Originally Posted by stevedonna
Blue peter eat your heart out . What do I do with the empty washing up bottle
Three of them taped together with a garden cane shoved through the gap between the three... - flag sorted! A 2L coke bottle might work better as the seal would be better...
Seriously - the football in the onion net will work. BUT I'd be concerned that is kind of untested. The net being the unknown. Presume you weren't actually going to use an old bag of onions... Need to make sure the hole in the net is small enough to not let ball escape, even if the ball shrinks a wee bit (it will be colder in the water). Likewise the net needs to take whatever strain it may get on it. A standard football is about 4 litres of air so can support 4kg of weight. So firstly your line weight needs to be far less than that. 1kg would be more than enough. However, by my calculation that means if you got your rope length wrong by a meter and the ball ended up suspended just below the surface it would have an upwards pull of 40N which is the same as hanging a 4kg weight from it. But there will be waves which I think means you'll get lots of jerking would you expect a small net to cope with 4 bags of sugar being bounced along from it for several hours?
You could probably do something with paracord. Wouldn't be that expensive but a lot of knot tying?
OK so no-one dies if you net fails but you loose your ground gear worth some money and you were thinking of two creels.
I think I'd be tempted to lay a bouy (football) with a separately roped flag with rope going to the weight. Both to the creel. Then a link to the second creel and then back up to another bouy and flag. I'd then use it as an opportunity to play with 2 different bouy and 2 different flag configurations to test what works. Making sure at least 1 of the four is absolutely belt and braces so not going to go anywhere so you can (a) retrieve it all and (b) retrieve whats left of any failed bits to understand what happened... ...one of the curiosities of what happened to whispers is that we don't know if it floated away, broke its bouy or was caught in a prop or sliced free by a commercial operator...