Fishing Rod Holders

Submitted: Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 10:59


Hi All, I am just new to the whole 4wd and I am planning a fisching trip to Kalbarri WA over Xmas.

I have a 99 Challenger in very good cond with Rola RM166 roof rooks. I would like to build a PVC fisching rod carrier to strap to the roof racks. i was wondering if anyone out there has build one before, and has any advise.

MY plans was

1 x 6ft of storm water pipe 200ml
2 x push on caps
Glue on one cap to one end
Run a bolt through the 2nd cap from end to end

Use straps to hold onto roof racks...

Any better ideas ?

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 11:40

Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 11:40
Assuming I have understood what you are planning, you can buy end caps and screw on caps for 200 ml pipe to save having to run a bolt though the full length. I figures you wanted to do this to be able to undo one end to get your fishing rods.

I use a similar setup to carry extra tent poles.

"When I die I want to go in my sleep like my Grand father did, not screaming like the passengers in his car. "
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Follow Up By: CYPHER-CHLNGER - Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 11:43

Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 11:43
Thanks for the reply. Yes was just trying to work out a simply way to be able to open and get the robs out easily, and at the same time be secure.

How do you mount yours to the roof racks ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 12:54

Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 12:54
Hi Cypher:
I just bought a couple of stainless steel clamps (like a larger version of a radiator hose clamp) at my local Bunnings, and put them around the cylinder and the side of my roof rack and screw them up. Dead easy.

"When I die I want to go in my sleep like my Grand father did, not screaming like the passengers in his car. "
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Follow Up By: Dekard05 - Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 22:26

Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 22:26
Hi Cypher,

Like Jack I have the same setup, the large size hose clamps work a treat (got them from a plumbing store). They just strap onto the side of the roof basket. The only things to watch for, particularly with fishing rods, is that they do not move around to much inside or you end up snapping the ends! I just use a rolled up t-shirt around the rods and this seems to work okay.

Another think to watch for is that you can get the rods out at the end of the journey (if packed to tight and pushed toward the back of the tube they can be a bugger to remove!). Hope this helps.

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Reply By: Mainey (WA) - Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 12:33

Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 12:33
Any better ideas ?

If not better is probably safer, I have 6 rods inside the truck mounted up onto the underside of the roof, and all are well out of the way and secure. Mounted on rubber rod holders all individually seperated and not scratching each other or being damaging in any way.
All can be removed and replaced individually as required.

(I use a 'pvc pipe' system to hold the various shafts for my spearguns, one end is a glued on push on cap, with a solid rubber pad so the spear heads don't damage the pvc end and the other is a screw on cap for easy removal, it can be thrown 'almost' anywhere in the vehicle without damage)

Kalbarrie will be packed over xmas, but it's a truly beautifull place.
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Follow Up By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 17:28

Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 17:28

Before you go to all the trouble of making your own, go into your favourite tackle shop (if you havn't allready) and price some of the rod holders available, I recently picked up a Jarvis Walker holder on sale for about $30 (just under i think) also Mate, which ever method you use allways place your rods in a rod bag before you whack'em in your holder as they will protect your rods from vibration damage

Cheers Browny
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Follow Up By: Mainey (WA) - Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 18:16

Monday, Dec 05, 2005 at 18:16
Browny, all 6 rods are mounted inside the truck on the underside of the roof, and mounted securely in two tracts of individually moulded rubber rod holders, one at each end, which separates them about an inch or more apart, so they are not damaged.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2005 at 00:41

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2005 at 00:41
CYPHER-CHLNGER, 200mm pipe?

You must have some big fishing rods, or maybe like Mainey, carry a few.

I can fit 4 rods inside a 100mm pipe and probably get another one or two in if necessary. The 100mm pipe, endcaps and rack clamps are a common size for this type of carrying. 200 mm diameter pipe is bloody big.

Mainey may be on the right track in separating the rods to minimise damage to the runners if travelling over rough ground constantly, although I have not experienced any problems yet.

One word of advice though. If you use the pipe solution, ensure you use only reinforced endcaps. These specially designed endcaps have a metal plate on the inside to stop the contents from "punching" through the plastic.

The ones I use twist about half a turn to do/undo and are also lockable. Available from Rhyno-Rack.

I'm diagonally parked in a parallel Universe!
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Follow Up By: CYPHER-CHLNGER - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2005 at 10:00

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2005 at 10:00
Thanks everyone for the great advise.....You surely make a visitor (for now anyway) feel welcome...

Have a great Xmas and safe driving....
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2005 at 20:04

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2005 at 20:04
I made my own using 100mm sewer pipe. My pipe is about 13 ft long as my longest 1 piece rod is just over 12 ft long. I used screw on caps and pop riveted a hasp and staple keeper on each end. Hasp is on the pipe, staple is on the edge of the cap. I can now put a padlock on each end for security. You really only need to do this on one end, but I did it to both for flexibility.

I have roof racks with a channel in the top of them. To fasten the pipe to this, I got some aluminium strapping about 30mm wide. I bent it to go around the pipe (used a bit of 100mm pine log to bend it on with a hammer). I left a flat piece about 75mm long to sit on the roof rack. I drilled a hole (about 10mm) in the flat section. I slide cup head bolts into the channel on the rack, then put the bracket hole over the bolt and screw it down with a butterfly nut. Hope you follow this. There is an easier way, just buy the brackets to fit the pipe to the roof rack. They are readily available, but I'm not known for going the easy way.

I carry 4 rods, but it could easily fit 6 or 8, it you pack them right (alternate butts, or at least off set them). To stop them rattling around too much, I join the rods together with heavy duty elastic. 200mm pipe is enormous and may not be necessary. Also some serious wind resistance ath highway speed.

I prefer the pipe to conventional rod holders as rods are out of site. They are also protected from trees etc when off road.

Hope you can follow this rather long description.

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