Honey Hole Mega Nursery
The Most Protection You Can Buy
No other habitat on the market provides as much escape cover for your newly hatched fry as The Honey Hole Mega Nursery. Constructed of Coated Galvanized Mesh, the Honey Hole Nursery will greatly increase the survival rates of your forage species, reducing the need for supplemental stockings. As predators approach, the fry are able to move quickly and safely inside through the mesh and continue feeding without interruption. This allows them to survive the first critical weeks of life where typically 98% of most fry are consumed. Protecting fry initially will supply more available total biomass as the season progresses and increase recruitment for next year's spawning class.
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Reduce Your Pond Management Budget with the Mega Nursery
The Honey Hole Mega Nursery combines Honey Hole Grass stems inside a mesh enclosure: the Grass stems accumulate periphyton, which is an important food source for fry, while also providing cover, and the mesh creates a “predator-free” safe haven which could help you double the recruitment of your baitfish. Just place the Honey Hole Mega Nursery in water 4 to 5 feet deep, near potential spawning areas. Because of the mesh enclosure, we recommend you place the Mega Nursery away from regular fishing areas, and use the marker float and rope that are included to help locate these structures. This will help you avoid snagging the mesh with lures and disrupting the fry.
Habitat for Early Life Stages in Shallow Water
The Grass Stems of the Honey Hole Mega Nursery quickly accumulate periphyton and attracts fry into the safe haven created by the galvanized mesh. By providing so much protection for your fry, you may be able to reduce the need for yearly supplemental stocking of forage fish, thereby reducing your pond management budget.
Increase the Recruitment of Baitfish
To maximize the increased recruitment of forage species, the ideal placement for the Honey Hole Mega Nursery is:
- Away from regularly fished areas.
- Marked with the included float.
- In water depths of 4 -5 feet.
Each Honey Hole Mega Nursery Includes:
(1) Mesh Enclosure, (12) 48 in. Honey Hole Grass Limbs, and (1) Marker Float & Rope
The Honey Hole Mega Nursery ships free via ground in the continental U.S.
Honey Hole Mega Nursery Specs
The Honey Hole Mega Nursery requires minimal assembly.
- The outside of the cage will be rolled up. Unroll the cage and connect the “spine” of the body together using 5 zip ties.
- Next, take one of the circular mesh pieces and attach the 12 limbs, spacing out to your liking. Feed the zip ties through the holes drilled in the bottom of the limbs and around the wire mesh.
- Now you’ll put the limbs into the body. Gather the limbs up and flip them over the edge of the body so they’re hanging from the circular mesh inside the body.
- Center the circular mesh top on the body and attach it other using 20 zip ties.
- Flip the body over and attach the second circular mesh using the remaining 20 zip ties.
- Tie the rope and float marker to the top.
- Install your Nursery in the body of water by dropping it into 4-5’ of water.
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Recommended Depth for Usage4 - 5' Surface Area/Volume44 cubic ft. Product Height4' Product Footprint4' x 4' Product Weight30 Leaf/Limb Count96 leaves/12 limbs
Why is fish habitat so important?
Fish like cover. They either go to it to feed, or they go to it to avoid being eaten. Submerged vegetation is valuable as habitat for predatory species like Bass or Crappie and for forage species like Bluegill. Pond King’s fish biologists designed the Honey Hole product line to augment or replace naturally occurring aquatic vegetation to attract game fish (the fish that use cover as ambush to help them feed) and protect forage fish. Our artificial fish habitat is designed for pond and lake owners to help with fish population management.
Why use artificial fish habitat instead of natural vegetation or cover?
Natural vegetation can be difficult to control for a two primary reasons;
- Vegetation can take over the environment,
- Structure can, and almost always does, decay.
It’s not all that easy to manage naturally occurring habitat. Our fish habitat is intended to provide an effective and affordable alternative to natural cover types for a variety of purposes and objectives. All of Pond King’s artificial fish habitat is safe for the environment, reduces the likelihood of snagged lures, is easy to assemble and deploy, and doesn’t decay, and you can find it using your fish finder so locating your honey hole season after season is a a snap.
What’s the difference between the Honey Hole Live Series and the Refuge Series?
The major difference is that one series is designed to mimic natural “cover” and the other to serve as an alternative to natural “structure.”
The Live Series, with its dual colored leaf variation, dynamic movement, and structural complexity, is designed to imitate cover. In fact, it is the only artificial fish habitat on the market that imitates the dynamic movement and structural complexity of natural cover like aquatic vegetation and brush. Flexible limbs that move with current and natural appearances are part of each of the five different offerings within this artificial habitat line.
The Refuge Series, with its internal protective space and external habitat that provides cover for fish at various life stages is intended to replicate “structure.” Although the products in Refuge line are very similar to the natural structure sought by both juvenile and mature fishes as shelter, they are all constructed of flexible, snag-resistant limbs that never need to be replaced.
Is there any assembly required for the Honey Hole Artificial Fish Habitat?
The Honey Hole Reed, Canopy and Dock Dropper all ship fully assembled. The other Honey Hole products require some minimal assembly, which can easily be done in your shop or at your pond, but never with any toxic glues!
Is it hard to install the Honey Hole Artificial Habitat?
Absolutely not! The Honey Hole, and the Honey Hole Reed, Brush and Grass can just be tossed into the water from your boat or the shore. You just drop the Dock Dropper from your dock (as the name implies), secure it to your deck and you are good to go. The Honey Hole Canopy requires just a little more effort; you just have to attach it to a weight (not included), and then drop it the water.
Is the Honey Hole Artificial Fish Habitat environmentally safe?
All the Honey Hole artificial fish habitat is made of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and is designed to be assembled without any toxic glues or adhesives, so yes it is safe for the environment. In fact, given that it doesn’t degrade overtime and minimizes the number of lures snagged that land on the bottom of the lake or pond, some might even say our artificial fish habitat is good for the environment.
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Other Artificial Fish Habitat
- HDPE with added UV inhibitor is highly resistant to degradation from exposure to sunlight, temperature extremes, and acidic or alkali conditions.
- Environmental degradation causes PVC to become brittle, and long term structural integrity of PVC habitat in shallow aquatic environments is problematic.
- HDPE and LDPE used are biologically inert materials and are the same type of plastic approved by the FDA for use in the food storage industry.
- PVC is a mixture of vinyl chloride and phthalate based plasticizers, and other additives; many of which are suspected carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.
- Only clean, environmentally nontoxic, durable material is used to construct Honey Hole Artificial Habitat. LDPE is sourced from virgin material free from contaminants.
- The manufacture, use and disposal cuckle of PVC is not "green." The release of dioxin - a persistent and highly toxic chemical - occurs during synthesis and incineration.
- HDPE is source from recycled factory re-grind material verified for environmental safety and quality, to reduce unnecessary waste and promote sustainability.
- PVC can contain biocides that are designed to deter microbial growth which may negatively affect bacterial diversity in biofilm that accumulates on submerged artificial habitat constructed from re-purposed PVC products.
How should I decide which Artificial Habitat to choose?
Use this Artificial Fish Habitat At-a-Glance chart that shows the ideal depth and placement for each type of artificial fish habitat. If you still have questions, give us a call at (940) 305-0490 and our fisheries biologist can help you decide.