Raise your hand if you ever have set a rod down and had a fish hit and pull it into the water?
This has happened to me, and it is a real (reel?) drag. (Oh, the puns.) I have had catfish and carp both yank rods into the depths, never to be seen again.
This rod holder bucket is the solution to that problem, and can be made for about $20 in 30 minutes.
The materials are:
- 1 5-gallon plastic bucket;
- 3 nuts/bolts/washers (3/8″ or so);
- 2 24-inch pieces of 1.5-inch by 3.5-inch wood; and
- 4 large close line hooks (Bring your fattest rod to the hardware store to ensure you buy a large enough hook)
Drill holes in one piece of lumber that are the same size as your bolts; drill holes in the bucket aligned with the holes you just drilled in the lumber; etc. Watch the video: this simple contraption is pretty self-explanatory.
I love this rod holder. When you go to fish on a dock or next to a river or lake, you bring the bucket (with your bait and rigs inside). When you pick your spot, you take your stuff out of the bucket, and dip the bucket into the water to fill it. Voila: you have about 40 pounds of weight, which will keep your rods secure. (Note, the bucket should face the water, not the lumber cross.)
Give it a try, and let me know how you like it! This bucket last weekend helped me land a 40-pound blue catfish.