Use buoy markers - cheaper to make your own

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  1. spoonminnow

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    Last year I mentioned the value of buoy markers that mark structure and places fish were caught for future reference. The plastic floats I bought years ago all leak so I found a way to make them. First you need a kid's swim noodle (foam tube), a pvc pipe, string, fluorescent tape, a weight and four large screws. IMG_2134.JPG IMG_2135.JPG

    1. the pvc pipe is cut and placed through the foam as shown after adding some glue to secure it.
    2. wrap the tape around both foam cylinders with two screws next to the foam for weight but on the same side of the of the foam ends.
    3. wrap heavy string around the center and add a weight.

    After throwing the marker into the water, the weight unwinds the string and foam markers stop turning due to the screw weights. To make winding the string back on the marker faster, I wrap it around one foam side. With markers costing over $15 each, your could make quite a few with the materials suggested.
     
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    good work.... I drill holes in my plastic marker buoys and put spray foam in them...last for years masonry twine is the best string IMO
     
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    Great idea! Wish I'd known that tip before making my own. But then again these don't take as much room and roll better with less weight. What brand of foam BTW?
     
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    just those cans of spray foam they sell at Home Depot about 6 bucks Like the foam used to fill cracks around doors etc. It comes in a can with a straw.... I loved your idea...I want to make a bigger one for the ocean to mark where I get halibut as then I could drift by it again as they can congregate together
     
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    Railroad spike would be the perfect weight
     
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    I use a wheel weight. A local garage gave me a few that were thrown out.
     
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