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#10875060 - 05/27/15 09:04 AM Deciding where to sink brush pile
Jigflippa Offline
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Registered: 03/24/15
Posts: 86
I'm going to make a few brush piles and wanted to see if y'all have any tips on where to sink them. How deep? Should I put them somewhere where there isn't much natural cover? Do you prefer artificial or real tree limbs?

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#10875068 - 05/27/15 09:06 AM Re: Deciding where to sink brush pile [Re: Jigflippa]
SheldonS Offline
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Registered: 10/19/04
Posts: 15042
Loc: Bedford, TX
If you are talking in North Texas you might wait because of the super high water.
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#10875102 - 05/27/15 09:22 AM Re: Deciding where to sink brush pile [Re: Jigflippa]
UTDmiller Offline
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Registered: 10/01/13
Posts: 1652
After Christmas go to a home depot or other tree selling store and ask them if you can have their trees. A lot of times if you can haul em you can have em it seems. The sinking takes a little more effort and money depending on what you want to use. I would think good places to sink brush would be on drop offs or slopes on points where you have caught fish in the past as it will add cover to an already productive spot. I would say in the 14-25 fow range depending on where and what fishing you like to do
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#10875154 - 05/27/15 09:38 AM Re: Deciding where to sink brush pile [Re: Jigflippa]
1442 Offline
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Registered: 04/17/07
Posts: 426
Loc: Orange TX
I like to sink them either at the top edge or bottom edge of a steeper than average drop off like the steeper side of a point or ridge, or creek channel edge.
Anywhere from 12 to 35 feet deep for summer time fishing.
Natural materials work way better for me than artificial and the bigger limbed piles seem to hold fish better in deeper water than small limbs do.
Good luck! Brushpiles can be real fun and good to have but some of them just don't work EVER. Some do.

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#10875155 - 05/27/15 09:38 AM Re: Deciding where to sink brush pile [Re: Jigflippa]
Big bass boy Offline
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Registered: 04/25/14
Posts: 133
Loc: Flower mound tx
don't get caught...... ninja

to the best of my knowledge, correct me if i'm wrong but it is illegal and is considered littering.
but i see no harm in providing structure for fish and increasing your catch at the same time.
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#10875167 - 05/27/15 09:42 AM Re: Deciding where to sink brush pile [Re: Big bass boy]
UTDmiller Offline
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Registered: 10/01/13
Posts: 1652
Originally Posted By: Big bass boy
don't get caught...... ninja

to the best of my knowledge, correct me if i'm wrong but it is illegal and is considered littering.
but i see no harm in providing structure for fish and increasing your catch at the same time.


I think you are supposed to consult the local game warden or lake patrol before hand and they can give you the ok. If you are worried about getting caught... might be worth a quick search to figure it out
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#10876893 - 05/27/15 08:11 PM Re: Deciding where to sink brush pile [Re: Jigflippa]
rowlettfisherman Offline
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Registered: 01/25/12
Posts: 719
I put mine off of main lake points where you would normally fish for spawning fish. And hope to get them to stop at your new habitat. Or find a deep water creek and place them on the drop of the creek channel close to a swing in the channel

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#10876920 - 05/27/15 08:19 PM Re: Deciding where to sink brush pile [Re: rowlettfisherman]
senko9S Offline
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Registered: 10/15/03
Posts: 21588
Loc: Bedford, TX
my 2 cents is on depth changes. the location and depth to sink em depends on the time of year you want to use them. they can pull fish off of already productive spots if they are placed too close by. vast barren bottom areas can really hold a big school with a single pile.
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#10877016 - 05/27/15 08:47 PM Re: Deciding where to sink brush pile [Re: Jigflippa]
collincountytx Online   content
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 10004
Loc: Dallas, TX
I like the 15-20 ft depth at a multidirectional drop off. I like the 15-20ft depth because it can be productive all year round. I like to place them where fish already hold, but there's not much other cover in that area.
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#10877112 - 05/27/15 09:11 PM Re: Deciding where to sink brush pile [Re: Jigflippa]
WhiskeyTango223 Offline
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Registered: 04/19/12
Posts: 84
I like PVC brush piles. Several places sell their damaged sticks of pvc for pennies i use a jig saw and zip ties to assemble them into a tree shape, the bigger the pvc the bigger the fish typically, i once filled a truck bed with 3" and smaller pvc for $10, i made some really large complex structures from all those small sticks but I've never caught a bass out of them only crappie. Fill the main trunk with sand so it will sink. Best think about pvc is you won't hang up on it and they last forever.

Oh and my most productive bass "brush pile" is 12' deep on a road bed.

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#10877658 - 05/28/15 07:38 AM Re: Deciding where to sink brush pile [Re: Jigflippa]
collincountytx Online   content
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 10004
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: collincountytx
Works out to $12 per fish "tree". The cement isn't necessary, but I think it'll help
Average weight of each tree is around 30lbs

I made three trees from the following components
Three five gallon buckets with lids that snap on
200 feet of 1/2 inch PVC irrigation tubing
cut the tubing into 2 feet limbs for the base (about 25 limbs on the base) and 1.5feet sections for the lid limbs (about ten limbs on the lid) I cut the tubing with garden sheers
1/2 inch circular drill bit and electric drill (25 holes around the base and 10 in the lid)
1.5 inch circular drill bit to make a few big holes (two in the lid and three around the base)
gravel/rocks
50lb bag of quickrete (I used about half the bag)







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#10878111 - 05/28/15 10:32 AM Re: Deciding where to sink brush pile [Re: Jigflippa]
FMJshooter Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/24/08
Posts: 1390
Loc: Belton, TX
For the love of god please don't sink dense pines like Christmas trees where there's already good brush. Bass are too big to swim in them things so all they do is create more snags and less hiding spots for big fish. Seen a few holes get ruined this way.

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