Bait Cannon

Has anyone made a Bait Cannon (not spud gun)

Seen some on you tube but at $799 cost to much.

Im going to use air to shoot bait out over the surf

Any tips on the build :o)



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Easy and cheap.

Sat, 2011-12-17 14:11

It involves PVC pipe and a reticulation valve. Wouldnt cost more than 70 bucks for the materials, if you already have a way to pump it up. Much more controlled than those dodgey flammable gas ones, but still powerful enough to kill you. PM me if you want details, wouldnt want kiddies making them. Im also fairly confident they're quite illegal. I have never shot bait though....

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Sat, 2011-12-17 17:55

 8.5kg lpg gas bottle with a tail shaft welded on the top. spark plug with an igniter from the stove on the side, put a valve on the bottom so you can purge it after shots...and use a small spirt of lpg to fire it.

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I sense....

Sat, 2011-12-17 18:04


an up an coming Darwin Award.

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Hahaha, Funny shit

Mon, 2011-12-19 16:34

Hahaha, Funny shit

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No gas ""BANG""

Sun, 2011-12-18 09:14

Thanks guys

But going to try use 7ft pvc, ball valve ,4.5kg of dry powder fire extinguisher (cleaned out 7.2kg net) Tested at 1500kpa ,,

Some has said to use 40/50 psi ? just have to try diffrent things ?100psi lol mite need a lot more line lol

I think not for kids .......

Will post pic and the test run .


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Sun, 2011-12-18 09:47


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Have you tried working on

Sun, 2011-12-18 09:58

Have you tried working on your casting techniques? All sounds a little dangerous and highly illegal imo. But i am keen to know how it works out. Good luck


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Still testing

Mon, 2011-12-19 16:10

I think its safe have pumped up to 160psi a few times but we olny be useing about 50 psi ,

Bait is getting smashed but will try diffrent size pvc barrel and may have to freeze bait to barrel size ,

so far about 200/250m ;o)))

Good kick on it lol


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 how about lures mate? any

Mon, 2011-12-19 16:18

 how about lures mate? any way of launching them????

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Just make sure you use the

Mon, 2011-12-19 16:43

Just make sure you use the rite pvc pipe, atleast pressure rated to 1200 kpa. You realy dont want it shattering on you if something goes wrong!

Ive considered doing something similar in the past but put it in the "too dangerous basket" haha.

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so far so good;o)

Mon, 2011-12-19 18:21

50mm pvc

25mm ball valve

Fire extinguiser

just have to work out how to put pic's up ?



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Hanging for the pics

Mon, 2011-12-19 18:26

might be handy on the boat as well a Pinger Deterrent


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That looks like awfully light

Mon, 2011-12-19 19:10

That looks like awfully light pvc pipe. Is it the regular stuff? You need schedule 80 for that shit :P


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Mon, 2011-12-19 19:58

All high presser pvc

If the barrel blows that means you have your bait ect to tight in there ,should flow free ;o)


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Ha ha

Tue, 2011-12-20 07:09

Cool, I like it.


Very good way of disposing of blowies too . Have you tried it out attatched to a line? Wouldn't want the line to wrap around a guide or you'll be launching your rod into orbit too lol.

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U have to be kidding!!!!

Tue, 2011-12-20 09:55

Fishing is for fun, not stuff like this. A sure Darwin Award candidate in the making.



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c'mon dude these have been

Fri, 2011-12-23 18:45

c'mon dude these have been around for years, and this just makes fishing more fun!!!!


Im off to the shed to start making one.

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Tue, 2011-12-20 10:25

Looks deadly! But cool!


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lure shoot

Thu, 2011-12-22 06:14

30gm lure shoot over 250m with line ...........100 psi

ice block bait went and went and lost lol, yet to try with line .....and less psi lol

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sure looks like fun to

Thu, 2011-12-22 06:45

sure looks like fun to me!



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Been in insurance claims tooo long

Thu, 2011-12-22 09:35

This worries the proverbial out of me - is a long "cast" worth your life (or more worrying being maimed in some way) - not near me or my family thanks !   

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Hey bill man, can i come and

Fri, 2011-12-23 18:46

Hey bill man, can i come and check it out when you've got it sorted? im dead keen to make one.

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Fri, 2011-12-23 21:06

 Looks great mate, bit of good old Aussie ingenuity.

Geez we are slowly being taken over by the wowsers though, as my dad says, soon we won't even be allowed to squash a snail.

How good would that be in the backyard as a kid, your own mortar for terrorizing the neighbors!


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As a younger man we made one in steel

Fri, 2011-12-23 22:21

 that screwed onto a bead breaker.It would fire a frozen orange out of sight.I think as we get older we get more boring and drive slower.I suppose no one on here has made a honkey nut bomb or a pea shooter or a ging either? A lure over 250 meters hey.The salmon schools are no longer


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So true

Sat, 2011-12-31 12:18

Well said ;o)



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Love it, been thinking of

Sat, 2011-12-24 14:29

Love it, been thinking of same thing for years. Have made spud mortars but this looks afer and easier. I imagine recharge with a good quality 12v compressor would be a breeze.


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As Safe as you build it ;o)

Sat, 2011-12-31 12:23

I think mine's safe and a 12v compressor works well .Great for chum ect big spread

Happy fishing



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A Wad!!

Sun, 2011-12-25 17:47

Agree with the guys that are all for it, If you loose an eye you have another.... I suggest you try a Wad of some description Ie the same way a shot gun pushes a couple hundred pellets in one go at pace. Also perhaps the upgraded model could incorporate an electric solenoid that fully opens and can be operated from a safeish distance or just get one of the kids to operate and you can supervise from the esky... Not exactly sure what your chasing here but the trick to catching a mulloway of a lifetime is walk out as far as you can turn around and cast at the beach :)



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Looks like it comes from a

Mon, 2011-12-26 17:38

Looks like it comes from a mythbusters show Remindes me at the chicken gun...

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jim beam

Tue, 2011-12-27 12:37

well i suppose Jim Beam had the branding irons and those guys got in the Newspapers , so a bait launching idea with compressed air , just cant wait for the headlines

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So far all SAFE

Sat, 2011-12-31 12:16

I think you would have to be stupid if you blow it up ,You drive a car around with 30/40 psi x4 ONLY held in by rubber holding up a ton or more !!!!!!!

you can buy them in the US for $700+ and they show kids useing them (NOT THAT I WOULD) got a bit of kick to it .

*****Rock fishing is the most Dangerous sport in the world***** !!!!!!!!! But we still do it.........

Works well ;o)))) With lure's and frozzen bait . i have made 3 size's from 30mm/40mm/50mm barrels 4/5ft long USE OLNY HP PVC

Play safe & Wet line's ;o)

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Sorry to dredge this up but I

Tue, 2012-11-13 20:12

Sorry to dredge this up but I think I may of heard of a winner.....A mate of mine went fishing out at the cliffs past Israelite on the weekend and a fella rocked up with a mad air charged contraption mounted on a quad!! He was firing medium sized salmon baits out past the breakers chasing big noahs! This thing rocked the whole bike when it fired...and to top it off they successfully caught and released a 7 foot Great white off the beach!!

I'll post up the pics when he gets back to work tomorrow.

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200 metres not a problem

Tue, 2012-11-13 23:14

fire extinguiser 50mm hp pvc 50mm cup of old carpet as a sabbot 60 lbs of pressure mulie frozen 200 metres no problem min noise