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FAD - How long will it last?

Old 09-07-2016, 04:50 AM
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I flew some drug interdiction off of the Dom Rep, Haiti, Jamaica, and down into central America. I have to tell you, more than once I was fooled by FAD's. Whatever these guys were using as floats looked exactly like a bail of mary jane all taped up and wrapped. FLIR screen resolution is a little low and we'd get all excited until we got up close. We were looking for drugs the morning after we followed a home made drug boat as he dumped drugs for hours while running 40+kts at night. Quads with 55 gallon barrels of gas on the deck for fuel. Tough life for those guys.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:52 PM
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Former Coast Gaurd Bouy Tender Deckhand(Hawaii).

I know Iím a little late but was thinking about it for Cobia the other day and found this.

I will talk the large bouts unless specified. I was also a decky and didnít order material and canít remeber other exacts due to time.

Anchor: On the big bouys we generally used concrete blocks about 4x4x4 to 5x5x5. Definitely not bigger. Small foamies we 2-3ft high 4x4x4.

Line: we used big as chain on this big ones. The size that you could grab and your fingers might touch your palm depending on how big your hand was. small foamies either due to calm water or temporary use we used small chain( bairly wrap hand around entire link) and I think we used 1.5 inch wire a few times.

Your breaking points are your connections and the chafe. Beef up the loops at top and bottom greatly. your chafe is the part that lays on sea floor and rubs. Not much you can do as far as prevention but you must do if using large bouy that wonít sink easy to the bouy due to if storm comes it will either break chain or lift.


Advice.

Small bouy to reduce drags, reduce bouyance during storms and something that will look like trash.

50gallon drum with full of concrete(Easy deploy due to rolling or sliding). Also think about it possibly rolling on bottom so increase.

Steal a.m. cable with beefed up loops.

If in surface bouy. If you can find a way to identify it for repairing the carpet or tarp yearly it should last 5-10 years


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Old 07-07-2019, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Iron View Post
I flew some drug interdiction off of the Dom Rep, Haiti, Jamaica, and down into central America. I have to tell you, more than once I was fooled by FAD's. Whatever these guys were using as floats looked exactly like a bail of mary jane all taped up and wrapped. FLIR screen resolution is a little low and we'd get all excited until we got up close. We were looking for drugs the morning after we followed a home made drug boat as he dumped drugs for hours while running 40+kts at night. Quads with 55 gallon barrels of gas on the deck for fuel. Tough life for those guys.
They mostly use blocks of styrofoam wrapped in canvas or something similar to tie it to anchor line .
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingMullet View Post
Former Coast Gaurd Bouy Tender Deckhand(Hawaii).

I know Iím a little late but was thinking about it for Cobia the other day and found this.

I will talk the large bouts unless specified. I was also a decky and didnít order material and canít remeber other exacts due to time.

Anchor: On the big bouys we generally used concrete blocks about 4x4x4 to 5x5x5. Definitely not bigger. Small foamies we 2-3ft high 4x4x4.

Line: we used big as chain on this big ones. The size that you could grab and your fingers might touch your palm depending on how big your hand was. small foamies either due to calm water or temporary use we used small chain( bairly wrap hand around entire link) and I think we used 1.5 inch wire a few times.

Your breaking points are your connections and the chafe. Beef up the loops at top and bottom greatly. your chafe is the part that lays on sea floor and rubs. Not much you can do as far as prevention but you must do if using large bouy that wonít sink easy to the bouy due to if storm comes it will either break chain or lift.


Advice.

Small bouy to reduce drags, reduce bouyance during storms and something that will look like trash.

50gallon drum with full of concrete(Easy deploy due to rolling or sliding). Also think about it possibly rolling on bottom so increase.

Steal a.m. cable with beefed up loops.

If in surface bouy. If you can find a way to identify it for repairing the carpet or tarp yearly it should last 5-10 years


Do you have any experience with submerged FAD's ? I have been thinking about doing a couple here in the near future . The ones I fish have the tarps replaced pretty frequently (2x a year ) .
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by pje View Post
Do you have any experience with submerged FAD's ? I have been thinking about doing a couple here in the near future . The ones I fish have the tarps replaced pretty frequently (2x a year ) .

No.
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Old 07-08-2019, 04:35 AM
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Originally Posted by cronced View Post
To answer the original question of how long it will last... Not very. After all, it's just a fad.
Nice Dad joke😂🤣
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Old 07-08-2019, 06:38 AM
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Theoretically, use high density foam bullet buoys,



For weight,

Blind flange....


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Old 07-08-2019, 07:54 AM
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Personally I would think it hypothetically irresponsible to use anything other than something biodegradable for tarp. While also using concrete with no plastic and steal wire.

Unless itís just for the day or weekend. Then just have a good setup that you wonít loose.
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by NikM820 View Post
All I know is it' has got to be harder than it seems because they can't seem to keep the 120 mile buoy attached off Cape Canveral in central Florida.
Thats because folks tie off to it after dark to.fish the area at sunrise...
Hypothetically speaking
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Old 07-08-2019, 12:11 PM
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I'm going to hypothetically follow this thread....
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