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Funny you ask this, I’ve been outside working on installing mine. Gotta grab a fish tape tomorrow to finish up. I’m using a rigid. I can’t  get pics to upload anymore, but I can text it to someone to upload. Or text it to you. Mine is mounted onto the side of my Trolling Motor. 

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I sent you a pm with my phone number. We had a heck of a time coming back to the ramp last night(Think God for gps) plus they was pushing water and it was a mine field just above the bridge

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I installed a rigid on my Phoenix that I loved. Custom made a mount to attach to the trolling motor bracket that worked out perfectly. Actually, I kinda copied, with modifications, the design that Blindhawg has on his Triton. Can't beat a Rigid. Best light on the market.

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I was doing some searching and found southern lite led. They have a bass boat light that is 10,000 lumes. I have looked at the rigid and can't find what lumes they are. Are you guys mounting them on a ram mount?

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I know I don't live or fish up that way so I have a couple questions about lights on boats up that way. I have fished at night for years and I learned a few things that has helped me a lot. My first question is when it gets dark up there do you get a surface fog that rises up off the water as it gets later at night? We have that issue down here and for years when you turned on a spotlight to try and see stuff and channel markers there was always a glare that made it hard to see things and would almost blind you . I got to talk one time with a lighting specialist about the issue and he told me that any lighting that is above the rub rail will cause a glare so I began looking for mounts that would put my headlights below the rub rail. I found a set of rub rail mounts and installed a set of head lights below the rub rail and it was a remarkable difference. I could see channel markers a mile ahead and see debris floating and there was zero as in no glare. Here is a few pictures of the lights and mounts. Since these pictures I have gone to LED head lights which are even better than the original lights I was using and bought them at Tractor Supply. When the lights are mounted below the rub rail they actually allow you to look below the steam or fog a lot easier. Hope this helps cause I know I fought the fog and steam for quite a few years but not any more.

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That’s a good way to mount em. Somebody (can’t temember who) makes a metal bracket to bow mount your spots below the rail. 

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I can tell you from experience, a rigid d series mounted about 4" out from the trolling motor bracket will cut thru dang near any fog you encounter.

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4 minutes ago, Mountainman said:

I can tell you from experience, a rigid d series mounted about 4" out from the trolling motor bracket will cut thru dang near any fog you encounter.

I have never seen the type of light your talking about Andy so don't know anything about them. I just know for years of using a Q beam light and fighting the fog the guy I spoke with showed me how to do it the way I have mine mounted. I do remember nights I fished with someone else back in the Q Beam days and if I held the light over the side and down below the rub rail we could see stuff and channel markers alot easier. I have not had any issues at all dealing with fog or steam rising off the lake at night. The new LED lights I put on last year are even better and reach out further than the ones I use to have. I was actually forced to go with the LEDs because the original lights were getting almost imposible to find any longer. I really use my headlights a lot since I am forced to fish at night now due to meds I am on. If you get a chance post a picture of your light system. I would be interested in seeing it.

57 minutes ago, SteveHTN said:

That’s a good way to mount em. Somebody (can’t temember who) makes a metal bracket to bow mount your spots below the rail. 

T-H Marine has the metal rub rail mounting brackets Steve. They offer the complete headlight kits for under the rub rail.

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The light Andy is referring to replaces the plastic foot on your trolling motor mount. They’re bad azz. Only thing is, at least last I looked at em, they’re only for Fortrexx?? 

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This is the one I was looking at it comes with the plate that goes under the trolling motor and the ram mount. Wonder if u can mount a rigid on a ram mount?https://flic.kr/p/272GU5C

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1 hour ago, SteveHTN said:

The light Andy is referring to replaces the plastic foot on your trolling motor mount. They’re bad azz. Only thing is, at least last I looked at em, they’re only for Fortrexx?? 

No, I know what you're talking about, but thats not what I did on my Phoenix. I drilled into the starboard side of the mountain the holds the TM to the boat & made a bracket to roll the spotlight out away from the nose of the boat. Mounted a switch beside the gear shift to operate it. As long as the boat was on plane, the beam was perfect for seeing the water  a couple hundred yards out & back to the boat, even in fog.

46 minutes ago, Riverman1 said:

This is the one I was looking at it comes with the plate that goes under the trolling motor and the ram mount. Wonder if u can mount a rigid on a ram mount?https://flic.kr/p/272GU5C

I'm not a huge fan of ram mounts. It's nice to have unlimited adjustments, but over time, that ball & socket wear out & it gets loose. Had to replace one on that Phoenix before I sold it

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27 minutes ago, Mountainman said:

As long as the boat was on plane, the beam was perfect for seeing the water  a couple hundred yards out & back to the boat, even in fog.

That's exactly what I'm wanting. If I can figure out a way to mount it that's probably what I'll get.

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I mounted a ram mount up front and also a locking 1/4" jack to connect the short light cord 10" long to. Also had to fabricate a special ball mount for the led driving light bracket to bolt to. Completely removable for day fishing and can also mount quickly for nights. I'll post some pictures later on of the set up. Works decent and adjustable. Only drawback is a rough big wake jumped will sometimes knock it out of adjustment. I'll post some pics later of the setup.

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13 hours ago, Mountainman said:

I can tell you from experience, a rigid d series mounted about 4" out from the trolling motor bracket will cut thru dang near any fog you encounter.

 

There are a couple different models of the d series. Do you remember witch one you had?

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I put a couple of these on my golf cart. Found a set of knockoffs on Amazon for $14, that was for 2!  Rigid is nice, but you are paying for the name. 

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16 hours ago, Mountainman said:

No, I know what you're talking about, but thats not what I did on my Phoenix. I drilled into the starboard side of the mountain the holds the TM to the boat & made a bracket to roll the spotlight out away from the nose of the boat. Mounted a switch beside the gear shift to operate it. As long as the boat was on plane, the beam was perfect for seeing the water  a couple hundred yards out & back to the boat, even in fog.

Hell I remember that light now. You posted pics on here :smash:

It was bad azz

Not that I would ever spend the money, but FYI for anyone that might be interested, there’s a company that makes night vision cameras for boats. Camera mounts on the bow, then you can mount the screen anywhere, like on top of the dash. Very cool toy, though being worth the price is certainly an individual thing. 

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That's it Tony. Mine was very similar to that. Works perfectly & no holes in the fibreglass.

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