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#499258 - 12/04/18 10:09 AM Plastic 55 gallon barrels ?
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Registered: 06/06/18
Posts: 35
Loc: Parsons KS
Has anyone done something like these before? I just took the sawzall and cut out holes in them. Thinking the smaller fish can get away from the bigger ones. I know the tops are open but figured they could dart in and out? Pros vs Cons any ideas or suggests i'm always open for ideas.
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#499262 - 12/04/18 10:37 AM Re: Plastic 55 gallon barrels ? [Re: RStringer]
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Registered: 06/04/15
Posts: 361
Loc: Grinnell, IA
My quick 2 cents is, it depends on what kind/size of fish you are providing structure for. Dense and fluffy stuff helps the smallest guys (fry) and larger and looser the bigger guys (LMB waiting in ambush). I've read some of the Pond Boss crew that raise CC and BC add barrels for spawning structure.
It's not meant to drive you crazy by saying 'it depends', but it kinda does. I bet some species of critter would put that structure to use!
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#499265 - 12/04/18 11:10 AM Re: Plastic 55 gallon barrels ? [Re: RStringer]
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Registered: 09/19/14
Posts: 2525
Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
I have taken similar type barrels (old deer feeders) and after removing their legs it became a barrel. I then took some rolled tubing and ran short cut off pieces of tubing through holes drilled and that made it to look like a stump with limbs. I added a sk of quickcrete to the bottom of the barrel so it would stand up. By adding three barrels close to each other it made some good cover. On one of my barrels I used some plant pots from some pecan trees plantings. Added these 2' tall pots to the side of the barrels and then ran the tubing through the pots. Just have some fun doing it all. I try to use stuff I have found along the rd side or around the farm. It keeps cost down and can be like a treasure hunt. smile
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#499276 - 12/04/18 03:46 PM Re: Plastic 55 gallon barrels ? [Re: RStringer]
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Loc: Parsons KS
Right now I have cats, crappie and bass and few perch. When I get done draining it (going slow) I was thinking tilapia and large mouths and who know wht else. I'm not real picky just like a lot of action.
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#499290 - 12/04/18 08:04 PM Re: Plastic 55 gallon barrels ? [Re: RStringer]
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i would stand them upright when placing them if it were me. it might be too dark if you put them on their side. i don't think game fish do much in total darkness.

i keep a cage hanging off the side of my dock at all times. it is about 4ft square. small bluegill go thru the 3/4" mesh to avoid predators and to feed. i keep a feeder ring in there at all times so i can hand feed them. they stay long enough in there that they can't get back out. all of the fish in the attached pic went in there on their own when they were fry.
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#499299 - 12/05/18 01:38 AM Re: Plastic 55 gallon barrels ? [Re: RStringer]
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Registered: 05/03/14
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Loc: East Texas, USA
If you like action, HSB are an absolute blast. Not as moody as LMB, fight much harder. Supposed to be excellent eating, too. If HSB jumped, nobody would care about bass!
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#499300 - 12/05/18 01:38 AM Re: Plastic 55 gallon barrels ? [Re: RStringer]
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Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 5282
Loc: SE Kansas
That ought to work good. Put weight in the bottom, more than you think you need. Large CC will move stuff around if it is near floating. I have had plastic stuff weighted down with gravel and had CC or snagging it with a hook move it around enough to lose its ballast and it floats to the top and wind blows to the shore.

The more holes for water circulation the better. Something that works really well for smaller holes is a step drill. Harbor Freight sells them pretty reasonable and the quality is fine for drilling plastic. They make a set of smaller ones that are too small but the larger individual (IIRC 1 3/8") work really well. Makes holes to the size you want in steps really fast and does not snag like a straight drill bit going through.

Step drill


Edited by snrub (12/05/18 01:41 AM)
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#499302 - 12/05/18 02:38 AM Re: Plastic 55 gallon barrels ? [Re: scott69]
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Registered: 05/03/14
Posts: 1531
Loc: East Texas, USA
Originally Posted By: scott69
i would stand them upright when placing them if it were me. it might be too dark if you put them on their side. i don't think game fish do much in total darkness.

i keep a cage hanging off the side of my dock at all times. it is about 4ft square. small bluegill go thru the 3/4" mesh to avoid predators and to feed. i keep a feeder ring in there at all times so i can hand feed them. they stay long enough in there that they can't get back out. all of the fish in the attached pic went in there on their own when they were fry.



Scott, where did you get the cage?
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#499319 - 12/05/18 12:44 PM Re: Plastic 55 gallon barrels ? [Re: RStringer]
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Registered: 06/06/18
Posts: 35
Loc: Parsons KS
Heres a bass that was caught and put back in the pond. We didn't weight it. That's not me by the way LOL.
https://i.imgur.com/oDspAZ2.jpg
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#499320 - 12/05/18 12:45 PM Re: Plastic 55 gallon barrels ? [Re: RStringer]
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Registered: 06/06/18
Posts: 35
Loc: Parsons KS
Thanks for the advice SNRUB prolly will make one with lots of little holes like that in 2 or 3 barrels.
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#499324 - 12/05/18 02:18 PM Re: Plastic 55 gallon barrels ? [Re: RStringer]
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Registered: 10/05/13
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Loc: SE Kansas
Make the big holes too. Just adding lots of small holes aids in the water exchange which will aid in making sure there is enough DO inside the structure to make it comfortable for fish to use. Varying sizes gives lots of choices from everything down to the level of algae on the surface all the way up the food chain to whatever size fish you are trying to protect. Let the biggest holes be the size fish you want to allow some protection to. Smaller fish can dart either side of the opening to escape predation. But if you do not get enough water exchange capability the center of any structure might not get used much.

Some of my smaller structure pieces I think I did not get enough larger holes in. I should have used a jig saw like you did.
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