Fishing the surf of your local beach gives you a chance to reel in a cooler full of “eaters,” or, with a little luck, a trophy-sized monster. However, it often takes a while for the fish to find your bait, and surf rods are large, unwieldy and heavy. The solution is to use a rod holder that keeps your lines taut, while you sit back wait to see your rod tip twitch.
Things You'll Need
- 2-inch-diameter PVC pipe
- Tape measure
- Permanent marker
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- 1/4-inch-diameter metal rod
- 2 hose clamps
Measure a 12-inch-long segment of PVC pipe with the tape measure and mark the correct length with the permanent marker. Cut the pipe to this length with the hacksaw. Sand both cut ends of the PVC pipe to remove any sharp edges that may cut your fingers or fishing lines.
Measure, mark and cut the metal rod to a length of 4 feet with the hacksaw. The rod functions as a stake, and it will work in hard-packed sand or soil. Place the rod alongside the PVC pipe, so that the PVC pipe stops about 1 inch from the end of the metal pipe. By making the metal rod extend past the PVC pipe, you can pound the rod with a rubber mallet to drive it in the ground, rather than risk damaging the PVC pipe with a mallet.
Place both hose clamps around the PVC pipe and the metal rod -- slide them apart so that they are near the ends of the PVC pipe. Tighten the hose clamps with the screwdriver.
Tips & Warnings
- Thin support rods are not ideal for beaches with loose sand, as the holder will be prone to twisting. If you intend to insert the rod holder into loose sand, forgo the metal rod and clamps. Instead, cut one side of a 4-foot-long PVC pipe at a 30-degree angle to make a one-piece rod holder. Push the angled side into the sand and insert your rod in the flat-cut side.
- Consider painting or marking your rod holders for identification and quick reference purposes.
- If you like, drill a small hole in the PVC pipe and tie a small cord to it, which allows you to attach tools, stringers or other items to the holder.
- Be sure that you insert the rod holder securely into the sand and that it will not bend or shift forward. If the holder bends forward, a large fish can pull the rod loose, leaving you to watch your fish -- and rod -- disappear into the ocean.
- Always follow all local laws and regulations regarding surf fishing in your area.
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