I wanted to make a cooler rack/fishing pole holder to fit in my hitch until I realized that I would rather save the hitch for a swing away bike carrier. So I got to
thinking and this is what I came up with.
Let me know what you guys think!!
I have a rugged ridge light bar with 3 light mounts. As you can see I only used 2 mounts for my KC lights. So I decided I would incorporate the mounting spot into my design. All in all I spent $12. Most of the items I had at home.
I used an old aluminum umbrella that blew down and broke for the tubes. (Free)
I cut them into 12" segments.
I used a 1 1/2" x 1/2" and cut it to 13". (Found in garage, also free)
Then I used 3 U clamps from the local hardware store. (Around $2 a piece so $6)
Then I measured everything out drilling holes in the board. Using a 3/8" hole for the middle. I don't remember the size for the U clamps. After making sure everything would fit, I used a can of spray paint ($6) and painted it black to match.
Everything will need to be touched up a little bit, but for now it works.
I plan on mainly using it for rod transport. I always hate breaking down my poles. It seems like I'm always untangling the poles before I use them. This keeps them from getting tossed around in the back and potentially broken.
A single piece of gravel kicked up on the road can critically damage a graphite rod to the point of it failing (snapping) while fighting a fish or even just casting. I am a fly fisherman and my rods stay inside my Jeep when it is moving. I have Winston rods and the are worth almost $800 each (not counting the reel cost on top of that). Rather safe than sorry.
If you fly fish, I have found that the best way to carry rigged rods is to put the rod in backwards (reel first) from the tailgate area, ending up with the reels in the front passenger floorboard. I can fit my 10' WT 4 weight in that way with no problems and the only thing the rod touches is seat fabric.
I installed a Walmart pick up type gun rack in the rear side window of my Jeep. It works perfectly to hold 4 piece fly rods in their carry cases.
Otherwise a yakima or thule type top box is perfect for enclosed fishing rod carry. For the longer rods, you can use any ski rack, with the rods carried butt first. Both of these options protect the rods from flying rock damage.
2013 JKU Sahara, Commando Green - 2.5" Franken Lift - Rancho 9000xl shocks - 275/70r18 Cooper ST Maxx in summer - 265/70r18 Bizzaks in winter
i have 9-11' surf fishing rods and have been trying to figure out how to best transport my rods w/o hitting the overpasses when i drive under them..
I'd like to see how the total overall height is...
I just drove 7 hours from the TX gulf coast to Dallas with my 2 10Ft surf rods. I had be roof off so I used bungees and strapped them to the roll cage, one on each side. The tip of the rods was about the end of my hood. It worked great. Of course this solution will only work with the roof off.
i would do 2 things. Switch it around to the front, so that longer rod could sit all the way down. And also notch out the top, so the reel could sit down in and and lessens the movement of the rods.
Someone mentioned traveling with 9-11 foot rods. I use ski racks on the roof for travel, then once I get to the beach, I put them in the front rack for transport over the sand. But I also have to drive through some low hanging trees on the way to the beach, and don't want to snag one with my rods.