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Pac in Arkansas
05-08-2018, 01:34 PM
I got into spider rigging this year and really enjoy it. The problem I had was a smaller boat (1548) and rod storage during road and on the water transport. I don't have a transport rack for on the road travel so to keep them from getting tangled up I wrap the line around the rods and I put a piece of pipe insulation on the tips to keep them from moving. I use a piece of velcro to keep the insulation in place. I then use another velcro strip to secure the reel ends of the rods. It isn't perfect but it generally does the job. I do tie them down but my trolling motor folds down over the rods so I really don't think they would go anywhere. I say better safe than sorry. I'm using 12' South Bend crappie stalkers. They catch plenty of fish and stow easily in my boat. The pics only show 4 rods. I was taking a quick pic to send to my buddy who had the same problem. When it's time to go fishing I have all 8 rods wrapped up in that bundle.




I made this rack for on the water transport whether making my initial run or running between ares. It is clamped in place so no holes in the boat needed. The only drawback is it is important to remember you have those rods sticking up before going under a bridge. I use the same kind of rack to store my rods on my garage ceiling.


I hope this might give others ideas if they spider rig out of a smaller boat and might be having the same concerns.


ET Fish
05-08-2018, 01:37 PM
That’s some impressive work and ideas!

05-08-2018, 03:09 PM
Very nice setup....hope you use it a lot and catch some fish...

05-08-2018, 03:38 PM
Good set up. Thx for sharing

05-08-2018, 04:02 PM
That will get the job done....good ideas

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05-08-2018, 05:37 PM
Neat ideas!

05-08-2018, 06:25 PM
Thanks for sharing your ideas. I've been looking for rod storage ideas for my jon boat.

05-08-2018, 09:53 PM


05-09-2018, 04:22 AM
Nice job!![emoji106]

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05-09-2018, 07:04 AM
I like the rack! Been trying to come up with something like you have made. I break my rods down and put in rod box, but at lake they get tangled running from spot to spot.

Pac in Arkansas
05-09-2018, 09:49 AM
I like the rack! Been trying to come up with something like you have made. I break my rods down and put in rod box, but at lake they get tangled running from spot to spot.

When I'm getting ready at the ramp I unwrap the rods and leave the hooks in the hook holder just above the reel, then place them in the vertical rod holders. The reels fit better if I make the handles point down on the first 7 rods and the handle up on the eighth rod. I tried to make the rack as small as possible to save space and by orienting the handles this way they kind of nest together. Once I get to my first spot I grab the nearest rod with the reel handle pointed up, bait up, put in the fishing rod holder then repeat with the next rod in line. By orienting the reel handles this way they tend to be less of a hassle while getting ready to fish.

When I move on the water I don't wrap the line around the rod like I do for on the road storage, I put the hook in the hook holder just above the reel and put enough tension on the line to keep the line taught. The only time I have had issues is with heavy winds. The poles will bend and may tangle at the tips but it doesn't happen very often. When cruising around with the 25 hp motor I usually don't have any issues at all. If you go with this vertical rod rack it is best to build in such a way that the pipe rests on the deck. This will help with stability and shifting of tube angles. If mounted off the deck the rack will want to pivot and your poles will be slanted. This may not be a bad thing, it may even be more aerodynamic.

05-09-2018, 09:59 AM
Great job, looks good.

Daddy and Luke
05-09-2018, 12:24 PM
Looks good. I need a better way of storage while moving from spot to spot too.

05-09-2018, 06:08 PM
Great rod storage idea. Partial to jon boats myself