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Thread: Performance Testing of Natural Brush Pile, Bamboo, and PVC Condo's

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    I myself have had great success so far with the bamboo habitat and don't lose half as many hooks as I do in other wood structure.
    Be safe and good luck fishing

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    I decided to drop some PVC structure next to some other natural brush I have dropped. The natural brush is in a proven effective location that has produced several solid fishing trips. I figured the PVC will improve the natural brush and hopefully add some even larger crappie as the gaps between the poles is larger..

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    Using PVC is tricky because we want to make it look nice and get a feeling of accomplishment...most of the time, we make PVC cover that is pretty much useless to the fish.
    These are a few examples of cover that has not produced well in our lake. The idea was good but the construction left alot to be desired.

    Cover needs to provide basic security and resting areas for crappie...that means it has to be big/thick or dense. Then they look for cover to provide shade or Ambush points...big/bulky.
    As you can see, not many Crappie can fit in any of this cover and be safe or secure.
    You would have to really add alot more PVC to make it dense so it could hold more Crappie.
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    We started our projects from the point of what would provide cover like a tree, or a stump field, or dock posts, and built from there.
    The milk crate cover is just a big stump.
    The bottom crate is lined with 10 hole bricks that can be used by craws, then the first and second are filled with woods and the 3rd and 4th are empty for small fish/fry. Add 5 or ten in an area and on electronics they look like a rock, but to Crappie they are a stump field
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    The underwater picture that you are trying to reproduce is like the first 4 pics...you can use the PVC in the pics before, but you have to group them tight, lay them on top or laying across each other, or make them dense.
    All the cover pictured was packed tight in groups, the 1 boat load covered a small room area on a drop-off.
    You can use all PVC...but you need a big main beam or 2, and then pack it dense so a Crappie can swim around in it or suspend there!
    Normally for Crappie, each small area has 10 or 15 pieces of added cover so it is productive.
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