Be careful not to wobble the drill, as this can result in an "ovaled" hole, which will not adequately hold the spile
and may allow sap to leak out around the edges.
All you really need are a few large plastic kitchen wastebaskets and sufficient string to tie them to the trees, more or less under your store-bought spiles
generally require larger, deeper holes than their commercial counterparts.
One end of the tubing went into the bucket, the other end into the plastic spiles
Wayne had made out of non-PVC plastic pipe.
can be made by cutting copper or plastic tubing into short lengths, then sawing slots into one end of each length and squeezing with pliers to form a taper, for a snug fit.
Two-gallon tin or galvanized buckets are often used to catch the sap, but plastic gallon milk jugs work fine when using aluminum spiles
Pulling a metal spout, or "spile
," out of my pocket, I tapped the spile
into the drilled hole, and within seconds I was rewarded with a drop of clear fluid that I hoped would eventually end up on a stack of warm pancakes.
To bring the sap from the tree into the container, use a metal tap spout -- known as a spile
Pound the spile
in just far enough so it won't fall out.
Eddie Turnbull took four cod from Whitburn, Dean Turnbull took a cod of 5lb 8oz from Seaham Spiles
, Alan Robinson took three cod to 5lb from Lynemouth, Mickey Mouat took cod of 6lb 8oz from North Arm, and Liam Simpson three cod for 9lb, the best 5lb from Hendon prom.
The record went to Dean Buck who landed a specimen common sole of 3-10-0 from the Spiles
Ian Ainsley took three cod, all around 4lb from the Spiles
at Seaham, while Barry Tweddle won Seaton Sluice's match with four for 12-4-0, the best 6-6-0 from the Roker's at Cambois.