10-29-2009, 07:26 PM
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If it is really large, it probably won't work; Mitch's idea is correct (I can't remember who either), but the piece of slate would need to be large, and you bury the slate under the gravel to hold it down, but I've had this not work because the weight of the slate and gravel was insufficient for the size of the wood. If it is the light-coloured wood, I have found it always floats up unless somehow well secured (rocks, etc.).
A reputable fish store will probably exchange it for you, mine will. If they have the dark bogwood, ironwood or mangrove root I belvee it's called, that sinks almost immediately. I use it now.