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Homemade Bass Attractors #13553643 05/11/20 08:17 PM
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Share you wisdom. Has anyone had any luck with the homemade bass attractors like the one pictured? Any advice on where to put them in a body of water?

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Re: Homemade Bass Attractors [Re: Jpurdue] #13553672 05/11/20 08:51 PM
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Yes, I’ve made some very similar to that design with quickrete to help it sink.
There is a good argument to mix in some natural limbs with the artificial.
Natural will work faster. Artificial will last longer
To speed up the process on artificial surfaces, rub with 80 grit sandpaper, then rub with compost to accelerate the attraction of microbes and algae.

I like 12-15fow as that depth will hold fish all year. It’s also a depth Im comfortable pinging with sonar prior to fishing it.

Points, cuts, drop offs, humps, funnels are all good places

The best places to drop them already have fish holding there.


I’ve found that Bois D arc, Willow, and bamboo work well

I like cinder blocks and sisal rope (it biodegrades in 6 months—by then the tree is so water logged and buried in the mud, it’s not moving.


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Thanks CCTX. Great tip on the sandpaper.


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Re: Homemade Bass Attractors [Re: Jpurdue] #13553815 05/11/20 10:57 PM
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Imo it's hard to beat large hardwood trees. Difficult to work with but big fish will live under them. Not just occasionally visit it like a crappie pile or similar

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I have hundreds of these in the lake and they consistently hold big fish [Linked Image]
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Originally Posted by Jarrett Latta
Imo it's hard to beat large hardwood trees. Difficult to work with but big fish will live under them. Not just occasionally visit it like a crappie pile or similar


Agree 100%. As mentioned Bois D 'Arc is my favorite. Extremely dense and relatively easy to sink (unlike Christmas trees, which like to float like a cork)
They are cumbersome and heavy to manage loading and unloading off your vessel, so be very careful, and obviously wear a life jacket and carry some sharp scissors and some sharp knives just incase.

At times, I've had to saw them into sections to sink on top of each other.

Very dense, so easy to see on the fish finder. As stated, they just don't attract fish, they become a home.

They are best the first three years, then I would refresh them with new brush.


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It seems kinda crazy to me that people dump hundreds of those things in the lake. We aren't supposed to toss a torn up Senko overboard
but piles of plastic are OK?

What am I missing? Are they so good for our Bass population that it is a good tradeoff?

Legitimate question. I really don't know.

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Take a bunch of torn up senkos piled up to improve fish habitat.

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Originally Posted by ReelSlow
It seems kinda crazy to me that people dump hundreds of those things in the lake. We aren't supposed to toss a torn up Senko overboard
but piles of plastic are OK?

What am I missing? Are they so good for our Bass population that it is a good tradeoff?

Legitimate question. I really don't know.


Bass eat torn up senkos

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I put out both. I prefer sections of trees. But right now mine are loaded with crappie and not bass. They work so well I feel like I need to triple my habitat placement. My problem is I have to go on someone else's property to get the trees. That almost doesn't seem legal.

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Find someone elses, they are a PITA to deal with!! I told myself last time I lugged 4-5 of these bucket structures that next time I was taking cinder blocks and rope and cutting down stuff on the bank and dropping them off next to where they were living. Lot less work and it is work doing all of that,

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Much easier to just have side scan, idle around, and push a waypoint button.


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Curious if anyone on here has ever been caught and ticketed for dropping brush piles in a public lake?


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