Things You?ll Need:
1/2-inch hard mesh, one 3 foot by 15 foot roll
2 pool noodles
Four 3/9-inch flex conduits, 8 inches long
Two 3/8-inch T-fittings
Two 3/8-inch 90-degree elbows
Four 3/8-inch end splices
30 zip ties
Measure and cut the mesh and flex conduit. You need to unroll the mesh and cut one 9 foot section and two 3 foot sections. The flex conduits are cut into four 4 foot 6 inch sections, two 3 foot 1inch sections and three 1 foot pieces.
Form top and bottom rings. The rings for your bait pen are formed using the 4 foot 6 inch sections of flex conduit. You use two sections per ring. Bend the flex conduit into a half circle and connect in the middle with end splices. To secure the ring, silicone the connections and allow it to dry.
Attach the mesh to the rings. The top of the 9 foot section of mesh attaches to the top ring and the bottom of the section to the bottom ring. Pull the mesh tight to prevent gaps or warps and secure it to the mesh with zip ties. Use one of the 3 foot sections to cover the top and one for the bottom and secure with zip ties. Once the top and bottom sections are secure, trim the excess mesh with wire cutters.
Make the door for the bait pen. Place the three 1 foot sections of the flex conduit in a T shape and connect in the middle of the T shape with a T fitting. Put a 90-degree elbow on each outside end of the horizontal pieces and attach a T fitting at the bottom of the vertical piece. Connect the two 3 foot 1 inch pieces of flex conduit to the 90 degree elbows and T fittings. Secure all the connections with silicone and allow it to dry.
Cut an opening for the door. The opening gets cut into the top section of mesh and needs to be smaller than the door to keep the door from falling into the bait pen. You can use the door as a template for the opening. After you have the opening cut, place the door over the opening and secure the horizontal side to the mesh with zip ties.
Bend the pool noodles into a half circle. When connected, the pool noodles should enclose the bait pen. You may need to cut the pool noodles to get a tight fit. Use zip ties to attach the pool noodles to the mesh just under the top ring.