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Offline fatboy8

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Wooden tip down plans?
« on: Jan 22, 2018, 03:22 PM »
Does anyone have a decent set of plans? Looking to use a schooleys spring bobber pole with them.

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Re: Wooden tip down plans?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 22, 2018, 08:22 PM »
Looked at a few and came up with this. Itís not the finished product I want to flip those screws holding the vertical dows up but I bought the wrong wing nuts. Bought the supplies at michaels but the next two I might buy more heavy duty dowes and wood used as the base. Dowes were cut to 18Ē so itís an 18Ēx5Ē base and I didnít measure the rod holder portion. Will comment back when the rods come in and I rig it all up. Iím looking to run a piece of wire and using a Dremel and grinding a channel into the top of the rod holder steaks. Will update when completed and tested.




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Re: Wooden tip down plans?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 22, 2018, 09:39 PM »
Good to see you're building a true balanced tip down.   Very similar to what I built, based on "Crappie Guy's tip down".   A recycled oak pallet from Wal-Mart was easy and economical.    ;)2    5/8ths" squares 18" long were easier than using dowels.   For the balance, I used 1/8" solid aluminum wire, which makes that final delicate balance very easy.  When set, they tip down and stay, when 1/2 a small paper clip is hung on the top eyelet. That is true magic.

Keep us posted as you progress.     :clap:

And, check back before drilling holes in the schooley rods, as the exact location is very critical.   
      

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Re: Wooden tip down plans?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 23, 2018, 06:00 AM »
Good to see you're building a true balanced tip down.   Very similar to what I built, based on "Crappie Guy's tip down".   A recycled oak pallet from Wal-Mart was easy and economical.    ;)2    5/8ths" squares 18" long were easier than using dowels.   For the balance, I used 1/8" solid aluminum wire, which makes that final delicate balance very easy.  When set, they tip down and stay, when 1/2 a small paper clip is hung on the top eyelet. That is true magic.

Keep us posted as you progress.     :clap:

And, check back before drilling holes in the schooley rods, as the exact location is very critical.

Yes I am looking at using the aluminum wire for the balance. Also since this was an impromptu build and I didnít have any of my cutting tools on hand I believe the next two will be made out of a more sturdy material. Not saying this one wonít work but for the long run and make it look a bit cleaner. Defientely not going to drill the rods until Iím 100% certain where the sweet spot on balancing is. Hopefully Iíll have the other two made in a couple of days.

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Re: Wooden tip down plans?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 23, 2018, 03:02 PM »
A+ !  Sounds like you have fully grasped the concept.       :thumbsup:
      

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Re: Wooden tip down plans?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 29, 2018, 10:38 AM »
Finally finished a more sturdy product a few days ago and tested them yesterday. Landed 10+ pickerel and the gf landed a monster bluegill on a large fathead. Very happy with them only thing I may do is cut the bases back to like 16.5Ē and add a touch of weight to the handle of the green rod. Was fishing a dual minnow rig and I think since it was the most sensitive rod the two minnows kept tripping it. Other then that I love them canít wait to try them again this weekend. Very fun and easy build.

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Re: Wooden tip down plans?
« Reply #6 on: Jan 29, 2018, 02:21 PM »
Good show ~  You've seen the results.   
Why would you put two live baits on a tipdown?  They'll trip it, making it useless.
      

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Re: Wooden tip down plans?
« Reply #7 on: Jan 29, 2018, 02:47 PM »
Good show ~  You've seen the results.   
Why would you put two live baits on a tipdown?  They'll trip it, making it useless.

Will I was looking into it I noticed a few people fishing tip downs that do it. Just another chance at fish. I'm using it primarily for perch so the more the merrier. It only triggered it one or two times but minor adjustments stopped that.

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Re: Wooden tip down plans?
« Reply #8 on: Jan 29, 2018, 03:26 PM »
All good, if you continue to get results.    ;)2

Dropping in a second unit a few feet away may bring more fish,    ???
      

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Re: Wooden tip down plans?
« Reply #9 on: Jan 30, 2018, 10:28 AM »
True I had them set up in a triangle. I was trying to dial in where the fish were. Lake I was fishing was loaded with hydrilla so it was tough.

 



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