- December 21, 2017
- Heath Wood
The Optical Dynamics OD40 Long Distance Illuminator is quickly becoming one of the most popular hunting lights to use when predator hunting. The OD40 creates a tight, targeted column of no spill light. This long distance beam can reach distances of up to 235 yards which it why it is so popular among predator hunters. Over the past few months, I have found another great use for the OD40; I use it while gigging fish.
If one has never been fish gigging, let me explain how it is done. There is an aluminum boat that is equipped with a rail on the front. This rail will be U-shaped, waist high, and will have several halogen or LED lights that shine down into the water. Once darkness falls, the boat is motored up and down the river slowly as two people use metal gigs that have four or five sharp prongs, that are attached to a wooden or fiberglass pole, which measures from 12 to 16 feet in length.
There are several different species of fish that can be gigged. However, the gigging that I am accustomed to takes place along a few smaller rivers in the Missouri Ozarks, this is where an abundance of bottom feeding fish called suckers tend to hang out, these include the golden red horse also known as a yellow sucker, and the northern hogsucker. They get their name from the pig like nose of the fish that is used to suck food from the bottom of the river. While idling slowly down the river, the giggers will watch closely in the water searching for this unique fish. Once they are spotted, the giggers will quickly stab into the water, aiming in the middle of the back of the fish. That is the gist of how fish gigging works, now let me explain how the OD40 light comes into play.
When traveling on the river in the dark, it can be dangerous if one does not know where they are going. The lights that are attached to the rails of the boat only shine directly into the water. With no lights shining in the direction that the boat is motoring down the river, I have found that the OD40 works great to shine ahead to see structures in the water such as rocks, logs, and trees that could be hazardous to a boat. The OD40 Long Distance Illuminator is able to spot structures over a hundred yards down the river, allowing plenty of time for the driver of the boat to steer safely away.
Another use of the OD40 is to have a person in a boat other than the giggers and allow that person to shine the light along the sides of the boat. This tactic is useful due to the fact that it helps spot the fish quicker than the lights on the boat rail would, allowing the giggers to harvest the fish faster.
Above are just two ways to use this incredible light in a totally different scenario, other than the usual nighttime predator hunting that it is known for. If one has never tried gigging fish they’re missing out on a fun and exciting time. The Optical Dynamics OD40 Long Distance Illuminator is one of the best artificial lights on the market. Check it out at www.longdistancelight.com