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Fishing Poles in Truck

So I traded my '02 Explorer in for my first truck, 2007 F-150, the other day. I was wondering if anyone has some suggestions on how to safely transport fishing poles in a truck bed? I would like to solve it with just buying a bigger boat with a center rod locker, but unfortunately that is not an option now. Anyway just wondering if there is a better way than just setting them loosely back there.

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I've broken many rods in the back of the pickup.  Honestly, the best way would be to get some PVC.  Experiment with how many rods, etc you want to store and how.  That will dictate what size pipe you decide to go with.  At least this way you'll ensure the rod tips and eyes don't get busted!


 

 

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I don't know how many rods you have, But set them inside your truck, like you did your explorer... Problem solved, Its what I do many times.

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pvc sounds like a good idea. I've never had a problem with mine in the box tho.

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icefishing rods however. All winter long those things are either sliding around my dash or sitting in the backseat getting covered with clothes/guns/vex and whatever else.
I kept them in my house for transport a few times but that just doesn't work well.

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I usually bring 4-6 rods with depending on how many people come with. Most of them are 1 piece rods so they can not be broken down in halves. Nice thing about the explorer is I had one of them rod holder things you hook across the ceiling. Those worked real well on the inside. May consider using that in the truck bed. Good ideas so far, still looking for any more people have.


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Jangler, that could work with the explorer rig you had. I have a mini me 5 foot truck box and 6 foot 6  or  6 foot rods. Depending on what I'm fishing I have up to 10 rods coming with.  I pretty much put em in the back and hope for the best. I, like browneyehunter_24, haven't had one break, or bend any eyes. 

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The only way a guy doesn't break a rod in the back of the pickup is if they don't have anything else in the back with them.  They don't break just because of sitting in the back, they break when a bucket rolls across, or a cooler slides, or a jug of windshield wiper fluid rolls over them, or the rods wiggle down in between a pile of junk or receiver hitch and something.  That's when things get busted.  Never know when you hit the bump or turn a sharp corner or something and there it goes.

That's what ate one of my rods.  Needed a couple more for a shorefishing trip and said sure, I'll grab my boat rods.  Well, that is the last time I take boat rods shorefishing.  One got broke!!!!!


 

 

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Oh my good lord!!  Is this sh*t serious???

http://www.thesundeckonline.com/bumper.htm  

Whadya think?

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Haha Wow Big J thanks for those links. Some people take this issue very seriously. Just looking at cabela's site and they sell something similar to that first link you posted. One other idea i had was fabricate something that mounted some vertical or horizontal rod holders to construction wood the length of the bed. that keep them from moving around. then maybe add some pvc for the tips and make sure everything is secured like Tim says. Seems like it might be a bit extreme though.


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Maybe something like these only mount to the side of the box instead of the suction cups and leave the bottum of the box free for other stuff ?                                      

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I use 3 - 2X6's crosswise in the box and lay 3/4" plywood across those in the box to separate the top of the pickup box from the bottom of the pickup box.   By the way i have a topper on the box. 

I then built a wood box that fits under the plywood and 2X6 separation.  All my fishing stuff that I don't haul in the boat goes under the plywood; out of sight, out of mind so to speak,  thieves!!    Those rods (usually cranking rods) that do not fit below go above cross wise on the plywood.  When I get to the launch the crank rods go in the boat.  

When you tournament fish, you need to haul all your stuff and decide what stays back by what is or isn't working.   That's why I came up with this system.  I don't tournament fish anymore so don't really use it now but that worked for me. 

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A buddy of mine uses rubber rope in the back of his pickup. He made a mesh  webbing crossways and lays rods on it. Things don't move around and have good support.

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those links above look neat.  but, am i the only one who thinks driving down the road at 65-75 mph w/ 6 rods flapping around in front of your truck might be tough on your rods?  or, at the very least, very annoying?  seems like i'd entertain a ton of other options before i would even consider driving around w/ 6-12 rods sticking up 6-8ft above my box and/or bumper.   

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Esox beat me to it.  Berkely makes similar deals with velcro.

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A buddy of mine puts a couple of 2x4s across the box (side to side not front to back), there are little indentations in the sides that they fit in, then we lay them on top of those. This keeps them up off the floor and away from most of the stuff that will damage them.

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That's a hell of an idea.  Did he hog out notches in the boards?

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svnmag Said:
That's a hell of an idea.  Did he hog out notches in the boards?

No but that is a good idea! We just set the rods on them, there is usually a five gallon bucket or two in the box and they stick up enough to keep them from sliding around on the boards too much.

He also uses the same 2x4's in the winter to hold his ice house (6x8) up, that gives us room underneath to put all our gear without having to stuff it all inside the cab of the truck.

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espringers Said:
those links above look neat.  but, am i the only one who thinks driving down the road at 65-75 mph w/ 6 rods flapping around in front of your truck might be tough on your rods?  or, at the very least, very annoying?  seems like i'd entertain a ton of other options before i would even consider driving around w/ 6-12 rods sticking up 6-8ft above my box and/or bumper.   

Both me an Stizo were completely joking.  We think its a gong show of an idea too.  Just stupid.

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bullheadmaster Said:
Oh my good lord!!  Is this sh*t serious???

http://www.thesundeckonline.com/bumper.htm  

Whadya think?

Big J

i guess i missed the first line of this post.  i can't believe anyone would buy something like that.  or try sell something like it for that matter.  i am having a very tough time imagining a situation where a rod holder like that would even be practical.

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espringers Said:

bullheadmaster Said:
Oh my good lord!!  Is this sh*t serious???

http://www.thesundeckonline.com/bumper.htm  

Whadya think?

Big J

i guess i missed the first line of this post.  i can't believe anyone would buy something like that.  or try sell something like it for that matter.  i am having a very tough time imagining a situation where a rod holder like that would even be practical.

You see those on the coast. They don't use them for transport, mostly just rod holders, while they're parked on the beach fishing.

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I know I'm jumping in a little late in the conversation but the Portarod is the best all around solution for this problem.  It is light weight, sturdy and great looking.  It has a webpage that you can order from www.portarod.com.

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www.portarod.com  There is no drilling, light weight, and looks good.  I promise this thing is great.

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I made a rod storage tube out of a stick of 4" pvc. It has a rounded cap on the front end and a threaded female adapter on the back end with a pvc bung. About $15 invested.

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I know I'm jumping in a little late in the conversation but the Portarod is the best all around solution for this problem.  It is light weight, sturdy and great looking.  It has a webpage that you can order from www.portarod.com.

I was wondering if anybody made something like this.  I think it could be done at home using a shower curtain rod which extends and some PVC tubes for a pretty damn good price.

I might have to go home and tear my shower curtain rod down and see how well it will hold in the box of my pickup.

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where are the rod snobs ----- I was expecting the "you buy the best loomises that money can buy"  if they break - send em in.  Rod locker situation solved.

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I have up to 20 rods in my truck with some regularity and only 1 broken tip (tip caught  in tonneau support, rolled the tonneau.....snap).  I am fortunate to have enough boat rod storage to hold 20 or so in there.  Id focus more on "the other stuff" you have with you.

I laid the rods out where they had the most room and made sure everything else (4 rubbermaid containers, gallons of outboard oil, jack, spares seats and lifejackets, etc) was securely placed.  Like Tim said, most damage isnt from the moving rods, but other stuff moving around.  If I had a topper Id maybe rethink my storage, but I have a rollup tonneau cover and this works well for me.  I place stuff shere the lighter stuff is pinned from moving by the heavier stuff, and use ratchet straps to hold more movable stuff secure.

FWIW I also have open water stuff in my truck about 5 months out of the year with only 1 broken tip.  I do like the PVC idea.  You could fit 4-5 rods in 1 large tube if you removed the reels.

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SHORTHAIRSRUS Said:
where are the rod snobs ----- I was expecting the "you buy the best loomises that money can buy"  if they break - send em in.  Rod locker situation solved.

A couple of my rods are IMX's, and they go into my tube carrier along with 4 others of various brands. I just wish I would have made it a bit longer, my newest rod is a 7'2" carrot stix and it doesn't fit.

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I think Tim said it best if you have your Rods in the back by themselves your chances are less of them breaking....I like the 2x6 idea to keep them from rolling around...however if you throw tackle boxes, coolers, chairs and whatever else you need your chances of breaking rods increases....I think the best thing is just to be careful and pack smart....I think most rods get broken on the way home....might have enjoyed one or two too many beverages...it's past dark...well past the time you told the misses you’d be home you’re in a hurry...you have about a bazillion skeeter bites from cleaning your fish ... you throw everything in the back of the truck including your wheeled cooler and hit the road at about 70 mph....keep in mind your not on interstate yet when mrs. doe and her two fawn decide to wander in front of your truck you slam on the brakes avoiding the deer but slamming your cooler into your rods in the back of the truck...damn that sucks !!!!


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Sorry this is what I ment to send. Summer rods are a little trickier in this thing.

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Big J, those rodholders are for surf fishing.  Get out on the beaches of NC and you see surf anglers driving down the beach with rods on the front or back of the truck quite a bit.

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Poutine, Do you fish out of the truck or take the box into the fish house?

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Out of the pickup quite a bit.

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NICE!!!  love the lowrance on the dash.  why the separate GPS though? 

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espringers Said:
NICE!!!  love the lowrance on the dash.  why the separate GPS though? 

the lowrance looks like a depthfinder only...maybe I'm wrong ?!?


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It has the GPS too. This dash is not as friendly as my other pickup for mounting it. Its like a 522i or something like that. Its the bow unit off the boat.

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I am still trying to figure out how you guys are putting in your rods in the box of the pickup with pvc.     8 foot box - not a problem, 6.5 ok if you 6 footers, 4.5 or whatever us 4 doors are - forget it - they have to go sideways and up.   I use to lean them up on something or other and some got broke or had issues.   I have a topper tg.   Now they are in the rod lockers.

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Poutine Said:

It has the GPS too. This dash is not as friendly as my other pickup for mounting it. Its like a 522i or something like that. Its the bow unit off the boat.

522 is what i use too.  i suppose you have trouble getting a consistent gps signal on the dash from that unit? 

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No problem on the dash at all. In the trap or hard sided house yes but by then I am already where I want to be.

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Yeah!!!!  Portarod.com  This thing is great.