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I built some floats from pool noodles. I attached a large swivel to a small I-screw. I cut a 4" length piece from a 3/4" diameter dowel rod. Then I drilled a small hole in the center of the end, of the dowel rod. I put a drop of glue on the end of the I-screw and screwed it into the piece of dowel rod. I cut a 4" piece of pool noodle. Then I put glue around the dowel rod about 3/4" down from the top end, all the way around it. I pushed the dowel rod into the pool noodle, until it was in all of the way. The glue gets spread all through the pool noodle and sticks very well. I need to paint the ends of the dowel rod, to seal them. I put it on one of my catfish rods, with a 3 ounce egg sinker and it worked great. I was shocked at how far it cast. There was at least half of it sticking out of the water, even with a 3 ounce sinker.
 

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Your profile is set to private. It will not let me reply to your message. Here is the answer to your question.
It is a wooden dowel rod. You can buy them at any hardware store. The glue also comes from the hardware store. Any waterproof glue will work. Paint the ends of the dowel rod when you are done, to waterproof them.

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thank you for this great idea. i will be trying it. i think i will use pvc pipe with caps on it instead of wood dowel rod. i think i will also put mu weight inside the pvc pipe to make it a weighted casting float. again thanks for the idea.
 

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Great Idea, PVC is also a great idea, thanks for sharing. If you plan to paint it, make sure you use a waterproof paint. Latex isn't waterproof. That glue smeared on the ends would probably do better.
 

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slabmaster,

I thought about using pvc caps and pipe, but I did not think of adding weight to it. Thanks for the addition to this project. That is a great idea.:wink:
 

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Dale i think i am gonna drop my weight inside the pvc toward the bottom of the float then shoot a blob of silicone in there and let it dry before i cap the top end of the pipe. this will keep the weight from shifting and end up makeing the float doing something i don't want it to do . again thanks for the idea.
 

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Wait a minute you want the weght to shift inside the PVC pipe, that way you have a strike indicator built in. You can sit back in your boat and look at all your jugs and know immediately which ones have had a hit or have a fish on. I use a 12" piece of 3/8ths rebar for my weight. The fish hits and the noodle stands up or cocked at a 45 deg angle. Saves time running all of your jugs when all you have to do is go to the ones with the fish on.

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Thanks for the great idea!! My husband and I made a couple tonight with the PVC. Couldn't get to the pond to test it, so we improvised with the kitchen sink. We decided that we will put some sinkers in the next one. It needs a little weight to get it to sit up straight. But what an awesome idea!! Being made out of the PVC they should last a long time. I usually use the Little Joe pole floats or the big white ones from Wally World (don't remember the brand name). It can get pretty expensive. Thanks so much again for a great idea!! Reps to you!:big_smile:
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Deb,

I caught a 12.25lb channel catfish (the slate blue male second from the left) on one of my floats. You should have seen that thing going across the water, before it went under. It worked great. Making them yourself is way cheaper. Large floats are expensive to buy. Make them yourself and save the money for Gasoline. :wink:

No catfish were hurt, in the taking of this photo. :big_smile:
 

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