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Some nice dang rigs for sure! Let us know how he does.
Ain't uncommon for a rig to be $50,000-$60,000 these days. It's crazy how much some of them cost! I go with some buddies but plan to build my own in the next year or two, but I've already built my own lights and I'll be doing it super cheap lol. We never fish any tournaments tho, we ain't got any business there. Don't kill near enough total fish or big enough fish as them guys. A lot of tournaments do still go off numbers for the winner instead of big 20
 

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My SIL runs a combo of high pressure sodiums and halogens. You can see fish in fairly muddy water - they show up as orange blobs in the muddy water. Takes a pretty good generator to run it all. Boat is 20’ long and 8’ wide. Three shooters comfortable - can shoot four in a pinch.

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I really like the HPS lights over LEDs that a lot of people use these days. I built 2 400 watt HPS lights and housings and they're plenty of light for 3 to shoot in a flatbottom and you're right the fish are an orange blob and "pop" in muddy water
 

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I bet Toledo bend is one of the top. Sire gets my heart to pumping seeing them mud trails. Years ago me and my ex fil we’re now fishing at Mercer bayou and he killed about 6 or 7 lb long nose gar was solid orange like a goldfish. It’s the only one I’ve ever seen. Y’all ever seen one that color? He got it mounted I need to get a pic of it.
I've not seen one in person that was orange but have seen pictures. 95% of what I've shot has been spotted gar, will see some with so many spots they're nearly black and some with nary a spot on them, that's about my range of odd colors lol I like finding big carp and buffalo, just don't happen to often for us. I don't discriminate tho and like a good ol gar shoot as good as any
 
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