Homemade PVC trolling rod holder

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Homemade PVC trolling rod holder
A trolling rod holder keeps your hands free while fishing. (fishing troll water lake sunset dusk sundown image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com)

A trolling-rod holder is a useful add-on for your boat. Trolling employs techniques that require the boat to be in motion; most anglers do not sit quietly in the boat waiting for the fish to bite on the hook of a trolling rig. A rod holder allows you to steer, grab a drink or fish multiple lines at once. You can make your own trolling-rod holder with PVC pipe and a few basic tools.

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Things you need

  • 3 m (10 feet) of PVC pipe
  • 30 cm (1 foot) of PVC, 3 m (10 foot) length
  • Measuring tape
  • Reciprocating saw or hacksaw
  • 3 four-way PVC pipe connectors
  • PVC T-pipe connectors
  • PVC glue
  • Hacksaw
  • Bungee cords or tie-down straps

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  1. 1

    Measure the seat-mount hole at the back of your boat. Buy PVC with an outer diameter that fits snugly inside the hole.

  2. 2

    Measure 40 cm (16 inches) from the end of the PVC pipe. Cut it off at the 40 cm (16 inch) mark with the reciprocating saw. Push this piece into a seat-base hole at the back of the boat. Push the 30 cm (1 foot) length of smaller, outside-diameter PVC into the bottom of the seat-mount hole, creating a strong base.

  3. 3

    Push a PVC cross connector onto the top of the 40 cm (16 inch) length of pipe. Keep the cross "arms" parallel to the back of the boat.

  4. 4

    Measure and mark 30 cm (1 foot) lengths on the rest of the PVC pipe. Cut the pipe into 3 m (1 foot) sections.

  5. 5

    Insert a 30 cm (1 foot) piece of pipe on both sides of the centre cross-pipe,. Push a cross-connector onto the ends of the 30 cm (1 foot) pipes. Angle the top of the pipe slightly forward on each side.

  6. 6

    Insert another 30 cm (1 foot( pipe onto each horizontal end of the new cross connectors. Push a T connector onto the end of each 30 cm (1 foot) pipe, angling the T to the same angle as the cross connectors.

  7. 7

    Glue all pipes into their connectors. Cut notches into the tops of the rod holders once the glue dries. Use the reciprocating saw or a hacksaw.

  8. 8

    Strengthen the PVC structure by strapping it down with bungee cords or tie-down straps.

Tips and warnings

  • This project allows for four rod holders, but can be easily adapted by adding or removing the cross-shaped pieces.
  • The angle of each holder is adjustable.

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