“I don’t mind cutting limbs and I enjoy putting them together when I
have nothing else to do, but I hate hauling them out on the lake,” said
Warren Myers while selecting just the right branch. Warren was building
yet another brush pile during our discussion and all I wanted to do was
hurry up and bass fish.

“The bass aren’t going anywhere so just settle down and hand me that
longest branch,” he directed in a matter of fact manner. Rather than
take advantage of his years of experience, I urged him to finish his
brush pile another day and I was the loser when he agreed to do just that.

Not surprisingly, my impatience resulted in an apology and some out
right begging the following year.Myers was building crappie hotels well
before it got popular and years of experimenting have paid off now that
he prefers to crappie fish rather than hustle bass.

“The key is that you have to put them where the crappie are and that
requires both counting on your electronics and confirming your findings
with a jig or shiner,” explained the retired pipe fitter.“Initially I
only worried about getting some Christmas trees in that spot and marking
the location with certain trees on the shoreline.”

All of that was way before the GPS and spot lock troll motors which are
all but a must for the serious brush pile fishermen.“When I started
attracting more attention,” added Warren, “I knew I was going to have to
spend less time parking on each pile and that my piles were going to
have to last longer so that I wouldn’t have to brush them as often.”

“It didn’t take long for me to figure out that willow branches were far
superior to Christmas trees, but I could only cut down so many trees up
here and not all of them are just right.Doraine wasn’t all that happy
about dead Christmas trees piled up against the shed either!”

Warren will gladly show anyone how he builds them so long as you don’t
fish his.“I’ve built a few for my neighbors, but they fish them until
they quit attracting fish and never re-brush them.”

“You can tell folks how I build them, but it takes a little extra time
and most of them will never give it a try.” While directions can often
be more confusing than enlightening, this is basically what Warren does
and, more importantly, why.

“The single biggest change I have made in the past couple of years is
that I have been anchoring them with a single sand bag attached to the
base of the main branch rather than a cinder block.Unfortunately, I
found myself with a lot of those bags following the hurricanes. The pile
is floated upright with an empty milk jug tied to the top”

“I then drill holes every eighteen inches in the main branch and attach
the smaller limbs with a string loop.They will float and are much easier
to transport when I take them out on the water.Because they are floating
more freely on the loops you get more volume with fewer limbs. They also
all but eliminate hang-ups.”

The size of the brush pile is dependent on how long you cut the smaller
limbs.The diameter of the ones I saw lying on the ground was ten to
twelve feet.“If I really think I’ve stumbled up on a great location I’ll
sometimes sink two trees on the same spot, added Warren.

“I truly believe that several of the commercial brush piles now
available are even better than mine,” he added, “but they are too darned
expensive for me.”

I have no doubt that you can pick on other trees, even Christmas tree
limbs for that matter, but rigging them in that manner is much less of a
hassle when hauling them out on the lake.I also like the fact that a
sand bag is not nearly as hard on fiberglass as the edge of a cinder block.

Few fish make any better table fare and it is especially nice leaving
the house knowing where the fish should be before you ever leave
home.Warren prefers willows, but Christmas trees will be easier to come
by very shortly!