Light up Rod holders

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by Boomer, May 8, 2009.

  1. Boomer

    Boomer New Member

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    A few years ago at Keystone Dam, I started something, dont know why I had to start it, looked like a simple solution to me. Down there at the outlet, they have a guard rail and usually the water was running swift, so you needed some kind of rod holder. I got some PVC and cut it into 2 foot sections, and used 100 mph tape to tape it to the posts, I also used those sections to stuff inbetween rocks at other places.

    Well, I am night fisherman for cats, so I went a little further, and added LEDs these were powered by a single 9 volt battery screwed into the side of the PVC pipe, and a spring on the inside that closed the circuit when you had a bite. They worked great, the only issue I had was that when they werent running alot of water you had to have a really good hit to light up the lights. I found some spring tensioners, that would work great, just never added them. I tried everything, bells, reflective tape, just didnt seem to work good, but I tell you those little LED's sure lit up the area.....

    I think my total investment was about 7-10 bucks, not counting the cheap flashlight I had on hand to get the spring and other parts I needed for the trigger mechanism.

    My question is, is there anyone out there with a good software, that could do up some plans for me? I can e-mail you a rough drawing..... I am not looking to make any money off this, just something I can post here for everyones use....

    I sold those 2 rod holders for 20 bucks, when I was down there my last time.....a guy out of OKC bought them.
     
  2. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    I hope someone can get that drawn out real good for ya! Sounds like a cheap and easy bite detector! Reps for comin' up with it!
     

  3. Boomer

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    I will work on it, get a working copy out with some directions, I think I will simplify it a little and go with AAA batteries, instead of the 9V I used, plus AAA batteries are a little cheaper.
     
  4. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

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    Sounds like a real good idea.You,ll have to post some pics next time your putting some together.:big_smile:
     
  5. FLATHEAD STEVE

    FLATHEAD STEVE New Member

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    Great idea! If you could think of a way for it to be waterproof/rain proof that would be a winner in my book.
     
  6. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    I wish I could help, but I am lucky I am smart enough with compters to make a post.:smile2:
    Lookin forward to the plans though.:wink:
     
  7. Boomer

    Boomer New Member

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    I am working on it still, I guess I will have to try and either draw it free hand and scan it or use paint, and that aint working out to well.
     
  8. Cody King

    Cody King New Member

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    Sounds like a good idea. some pics would be appreciated.
     
  9. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    Way to go Gary, Hope someone can help.

    Danny
     
  10. kyleco55

    kyleco55 Well-Known Member

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    im no pro on drawings, but i like to mess around with CAD alot.. send me an email with some dimensions, a rough sketch, and what not, ill see what i can get goin for you.. if i cant figure it out, im sure bnorth can.. he is pretty good with drawings..
     
  11. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Gary reps on a great idea. Thanks.
     
  12. Boomer

    Boomer New Member

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    I will be home in 2 weeks, around the 20th of June time frame, and Kyleco has offered to help me with this project. I should be able to get him the rough drawings and he is going to do it up in something better than paint. I think I still have one of them left at home, if the wife hasnt sold it in a garage sale. So at least you can see the end product and see how it works.

    I am also going to try and figure out a way to mount one in a boat, and make sure it works. What I might do is go ahead and build 2 types, one for bank fishing and one for a boat, that way we have everyone covered at once, and submitt pictures, of the building process to go along with the drawings and explanations on it.