Who Uses DIY Coolers? Thirsty Fishermen Do!

Published on: Jun 17 2013 by Austin Dopp

bass and rod 1Fishing is one of my favorite past times, and there is nothing I love more than spending the afternoon out on my boat trying to outsmart a largemouth bass. In the spirit of the Tiny r(E)volution I have a tiny boat, which I absolutely love, but space is at a premium. Those of you who fish know that a fisherman can get downright thirsty on a hot afternoon out on the water. I know this first hand, and it just so happens that my favorite beverage comes in bottles. Unfortunately the cooler I take on my boat is too small for bottles. This has been bugging me all summer!

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Last month I blogged about an experiment I did involving ice, EcoFoil, and an old bucket. Well, one day I was sitting at my desk thinking about fishing (shh… don’t tell) when I glanced down at the bucket lined with EcoFoil and had an idea: That bucket would be the perfect cheap cooler for my boat!
So I took it home to see if it would hold the bottles and also to find out if it would fit in my tiny boat. My suspicions were correct: the bucket was a perfect size for my beverages, takes up less space, and actually holds more drinks than my old cooler.
Yesterday was Father’s Day so I decided to give myself a present and spent the afternoon out on the lake. After prepping my boat and rigging up my rods I filled my homemade ice cooler full of beverages and ice. I hit the road around 3:30 and arrived at the lake around 4:00 and was on the water after a short wait at the ramp.

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The weather here in Iowa has been a little unusual lately, which is usual; this was one of the first really nice weekends we have had in a long time. It was a beautiful day with temps in the mid 80’s and not a cloud in the sky. The nice weather on a holiday made this already busy lake even more so, and the unusually clear water made it extremely difficult to convince the bass that what I was throwing at their noses was something they needed to eat. I had a few nibbles, one that got away (every good fishing story needs one of those), and one that was too small to keep.
I finally made my way back to the ramp around 8:00, sunburned and hungry. Even though the lake had taken a few of my prized lures and left me with an empty stringer I still could find some solace in my bucket ‘o beverages, which were all still nice and cold (well the few that were left). This experiment proved to be a success and my DIY ice cooler has earned a permanent place on my fishing machine!

 

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