Using PVC for crappie structure Using PVC for crappie structure
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    Using PVC for crappie structure
from george (  
5/10/2003 10:47:00 AM


 I would like to build some "brush piles" out of PVC pipe. I have read in previous post here that lots of you guys do that. What size diameter PVC pipe do you use? Do you make a tree, or a box with arms coming off of it?

I would appreciate you sharing your experience with PVC brush piles. Your design would be greatly appreciated.

Good fishing!

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   pvc structure from troy (  5/10/2003 8:23:00 PM
 George, I constructed quite a few pvc trees a couple years back and sunk for crappie holes. I used 1 inch pvc (cheap grade). I used a 3 gallon plastic flower pot for the base, poured with concrete and insterted a 1 foot section of pvc in the wet concrete (drill a hole in the end going into the concrete and insert a nail through the hole of the pipe, this will keep the pvc pipe from pulling out of the concrete once it hardens). Next I cut all my pieces for the trunk and branches. I then placed all my T's in a bag. Once the concrete is hardened, I would go to the lake, assemble the tree with pvc glue while in the boat and sink the structure in my desired spot. I experimented with several different sizes and shapes. Seemed like trees approximately 6 foot tall and overall width of 5 ft or so were easiest for me to handle by myself. I usually left around a foot or so between branch levels. Seems like I had around 5 levels of branches normally. Also, one thing that really draws in the baitfish......I would put a small amount of dry dog food in a plastic coke bottle, melt tiny holes in the bottle and then attach the end of the bottle to the end of the pvc branches. Perfect fit for 1 inch pvc. I've caught a good mess of fish out of these trees 3 days after putting them out. You don't get hung up nearly as often (almost never), and they don't rot. Good Luck!

   Another way is to use a peice of 2 or 3" pvc for the trunk.. from Mark L (  5/10/2003 9:47:00 PM
  cemented in a bucket like mentioned above then drill holes at an angle upwards the same size as the 'branches' 3/4" or 1" does fine. I am an electrical contractor so I use scrap pvc conduit whatever sizes I have. When you slide the branches into the holes run a sheetmetal screw in to hold it in place. Never tried the dogfood deal, but I will now!


   PVC structure beds from Sam W. (  5/11/2003 12:49:00 AM
  I've met a fellow named Jerry Blake on a crappie board, and he's a real nice guy. He has a crappie guide service in Arkansas, and he's been putting out PVC beds for years. If I'm not mistaken, he's talked about some of his structures being over 20 feet long - and I'm not sure how he puts all that together and sinks it from a boat.

He mentioned another advantage of making fish cover from PVC - it hardly shows up on a scope, so other fishermen usually don't find the structures.

Jerry's web page is If ask him for info, I know he'll help you out. - Sam

   pvc from knapper (  5/11/2003 7:24:00 AM

I have developed an absolutely simple way to use pvc. I use a six way connector for 1" pvc. When using 2' legs, it makes a structure that stands up 30". When using 3' legs, it makes a structure that stands up about 50". Once you get the pipe cut to length, it takes about three minutes to put one together and deploy.

If you want to make a tree, simply stack them up and put plugs on the top lets. You can suspend them at any level from the bottom.

We are catching crappie and bass around these.

We use this structure in farm ponds and lakes with equal success.

If you are interested, email me at

   pvc for bass ? from Josh (  5/11/2003 11:11:00 AM
 How well do pvc brush piles work for bass ?

   PVC for Bass from knapper (  5/11/2003 3:37:00 PM

Using the system my sons and I have developed, we have had very good success with pvc and bass.

   dog food for catfish from boats (  5/12/2003 12:50:00 AM
 does the dog food not attract catfish? I understand it could attract small minnows/baitfish. Wouldn't the structure alone be enough without the dog food? I know guys that do this same thing to bait catfish holes.

   PVC Attractors from Tr21pd (  5/12/2003 8:59:00 PM
 George , if you'll send me an e-mail addy , i'll send you drawn out details on how we made PVC Attractors . i worked with the GA DNR on Lake Allatoona , and placed 75 PVC Attractors out on this Lake, marked with GPS . Will also build and place 75 each year for the next 3 years .

   Attractors from Tr21pd (  5/12/2003 9:32:00 PM
  George ,, here ya go buddy

   thanks guys! from George (  5/13/2003 2:32:00 PM
 all your input have given me a great design idea. I'll post my idea on a new thread.

Tr21pd: Thanks man. That is a very good design. It is just a little expensive for a poor boy like me. I want to build about 20 structures. The GA design is about $50 a pop. I don't want to spend $1000 on structure to catch crappie. Hell, it would be cheaper to just buy some fillets! But, I do believe that I will build one of your Tee-Pee PVC structures. I believe it will work well, even better than a PVC tree (lots more interstitial space).



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