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how do you carry fishing rods inside an unlimited??

i had an xterra before the jeep, and i made this rod holder:



with it on the back and a bungee cord on the front, i could hold 6 rods without a problem, out of the way.

but now on the jeep im having a hard time figuring how to make something similar.... i have done several searches but cant find something that will work with a hard top as well as topless, basically something that attaches to the rollbar...
 

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I take my rods and feed them into the outside of the passenger side roll bar from the back and feed them up the side and they just lay there and the tips generally lay on the passenger front door arm rest. Ive got a 7'6" rod that fits in there. Not an elegant solution especially when I go to pick up a buddy, but all they have to do is lift the rod ends and climb in, then put the rod ends back down on the arm rest.

Ive been looking for an elegant solution like you posted that your xterra had, but so far nothing has really caught my eye.
 

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i've attached mine to the top rollcage with velcro straps.. but alas i have a 2 door
 

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I do the same as LoneJK. I buy velcro "tye raps" at Home Depot.
 

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i have seen several rod holders, but most of them need to be secured to the rear window. they would work for a vehicle like an xterra, but not for a topless jeep

and, how do you velcro them to the rollbar?? under it?? because i carry my rods with the reels attached, and if i velcro them to the rollbar, the rear part would be very far from the last support, risking breaking a rod....
 

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Mine get mounted to quick fists on my hi-lift mount.

 

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Mine get mounted to quick fists on my hi-lift mount.

mine are 1 piece, from 6'6" up to 7' long, so thats not an option....

nice trunk cover though!! do you have a write up? or how is it fixed to the jeep??
 

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mine are 1 piece, from 6'6" up to 7' long, so thats not an option....

nice trunk cover though!! do you have a write up? or how is it fixed to the jeep??
Ahh, yes I don't have enough time for fishing so I couldn't justify buying better gear. lol.

Anyway. Look up Sic Trunks on here. The trunk is his work. He's a vendor on here.
 

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Many years ago I started buying only two-piece rods. I decided that fishing with an assembled two-piece rod was better than showing up to the lake/river and finding one of my rods had become a two-piece during the trip.

and, how do you velcro them to the roll bar?? under it?? because i carry my rods with the reels attached, and if i velcro them to the rollbar, the rear part would be very far from the last support, risking breaking a rod....
I find that a bit of extra time to snip the line, wind the line close to the reel and secure it, then remove the reel is worth it and I do it every time now. The extra minute or two of time saves a lot of trouble during transport. A rod without a reel is much easier to tuck somewhere. And having line run out to the end of the rod just causes even more problems. I don't know how much trouble it would be for you to remove the reels, but it might make things easier.
 

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I have seen a couple set ups where they hauled the rods vertically outside the vehicle. attached to the bumper etc. not sure I would do that for a lengthy ride and going through trees could make you cringe pretty good.

I have two piecers, just easier
 

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thanx Vitim ill take a look at the Sic trunk....

i used to remove the reels before, but sometimes i will go fishing 6 days a week, so, even though as you mention its not a lot of time, i prefer to have them ready. i usually carry 3-5 rods, so, i would prefer to not remove the reels... i could do it if thats the only way, because, as you mention, sometimes (most times) the lines get tangled...

i dont have very expensive rods, about $150 each, but i am very careful with them. thats why i want a secure way of transporting them so they dont become 2 piece rods.... i dont lke how the 2 piece fishes, although i have never fished a quality 2 piece rod, if they ever exist...

transporting them outside is out of the question, the lake is 15 minutes from home, but i have to drive on highway, inside the city and on a dirt road, so i want to keep the rods safe.... and, sometimes i go to a lake that is 2 hours away, with 4 people in the jeep, i need to find a way of transporting everything.... sometimes i transport the rods on the boat, mainly because i used to tow it with my old YJ, but when i moved to the Xterra and now the JKU, i want to get them inside the jeep for better protection....
 

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sometimes i will go fishing 6 days a week,
Lucky bastard.

Hey, $150 is plenty to want to take care of something. My rods aren't even that expensive and I'd still rather take care of them then have to buy new. Removing the reels may not be the easiest option for you. Just a thought.

I'm curious now. I'm tempted to take my rods and see how I could mount them, assembled, in the Jeep.
 

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and, how do you velcro them to the rollbar?? under it?? because i carry my rods with the reels attached, and if i velcro them to the rollbar, the rear part would be very far from the last support, risking breaking a rod....
On the top of the bar with the handle near the windshield and with the reel on the inside
I also use a glowtip indestructable rinorod with a zebco 808. My grandpa's setup

My spelling might be crap right now. Had a long day lol
 

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Lucky bastard.

Hey, $150 is plenty to want to take care of something. My rods aren't even that expensive and I'd still rather take care of them then have to buy new. Removing the reels may not be the easiest option for you. Just a thought.

I'm curious now. I'm tempted to take my rods and see how I could mount them, assembled, in the Jeep.
i know. i have a week off work every two months, so during season i fish almost every saturday and sunday, and very two months i get to fish at least 6 days... when i was going only a couple of times per month i did remove the reels, but when im going every day, i prefer not to....

how i have been transporting them now is, from behind, i lay the front part of the rod in the passengers seat right next to the headrest, and the butt of the rod in the rear seat, also close to the head rest. then, use bungee cords to secure them to the headrests. this kept them secure and with much movement. i did have to tie the tips together to keep them from bouncing and possibly damaging a guide.... i transported 3 rods like this last weekend without a problem.... however, i was alone, having a passenger would make this impossible or at least very uncomfortable....

i have been thinking of an idea, which i will post when/if i can make it work.... i dont have the jeep with me right now to take measurements, but i think it could be a good solution....
 

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Have you thought of maybe carrying the rods outside of your jeep, say in a pvc pipe connected to your fenders with some type of quick disconnect system. or a rack that is connected to the front bumper with rods leaning back towards top of windshield frame. I did see on the net a rod carrier that has suction cups and is sitting on the very front of the hood with rods leaning back.
 

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Have you thought of maybe carrying the rods outside of your jeep, say in a pvc pipe connected to your fenders with some type of quick disconnect system. or a rack that is connected to the front bumper with rods leaning back towards top of windshield frame. I did see on the net a rod carrier that has suction cups and is sitting on the very front of the hood with rods leaning back.
hey, sorry i just saw your reply.... i have a pvc pipe for carrying them, but its designed to be fixed to the roof rack, which i dont have on my jeep.... i think the ones used to carry the rods outside, are mainly used in the beach, for moving from point to point....

anyways, i took the piece i had built for my Xterra and modified it a little... i then velcroed it to the rear bar of the jeep, and on the front one i used velcro to fix the front part of the rods... it has been working great so far, i can carry up to 5 rods, but i normally only carry 3.... the longest one is 7' and it fits, barely, but it fits....









 

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i get some duct ta[e and tape them to the roll bar
 
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