front corner of the boat. This isn't absolutely necessary, but it certainly helps light up the bottom in muddy water. 

Fish Gigging Boat Lights

The fish gigging crowd are strong advocates of the Swamp Eye Light Bars. Their boats are sized similarly to most flounder gigging setups but they do not run underwater lights. The reason for this is because it is unlawful to use underwater lights for gigging in several freshwater lakes they gig in. Fish gigging is done across the nation but the most popular locations are the lakes near the Ozark states of Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. 

Lights for Bowfishing and Gigging from a Kayak

Boats can be large in size and cumbersome to haul around to different spots, which is why bowfishing and gigging in kayaks has become more popular. Believe it or not, the Swamp Eye Light Bar has been mounted to kayaks on several occasions. Most of the time our customers are looking for a portable boat they can throw on top or in the back of their car / truck / SUV and be able to hit the water to scratch the fishing itch.


Photos of Mounting Ideas for Your Swamp Eye Light Bars:

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4 comments

  • Outrigger Outdoors

    Hi Brian – most on-board chargers provide a “trickle charge” which is a low amperage charge. This works great for plugging your boat in and letting your batteries charge over night, but does not work as well if you are constantly draining the batteries. For example, a “fast charge” in terms of battery chargers is 2 amps. 4 of our bowfishing lights would draw the equivalent of 20 amps on 24V DC. An on-board charger would most likely not be able to keep up for the long term, but it would provide some recharging power.

    The better option for this situation is to use the small in-line power converters that come with the Swamp Eye Light Bars to run them on your generator directly.

    In this situation, we recommend running two 3 prong extension cord from the back of your boat, where the generator is, to the front of the boat, where your lights are. Once the power converters are hooked up, just plug two into each extension cord and you are ready to go. You can easily add more lights later on as needed.

    Note: We recommend extension cords because they are factory sealed, a cheaper alternative to heavy gauge marine wiring, and they come with the proper AC plugs you need already installed.

    I hope this helps!

  • Brian

    I purchased 4 light bars. I plan on connecting to my 24Volt battery system that also runs my trolling motor. I have a built in charger for the batteries. Can i simply use the batteries and when needed plug the charger into the generator to keep the batteries up?

  • Outrigger Outdoors

    Hi Mark – 3 light bars will draw approximately 30 amps on 12V DC or 15 amps on 24V DC. Assuming your deep cycle battery has a 100 amp hour capacity (this is a typical average capacity), you can get 3-4 hours of run time with one single battery. If you want longer run time, I would recommend adding an additional battery. This is a rough estimation, but if you use a battery with a higher amp hour capacity you will get longer run times.

  • Mark

    I would like to hook 3 light bars. How many 12v batteries would it take.

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