The PVC crappie trees are man-made structures made from eco-friendly materials. They are placed in the water depths to attract large schools of crappies. The PVC crappie trees provide a replica of the natural environment crappies like and they are suitable hiding places for crappies and anglers use them to bait crappies.
Using the PVC crappies trees to catch crappies makes it easier for anglers to increase their catch during every fishing expedition. The PVC crappie trees attract the crappies, and the anglers catch them using any of the preferred crappie fishing methods.
The use of PVC crappie trees has become very popular because they are very effective. However, they are very expensive, and you need many of them to land more crappies. You can save a lot of money by learning how to make your PVC crappie trees. They are easy to make, and the materials can be easily found in stores close to you. Crappies tend to move around often, with PVC crappie trees you can ensure that there is always a large school of crappies around your chosen fishing location.
Building your PVC crappie trees
PVC is commonly used to make crappie trees because it is eco-friendly and easy to work with to achieve your purpose as an angler. Your goal is to make a crappie tree that looks safe and comfortable for crappies to hide.
PVC crappie trees come in different sizes. You can either use a measurement of 3, 4, or 5 feet for your crappie tree. In this guide I will describe how to make a 4 feet PVC crappie tree. You will need the following materials:
- A PVC pipe measuring 4feet
- 20 lengths of PVC about 30x 1/2 inches long
- A small bucket
- Cutters and glue
- Portable heater
Mix some concrete, hold the 4 feet PVC pole steady in the small bucket and pour in your concrete. Support the pipe and wait for the concrete to set. When you are sure it is solid, proceed to make small cuts on your PVC pipe.
These holes should be on either side of the pipe. Use the heater to soften the cuts you have made on the pipe, when the area becomes softened, stick one of the 30 inches pipes into the hole, quickly pour some cold water to harden the soft PVC area.
Do this for all the cuts you have made on your pipe. The PVC crappie tree is almost ready. Apply some glue to the joints where the 30 inch pipes are stuck in the 4 feet tall PVC pipe. Leave the crappie tree to dry.
Choosing a location for your PVC crappie trees
Depending on your fishing plans, you can make as many as ten PVC crappie trees. The best locations are deep water lakes. Don’t just throw in your crappie trees, choose a location that has an almost level bed beneath (you can detect level beds using some advanced crappie fish finders) and let your crappie tree down with a rope till it reaches the bottom of the lake. The concrete base will keep your crappie tree upright to attract crappies.
Now you are set for a good catch, don’t forget to mark the best locations where you land more crappies on your GPS, they will become hot spots for landing crappies every year, and you can always add more PVC crappie trees to increase your catch.
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