Posted by Jimmy Yarbrough on February 07, 2005 at 21:19:47:
Somebody made a post some time back about Christmas trees and how best to put them out. I have a friend that's a fisheries biologist in Oklahoma and they use a lot of cedar trees. He says the most important factor is that they are vertical in the water. Take sranded guy wire and tie a concrete block to the base of the tree and put a 2-liter bottle or milk jug in the top to keep it vertical. Using a chain saw to cut gaps in the tree helps let the fish actually get in the tree.
PVC makes the best attractors because they are there forever and you don't hang. Try putting a 4-5 ft. section of PVC in a 5 gal. bucket. Put a long bolt through the pipe at the base to keep it anchored in the concrete. Drill holes at right angles through the bucket at the base and insert rebar all the way trough the bucket and sticking out a couple of feet on each side to serve as stabalizers to keep the bucket from turning over in the current. Fill the bucket about half full of sackrete. A full bucket weighs 80 lbs. and is a real hernia jerker. Drill holes through the pipe and use 3/4 inch PVC as limbs. You want the hole to be snug so the limbs stay in or you can put stainless screws in the "limbs" right outside the main pipe. Drill a hole at the top and use a small rope to lower the attractor and then pull your rope free.
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