Homemade deep water weights

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Homemade deep water weights

Postby xtrema13 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:00 am

Anyone got anything good? I hunt some really deep ponds in North Dakota I'm going to put some lines out.


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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby toolmaker » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:32 am

"H" anchors...... if it gets really bitter cold, then as large as possible.... so you can wrap them with out wrapping your gloves as well.... they arer great if you don't know the depth....just toss the decoys and anchor together to the spot you want..and it unwinds itself till it hits bottom....


if you are using long lines.... its another story and style of anchor


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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby LayedOut » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:37 pm

We use an old cast iron pot then poor as much lead as u want. We use an eye bolt in the lead. Works good.
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby Birdbogie » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:10 am

Long lines or individually rigged? I assume your setting from a boat with a partner too?
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby Shade » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:39 am

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If you have RR tracks nearby and can weld..... Each is 4.5Lbs, and covered with the spray on Bed Liner (PlastiDip works too)
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby xtrema13 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:31 am

Birdbogie wrote:Long lines or individually rigged? I assume your setting from a boat with a partner too?

Yes. And about 6 per line.


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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby toolmaker » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:17 pm

id prefer to keep it simple.....if you have the lead...then casting it around a stainless steel eyebolt with a washer and nuts locked on the end, would be the way to go....

pour to the depth you want....

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the large anchor is solid stainless steel

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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby Frank Lopez » Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:44 pm

Get an old coke can and cut the top off. Fill it half way with lead and you've got a 5lb weight. Fill it all the way and you've got 10lbs. Use a stainless eyebolt as above.

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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby ScaupHunter » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:55 am

Window Sash weights. Watch craigslist and Fleabay for bulk groups which leads to better pricing.


Two anchors per line. You can get them in 4 to 7lb weights. I have been paying about $4 each for mine.
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby Dingbatter 2 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:02 pm

We use 5 or 10 pound dumbell weights. About $4.00 each at Wally world. You can get the 2.5 pound weights as well. Run the swivel clip through the hole at the end or if you have a loop just loop it through and over the weight.
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby ncbufflehead » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:01 pm

toolmaker wrote:id prefer to keep it simple.....if you have the lead...then casting it around a stainless steel eyebolt with a washer and nuts locked on the end, would be the way to go....

pour to the depth you want....

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the large anchor is solid stainless steel

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x2 on using lead.


In large weights, we use heavy solid copper wire or stainless TIG wire bent into a loop. Anything can be used as long as it is bent where it will be in the lead.
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby fowlweather92 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:34 pm

went out and collected close to 40 spikes on the side of the tracks today. welding them will take no time at all! great idea!
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby toolmaker » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:39 pm

fowlweather92 wrote:went out and collected close to 40 spikes on the side of the tracks today. welding them will take no time at all! great idea!



I would dread thinking about storing those things.....youll have to be carefull about what is stored or placed on or near those things...plus they look like they take up a lot of space for the amount of anchors..... I understand free and all.... good luck

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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby Shade » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:57 am

toolmaker wrote:
fowlweather92 wrote:went out and collected close to 40 spikes on the side of the tracks today. welding them will take no time at all! great idea!



I would dread thinking about storing those things.....youll have to be carefull about what is stored or placed on or near those things...plus they look like they take up a lot of space for the amount of anchors..... I understand free and all.... good luck

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All 12 of mine fit in one of those small square milk crates....
But they did break through one because of the weight. So I had to get another one and this time I cut a piece of plywood and put it on the bottom before the anchors... Problem solved.
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby fowlweather92 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:13 pm

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All 12 of mine fit in one of those small square milk crates....
But they did break through one because of the weight. So I had to get another one and this time I cut a piece of plywood and put it on the bottom before the anchors... Problem solved.[/quote]


good enough for me!!!! :hammer:
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby Birdbogie » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:14 am

The cast lead is hard to beat. Go to your local car dealer or tire shop and ask if you can have some used tire balancing weights. Not a big fan of spiked objects in the boat nor the room required to store them. Clean edges, easy storage, easy on boat, dogs and other equipment.
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby Birdbogie » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:15 am

The cast lead is hard to beat. Go to your local car dealer or tire shop and ask if you can have some used tire balancing weights. Not a big fan of spiked objects in the boat nor the room required to store them. Clean edges, easy storage, easy on boat, dogs and other equipment.
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby g_maxson » Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:22 pm

I made a pyramid mold out of plate steel.

Stack well, don't roll in boat or on bottom of lake and hold a dozen super mag burlaps in 70' of water in 6' waves without budging.

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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby LayedOut » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:42 pm

g_maxson wrote:I made a pyramid mold out of plate steel.

Stack well, don't roll in boat or on bottom of lake and hold a dozen super mag burlaps in 70' of water in 6' waves without budging.

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How heavy are those?
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby doubletheshovel » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:21 pm

These are not homemade but they are cheap. You can find these at your local farm fleet store.
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby g_maxson » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:54 am

LayedOut wrote:
g_maxson wrote:I made a pyramid mold out of plate steel.

Stack well, don't roll in boat or on bottom of lake and hold a dozen super mag burlaps in 70' of water in 6' waves without budging.

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How heavy are those?


Most of mine are 10lbs. Buy depending on how far you fill the mold up they could range from zero to maybe 30lbs in the size I made my mold.
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Re: Homemade deep water weights

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Re: Homemade deep water weights

Postby WSUWESTON » Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:22 am

I have tried quite a few different styles and I have found the best holding anchor for the current I hunt is a good old 10lb pyramid.
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