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Old 04-06-2011, 06:57 AM   #1
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I cut the pole last year. I put them under my house for about 8 months. I did this on the advice of my dad. He told me that would let them dry out properly. He said his uncle would do that when my dad was a kid.
It worked pretty good.
So I did attach the gig like I do a reel seat on a rod. Two strips of 1/4" tape which created a snug fit and a valley for the epoxy.
I roughed the bamboo up a little with sand paper in the place where the glue would go.
Mixed it up and set it.
I put epoxy in the valley and on each side of the tape. Water can't get inside the tube of the upper part of the gig.
Then I put great stuff foam in the inside of the bamboo where it was cut for the gig to go on.
Then I varnished the gig and wrapped the handling section with parachord.
I know this sounds like alot of work.
BUT....
I have floundered from a boat for 15 years.
I've had wooden dowels and stainless tube.
This bamboo is about 20 times better.
There is so much "spring" in it that poling is virtually effortless. Stoping the boat in a hurry is also much easier. If you are going and pass a fish and have to "slam on brakes", the bamboo absorbs the energy with a bowing. Whereas u might launch urself out the front of the boat or make to boat turn
Sharply with a regular dowel.
I'll try to get some pics up today.
U guys may want to consider building yourselves one.

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Old 04-06-2011, 07:41 AM   #2
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My fishing partner and best friend actually makes bamboo gig handles (as well as bamboo fishing poles, survey poles, etc.) The ones they make are available in stores all across the gulf coast and don't cost very much. Not trying to advertise or anything, just suggesting that you give them a look as it would eliminate all the time consuming work involved in making your own. Their handles are also varnished so they last longer and go through your hands a little easier. He can tell you where you may can find them around Pensacola, He's on the forum as Five Prongs of Fury.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:46 AM   #3
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My fishing partner and best friend actually makes bamboo gig handles (as well as bamboo fishing poles, survey poles, etc.) The ones they make are available in stores all across the gulf coast and don't cost very much. Not trying to advertise or anything, just suggesting that you give them a look as it would eliminate all the time consuming work involved in making your own. Their handles are also varnished so they last longer and go through your hands a little easier. He can tell you where you may can find them around Pensacola, He's on the forum as Five Prongs of Fury.
Bout how much would one with a stainless gig cost?
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Bout how much would one with a stainless gig cost?
I don't sell them with the gigs already on them as nobody has the same preference in points. Some like 2, some like as many as five prongs. We carry them in lenghths from 8'-16' feet. The end that you attach the gig to has a South American hardwood point we cut with a lathe to a perfect taper to fit almost any size B & M gig as these are the most readily available. However, I do prefer stainless myself, so if you do have someone make you some custom ones have them build them with the same taper. Tight Lines Bait and Tackle in Pensacola should still have some of mine.
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I don't sell them with the gigs already on them as nobody has the same preference in points. Some like 2, some like as many as five prongs. We carry them in lenghths from 8'-16' feet. The end that you attach the gig to has a South American hardwood point we cut with a lathe to a perfect taper to fit almost any size B & M gig as these are the most readily available. However, I do prefer stainless myself, so if you do have someone make you some custom ones have them build them with the same taper. Tight Lines Bait and Tackle in Pensacola should still have some of mine.
They look great. Bout how much would a 10 footer like that run me?
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They look great. Bout how much would a 10 footer like that run me?
Every bait shop has a different mark up on them after I sell them. I would hate to try to give you a quote you on their prices. They should be in the neighborhood of about $10-$12. Do you live around Pensacola?
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Southern Bama used to have some like that a while back.
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Is it possible to buy directly from you?
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I use these guys gigs, and would not use anything else. Super strong, and well made. I can jab it in the sand and hit the breaks,no problem. they are super strong. They float too. Aluminum poles and pvc dont float. Floating gig handle is handy for those quick drive by shots, where you have to drop your pole, they float. I have them in both of my flounder boats. Last forever

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