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Old 02-22-2013, 11:47 AM   #21
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Stream line idea. Use the pointed top that they use on pilings and drill holes in it for water flow.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:49 AM   #22
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yep, thinking about other ways to increase flow and shape to minimize drag.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:54 PM   #23
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Drag is pretty much a non issue with these. Then again I pedal instead of paddle. The screw in caps are probably more secure but the design I use is much faster. If that bull dolphin pops up next to your yak and you dont have a live cig ready to pitch to him, you can just pop off the cap and pop it back on in a snap. Ive never had the cap come off on its own either.

Either way, these are 1000% better then a flo-troll or other bait bucket.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:59 PM   #24
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So I have been eggineering my bait tube for several weeks now. Getting all the "right parts" and incorporating ideas from others into mine.
I wanted the tube to be on the starboard side, bait retrieve with one hand and hydrodynamic. Used 4" drain pipe vs 3" drain pipe because 4" was cheaper than the 3", why I do not know.
I think I am also going to build a shorter one with the grated end cap instead of the side door.
So here it is:
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:30 PM   #25
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Good lord you put some time into that one. Looks sweet.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:27 PM   #26
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My apologies. I don't mean to be a prick or a buzzkill Johnsonbeachbum. Great job in putting that together. It looks great, but there's no way I would try to pull that around offshore for miles and miles. I may be wrong but I'm guessing you'll find the drag on that thing is going to suck really bad even with the streamline funnel end.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:32 PM   #27
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Has to pull easier than the flat ended ones.
Maybe I will tapper the floatation ends too, LOL.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:38 PM   #28
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Not sure. It looks like a solid design and wouldnt be much drag cause it floats. Im just wodering if it floats too high. Meaning if only half submerged means only half the bait you can stuff in it. Would be interested in seeing the difference in the two. Also would change the door on side to a open end type. But still think its solid. But hey Ive never used one before so maybe im full of poop.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:43 PM   #29
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I figure I can always trim and make the floatation shorter until the whole thing is riding at the ideal level. Without taking it apart to do so. The floatation on the sides keeps the door "up" and also prevents the pvc from clanking on the hull when along side.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:15 PM   #30
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The flat ones like I use are have very little causing drag as they are more holes then plastic. I use these for front and back so the water easily flows through it.

Also your flotation is going to slow you down considerably. Very cool design but I would try to ditch the flotation (mine floats with out it) and try to make it open up at the end because you will need to put the fish in tail first so they dont drown. Try it out as is and tweak it some, it looks like you have the drive and intuition to perhaps come up with a game changer!
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