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#11505248 - 03/28/16 01:08 AM Sinking Brush from Kayak
stewage Offline
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Registered: 03/13/15
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Loc: Lake Dallas
I was curious if any of the crappie fisherman ever sink your own brush piles from a kayak, and if so, how.

Last year I had been mostly fishing lake lewisville, and the area of the lake I fish is rarely frequented, so there aren't too many pre-made piles. I tried scouting with my side imaging but came up empty handed within paddling range of where I typically put in.

I sank a few piles last year, it was brutal. Any hints? Or should I just stick to fishing any pre existing locations I might find?

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#11505358 - 03/28/16 06:59 AM Re: Sinking Brush from Kayak [Re: stewage]
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drag whats out there to where you want it and sink it. Or build the potted plant buckets with some rope and a couple bricks or rocks.
I'll see if I can dig up a picture
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#11505733 - 03/28/16 09:38 AM Re: Sinking Brush from Kayak [Re: stewage]
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I've never done this personally, but if I were going to I would do the Christmas tree in a bucket, or the PVC style. Just set one at a time on front of the boat and make trips to where you want to place it and let her go. then go fish elsewhere.

I've heard the key is knowing WHERE to place them. You can't put on in the middle of the lake and expect it to hold fish.
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#11505950 - 03/28/16 10:54 AM Re: Sinking Brush from Kayak [Re: stewage]
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Keep a sharp knife ON u if your setting them on the bottom w/ a rope or cord.
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#11506011 - 03/28/16 11:17 AM Re: Sinking Brush from Kayak [Re: stewage]
PlanoTom Offline
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Is Lewisville a Corps of Engineers lake?

If so, I've always heard that sinking brushpiles on CoE lakes was illegal. I would check to make sure it was allowed before I did anything else.

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#11508975 - 03/29/16 02:22 PM Re: Sinking Brush from Kayak [Re: stewage]
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I would use a boat or find a friend with one and use it to set out some brush piles within paddling distance.
It doesn't take a big pile to attract and hold fish.
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#11511733 - 03/30/16 03:28 PM Re: Sinking Brush from Kayak [Re: stewage]
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I ended up making seven of these. Sunk them one at a time (on two different trips)

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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#11511743 - 03/30/16 03:33 PM Re: Sinking Brush from Kayak [Re: collincountytx]
stewage Offline
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Loc: Lake Dallas
Originally Posted By: collincountytx
I ended up making seven of these. Sunk them one at a time (on two different trips)

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)













Oh man, that looks like it would be much more manageable from a kayak, just bringing one or two out at a time. Thanks for the idea!

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#11512016 - 03/30/16 05:11 PM Re: Sinking Brush from Kayak [Re: stewage]
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Registered: 04/08/08
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Loc: Dallas, TX
Here's a similar, but more vertical design--the more vertical cover might be better for crappie, while the shorter/wider design better for LMB.

Originally Posted By: spro
I do something similar but used some old garden hose my neighbor was throwing away. I have also made them with the irrigation pvc tubing.


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