How to Rig Kayak Rod Holders

How to Rig Kayak Rod Holders
Kayak fishing is a popular and rapidly growing segment of sport fishing. Using either sit in or sit on top boats ranging in length from 8 to 12 feet, kayak anglers pursue both fresh and saltwater game fish species. Setting a kayak up for fishing typically requires that you determine how your rods will be transported while paddling. Flush mount and deck mount options are available; however, before making a permanent installation, consider a less permanent option that will give you the opportunity to fish from the kayak without installing a holder to your boat.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Milk crate
  • PVC pipe (2-inch diameter)
  • Fine tooth saw
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil or marker
  • Sand paper
  • Plastic zip ties
  • Sharp scissors
  • Bungee cords
Step 1
Place a milk crate on the rear deck of your kayak. Turn the milk crate so that it is conveniently positioned for you while paddling. Remove the crate and place it on a sturdy work surface.
Step 2
Cut lengths of 2-inch PVC pipe with a fine tooth saw. The length of the PVC pipe will need to be at least 8 to 10 inches long and may be adjusted based on your needs. Measure the length with a tape measure and mark the location to be cut with a pencil or marker. Hold the pipe tightly and cut the pipe to length with the saw. Repeat the process for up to three more lengths.
Step 3
Place one of the PVC lengths in the corner of the milk crate. Position the pipe so that the end sits flush against the bottom of the crate and it is securely against the corner. Feed a zip tie through the holes in the side of the milk crate and around the pipe. Secure the tie and pull it tight around the crate and pipe. Use at least three ties total to secure the top, middle and bottom. Trim excess from the end of the zip tie with scissors.
Step 4
Place other pipe lengths in the remaining corners of the milk crate if desired. Make sure you securely attach the PVC pipe length to the milk crate with zip ties.
Step 5
Place the milk crate back on the rear deck and secure it to the boat with bungee cords. Attach one end of the cord to a tie down on the boat and feed the other end through the holes in the milk crate. Pull the free end of the bungee cord through holes near the top corners of the milk crate. Secure the free end to a tie down on the opposite side of the boat.

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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