After a recent fishing trip, I longed for the days of watching my bobber dance on the water. My cane pole was cheap and ugly, but it worked fine. I never pulled a “granddaddy fish,” but I had fun and caught fish.
I thought about the PVC scraps I had in my garage. I could indeed design and build a PVC “cane” pole for a child. Other scraps such as a piece of 12″ pipe, were perfect for a bucket.
I put it together in a couple of hours. After all the cement dried, I took it to my church’s family day carnival. The folks at the fishing booth loved it. I have since made many more poles for sheer fun and enjoyment.
You will need:
- PVC cement
- PVC pipe, ¾” in diameter
- Male and female threaded connectors, ¾”
- Measuring and marking tools
- Three feet of ½” rope
- Pipe insulation, ¾”
- Cheap electrical tape, any color
- Drill and bits
- PVC pipe, 12″ diameter- try to find a scrap in the DIY store or perhaps one can be had at a used building supply or construction site. It should not have chemicals in it.
- Two each PVC end caps, one ¾” and one 12″
Cut two lengths of PVC pipe, each 3′ long. Cement a threaded connector to one end of each of the pipes. Cement the end cap on one pipe. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
Cut a piece of pipe insulation 8″ to 12″ long. Place over the pipe just in front of the end cap. Wrap with insulation with the electrical tape.
At the end of the other pipe, drill a hole through the end.
Thread fishing string through the end. Attach a leader snap to the end of the fishing string. This allows hooks to be stored separately from the pole, saving little hands from harm.
Cut a section of the 12″ pipe 14″ long. Cement the end cap on and allow to dry for 24 hours.
Drill a ½” hole through each side of the pipe, 1″ from the top. Thread the rope through and adjust the length. Tie knots in the ends of the rope.
This fishing pole and bucket are great for small children to use. It can hold the weight of a small (up to 6#) fish. Adult supervision should be present for safety and to help get the catch to the shore.
Longer poles can be made, of course.
Attaching eyes and a reel to the pole will make it more versatile for the growing angler. More threaded poles can be attached. It will hold what it will hold, though. Even the best poles can snap.
The pole and bucket can be painted or stained any color the angler desires.
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in diverse forms of DIY, home improvement and repair, crafting, designing, and building furniture, outdoor projects and more.