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    Default 2 Liter Jugs vs Pool Noodle "jug"

    Hey guys,

    New here. My question is a simple one. Has anyone tested which one of these has more buoyancy?

    Assuming a 2L, foam-filled soda bottle vs a 12in pool noodle on PVC pipe.


    I know on both sides people will say that they have pulled in massive fish on both. My question is more around how much consistent weight it takes to hold one down vs the other.

    I am currently using the 2L bottle, and I have zero concerns about one staying submerged and being unable to locate it. But, obviously, they are cumbersome to transport. So I am considering a more streamlined design

    The pool noodle on the other hand, I have concerns about the pipe coming through the noodle, or the noodle eventually tearing. But my biggest concern is a big cat keeping it under water and me not locating it. I have found more than one noodle on the lake with fish on the other end.

    I welcome all thoughts here of course, but the main question is, which one is actually more buoyant?

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    Im not sure about one vs the other, But I will say that we had some old air plane gas tanks that we were going to fill with foam to make toons out of them. An engineer friend of mine said that there is no added bouyancy benefit by filling them with foam as long as there is no leaks. It would have been just wasted money. Now adding foam would prevent less water from being able to get into it should it develope a leak. So if your bottles aint leaking would be cheaper to not fill them with foam. My intention was not to hijack your thread. I apologize if it appears that way. Just trying to save you some money if you were planning on filling alot of bottle with foam. My grandpa always told me, "It aint what ya make boy.....its what ya keep." good fishing to ya my friend!

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    Also if I had to guess I would think the bottle would win vs just a 12" section of pool foam. The bottle is longer than 12" i believe and the diameter is MUCH larger than the pool float.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowePro View Post
    Also if I had to guess I would think the bottle would win vs just a 12" section of pool foam. The bottle is longer than 12" i believe and the diameter is MUCH larger than the pool float.
    Thanks for the response. I actually already have the 2L jugs and they are already fillled with foam. The purpose there was not to increase the buoyancy, but to increase the rigidity in case they were to get pulled into deep water. The other concern was that I did not want to clutter the lake with trash if one of them were to sink. I figure the foam would keep the jug afloat even if it had a hole in it.

    The biggest pain is that its hard to carry 12 2L bottles, and I have mobility issues on top of it. So I found this. Its a 110L Scuba gear mesh backpack. It just arrived in the mail, so I am hopeful that it has enough room. But the goal here is to be able to carry my jugs, maybe a fishing rod, and a small Plano 3600 while keeping my hands free. The mesh will keep everything dry. I picked one up from a guy on ebay for 15 bucks

    Amazon.com

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    I got ya! The mesh bag sounds like a good plan!

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