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    My son and I had some free time Sunday afternoon so we made up a few crappie attractors the we hope to place this week. I think if we get them out now we will get some crappie in them in May. We placed some similar structures a few years back and they get good use. On those we used tires along with tubing. We decided not to use tires anymore. Buckets seem to work well and are fairly snag proof.



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    Awesome. Have you seen this thread over at Pond Boss? Great ideas for all kinds of structure. You should post your structure pics and ideas there too. Well done and keep us updated on the results.
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    Before I drop these in the lake, can anyone think a reason that these would cause any type of a problem.

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    The more surface area you can build into your attractors, the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ready2fish View Post
    Before I drop these in the lake, can anyone think a reason that these would cause any type of a problem.
    How deep are you placing them? As long as there is no danger in a swimmer finding them, a boat getting caught in them, and if this is a private lake that you have permission to place said structure, you should be ok. I'm not sure for crappie, but for other species the desired depth of structure is 3-6'.
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    The last ones were placed in 4' to 6' of water. This is a private lake so no problem as far as permission goes. The others that we have placed had crappie in them around spawning time, 4 foot deep. I may try placing some a little deeper, up to 10 foot just to see how that works. I am actually more interested in ice fishing structure. I may try adding some 1/2" pvc pipe out the top to get something up off the bottom a little more. With these, I was trying to simulate a tree stump.

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    Those look great. I think you are right about adding some 1/2" pipes sticking up.
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    What kind of weights are you using?
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    I will add rocks or sand to the bucket for weight, have plenty of both.

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    We placed a bunch of small diameter pvc pipe off our dock at Beaver Lake, vertically, in about 5 FOW. Probably 40 sticks or so. It always held a lot of fish. If you make sure to smooth the burs off the cuts, it will be nearly 100% snag-proof, and the thinner diameter pipe you use, the more snag-proof it will be. (The PVC will bend over as you pull on the snag, allowing the hook to free itself.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ready2fish View Post
    I will add rocks or sand to the bucket for weight, have plenty of both.
    Or take 2 bags of sack mix concrete mix and get that in there. you could also stand the upright small diameter pvc into the concrete mix and when it is dry it is "held".

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