View Full Version : Anyone make their own rod holders?

12-30-2005, 05:01 PM
I can't swing $20 each for a driftmaster setup. I've checked the knock offs and I'm still looking at around $12 each which is around $50 for four. Seems like something could be made out of PVC.

12-30-2005, 05:05 PM
Try this link. There are several folks that make thier own and a couple went in depth explaining how they did it.
I thought they looked great!

12-30-2005, 05:41 PM
My pics didn't show on the link so I'll put em up again. what I've started doing for trolling/drifting is I put the pedestal into the base on the front deck with the rods off the bow instead of off the side. I have to stand up but it works, for vertical fishing I use the side:




I did add another 2 holders to my set up. those are Attwood Sure-grip holders. Academy had them for $9, Wally World sells them for $11.

12-30-2005, 05:42 PM
a friend of mine made one,i haven't seen it but you pull up one of your seats and it mounts in the holes just like your seat, holds six rods,so i'm thinking it's shaped like a T with the holders across the top.

12-30-2005, 07:47 PM
I made rod holders for the front and back of my ski and fish. I did not want to drill into my boat so I made them removable. I mostly use the front two because I sit in the bow and the rear is too far away. The front is made from pvc pipe and an end pipe with a rod holder screwed in. They fit into the drink holders. I use bunjee cords on the front to hold them in position and keep them from turning. The back is plywood with rod holder screwed into each corner. I have since painted the plywood white to match.

http://www.supermotors.org/getfile/277090/fullsize/front%20rod%20holder.JPG (http://www.supermotors.org/vehicles/registry/showmedia.php?id=277090&original=1)

http://www.supermotors.org/getfile/277091/fullsize/rear%20rod%20holders.JPG (http://www.supermotors.org/vehicles/registry/showmedia.php?id=277091&original=1)

12-30-2005, 08:06 PM
Labill made some I used as a pattern. There are pix of them somewhere in the test area. I made them myself and put together 4 rod holders that hold 4 to 5 rods each. The T bar, mounts and rod holders together were less than 10 bucks each to make. PM me if you want some more details

12-30-2005, 09:33 PM
I have made one that will mount to any cleat . Dave has seen it and I will post a pic when I'm back from Michigan in a couple days.

12-30-2005, 10:37 PM
I Make Some Out Of Pvc That Work Well On My Toon, They Are
T Shaped Like Someone Mentioned Earlier. They Hold 5 Rods
Each Which Gives Me 15 For Nightstalking, Or Drifting. They Also Work On The Bass Boat, But I Only Can Put Out Ten. I Use
Short Pvc Pipe And Connectors. Don't Have To Drill Into The Boat And It Just Takes A Minute To Get Them Set Up. I'll Try To Get
Some Pics On The Board If I Can Figure Out How. The Cost For A
Holder That Will Accomodate 5 Rods Is About $10.00

Big George
12-31-2005, 01:42 AM
Crappie Reaper made some really nice ones out of pvc pipe get him to send pics best I have seen or rather neatest job I have seen

Crappie Reaper
12-31-2005, 04:11 AM
Ah BG, you makin me blush! It was Pappy and labill's pics that got me started. I just happen to be very good using the tools I own. I have yet to complete my set, but will have to before summer.
You can find the pictures on the link AnchorPuller posted above. Just scroll down. You will also see pics of labill's and Pappys PVC versions as well. It will give you a great starting point. I made the holes big for ease of removing fast. I also plan to glue padding in areas of rod contact so as not to wear into the rods.

12-31-2005, 04:59 AM
I think it was Krappiekrazy who sent me pictures of his set up. You need to ask him for some pics. Darn nice setup.

01-01-2006, 08:06 PM
Thanks guys. I appreciate all the pics. Gives me a lot of ideas. I really like the 7" PVC rod holders. I may be able to combine the ideas and do a 2X4 to mount in my bow seat plate and fashion some PVC rodholders and run six or so rods off the front.

I think Bob The Builder needs to do an episode on rigging a Jon boat. Can we rig it? Yes we can!

01-01-2006, 08:38 PM
this is my rod holders . i thought i had posted a pick on theis subject . maby another one simular. i like the longated hole for the handle . it makes it easier to git them out . the rack is removable . i made them from a dress rack from a womens clothing store

01-01-2006, 08:54 PM
I saw some made with channel alum and pvc pipe. Cut a section of each making sure that size wise the pvc pipe will fit inside the channel metal and attach one end together. and attach to somekind of mount on your boat. When you get a bite pull up on the rod and slide it out of the pvc pipe. The holder pivots on the attached end when you pull up on the rod. You can attach a bolt to the bottom of the front end to adjust the angle of the rod. I hope this is clear for you. Use whatever size you rod handle will fit into.