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I know there are a few threads on this but not to specific. I'm looking to make some deep drop weights for tilefish fishing 600 feet. I want to make them out of concrete and use a solo cup or beer can etc for a form. Anyone know a good size cup or can to use where I can accomplish a weight of 5 lbs or so. I'm looking for weight sizing. Thanks!
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Slim can corona lites or skinny can white claw or others. Dimple the bottom of the can outwards to get rid of the cup. Will fall better and straighter. A full Skinny can is over 5lbs. Cut the can away and your golden. I fill mine half way to get 2.5lbs and full is a tad over 5lbs approx using a bathroom scale. Im using lead but imagine concrete will work too but different weights
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Originally Posted by Wickedfisha View Post
Slim can corona lites or skinny can white claw or others. Dimple the bottom of the can outwards to get rid of the cup. Will fall better and straighter. A full Skinny can is over 5lbs. Cut the can away and your golden. I fill mine half way to get 2.5lbs and full is a tad over 5lbs approx using a bathroom scale. I’m using lead but imagine concrete will work too but different weights
if he’s using concrete, that would only weigh about 2 pounds Concrete is 1.38 oz per cubic inch whereas lead is about 6.5 oz per cubic inch. To get a 5 pound weight, you need about 58 cubic inches, which amounts to almost exactly 32 fluid oz. A 1 quart milk carton should work.

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Originally Posted by Wickedfisha View Post
Slim can corona lites or skinny can white claw or others. Dimple the bottom of the can outwards to get rid of the cup. Will fall better and straighter. A full Skinny can is over 5lbs. Cut the can away and your golden. I fill mine half way to get 2.5lbs and full is a tad over 5lbs approx using a bathroom scale. Im using lead but imagine concrete will work too but different weights

like this? Someone else on YouTube said a solo cup filled with concrete is 3 lb but don't know how accurate that is
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So a full 12oz can white claw with LEAD is 8.2 lbs I found out. What is CONCRETE difference? I think CONCRETE would be a little less than 2 lb.
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Originally Posted by Captainhaug View Post
So a full 12oz can white claw with LEAD is 8.2 lbs I found out. What is CONCRETE difference? I think CONCRETE would be a little less than 2 lb.
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12 fluid oz is 21.66 cubic inches, which comes to about 1.9 pounds (based on concrete being 1.4 oz mass per cubic inch).
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Originally Posted by mhedrick View Post
12 fluid oz is 21.66 cubic inches, which comes to about 1.9 pounds (based on concrete being 1.4 oz mass per cubic inch).
Yes your right. So what if I tape two 12 ounce cans together would that be enough weight for 600ft out in the gulf stream
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Solo cup is about 2.1 pounds. I had a couple. Rebar is the way to go. Bouncer used bricks for swords for a long time.
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#12 Rebar or 1-1/2” cold roll cut to length. weld a washer on the end, dip in plasticote.
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Originally Posted by Captainhaug View Post
Yes your right. So what if I tape two 12 ounce cans together would that be enough weight for 600ft out in the gulf stream

Id probably try to use something more dense like lead or the above mentioned rebar. With the concrete being less dense you also have to worry about buoyancy. With salt water being more dense than fresh, coupled with the extreme depth, I dont know how effective the concrete weights would be......
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Just make sure you use a RED solo cup....
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Originally Posted by JoCo34 View Post
#12 Rebar or 1-1/2 cold roll cut to length. weld a washer on the end, dip in plasticote.
How long of rebar for a 5lb weight?
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#11 rebar weight 5.3pounds per foot; #14 weighs 7.65 pounds per foot, I believe.
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great info

how do you attach the rebar to leader?
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Originally Posted by weatherman View Post
#11 rebar weight 5.3pounds per foot; #14 weighs 7.65 pounds per foot, I believe.
Great thanks!
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Originally Posted by Captainhaug View Post
I know there are a few threads on this but not to specific. I'm looking to make some deep drop weights for tilefish fishing 600 feet. I want to make them out of concrete and use a solo cup or beer can etc for a form. Anyone know a good size cup or can to use where I can accomplish a weight of 5 lbs or so. I'm looking for weight sizing. Thanks!
Are you running your own boat for these trips? If you're not you should know that the Capt won't be happy with you, your fellow anglers won't be happy with you, and the mate(s) might "deep drop" you.
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Originally Posted by Qb1rdman View Post
Are you running your own boat for these trips? If you're not you should know that the Capt won't be happy with you, your fellow anglers won't be happy with you, and the mate(s) might "deep drop" you.
Yea I'm running my own boat. But really appreciate your comment. It's was super helpful to this thread and on hehalf of the hull truth thank you for your contribution
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Originally Posted by eric6708 View Post
Thank you this should be very helpful!
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Do you lose a lot of deep drop weights? I have only been fishing for golden tiles for the last three years, 3 or 4 trips a year, I don't know how many drops per trip and I am still using the same weight and rig. Caught dozens of tile fish. Seems like a lot of work for something you don't lose very often.

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