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    Default Making a flounder pole spear

    I am thinking about building a pole spear for flounder. I have a lathe so I can turn and thread. My plan is to go with a 3/4" aluminum tube with 0.125 wall thckness or go with a 3/4" stainless tube probably at 0.065 wall thickness. Probably a SS ferulle(sp?) between the tip and the shaft. It will be one piece for simplicity and designed for duribility more than speed. Couple of questions:
    1. Tip size and length. I am thinking of 18" long x 3/8" dia.
    2. Pole length 5' of 6'?
    3. Flopper? I am thinking of skipping the flopper since it should be pinning them to the bottom, but might be good to have so they don't slip off.

    I have never built one before so any suggestions are welcome.

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    If you bored and want to screw around go for it...
    But if the amount time spent making one could have also purchased one or more, then you might consider buying one.

    I would definitely make sure it has a flopper. No point in risking losing a fish. There are number of inexpensive pole spears out there.

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    Probably would be smarter to just buy one, but since its winter and I was wanting to get some practice on the lathe I figured it would be a good project. But yea you are probably right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdfoster View Post
    Probably would be smarter to just buy one, but since its winter and I was wanting to get some practice on the lathe I figured it would be a good project. But yea you are probably right.
    Use the lathe and get your skills up. Making a pole with access to a lathe and tooling is a nice simple project, as long as you don't get to fancy smancy.

    For size and material, decide where you are going to use it, types of fish etc. Then budget on materials, aluminum is easier to work with vs stainless. You can do some density calculations for Mass and decide.

    The fish will taste much better if you made the pole vs just buying one. Get stuck, be happy to help. I've made lots of poles over the years, first one was for me.

    Here are some parts I made for a DIY-er wanting to make a couple fiberglass poles. He didn't have a lathe, so I made these for him. If you made these parts might be a good practice project.

    -fiberglass-polespear-connectors-diy-parts-jpg

    ASIDE: Make sure you got that lathe all dialed in. (Ways leveled and not twisted, Chuck running true, Tail stock lined up to chuck). If your machine is off and all tweaked, you will be extremely frustrated.

    -John

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