Homemade Rod Holders for Boats

Many fishing rods are sold at a ridiculous price on the market; that’s more than expensive because many of them do not last long.

There are lots of fishing rods that are cheap, as they’re made from the comfort of the home, and have proven to last longer than the conventional ones.

All the materials needed are locally sourced and can fit into a budget, depending on what it is to be used for. In this article, we will be looking at tips on how to make Homemade Rod Holders for Boats.

Different Types Of Fishing Rods

Different Types Of Fishing Rods

Before detailing steps on how to make a homemade fishing rod that can serve for a long time, it is important to list the types of fishing rods available.

  • Clamp-On Mounts

This type is the best multi-purpose rod out there, especially for cases when there is no clear plan on which mount to choose from. It is flexible, strong enough to last in whatever position, and as clearly stated, it is cheap.

  • Flush Swivel

This rod is laid on an already created rod such that it will be laid at an angle of 30 degrees to the backbone rod. This type of rod is recommended for fishing expeditions where big fish are expected to be caught.

This is important to help the handler not lose his fishing rod during fishing because of the weight of the fish when caught.

  • Saltwater Rod

This rod is made up of holders consisting of steel plates, aluminum, or chrome bars. This is important because of the corrosive nature of Saltwater bodies, which cause other materials to easily rust.

This doesn’t mean that the materials will not become rust, the half-life of each of them is probably higher, allowing the materials to rust at a slower pace.

  • Deck Mounted

This is the easiest to prepare out of all the fishing rods. To prepare this fishing rod, no extra materials are needed. Just drill some selected holes in the pole to place the holder, and a Deck Mounted rod has been created.

  • Flush Mounts

Another cheap type of fishing rod that is one of the easiest to build is the Flush Mounts. Many homemade fishing rods need a bit of an expert touch to become effective.

However,  Mounts only need drilling to create space for the holder to be hooked on. Then, seal them together using silicone gum to ensure there are no leaks

The Importance of Rod Holders

When fishing, the rod holder comes in handy to keep the rod in a steady position while focusing on other issues like steering the boat to avoid rocks and other obstacles, checking the navigator, electronics, or just taking a break off for a while.

Also, using a holder can create space for more than one rod to be used on a fishing expedition. The holder even becomes more useful to reduce tension between any two rods, so that no single rod will touch the other.

However, some people feel the holder might not be necessary and decide to hold onto the rod themselves, which is also okay.

But, such may be a waste of effort. Better to delegate some tasks to things and take time to enjoy the serenity of the sea.

Tips to Making Cheap Homemade Rod Holders for Boats

Tips to Making Cheap Homemade Rod Holders for Boats

There are lots of ideas on how to get a cheap but highly efficient rod holder made from home. It all depends on the size of the workspace available, the number of fishing tools that will desirably be stored inside like the spare lines, and the number of rods it is expected to accommodate per trip.

Extra carpentry tools will be required for an average holder to contain extra space for fishing. For each of the different types of rod holders to be made, a little bit of creativity is needed.

Items you will need for a cabinet that has 3 shelves including 3 square boards; a saw drill bit, a few screw-nails, and a hammer.

It is quite easy to make but will need creativity to make a strong and reliable cabinet that will be able to stand the test of time.

To make the rods enter the cabinet, it is essential to drill holes in the cabinet at an angle of 45-degrees to the side, not in the middle.

To build a wall mount rod holder, create holes with hookers pointing downwards to the floor. It may hold the tips in place, but will still keep the other end to the ground. To prevent the other end from touching the ground, use a wooden board as a carpet, and place it on the floor.

To build a carp rod holder, there are lots of options to choose from. A crude and natural way, or the more finesse type such as can be gotten in stores around.

For the crude type, just get a tree and take the Y-shape out from it. Tie the rod on it and dig it into the ground, and that’s all. Adjust the height by determining how far into the ground it should go.

For the finessed type, some types do not touch the ground at all, and others do. Materials needed are PVC pipes (one shaped into the Y-shape and the other as a support to connect the Y-shaped pipe to the ends. At the bottom, two short and one long pipe are needed.

These are the simplest types for this kind of rod holder. There are complex ones that can be made at home but are unstable and are likely to break during transportation to the waterside.

For ceiling mount rod holders, materials needed are wood (at least four); all should be at the same height and weight.

Also needed are pipes of about 1.5-2 mm wide. Two of the pipes should be used to hold down the woods, up and the last two down. All can be fastened together using nail screws.

This method will create lots of space for as many rods as possible to be held down. To further fasten the setup down, use some glue to hold it in place.

Make holes in the two holders above on both ends and set them up on the ceiling. Make drills into the ceiling for those with concrete makeup. Also, extra wood racks can be placed on both sides of the ceiling, to further strengthen the setup.

Differences in Prices for Both Homemade and Factory- Made Rod Holders

The prices of all the homemade rod holders differ and are largely dependent on the size to be made, the type and quality of materials involved, and the assembling tools to be used.

Using a stainless PVC pipe over a plastic one will be more expensive, and that’s including the price of other materials and tools to be used.

There’s no fixed price to them, however, and that majorly differentiates them from the factory-made.

Some prices of the factory-made rods can go for anything between $20-$200. Some are below this price range, but they’re made of inferior materials and can break easily.

It is preferable to go for large rod holders, which can hold lots of rods than the lesser holders which are cheap. They may be cheap, but their efficiency is questionable and can break when in use.

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