DIY Fishing Carts

DIY Fishing Carts
Fishing carts are a great accessory to add to your fishing gear if you have to cart your equipment a long distance. They are great to use for surf, bridge or pier fishing. You'll be able to place your rods, tackle box, bait and other items into the cart and easily pull it along. Don't go out and purchase a fishing cart when you can easily make your own. It's a relatively inexpensive investment that will last for quite a few fishing trips.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Tips on Making Your Own Fishing Cart

Things You’ll Need:
  • Shopping cart PVC pipe Saw Tie wraps 5-gallon bucket 5-inch bungee cords Wheels Screwdriver
  • Shopping cart
  • PVC pipe
  • Saw
  • Tie wraps
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • 5-inch bungee cords
  • Wheels
  • Screwdriver
Step 1
Shop for a small shopping cart at garage sales, flea markets, thrift stores, or the classifieds. You only need a small-sized cart that's big enough to hold your gear. Look for one on trash day when someone might be throwing one out. You also can purchase one new.
Step 2
Purchase approximately 6 feet of PVC pipe at your local hardware store. Make sure the inside diameter of the pipe is big enough to hold the butt of your fishing rod.
Step 3
Using a saw, cut your PVC pipe into four equal parts of 1.5 feet each. Cut out a three-inch slit in the top side of the pipe big enough for the reel to slip into. Rub the cut edges on concrete to smooth them down.
Step 4
Attach the four pieces of PVC piping to each corner of the shopping cart. With this set-up, you will be able to house a rod on each corner of your fishing cart.
Step 5
Wrap a tie wrap around the top and bottom portion of each PVC pipe by looping it around the pipe and through the wire. Pull it securely closed, making sure the pipe is held tightly against the shopping cart.
Step 6
Place a 5-gallon bucket inside of the shopping cart to hold fishing rods, tackles boxes or any other fishing gear that you have. Use small bungee cords to secure items in the shopping cart as needed.
Step 7
If the cart's wheels are too small to roll through the sand, replace with bigger ones. Unscrew the screw holding the old wheels on the cart and replace with the new wheels and screw in place. Purchase inexpensive wheels at your local hardware store. If you're unsure of the correct size to buy, bring an old wheel with you to the store.

Tips & Warnings

Be creative when designing your fishing cart. There is no wrong or right way to build one. You just need one that works.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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