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Old 05-14-2013, 11:35 AM   #1
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I am in the process of gettign all my junk ready to invade the beach and set another state record for the most catfish caught in a vacation, but realized I now have more rods than sand spikes. I have made my own and they do jsut fine, but if I am going to make more, what size do you guys recommend? Mine now are out of 1 1/2 inch PVC and are between 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 feet depending on the angle of the bottom cut. There is some play in the holder being a little large, but it has worked well in the past. Do I need to change the diameter for any reason? Do I need to make them any longer? Thanks for the help and all the great posts.

I will be the guy right before you get to Johnsons beach that is constantly jumping up to go get another catfish off of the line! I am getting better at staying away from them, but I can still find em!
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I like mine pretty tall (never measured), but the ones I have that are short are less desirable.

Therefore; my line to the water is high enough for people (beach combers) to pass under. Then they do not have to walk behind me, and walk in front of me.

Sometimes that view is good and sometimes it is not.
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I like mine pretty tall (never measured), but the ones I have that are short are less desirable.

Therefore; my line to the water is high enough for people (beach combers) to pass under. Then they do not have to walk behind me, and walk in front of me.

Sometimes that view is good and sometimes it is not.
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I like mine pretty tall (never measured), but the ones I have that are short are less desirable.

Therefore; my line to the water is high enough for people (beach combers) to pass under. Then they do not have to walk behind me, and walk in front of me.

Sometimes that view is good and sometimes it is not.
I was going to say that higher is better to keep your lines out of the waves but BTs answer is actually the correct answer!
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1.25 pvc 4' long heat gun and wine bottle to flair out the top
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Last year I saw some folks who used about a foot of pvc and had it attached to about 5" sections of 3/8" rebar with 2 pipe clamps. They said it was easier to carry, heald as good as the pvc and was a lot easier to bury up in the sand. Is that crazy?
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i like them at 5 1/2 ft for around here. i have 8fters but they are not needed.

2" is fine. cut a 45 or 60* at the bottom. stick it in the wet sand and suck on the end of the tube (lips inside dont choke on it. ) and suck sand into it as you press down. i can get them in a good 2ft pretty effortlessly.


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Looks like I need to make them a little longer, I really thought they would take off into the gulf easier if I got them too high. BT - I do like the scenery that walks by, but sometimes I get a little scared with the scenery too, so you have to take the good with the bad!

I have not thought about the heat gun and wine bottle idea, I will have to try that. I just take a dremel and basically sand the edges round, but I will have to try that one.

And I know that there are some strange things that fishermen do to catch fish, and I am all for it, but has anyone ever see LP sucking the sand into the PVC? I tend to latch on and drive it as far as my big gut can sink it and that is where it stays...... But if this is purely for your entertainment, 2nd week of June around Johnson's Beach, look for the bald idiot trying to suck sand into the PVC so he can fish!!!!!

Thanks again guys for a great forum, especially for those of us that can't do this more than a week or so at a time and can't learn as much from trial and error - or trial and remember!
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i like them at 5 1/2 ft for around here. i have 8fters but they are not needed.

2" is fine. cut a 45 or 60* at the bottom. stick it in the wet sand and suck on the end of the tube (lips inside dont choke on it. ) and suck sand into it as you press down. i can get them in a good 2ft pretty effortlessly.
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the next time I make them I going with about a 5 foot long piece I agree that a little taller is better.

I was wondering about flaring them out and a heat gun and wine bottle seem like it would work great for that. Thanks
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