Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Rost

Spinning wing decoy invention...

16 posts in this topic

Okay, maybe this isn't exactly an invention confused.gif...but it's atleast an idea.

Last year, the ground was frozen solid for the last 3 weeks of the season. It took an act of god to get the posts for our spinners into the ground. So, I came up with this contraption to eliminate this problem.

Pretty simple to make..

1. Sand down a 5 gallon bucket (need to sand down so paint will stick better and won't scratch off.)

2. Fill with Quick Crete ($5 bag) 1/3 full

3. Place a 12" PVC pipe into the bucket and let dry.

4. Paint the bucket with your choice of flat paint

Now, I am just wondering how to attach stubble onto this. I am thinking about tying a bungy cord around it to place stubble in. Each weighs about 20-25 lbs, but with the handle still attached, it's nothing to throw into your trailer of pick-up bed.

What do you think? Any suggestions to make this idea better?

100_0229.jpg

100_0230.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

how about weld some pieces on there to make a tripod? or make a separate piece that connects to the original pole with a tripod.

but that "invention" you came up with is pretty slick too that way it can't blow over when its windy!

GOOOD THINKIN!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dude, do you have a bunch of tall grass or corn stalks?? If so, you can wrap em around the bucket and wrap a bungee around the "Stubble wrap." That would hold it tight.

I have something kinda sorta similar and I wrapped the base and pole with burlap that I spray painted lines on. That seems to work fairly well.

Looks sweet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice idea.

Any duck that sees that bucket is either dead or a hen passed on by the hunting party. If the bucket is plainted flat black or brown.... they will not see it ...

The weigh is necessary to keep the "vibrations" from knocking over the bucket. I do not see a tripod as being effective - again too much energy moving down the pole..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i guess i would just use one or two of those big thick rubberbands for stubble straps, throw some bean stubble or cornstalks in there and u should be good to go, rubberbands are cheap and would blend in good, keep it simple

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The thing I think would help, as space is always an issue for us, is to somehow make them be able to stack into each other, sort of like those plastic lawn chairs.... or dixie cups, etc. Maybe have bigger PVC at bottom, and narrower at top... or even better yet, do you even need the PVC to stick above the cement? If it didn't then the pails would stack right into each other. Just a thought.

For attaching stubble, I would go to Ace and get about 15 feet of thin bungie material (at about $.30 per foot). Cut it, tie it around the bucket, paint it same color as bucket, and walla, put any stubble in it you want.

Good idea, easier than messing with frozen ground, as long as you can drive to the spot smile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rost you could simply use spray glue on the bucket and throw a bunch of straw on it and when it dries spray some more on and add more straw or use what the combine leaves after its done picking the beans or corn.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

we use tripods that we welded up when the ground is froze.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Since you don't have the pail filled all the way to the top in concrete already, why not make something that has a lower profile.

Guess thats an easy answer... smaller pail. If you can find a bunch of smaller pails that have a lower profile, yet still have enough capacity to provide the weight needed to keep the decoy upright in wind, that would be the answer.

A typical tractor tire inner tube has about the same diameter (if not smaller) as your bucket. Cut 1" wide strips off of that and use them as stubble straps as previously mentioned.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why not use Hanson's idea of cutting the bucket shorter and then cover the remaining bucket with old burlap. It would fit in with most field cover and it could be glued on so you don't worry about damaging it. Any bird close enough to see that its fabric would be seriously dead by then.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is great seeing new ideas and trying to come up with your own as well. A little off subject, but wanted to mention this in case it helped someone else (most probably already know this trick). While spring snow goose hunting, we learned a great trick for frozen ground. Cordless drills. If the ground is frozen and you can't even get the stakes for the decoys to stick in the ground. Get a drill bit the appropriate size and one guy drills and another guy follows placing decoys. Worked slick.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am not so concerned about the height of the bucket. I thought about cutting it down, but then I would lose my handle. I could maybe try a smaller bucket though.

Guys, after a lot of thought, I've decided that this can no longer be called a "bucket" it's now called "THE Ducket"!... get it? Ha ha ha. Sorry. Dumb I know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like that idea Rost, we had the same problem last year. Luckily we were hunting corn and just shoved the spinner pole in the corn stalk.

You guys getting ready to open up this weekend?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Flick- It's been awhile. Yes, everyone is getting ready for the opener except for me...My sister is getting married back in MN on Saturday confused.gif.

You coming down to sodak again this year?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

you can remove the handle and move it down after you cut it. Drill holes in the side. Probobly before cement is poured. grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rost- We won't be comin down this year, didn't even apply. Didn't really have enough reliable guys to plan a trip. Wish everything wouldn't have froze right before we got there last year, it was still a good time though.

Just have to stick with hunting ND all fall, I guess thats not all bad either....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • osok
      Just got back into town from a slightly too long "vacation" dealing with relatives. Anywho, how has the fishing been on Superior, are the fish local or have they migrated N.E? 
    • AaronTC05
      I just bought a new Elite 7TI and the sun cover it came with doesn't really snap on very securely.  I'd say it just rests loosely on the outside.  It won't fall off if I flip it upside down, but it feels like it wouldn't stay on going down the highway or withstand any sort of jarring.  It takes hardly any pressure to pull it off.  Is this normal or is it a defect?  I've never owned a graph with a sun cover so I'm not familiar, but I imagined it would be a lot more snug.    
    • leech~~
      We will see if Sailorfly is another ask a silly question one hit wonder? 
    • jiggin9
      I have a Lowrance Elite 7 and was curious what lake chip most of you recommend for Lake of the Woods.  The insight pro chip that came with my unit is very basic for up there and was looking for a more detailed chip.  I'm not sure what brands are compatible with the Lowrance and which ones aren't.        Thanks in advance! 
    • Hines R
      Glad it didn't take a swim. My buddy had one of the cheaper Minnkotas deploy while he was up on plane using the main motor.  Needless to say it was a weak pin in the release system. It was a rental boat so he didn't have to deal with it. Bent the heck out of the stem portion. It was fully modified!   Didnt know now you were still going up to LOTW. Thought you were selling the place. Assuming you don't have the Sportcraft anymore since I don't think you'd put a Minnkota on that. If you still have the Sportcraft I know someone that might be interested in it.    I head up to South end out of Wheelers point tomorrow after work. Up for 2 weeks. Touch base with me if you are coming up or have the Sportcraft still for sale.   Ryan
    • cheapicetrick
      Thanks for the information. I believe yours must be different by the sounds of it. Mine looks like the one below. A bolt actually goes through the pin and bolts onto the actual trolling motor and you have to pull the lever completely out to remove it from the boat.  
    • leech~~
    • phishnerd
      Crawlers work great for a mixed bag of fish.  Fresh cut bait like suckers or shad work great for channel cats.  I've never fished North Lake in Red Wing. Have fun!
    • Chevy Nation
      Have you or anyone tried North Lake in Red Wing by Treasure Island?? Just curious if anything have been biting there?
    • eyeguy 54
      I seen this I seen that.....   I go and correct it once in a while... LOL  somebody has to help you peasants