Capt. Ronnie Daniel’s DIY flounder light is extremely easy and inexpensive to make, is lightweight and has a long battery life.
The items needed to make the handle can be purchased at any home improvement store.
• 8-feet of 3/4-inch PVC pipe
• One 3/4-inch T
• One 3/4-inch 45-degree elbow
• One 3/4-inch end cap
• One 2-inch, stainless steel hose clamp
• PVC glue
Cut the PVC pipe as listed below for a 6-foot man:
• Upper section above the handle: 25-inches
• Handle: 6-inches
• Lower section below the handle: 33-inches (adjust this section for your height)
• Bottom stub light attachment: 3.5-inches
The 210-lumen Princeton Tec League 100 LED dive light he uses can be purchased at Sea 2 Swamp in Gautier or online. The light holds 4 AA batteries, and will last four to six hours.
Once the pipe has been cut, thoroughly clean the ends to be glued. Leave the top open to slide the gig down in the light pole; leave the bottom uncapped so it doesn’t float away when you drop it to pick up your flounder.
Do not glue the upper section in the T. This will allow the top to be removed for storage purposes.
Finishing steps are:
• Apply glue to one end of the bottom stub attachment and slide it into the 45-degree elbow.
• Apply glue to one end of the lower section and slide it into the other side of the 45-degree elbow.
• Apply glue to the top end of the lower section and slide it into the long side of the T.
• Apply glue to one end of the handle and slide it into the T perpendicular to the lower section.
• Apply glue to the other end of the handle and slide on the end cap.
• Slide the top section into the top of the T.
• Using the 2-inch hose clamp, mount the diving light to the top of the bottom stub light attachment. Mounting the light on top will keep sand out of the light.