How to Build Fishing Carts

How to Build Fishing CartsHaving a fishing cart to haul your rods, tackle and supplies is a necessary convenience for anglers trekking long distances to their fishing locations. They are quite handy, especially when your destination is a pier. You will have all your supplies and gear securely loaded on the cart, alleviating the need to make several trips back to the car to haul more. You can buy your own pre-made cart, but making your own is relatively easy and requires only a few supplies to get rolling.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Garden cart
  • PVC pipe
  • Saw
  • File
  • Plastic tie wrap
  • Five-gallon buckets
  • Wheels
  • Screwdriver
Step 1
Use a garden cart for the foundation of your fishing cart. They are durable, will hold everything you need and require little remodeling for conversion to a fishing cart. Check garage sales or the newspaper for used ones or purchase one at your local home and garden store.
Step 2
Cut a 6-foot piece of PVC pipe into four 18-inch pieces using a saw. Use a piece of PVC pipe that is at least 4 inches in diameter so the reel butts will fit into the end. This will make four rod holders. Use a file to smooth down any rough areas where you made your cuts.
Step 3
Saw a 4-inch long by 1-inch wide slit at the top of each rod holder. This will allow the reel to slip securely in place into the rod holder, holding the rod upright.
Step 4
Situate the rod holders against the metal grate sides of the garden cart in an area where they will not be in the way of other items in the cart. Placing them somewhere in the front section of the cart will keep them together and out of the way of items in the back.
Step 5
String an 8-inch piece of plastic tie wrap around the top portion of the rod holder and through the metal grate. Pull the tie wrap closed to secure the holder in place against its side. Place another tie wrap around the bottom portion of the rod holder and secure in place. Continue until all the rod holders are secured to the cart's sides.
Step 6
Place a 5-gallon bucket inside the cart to hold miscellaneous supplies, such as sunscreen, towels or any small, loose items you might need. Secure the bucket to the metal sides of the cart by wrapping a bungee cord around the bucket and latching the hooks onto the metal grate. Attach another 5-gallon bucket in the cart to hold your bait.
Step 7
Replace the garden cart's wheels with bigger wheels better suited for traveling through dirt or sand. Unscrew the existing wheels from the bottom of the cart and attach the new wheels by screwing them in place. You can find a vast assortment of wheels at your local home improvement store.

Tips & Warnings

Let your creative juices flow when designing your fishing cart. Consider the supplies you will be carrying and allow enough space inside the cart for them. You may want to make room for a cooler, tackle box and even a folding chair.

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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