5 Gallon Bucket Rod Holders
I saw a guy this past weekend on a Grady that had a 5 gallon bucket with pieces of PVC mounted on it that held 6-8 trolling rods/reels.
It was a great space saving idea and would like one for my boat as well.
Does anyone know if these are available commercially? If so, where?
I am not very mechanically oriented so trying to make one wasn't really in my future plans.
Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions.
I use a pair of 5 gallon buckets with short PVC pipe sections inside the bucket to hold parachutes, umbrellas, leaders, etc.
I would assume if the bucket was holding 6 - 8 rod/reel combos it would be heavy and very top heavy (i.e. tip over on the boat very easy, unless you filled the bucket with sand)
try this for rod storage
You can get six heavy conventional style rods per bucket using a 12 inch piece of pvc for each rod. I then mounted the three buckets to a cheap moving cart bought at home depot for 15 bucks. I now have the ability to take eighteen rods with me where ever I go. It also makes a nice washdown holder for the rods as long as.you drill holes through the bottom of the bucket. The other secret is to turn the rods into the inside of the bucket where the buckets meet edge to edge. I will try to attatch a picture later when not using the phone. This rod rack also works nice for wheeling your gear into the garage and keeping it neat and tangle free.
On a side note make sure to strap them in multiple times when going down the road. I lost 12 of 17 rods on I 270 when my tailgate disengaged. The reels were all ok and greatly protected by the buckets. A huge thaks to Pearl from Tyler's bait and tackle for fixing five of them and keeping me in the game for the mass tournament.
Please post photos. Sounds like a good idea.
here is a pic of the buckets with the pvc rod holders. I did not have a picture downloaded of the cart yet but I will get one up after the next trip.
Thanks! That was exactly what I saw on the Grady.
One question - do you think its possible to squeeze 8 in there?
Last edited by Harlan seller; 05-05-2011 at 07:47 AM.
Now thats an idea. I just came in from the garage trying to figure where I could build a rod rack, but I keep moving stuff around for the different seasons. Gonna think about this now. Light tackle creek fishing bucket, trolling bucket, LTG bucket. Hmmmmm
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Here are some pics of a rod holder I built from PVC pipe and a milk crate. I have spinning gear but I think it could hold trolling rods. It might take up a little more room then th 5-gallon bucket but I think you have more room to store stuff in the crate.
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Fishen4Bubba - Very nice! Gonna make myself a set of those as soon as I get some time (that I would/can be on the boat!) Awesome idea, thanks!
Here is how I store my rods, I can wash them down and comb out the hair, then carry it in the garage for storage.
I am not a carpenter, but I made this out of scrap wood.