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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:15 pm 
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My DIY Stake Out Pole works for me, cost less than $20 and 15 minutes. Went to Home Depot, electrical department and bought an 8 foot copper clad grounding rod. Then to tool department to buy a stainless steel shackle.

I cut the rod to 6 foot ( I felt 8' was too long ). Drilled hole about 1/2" back from my
cut for the shackle. Twenty foot of rope and carrabiner to shackle completes the project.

Yes the copper turns green first few trips but then it's just tarnished. Sets easy in shallow water. Rod has a machined point. Throw it like a spear to set in deeper water. May take several tries in deep water with hard bottom.

Can't wait for better weather on my fishin' Mondays. Get off these forums and back on the water.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:03 pm 
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got any pics?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:48 am 
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Will take some pictures this weekend and post.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:33 am 
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I used a broomstick and did the same thing. I'm finding that in mud, I can stake out, but in sand and harder bottoms, it's not sharp enough.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:29 pm 
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Here's my el cheepo solution. An $8 replacement shovel handle (went with it cause it was a little thicker than broom stick) and about a dollars worth of 3/4" pvc caps and tee. Also added a stainless steel bolt at top of tee for a quick camera mount. Had to grind down back end of handle slightly to glue into tee. Used for 2 yrs now with no problems. One more feature I like is it's the same thickness as my paddle so it stores very easily using my paddle holding bungees at my side lift handles. I have considered epoxying a 6" piece of ground rod into the tappered end but haven't got around to it yet.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:28 pm 
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Here are the photos of my Cheap DIY homemade Stake Out Pole. To get the shackle on the grounding rod I had to file a little copper off both sides.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:44 pm 
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Those are some nice stake out poles you guys have made. I got an old fiberglass rake handle and replaced the rake head with a 3/8" fiberglass rod. It floats, but I can do the torpedo method to stick it in deep water. It holds air so a tug will pop it free. And it floats when your son drops it over the side. :lol:
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:22 am 
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One more photo of my Cheap DIY homemade Stake Out Pole on the side of the yak.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:33 am 
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After a few fishing trips in my Tarpon, I quickly came to realize the value of a stake-out pole. Looking around my garage...I found a telescoping Boat-Hook. Aluminium pole, twist-lock, extendable to about 7ft. or so. I wasn't using it anymore on my offshore boat, so I cut off the black plastic "hook thingy" that stuck out from the side...and made an extendable stakeout pole out of it. I can hold position in deeper water if necessary, and collapse it down to 4' or so for shallow waters, and while travelling. If you don't have one laying around in your garage...they can be bought @ Wally-world for somewhere around 15-20 bucks.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:27 pm 
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Peddler thanks for showing the Stake Out Pole you made. I am going to make one just like it for my self.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:36 pm 
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Peddler,

I like the idea of the copper rod except having it in my kayak during a lightening storm. That would be like an lit match and gas vapors. Any concerns about that?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:26 pm 
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It can double as a safety device for electrical storms, just drive it in the muck and you have a lightning rod/ground rod to dissipate the strike.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:38 am 
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Mine is made out of a 5' piece of 1/2" conduit pipe. It has a T end of PVC for the handle at top, and the bottom was cut at a 45 degree angle. I haven't tried it out yet, but plan to on Saturday. Looks like the weather should be nice.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:00 am 
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Hi guys...here's my 3/4" PVC stake out pole. I used a coupling about 1' down from the handle so the ring wouldn't fall off. It's about 7' tall in all.

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On the working end I marked the end at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock, then measured down roughly an inch and marked in between the other marks and ran a magic marker along the lines and cut them to make the 4 "teeth". It works great in sand and mud.

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Nothing is glued so I can shorten or lengthen it at will.

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