How to Make a Rod Holder for a Surf Rod

How to Make a Rod Holder for a Surf Rod
You have found that perfect spot on the beach to cast for flounder or spot. Your rig is working in the surf but you need to cut more bait. You now realize that you need a place to put your surf rod because laying it on the sand is not an option, unless you want to wreck your reel. The solution is an easy to make rod holder or sand spike. This is a simple solution that should become a standard in your surf fishing equipment lineup.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 3 feet of PVC pipe (2-inch diameter)
  • Saw
  • Medium and fine grit sandpaper
Step 1
Purchase a 3-foot length of PVC pipe from a home supply or plumbing supply store. PVC is available in standard thickness or a thin wall variation. Choose the thin wall if available as it is just as durable but is easier to cut.
Step 2
Place the PVC pipe on a work surface. Use a saw to make a 30-degree cut at one end of the pipe. This will be the spike end that is used to insert the holder into the sand.
Step 3
Sand the cut spike end of the holder with medium grit sandpaper. Remove any rough cut areas and smooth the edges. Also sand the top of the holder, paying attention to the inside and outside edge.
Step 4
Change to a fine-grit sandpaper and continue sanding and rounding the top edge of the holder. This is important to prevent damage to the cork handle of a rod as it is inserted into the holder.

Tips & Warnings

Insert the holder into the sand using a circular motion to work it downward. You may also want to consider using a rubber mallet to pound the holder into the sand. Place a piece of wood over the top of the holder to prevent damage with the mallet.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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