Catfish Edge: Cutting Edge CatfishingCatfishing tips, techniques and information from professional catfish guides anglers. This is often because they actually fish with that many rods at one time while on the water.
In some cases the number of rods is because different catfish rods are rigged differently for different techniques or they use different setups for all of the catfish species. If youa€™re carrying multiple catfish rods in your boat, this leaves you with a need for a simple way to store and transport them when theya€™re not in use. Leaving them laying in the floor of the boat or propped up against something is a recipe for disaster especially when trailering or running the water in big waves. When you get on the water or change locations you want to be able to quickly and easily access your rods and get your baits in the water without fighting a big tangled mess of rods and catfish rigs. Long story short, storing your rods upright is typically the best solution to make sure your rods and reels stay in tip top shape and readily accessible. I weighed all of the options and couldna€™t make up my mind so I decided to come up with a temporary solution so I could get the location right. That temporary solution ended up becoming my long term plan for rod storage and the best option I’ve ever used! Once I had the concept for a seat post mounted vertical rod holder I started doing some research and found an option available through Cabelaa€™s. After about ten different conversations with the Cabelaa€™s staff, a lot of confusion and a debate amongst their employees on whether the product was still being made or not, they finally located one in the store. The Cabelaa€™s Quick Stow Rod Rack wasna€™t exactly what I wanted so I decided Ia€™d just build my own. When I look at something that I like the concept of but am not 100% happy with, the words a€?I can build something better than thata€? usually leave my mouth. This is typically followed with an a€?oh no, here we go againa€? look from my wife because occasionally the end result ends up to be much more time consuming and expensive than just buying something. I ordered a Swivel-Eze LockN Pin Seat Post on AmazonA and had a Cabelaa€™s coupon that saved me a chunk of cash on their six rod rack. With the parts in hand a mapped out the design and made the cuts to lay out the frame for the rod storage rack around the seat post.
With all of the aluminum stock measured, cut and cleaned up I talked my buddy into welding the aluminum for some frosty adult beverages and the DIY Rod Rack was born. I used a coupon at Cabelaa€™s for a discount on the Rod Tube Racks, purchased the aluminum stock at a discount from a scrap bin and paid full price for the seat post.
I built the rack so it could sit in any direction on the boat to save space and for ease of use and also so the interior of the rack could be used to store Plano Stowaway Tackle Boxes as well. When I posted the video of my SeaArk Procat 240 I had a ton of requests from anglers wanting to know how I made the rod rack so i put together this video and information. Here’s a quick video overview of what I did to build this rack (as well as why) and more details.
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The basic concept of building a frame around the seat post will work for any number of rods. I used the Cabelas Rod Racks but if you really want to do this on the cheap you can make your own tube rod holders out of PVC.
Make sure you sandwich the frame tight against the seat post when you weld it and add extra reinforcement on the ends, top and bottom. Once the frame is built, welded and secure to the seat post simple drill holes in your preferred rack and securely mount them to the frame.
Several people asked me about the strength and durability of the rack and if I had used it while trailering. Since building this upright rod storage rack Ia€™ve trailered my boat on the Interstate multiple times as much as 80 miles one way at speeds of 65 to 70 miles per hour loaded down with my signature series catfish rods with no issues or concerns at all.
Ia€™ve fished numerous times in 30a€“35 mile per hour winds and driven across the lake at high speeds with rods in the rack also with no concerns. If Ia€™m fishing primarily from the front or sides of the boat I leave the rack in the back seat post base thata€™s mounted on the livewell. If Ia€™m fishing primarily from the back of the boat I either turn the rod rack so ita€™s running parallel with the length of the boat or move it to the front seat post on the ProCat. Loaded with 12 rods the rack is a little heavy but can still be easily moved by one person. You can open the livewell with the rod rack fully loaded with 12 rods just be careful as the rods will hit the top of the outboard cowl at some point.
I also thought about cutting a section of swimming pool noodle lengthwise on one side and placing it on a couple of rods to help prevent cowl damage. If youa€™re looking for a versatile and portable solution thata€™s low cost for storing rods on your catfish boat then the DIY Vertical Rod Storage Rack is a great solution.
If youa€™re not the handy type that does well building things then check out the Cabelaa€™s Quick Stow Rod Rack for another alternative. Therea€™s a few other options available like the Rod Corral from Berta€™s Custom TackleA (also available here on Amazon) though all of the manufactured alternatives I found were significantly more expensive than the do it yourself option and the Cabelaa€™s Quick Stow. If you build your own vertical rod storage rack please send me some photos,A Ia€™d love to see your design and end results!
Rod Lockers offer the advantage of being able to store your rods out of sight and away from the weather.  When installed in combination with a lock you also have piece of mind when the boat is on the trailer traveling to and from locations that your gear is safely stowed away. Rod Racks (Vertical) similar to above, vertical rod racks have all the same advantages of a horizontal rack, as well as taking up even less room in the boat.
As illustrated above there is both advantages and disadvantages to each option, Careful planning and consideration should be made before deciding on what the best course of action is for your vessel. Weighing up the plus’s and minus for each I came to the conclusion that in my situation a rack would suit my boat better, so off to the drawing board it was. Research and design for the rack easily took up the most time of the project, working out heights and spacing, as well as coming up with an esthetically appealing design, was no easy matter with many drawings and cardboard templates required before the final design was achieved.


Spacing - Ideally you want to be able to fit as many rods as you can to maximize the space you have available, there is no such thing as too much storage, however its important to work out the correct spacing for sorts of combos you intend on storing. Location – Location is an important factor to consider when planning to build a rack. Skin Fittings – one for every rod in your rack, Skin fittings are used as an attractive entry point for the rod tips to go through the front casting deck. So you have your design sorted, its all spaced correctly and its time to make the final the final product. CNC Router – Whilst most people will not have one of these sitting in your back shed, CNC Routers are defiantly the way to go. Once you have your racks cut out, its time to install the bungee cord that will hold the rods in place when traveling. With your newly cut racks cut out and ready to go, its time to install them into your boat.
Once both racks are in place, its time to get the drill out and start cutting some holes through your front deck for the rods to pass through.  The best way of finding out where the holes is, is to get broom handle or something similar and insert it into one of the positions on the rack.
Evidently, she is sitting in the driveway waiting for me to get it in gear so we can begin our day. The preparation for this day began last week when I knew I was lacking some stuff that other folks have on their kayaks. I decided my first outing should be somewhere familiar and protected in case the wind blew a gale. We arrived at our destination, unloaded the kayaks from the vehicles and then loaded the kayaks with stuff. Sunday night the high tide was after dark but we had a nice east wind that brought the water in early so I launched for a sunset cruise to the flats. The pieces on the seat can be added to the ends for more rod storage or positioned for trolling. Kevin Eastman, a kayak fly angler from Florida, already contributed the story about the wooden Greenland-Aleutian paddle he made, and a suspended storage solution for his W500 fly fishing kayak. In the past 2 years, Craig Masterman has been fly fishing from his W300 in Cape Cod and Florida.
Craig prepared an online slide show including some 40 detailed photos of his fly fishing kayak rigging work. Craig Masterman is a fly fisherman from Massachusetts who likes to fish in saltwater, usually in Cape Cod and Florida.
Craig has already contributed a review of his W300 fly fishing kayak, and innovative rigging solutions.
You will also notice that I have installed a set of six snaps (kit available at any hardware store) along the outside edge of the forward part of the cockpit rim.
RegisterTo post questions and comments on our blog, email us a request to register as a blog user. If for any reason you change your mind, or any of our products fall below the standard you would expect and you wish to return the item(s), you must first notify us by Email within 14 days of delivery. I still think this is a great option but the engineering was a bit more complex than I had time for so I decided to go another route using a seat post. There wasna€™t much information online so I made a quick trip to the local Cabelaa€™s to check one out in person. I went with the intent of getting a specific size but they had a pile of scrap rectangular stock in the bargain bin that was almost free and I found more than enough to build the rod rack and spent a total of about $3.00 on the aluminum stock. Just adjust the frame width accordingly to the number of rods you want to store and the type of upright rod holders you’re using.
Therea€™s a great tutorial here from Palmetto Kayak Fishing on how to flare the PVC and how to remove the lettering as well. I went a little overboard on the bottom but this was because I wanted to use it to store tackle boxes also. I used stainless steel hardware with nylon lock nuts, lock washers and added thread locker as well just to be certain the nuts didna€™t loosen up. If youa€™re concerned about scratching the cowl simple stuff a hand towel between the cowl and rods when you open the livewell, but it shouldna€™t be an issue without it. If youa€™re handy and willing to do the work (including building your own upright rod holders) you should be able to build your own rack for less than fifty dollars. Having a good storage system in place, not only helps keep the them organized but also helps protect your investments from damage.
As a general rule you will usually be able to fit more rods into a rod locker in comparison to a rack. They have the ability for each individual rod to be supported and strapped in place when underway.
Spacing the rods to close together will make getting them in and out a pain, and they may also push against one another. Traditionally, this would be the domain of plywood, it is easy to work with, stands up the marine environment when properly sealed and is still soft and forgiving as to not damage your rods.  Although MDF or Particle board may look like a suitable material to use, steer well clear of these. Used widely throughout the sign writing trade for producing 3D Cut Letters, it exhibits many similar properties to plywood, its rigid, can be cut and shaped with all the same tools but best of all its totally water proof without needing to be sealed or painted. Due to the size of most rods and boats, your more than likely going to have to drill into your front casting deck to allow the rods to pass through.
They come in many different sizes and are made out of wide variety of materials ranging from plastics through to stainless steel and brass, the plastic fittings are more than adequate, however for those wanting the stainless steel look without the cost of full cast stainless check out these fittings made by Stalon. Start by tracing out the design onto your desired material, then using a hole saw make the rounded internal cuts, repeat this for all of the slots in the rack and then cut out the rest with a jig saw.
When programed in with your desired shape, what would take hours to cut and shape by hand can quickly and easily be cut in seconds with next to no sanding or finishing required. Then slide on a section of shrink tubing, you want to remember to make the bungee cord a little short so that it has some elasticity when pulled down, which will help keep things nice and snug. The easiest way (where possible) is to attach them to the upright support ribs running up the side of your boat.  The spacing does not need to be an exact measurement and will vary depending on the style of boat you have.


Insert the PVC pipe through the holes you have just cut and then follow with the skin fitting. I installed an anchor trolley, some rod holders, and a couple of soft spots at either end of the saddle gunwales.
If there is no one available to sign for your parcel they will leave a card with details of when your item will be redelivered or where you should go to collect it.
We are happy to refund or exchange the item(s) providing it is returned unused, in its original packaging with all accessories. When it comes to boats there is numerous options available, catering for all sorts of craft. Due to the construction process of these materials, they will swell up and break apart when the come in contact with water. Using a hole saw for all the internal radius cuts will give you a even, more uniform appearance across all the slots. To join the two ends of bungee cord, i used a needle and some 20lb braid, stitching the two ends together, then once you have a solid join, slide over the shrink tubing and carefully shrink into place. Try and ensure that wherever you put them that the rods weight is distribute evenly across the two racks. Replace the drill bit with a countersunk head or larger drill bit and lightly drill out a divot for the screw head to go into. I had hoped to go sooner, but when you own a business sometimes it just doesn’t work out.
The Neuse is brackish down my way, so we knew that we could potentially catch anything from sunfish to drum or speckled trout. Fishing Buddy had changed from a tutti frutti fly to an all white with gold flash clouser fly and caught a bass on a sunny bank. We got loaded up and helped a fella get his boat trailer backed down the ramp to retrieve his boat, it was his first time and he needed a bit of guidance. I got the last one just as the lights went out and had a nice paddle home in the moon light. Its best to remove the floor and make sure its all clear, the last thing you want to do is cut a 50mm hole into your live well or puncture a fuel line.
If your handy on computers and can generate your own vector graphics of your design you will be able to save your self some money. Slide the bungee cord through the hole until the join sits inside the board, and equal amounts of shrink tubing either side.
Ideally  try to put one close to the butt end of the rod, and the other, somewhere around the first guide. When choosing a drill bit for your pilot hole make sure it is big enough for the screw to screw in firmly without binding. Once your happy with the location of the holes, take a hole saw and start cutting holes into your front deck. Once everything has been properly tightened, slide the PVC pipe over the rear of the skin fitting. Fishing Buddy gave me some advice about packing for the day and what to take and what not to take.
Also avoid drilling large holes through structural sections of your hull, like support ribs. Different places will require different file types, however long as your file is created using a vector based graphics program, it should be able to be saved into a format that works.
Depending on the internal framework of your boat, you may need to drill a second set of holes, if you have a divider panel in the way.
I found that i needed to slightly sand the rear of the skin fitting to get the PVC pipe to fit over it.
I reorganized 3 times before I was satisfied with my choices and included flies and gear for typical salt and fresh water fishing. We were both throwing intermediate lines and even though I usually throw a floating line when fishing small poppers, I decided I was going rogue. If the item needs to be shipped to an alternative address please update the delivery during checkout.
Once sanded, the PVC pipe provided a nice snug fit onto the rear of the skin fitting and didn’t require any adhesive to remain in place. Prior to installing the new stuff I totally snaked Steve Anderson’s paddle holder idea and made some of my very own.
I slipped my fly rod from the holder and made a cast in anticipation of getting bent; I would have to wait a while before being bowed up. The wind was blowing me around pretty good, so I backed my kayak up into some reeds while I tied on that awesome little popper and when I was all tied up I eased over toward the sunny bank and made a cast between a cypress knee and a clump of reed grass. I’d recommend test fitting prior installation, as any alterations are a lot easier to make when you have full access to the parts. I filed smooth the sharp edges and covered parts of the holders with good ‘ole duct tape. I knew it was a bass because he commenced to pulling me toward his lair and I went to hollering.
I was so happy that I evidently failed to see two folks paddling a canoe get close enough to join in the celebration. The nice canoe folks assured me that they would convey the good news when they got around the bend.




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