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John F's DIY: Livebait cage
« on: March 22, 2017, 09:26:05 pm »
Finding live bait has been difficult lately. It has been a bit of a hit-and-miss game and I've been losing a lot of time early in the morning trying to find and get them at several different spots.

Put my thinking hat on and came up with this idea: a livebait cage! The plan is to get the bait the day before and keep it alive in a cage at the dock. This way, the next morning I'll have live bait right at the club and will waste no time at all looking for it (hopefully, I'll not be called to contribute to eradicate hunger too many times!!!).

Here are the materials I've used:

* 1015 mm square-mesh plastic netting (2.6 m 1m)
* Cable ties
* 2 hollow pool noodles
* 2 hoola hoops (diameter 82 cm)
* Sinkers (1.6 kg)
* 5 mm nylon rope (2 20 m)


Putting it all together was very easy.

1. Measured the perimeter of the netting required using the hoola hoops as the framing structure. Joined the sides with cable ties to make a cylinder;

2. Then,  made a slit along the pool noodles so the hoola hoops and netting could be inserted. Used cables ties spaced about 15 cm apart to keep everything tight and secured;

3. The bottom and top sections are also secured by cable ties. A string of evenly spaced sinkers on 80 Lb mono is also attached to the hoola hoop with cable ties.

4. Made a lid in the top section to facilitate access to the bait.

5. Two pieces of nylon rope are used to tie the cage to the dock's walls.

The overall dimensions of the cage are:
Diameter: 82 cm
Height: 1 m
Volume: 527 L

Cost:
Hoola hoops 610 mts
Pool noodles 710 mts
Squared mesh netting 920 mts
Cable ties 230 mts

Total 2 070 mts (+/- R398)... safisfaction of designing and building it, as well as catching and having bait at launch time...  priceless!!!

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Re: John F's DIY: Livebait cage
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2017, 06:50:49 am »
 :FST: Nice one John. Just hope that the other guys leave the net alone with the bait fish in it.
I LOVE THE SMELL OF FRESH BAIT IN THE MORNING

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Re: John F's DIY: Livebait cage
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2017, 08:32:10 am »
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Re: John F's DIY: Livebait cage
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2017, 08:41:15 am »
Nice one, thought about one of those but we have resident otters..still thinking :)

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Re: John F's DIY: Livebait cage
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2017, 10:05:30 am »
A few guys with moorings in Durban use one , will definitely help being on the grounds earlier

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Re: John F's DIY: Livebait cage
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2017, 03:19:02 pm »
John ive made a few of those live bait pens in the past for the Durban ski boat competitions. The only difference is mine are made out of PVC pipe and plastic mesh, that sinks.


Everyone that ive placed in the harbour has either been stolen or destroyed.


I guess fisherman get a little too competative during that comp.


I want to make one now, that will float, for when we anchor up at night, so i dont have to have the rule pump running all night chewing up the batteries juice.




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Re: John F's DIY: Livebait cage
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2017, 07:58:57 pm »
Hopefully theft of the cage itself won't be a problem. I antecipate people stealing the fish inside. But I plan to leave it there only for a few hours (Friday afternoon to Saturday dawn...)... oh well let's see how it goes...

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Re: John F's DIY: Livebait cage
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2017, 01:21:45 pm »
Marcos was it there this Morning  :dunno:

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Re: John F's DIY: Livebait cage
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2017, 07:36:23 pm »
The cage floats and stays very stable in water. Got a three rope system to keep it away from the wall and pull it when needed.

Caught some bait today with the cast net and hopefully it will still be there tomorrow.


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Re: John F's DIY: Livebait cage
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2017, 10:28:17 pm »
will help tremendously, valuable item for sure