Make a fishing limb line or jug line float from a foam noodle, a couple of washers and some PVC pipe.
It's spring time, the ice is finally gone from the lakes and ponds and it's time for some fishing. When I was a kid, my grandfather and I used to set trot lines and limb lines along the banks of local rivers and lakes in the pursuit of big catfish. The floats for these lines were normally old plastic milk jugs or bleach bottles. This is an updated version of that tried and true fishing tackle.
Step 1: Gather Your Material & Tools
You'll need the following:
1 Foam Pool Noodle Hacksaw
10' Stick of 1/2" PVC Pipe Hammer
2 PVC Caps Punch
PVC Glue & Primer Sharp Knife
2 Galvanized Washers- 7/8" Tape Measure
2 #8 Swivel Snaps Electric Drill
1 #8/0 Fish Hook 1/4" Drill Bit
90 Lb Test Nylon Fishing Line Marker or Pen/Pencil
Step 2: Material Selection
The noodles I had on hand were left over from summers past. They had a hole of approximately 3/4" in diameter down the length of the tube. Therefore,1/2" PVC was the best fit. Different noodles may have different diameter holes in the tube. You will have to match the PVC piping to the hole in your noodle and the washers to the pipe. As in most projects, you'll have to adapt to the available materials.
Step 3: Measure & Cut Your Noodle
The foam noodle cuts very easily with a sharp kitchen knife. The noodles I had were 60" long. So I cut them into four 15" sections. The dimension was determined more by the length of the noodle than by any floatation or buoyancy calculation.
Step 4: Measure & Cut the PVC Pipe
Measure & cut your PVC so it will protrude beyond the ends of the noodle section with enough exposed pipe to allow installation of the washers and caps. I cut mine in 18" sections and it worked out fine.