Fish Gigging Equipment - What Setup Do I need to Go Gigging?

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Fish Gigging Equipment - What Setup Do I need to Go Gigging?

Fish gigging is an age old tradition that is slowly growing in popularity as outdoorsman look for more adventurous hobbies to take part in. 

A typical night out on the water consists of crisp cool air, bright lights, sharp multi-pronged gigs, and (on a good night) a bunch of fishing swimming under the lights. The most common fish that are targeted for gigging include suckers, carp, bowfin, gar, catfish (in certain states), and other non-game fish as noted in your local fish and game manual. 

The best fish gigging equipment includes a strong and sharp fish gig, some bright lights, and a flat bottom boat. Many states require  people who fish gig on lakes to run their lights above water. When choosing your lights, it is crucial to have lights that can adapt to the water conditions you are gigging in. If you are in clear water, a cool white 6000k rated LED will work best. If you are in muddy or murky water, a warm white 2000k rated LED will work best. Whether you are unsure which conditions you will be gigging in or you are just looking for the best quality fish gigging lights to put on your boat, we recommend the Swamp Eye Light Bar.

These light bars are 2 ft long and broadcast over 12,000 lumens across the water. You’ll be sure to illuminate the fish in your area.
Apart from quality lights, a strong and sharp fish gig that can take the abuse associated with gigging fish and pushing a flat bottom down the creek. We’ve tested several commercially available fish gigs and the vast majority of them would break off after gigging a couple fish or after pushing the boat a little ways down the river. There was only one fish gig that could stand the abuse of pushing a boat down the river and maintaining a sharp point to gig over 20 fish in a night. That was the Fish Gig we’ve developed along with several commercial fishermen who make a living gigging. 

Now that you’re setup with a quality Fish Gig and Swamp Eye Light Bar, it’s time to pick out a good flat bottom boat. There are many commercially available flat bottom boats at your local fishing shop, Bass Pro, Academy, or even local craigslist ad listing. Most flat bottom boats are relatively the same, with the main difference (other than size) being whether it is welded or riveted seams. A riveted boat will flex as it moves along the water and is more likely to have leaks over the long term. This has lead to the growing market of all-weld boats.

Boats with welded seams are less likely to have leaks over the long term, and they do not shake as much as their riveted counterpart. The downfall to all-weld boats is that they are significantly more expensive because they have not been around as long as riveted boats have. You can find a decent riveted use flat bottom boat for under $1,000 while it is tough to find the same all-weld boat at twice the price. 

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