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Old 06-07-2012, 07:13 AM
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There are some tricks that keep rakes strong and stable.

First clue is to build it in a large teardrop or diamond shape. Then, you want to run the rope through the rake. The strength of pvc is not enough. If you are pulling on something that the rope runs through it distributes the force and can withstand a lot.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:22 PM
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Fish, I have a map of some buried treasure for sale if interested
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:19 PM
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I was going to post a photo of what I use, but for somereason its not loading off my card.
Anyway I took my golf ball retiever and ducktaped a garden rake to the end of it. Its extendable and easily portable. It worked great to get my Predator out of a pond.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:24 PM
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how do these rakes work in ponds that are overgrown with weeds? my pond doesn't have lili pads, just some nasty seaweed like stuff. I think it would pass right through, but I've been wrong before.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:59 PM
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how do these rakes work in ponds that are overgrown with weeds? my pond doesn't have lili pads, just some nasty seaweed like stuff. I think it would pass right through, but I've been wrong before.
hydrilla...that stuff is nasty and you will pull it up like crazy. It keeps the rake from getting on the bottom of the lake. You can still find some but won't find a ton unless the lake is just chocked full. Now, if you are patient you can keep going over the same spot and get it all off the bottom until you get to the discs.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:56 PM
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Free bump so I can reference back to it later. Looks like I'm doing some work tomorrow!
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:36 AM
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Fish, I have a map of some buried treasure for sale if interested
Hahaha... Does the sun shine there? I've already found my treasure... Working on another hole now.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:08 PM
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I built one 2 years ago and it has only cracked once and that was over a year ago and I use it frequently.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:04 AM
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I realize this thread is a little old. Anyone mind doing a write-up on the smaller golden retriever like disc retrievers ? There is one pond I have lost 2 hard to find discs in and would love to get them back.
When i lived in Arizona i made a "golden retriever" out of old coat hangers and fishing weights. Use a fishing pole and reel with 30 or 40 pound fireline and you can get out 100 feet or more. It worked great at fountain hills, and Vista Del Camino. If it gets snagged and you can't free it you just break it off and put another one on. It is very hard on the reel so don't use a good one or find one used somewhere.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:52 PM
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I made a rake similar to the first post. I did work, even with the insane amount of vegetation in the pond. I only managed to retrieve 7 or so before I was tired, something like 300 lbs of weeds was annoying. I'll keep trying, but so far it's paid for its self.
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