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Old 12-27-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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I'm facing a dilemma: I don't have an effective way to transport my fishing rods. When it's warmer, I go top down or at least back window out and put the rods out the back. That gets to be a problem with a dog in the Jeep, but it works alright..Now being the fisherman I am, I don't let the cold weather keep me from fishing.

I need to transport rods that are around 8' (swimbait rods), and I just can't throw them in the Jeep like I could an ultralight. I have the stock front bumper (TJ) and I'm looking to make something to hold them from there.

I know I can buy a setup where there's a cooler holder and rod holders straight up, but I'm looking to make something where my rods are angled back toward the windshield .

I found this picture (but that's about it...) on a striper forum



I like the concept, but I don't know how he's got it set up, and I can't weld if it involves that .

I can manage to make the rod holder themselves out of PVC pipe, bt I'm stumped on a good way to get them up and angled correctly. Any ideers?

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Old 12-27-2009, 08:51 PM   #2
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I used pvc pipe painted black. Works great for me although not angled.

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I'm just worried about trees and clearance, and on long trips, I don't like the idea of my rods sticking straight up. I may just go with something like your setup though. Looks good.
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I'm just worried about trees and clearance, and on long trips, I don't like the idea of my rods sticking straight up. I may just go with something like your setup though. Looks good.
You've got a point. I don't have any 8' rods so I'm fine...until I get me a big surf rod or two.
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I'm thinking about running two PVC pipes up from the bumper, running a brace across, and running braces to the grill with maybe a bungee cord somewhere to keep the pipes up against it.

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Possible a crazy idea, but why not just lash them to cage bars with some velcro straps? At 8' they'll hang out a bit, but I would prefer that to having my field of view altered.
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:40 AM   #7
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I added a front receiver and built a rack for rods and a cooler out of unistrut. It holds six rods and a large cooler, and it is easily inserted or removed with the receiver. 2" square tubing slides right in, and with some u-bolts and corner brackets, everything you need to construct a similar rack is available at the Home Despot. My rod holders are schedule 40 PVC in gray with a reel notch. They are all upright, but since this protrudes about 2 feet, angling these would be a simple matter of changing how you bolt them on. It's a bit heavier than the aluminum ones, being made of galvanized steel, but when some dumb tart backed into me, she had all the damage, and my rods and cooler went undamaged, so that's all to the good. Another option is a top rack. I have one that mounts sans drilling. I use it for the kayaks, and on long trips, I've strapped the surf rods to it, and they did fine. As was noted, unzipping the edge of the rear window and hanging them out teh back or strapping them to the sport bar also works. Bungees are your friend.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:41 PM   #8
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Holds solid even over rough terrain
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:13 PM   #9
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Check out overton's or other boating supply stores. There are a number of rod holders available that will do what you need.

LinkOverton's® > Whitecap Removable Fishing Rod Holder

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Holds solid even over rough terrain
looks great. one question though, does the holder pivot back so u can still open the hood. in the pic it doesnt look like there is much clearance between the hood and holders
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is that even legal to transport them like that
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looks great. one question though, does the holder pivot back so u can still open the hood. in the pic it doesnt look like there is much clearance between the hood and holders
Didn't even think of that..PVC is glued together and set, so I'm thinking about some kind of heavy duty hinge to put where it connects to the bumper and just keep the whole thing bungee corded up until I need access under the hood.
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is that even legal to transport them like that
Doubt it.
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yeah isnt it illegal to have things blocking ur sight over the windshield like that. looks like a good idea for a pole holder to sit by the shore with if ur cat fishing or something.
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Put the rod holders on hinges (so I could open the hood) and then ended up having to run braces to the grill. Solid as a rock now though. 90 miles with two rods in and now ticket yet
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I can't say with any certainty about legality in your state, but I've driven the entire east coast with 6 rods in my holder sticking stratight up, including a few long surf rods, and I've never been given any grief, even the few times I was cited for speeding, the cops never said a word about my view being blocked.

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