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Old 04-29-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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Fishing Rod Holder?

So i did a search for holding fishing poles on the jeep and all of them are the bumper pvc type where they go straight into the air. The spots i fish at have low hanging trees so that wont work. Im trying to find an easier way to carry them than wedged under the front seats and coming out from the back. I mean it works, im just wondering if anyones got any better ideas? Like a way to mount them to my rollbar besides bungee cording them on which i guess ill do unless i get a cool idea! Thanks!

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Old 04-29-2013, 10:54 PM   #2
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I've been trying to think of a solution for the same problem. The only idea I've come up with (and this is just all in my head...I haven't actually looked at parts or anything) is to try to get some sort of rod holder similar to this:Berkley Vertical 6-Rod Rack - Gander Mountain
Then, i was thinking about mounting something to close off the openings on top...maybe a piece of wood on a hinge or something like that. Ultimately, I'd like to mount the whole thing on my wilderness rack, but I'm sure it could be put on the roll bar instead (maybe with pipe clamps?).

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Ya i got a buddy with a pathfinder with a roofbasket and hes got that on it but i couldnt tell how to mount it to my rollbar where its easy on/off or out of the way for my soft top. Still trying to mock up sone way.. If i think of one or someone has an idea ill def try it out
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I usually just stick the rod tips through the passenger side towards the back and set the reels in between the door and the passenger seat
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This is one of the coolest rod holders I've seen. Other than that, I've seen some fellas on the beach with a similar setup attached to the standard roof rack.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:35 PM   #6
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Alex,
When you say you want something out of the way for the soft top, do you mean you would want it underneath of the roll bar (towards the floor) rather than the top side (toward the sky)?
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Alex,
When you say you want something out of the way for the soft top, do you mean you would want it underneath of the roll bar (towards the floor) rather than the top side (toward the sky)?
Well i was trying to create something that i could leave on when the soft top goes up and down, something that i could leave there. OR, something that might be in the way of soft top going up and down but is an easy disconnect from its mounting spot. Whenever i fish i have the top down, so the rollbar is the ideal mounting location, i dont want to fab up something like that link that bolts into body. I guess what im looking for is some kind of small contraption to clamp to rollbar that will either not be in the way of putting the top up and down or has an easy removal. I hope this made sense lol
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:28 AM   #9
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I think my ultimate goal is to go buy the berkley vertical 6 rod holder that was posted above and create some way to put a pipe clamp or c clamp or something of the sort on it to mount to rollbar. Im going to hopefully go to the store today to buy the rod holder and maybe lowes to see their toys that might work. Ill keep everyone posted with pics, and any other ideas are very welcome as it is still a project in the making!
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I have these: Attwood® Vertical Mount Rod Holder | Bass Pro Shops mounted to the underside center of rollbars with a velcro straps, rods are out of the way, well protected and don't fall out. They do stick out the back a foot or two depending on the rod length but I run a safari top 90% of the time.
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I have these: Attwood® Vertical Mount Rod Holder | Bass Pro Shops mounted to the underside center of rollbars with a velcro straps, rods are out of the way, well protected and don't fall out. They do stick out the back a foot or two depending on the rod length but I run a safari top 90% of the time.
Ya thats the same type of thing im trying to connect. The rod coming out of that back doesnt bother me its just when it sticks up to the sky haha. You mounted them with velcro? I thought about that but didnt really know how it would hold up versus some sort of clamp. Do you have a picture of it?
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x2 I'd like to see that. Pretty interested in this.
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I have these: Attwood® Vertical Mount Rod Holder | Bass Pro Shops mounted to the underside center of rollbars with a velcro straps, rods are out of the way, well protected and don't fall out. They do stick out the back a foot or two depending on the rod length but I run a safari top 90% of the time.
Any pictures? I really like this and would like to attempt it. Fortunately I crappie fish, so I have mostly short rods that will fit across the back seat. I hate leaving them there though...
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I bought the berkley 6 rod horizantal holder today at walmart for 10 bucks, im now trying to figure out where id like to mount and how. Any ideas?
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Ya thats the same type of thing im trying to connect. The rod coming out of that back doesnt bother me its just when it sticks up to the sky haha. You mounted them with velcro? I thought about that but didnt really know how it would hold up versus some sort of clamp. Do you have a picture of it?
I found some 12" long velcro straps while I was looking in the camping section of the local Gander Moutain I did'nt want to drill holes in the bars or make them permanent so I just use two wraps front and rear to hold them on. I fish in some pretty remote areas and carry my kayak on top my Jeep so this works really well for me.

Don't have any pics handy but I'm sure I'll go fishing this weekend and load it all up, I'll make sure I take a couple.
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:21 PM   #16
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In my opinion, velcro or nylon web straps would be the way to go for something quick and easy to remove (possiby even a cheap dog collar?). You could probably fashion something with a buckle out of paracord without too much trouble also.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:46 PM   #17
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I got a 6 rod holder and i think im going to hollow out the top and bottom of the styrofoam so it will leave me with 4 rod holder and use the empty spaces to wrap a velcro strap around the roll bar (the vertical one behind front seat and behind rear seat) may go get some velcro here in a little bit. Will post pics as soon as i finish. Overall its looking to be a less than $20 install and very helpful too
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I leave a pole on all year long just encase i see a good spot.
I took two of the rod holders from academy and attached them to the corners
of the body armor and rear light guards .
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This is my set up I fish for trout so in always under small trees, this works great for me, I have an ultra light rod there and then a slightly larger one, I've done over 60 with them in
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If anyone would like some close ups of it just let me know I can go take them
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If anyone would like some close ups of it just let me know I can go take them
Can i see a close up? I think i like that
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:56 PM   #22
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I keep a couple of telescoping rods in the back for beaver pond opportunities when I the mountains.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:14 PM   #23
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Here's what I did a few years ago. I have a '99, so there was no plastic molding to fuss with.

A couple short pieces of PVC, slightly larger diameter than your rod handle
Straps for conduit/PVC pipe
Piece of metal. I used a door kick plate from an old building.






I cut the metal down to where it would fit between the visors, drilled holes for the straps and the footman loop, then painted everything. This was intended to be a prototype with the final build using better materials and with more care and concern paid to quality. I've since removed it since I don't get out fishing anymore.

Anyway, here it is assembled and installed. You simple remove the footman loop and attach it with the original Torx screws. On the '03 up models, I'm not sure how you can contend with the molding.





And with rods in it. After taking the picture, I tweaked the metal bracket so the handles were in the PVC properly. While driving, I knew the rods were there, but they didn't get in the way at all.





My big dilemma was how to attach them to the sound bar. Bungee cords to the rescue. Not ver clean or professional, but I had them lying around, they were soft so they didn't scratch the poles and they worked. After I pulled the bracket out, I discovered Quick Fists. I think the small ones would work perfectly for this application.
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Oh, they did stick out from the back window, so it has to be removed/rolled up. I was usually topless/safari topped so it wasn't an issue for me.
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Anyone ever see them attached to the spare??
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I have seen fly guides use these out west and seem to work. I don't know how well they would work on the vertical windshield on a jeep.

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Anyone ever see them attached to the spare??
I have, I pass the TJ with it mounted on the spare every day. As I read this thread, I was thinking of his set up and that I can more than likely snap a picture tomorrow. It looked pretty simple, I think it's made from 4 or 5 PVC pipes connected in some way then attached to the spare.

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Old 05-01-2013, 02:51 PM   #28
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Ok i finally figured out a way to clamp it on the roll bar and it works great for me!

These are the berkley horizantal 6 rod holders i used, i pulled off the top holder and bottom holder to use as attachment points
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The straps used here were called rope wraps. They are 1" x 12" and came in packs of 3 for 5 bucks. I bought two packs. They are velcro. Used one strap on top and one on bottom for the rear roll bar and hooked two straps together for top and two together for bottom for the front roll bar. (6 total) 1 strap wasnt long enough to wrap around the front roll bar so luckily they came in packs of 3, so it worked out perfectly.
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All the parts i used i got at walmart. $10 for berkley horizantal 6 rod holder
(x2) $5 for 3pk of velcro rope wraps
Total: $20
Exactly what i was wanting. If i left out any details or anything let me know. Hope it helps someone wanting to do the same thing as well! Thanks for all the help and keep the ideas coming for others to use!
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Break down pole(s), wrap together, put through this hole behind the bumper, put velco wrap around reels and antisway bar for security, presto. Cost me getting caught raiding the Mrs. Sewing stuff to find velcro. Works great with the Smitty XRC Front bumper, other bumpers I suppose could make it hard to get to though.

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Can i see a close up? I think i like that
Yes, I can I will try to later

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