I’m not typically a gadget guy, but my new boat has all sorts of tools and toys and I can tell that I’m going to have fun learning to use them – and might actually catch a few more fish as a result of their presence.
Despite the fact that some of those tools include advanced technology like mega-imaging and the Ultrex system, I’m equally excited about the navigation light from Russell Marine.
I first saw these Power Pole-mounted lights at media day for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic in Houston, when both Ott DeFoe and Randy Howell had them on their shallow water anchors. It just seemed like one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” inventions. Of course I worried about the durability, but Randy said he’d kept his boat poled down for several days and the light was no worse for wear.
At 80 bucks (yes, I paid retail, just like you probably will), it’s not exactly cheap, but to me it seems worth it. Not only do you not have to find your light in the morning and fiddle with it to make sure it’s working, but it’ll actually save you valuable time during the fishing day. No more having to step to the back deck to remove the light, or to ask your co-angler to do that and then stow it someplace, a minor but perpetual hassle.
It also leaves your existing light port functional, so if this one does have a problem you have a backup option, and if you’re a GoPro addict it leaves that space free for a camera holder like the ones from YOLOtek.