Homemade Rod Holders?

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    Default Homemade Rod Holders?

    Hey,
    Going to try and run a single planer board but only have 2 rod holders per side and one for the WWB. Does anyone have a picture of what they use to expand there rod holding capability without a hardtop? Not looking for $150 store bought devices but homemade solutions. I was thinking about making a double or triple to go in a gunnel holder but 1" PVC is the largest that will fit. I know I can bush it up to 1 1/2" for the rods but was wondering it this was strong enough. Any ideas will be appreciated. Boat is a 21' DC so I can't just line the sides with tubes.

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    you should be able to use 1-1/4" pvc in the roob holders then use some closet rod to reinforce it
    I have done lots of them from PVC and they work just fine
    the top one I used as a poor mans downrigger and planner board rod holder holds 5 rods

    I also used 1-1/4" schedule 80 for the gunnel its the gray colored pipe
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    Here is what I used. It's made out of 2" alum pipe and a 1X10. With all hardware it cost something like 90 bucks to make and holds 7 on each side. If I went with PVC pipe it would have been even cheaper, but, I decided to go with the alum in case I hit something when docking.





    It is mounted to my rails via U-bolts. It is easy to take off when I am not trolling boards.

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    Great topic & replies!

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    this is what your looking for....Trust me
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    Wow. Great pictures and ideas. I really appreciate it. Gonna try a shakedown run this weekend.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ida Mae View Post
    this is what your looking for....Trust me
    I thought there's been some good info shared.

    Let the man have his topic... you've thrown those ridiculous looking things in our faces ENOUGH, bud.

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    Theres all kinda crazy rig you can come up with, when your desperate to get more line in the water.......This is a rig we fitted to my buddies 16' crabbing boat last spring when my boat was getting repowered on opening day One in the morning of, nun the less





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    hey jonah.....he asked for homemade ideas .....i gave him one.....blow me

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    What ever you use - be sure to secure the rod/reel with a short safety line. A big fish on trolling gear can really put some leverage on a homemade holder.

    I found out the hard way - by blind luck the rod did not go overboard.

    Be careful with the white PVC - sunlight will weaken it after time. If you know an electrican - you might be able to get short pieces of 1 1/2 or 2 inch conduit. It will rust slightly where cut but if it's free - you got a good deal. Drill a hole through the bottom for a bolt and you have a pin to lock the gimbal in.
    What could be more mundane than dying of old age or of natural causes when there is death by misadventure to be pursued ? Skip

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