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Hey everyone, have any of you made your own float? Im going on a trip next month and they are requiring a float. I have never used one, or needed one(the orange sea bass around here are not that big) lol.
So how do I make a float?
08-19-2003, 03:20 PM
kyle, i have an extra float for you...its a big yellow banana looking thing. but if you want to make your own you can buy a cheap body board. they cruise along the surface very well (being towed), and you can store gear on it (water bottle, etc... tie it down with bungies), tie your fish off to it and the best part is that you can use it to rest on. The only drawback is that its not as visiable as a spear float....but you can always rig a flag on it.
ps- we still on for 2morrow morning? i'm itchin for some yellowtails!
Hell yes Im going. I might go out today after work to go check out the vis, and toss some plastics, wanna go?
08-19-2003, 07:41 PM
We need to get Rick Dawg to post a photo of his float. he made it out of 2 small buoys mounted on a PVC pipe to keep them together. It was a sweet little setup and I believe he said it was fairly cheap to make.
You got any pics Rick???
08-19-2003, 11:20 PM
I dont have any pictures but ill try to explain it. Take two small buoys with holes through the middle, find a pvc pipe that fits snugly in the holes. To hold the buoys on, run a piece of rope thought the pipe and put washers on each end to help keep them on and prevent the rope from sliding into the pipe. make sure to get a swivel on one end to clip your floatline to. It keeps your rope from bunching up. It works great. Hope this helps. good luck tomarrow. Get me a Yellow!
08-22-2003, 01:23 AM
How about using an old lifeguard bouy, is there anything that you can do to make that into a float?
By the way explaining it won't help, I am kinda slow, I more of a visual learner.
I am leaning towards the little boogie board idea. Or something that we can keep little things on it, like water or extra weights, and a stringer, and a flag. Spare gun? Spare Shaft? Bangstick for Whitey? Who knows.
Thanks for the responses everyone.
08-22-2003, 10:39 AM
Down with Whitey!!!
I feel like a Black Panther Militant when I say that!
08-22-2003, 01:11 PM
Empty bottle of Tide liquid detergent...very economical choice.
08-22-2003, 05:28 PM
My personal float is a lifeguard can. Drilled a 2" hole in top and put a 2lb shot bag of weight in the bottom. Used a couple cans of that expanding foam you get at Home Depot to fill it up. Dive flag pole goes through the whole thing, cotter pin at the bottom. Just like in the spearfishing book. Boogie board is a good idea too. Just need to weight it so the wind won't flip it over.
08-22-2003, 10:25 PM
In Hawaii some of the guys would use plastic jugs and the 5 gallon ones for big stuff. The one gallons work great too. Just tie your line around the handle, lots of float. A gallon jug that was filled with water is a bit more eco friendly as well.
08-23-2003, 03:48 PM
All of the other posts are good ideas, but I found on of the best, is a boat fender. Those things can be bought at any boat shop, there about $10 bucks, and they are really hard to break, or crush
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