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Old 01-24-2022, 08:35 PM   #1
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Built a couple of crappie trees a while back for our six acre pond. Jigged around in them Sunday. Time to do some thinning. These fools multiply fast. If they land in the boat, they go to the cooler. We've got some hogs in there, but I caught nothing but the dinks.


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Old 01-24-2022, 08:36 PM   #2
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Old 01-24-2022, 08:40 PM   #3
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Did you just concrete pvc in a 5 gal bucket? 1” pvc? How tall?
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Old 01-24-2022, 08:49 PM   #4
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Did you just concrete pvc in a 5 gal bucket? 1 pvc? How tall?
They are concreted in half of the 5 gallon bucket. I get two trees out of one bucket. The sticks were 10' joints cut in half. I just sort of "spin cut" the top portion of the 5 gallon bucket into the dirt so the concrete will pour in and hold.

The nice thing about these, compared to real trees being dropped, is that they don't snag. Even if you hook a fish they don't get tangled up. If they happen to wrap around the trees, they'll slide up and off of the end of the PVC, at least from a vertical standpoint in deep water, which is how I'm set up.
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Old 01-24-2022, 09:11 PM   #5
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Pretty slick. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-24-2022, 10:09 PM   #6
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Nice fish catch, congratulations.
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Old 01-25-2022, 09:03 AM   #7
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Did you sand or scuff the pipe at all?

I've read it helps the algae and other stuff start to grow

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Old 01-25-2022, 09:21 AM   #8
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Did you sand or scuff the pipe at all?

I've read it helps the algae and other stuff start to grow

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I've also heard if you pour buttermilk on them and let it dry before you sink'em, algae will start growing almost immediately.
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Old 01-25-2022, 10:20 AM   #9
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I've also heard if you pour buttermilk on them and let it dry before you sink'em, algae will start growing almost immediately.
Interesting. I have a surplus of pipe and a nice protected drop off into 15'-17' of water I need to do this on

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Old 01-25-2022, 11:00 AM   #10
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Did this with left over pipe and works great. If it ever freezes again and prices of PVC skyrocket ill pull them up and make some money
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Old 01-25-2022, 11:01 AM   #11
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Old 01-25-2022, 01:51 PM   #12
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I've read it helps the algae and other stuff start to grow

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I didn't do anything to the pipe. I don't think there is a material out there that algae won't grow on. Lol. I could see a roughed up pipe eating on my crappie line. I image if you compared the two pipes (smooth vs roughened) in the back yard by sliding a looped crappie line of off the ends, you'd probably feel the resistance on the roughened one, and most likely some inconspicuous line fray. I figured the smoother the better. I get it that algae is slippery regardless, but I reckon a choked down fishing line could get a bite on the pipe. I'd just assume eliminate as much of that potential as possible. Fish get pretty excited and wirey with the initial hookset to the mouth. Lol. Listen to me talking like I'm loading the truck up and driving across two states to catch fish, not affording any losses. I literally trailer the boat to the pond with the ATV.

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Old 03-23-2022, 09:01 AM   #13
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They've been stacking nicely on them pvc trees too. Nice little batches every time I go out. If I catch em I keep em. These boogers breed like wild hogs.

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Old 03-23-2022, 09:06 AM   #14
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Masterpiece!

How long does it need to be in place for them to nest there?
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Old 03-23-2022, 09:09 AM   #15
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How long does it need to be in place for them to nest there?
As soon as they find it. I was tagging them a couple of days after I dropped them.

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Old 03-23-2022, 09:18 AM   #16
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Nice! Might need to invite some tbhers for a fish fry!
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Old 03-23-2022, 09:22 AM   #17
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Nice! Might need to invite some tbhers for a fish fry!
True story. My upright freezer is leaning.

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Old 03-23-2022, 09:24 AM   #18
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What do you use for bait?
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Old 03-23-2022, 10:21 AM   #19
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What do you use for bait?
Just crappie jigs in various colors.

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Old 03-23-2022, 11:07 AM   #20
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Just crappie jigs in various colors.

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Old 03-28-2022, 09:37 AM   #21
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Outstanding! Thanks for sharing the details on materials and build.

I like Dales' comment too on the buttermilk.
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Old 03-28-2022, 09:49 AM   #22
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Very cool. I will be doing this if I ever get mine to hold water.


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Old 03-28-2022, 10:53 AM   #23
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Those are nice, in my opinion 8” crappie are the perfect eating size.
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Old 03-30-2022, 04:31 PM   #24
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Those are nice, in my opinion 8 crappie are the perfect eating size.
X2, nice catch, very tasty meals there.
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Old 04-19-2022, 09:51 PM   #25
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Did you stock them or were they in a creek you dammed? I see white and black crappie.


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Old 04-20-2022, 06:40 AM   #26
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I've also heard if you pour buttermilk on them and let it dry before you sink'em, algae will start growing almost immediately.
Have not heard buttermilk but raw eggs painted on

Probably either would encourage algae growth
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Old 04-20-2022, 07:27 AM   #27
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Very cool idea...thanks for posting!
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Old 04-20-2022, 07:43 AM   #28
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Crappie in a small lake like that is a lot of work to keep under control.
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Old 04-20-2022, 07:49 AM   #29
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Going to make some of these to put around our dock! How deep are you putting them? I mean obviously on bottom but at what depth?
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Going to make some of these to put around our dock! How deep are you putting them? I mean obviously on bottom but at what depth?
The deepest part of our pond is 12 feet. I have 2 them in 10 1/2 to 11.

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Old 04-26-2022, 08:07 PM   #31
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Got that "lay down" impersonator coming along. Ran out of PVC. It's gonna be a shrubby little piece of work when I'm done. I put the word out about needing a 6", 8", or 10" diameter scrap piece of pipe and this heavy duty section came along.


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Old 05-06-2022, 09:57 AM   #32
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That's going to stack them up! I like it.
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Old 05-11-2022, 05:14 PM   #33
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Old 05-11-2022, 05:16 PM   #34
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That's going to stack them up! I like it.
I'm not finished with it yet..

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Old 05-11-2022, 06:44 PM   #35
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Can you find them on a depth finder?
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Old 05-11-2022, 09:11 PM   #36
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Can you find them on a depth finder?
Yes, they show up like any other structure.

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I like the new one and Id like to see someone video it when it goes overboard. I can imagine ducking all that pipe! lol
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I like the new one and Id like to see someone video it when it goes overboard. I can imagine ducking all that pipe! lol
Aha for sure!! Good idea, I'll have to get it on video. Yeah, someone might just end up going down with it.

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Old 05-19-2022, 05:57 PM   #39
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Some limb additions to the simulated "lay down," in between other projects. Getting closer to the sink date. The two tall sticks on the ends are the markers that will be just above the water.

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Old 05-20-2022, 05:39 PM   #42
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Looks great, but you might need a crane to get it in the water. What does it weigh?
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Old 05-20-2022, 06:00 PM   #43
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Looks great, but you might need a crane to get it in the water. What does it weigh?
It's very light, unbelievably. One person on each end can effortlessly lift it, one handed.

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