Best Fishing Rod Holders for Boats, Docks and Trucks

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As an angler, getting your gear to the water in one piece is not easy when you want to have it all. You don’t want to leave your favorite rods at home and risk losing the big one because you weren’t prepared.

Then there are the fishing rod holders for boats or fishing rod holders for docks for when you are already out on the water and want to secure your rod for hands-free fishing, for example when you need to paddle.

Kick back and have an iced tea while you wait for the fish to strike without the fear that your rod is going to end up in the drink.

Here are the best fishing rod holders for docks, boats and even how to set up DIY fishing rod holders for boats!

AresKo Fishing Boat Rod Holder

This fishing boat rod holder is made of an eco-friendly material, which is strong and resistant to corrosion. The ABS material is heavy-duty and high impact resistant. 

The fishing boat rod holder boasts a universal fit, and, therefore, it can accommodate casting, spinning, and spincast rod handles. Its clamp has a maximum opening of 1.97 inches so it can clamp anywhere.

If you have a small jon boat or skiff, then you can still use a rod holder for boats with this handy clamp-on version.

Best Fishing Rod Holders For Trucks

Tight Line Enterprises Fishing Rod Racks

The beauty of these fishing rod holders for trucks is that it has two carrier assemblies capable of transporting up to four rods. It mounts on the car, pick-up or SUV by means of powerful magnets that can be easily attached and removed. There is nothing to install and no moving parts. It is very easy to mount and disassemble when you are done.

The system is lightweight and portable enough to pack in your luggage on a fly-in trip for use on your rental car. An especially attractive product feature is the open-ended design that allows convenient mounting and removal of the rods. Designed for vehicles with metallic surfaces.

TIP: Before you buy, use a magnet from your refrigerator to test if your car’s hood and roof are made of ferrous metal, otherwise, it will not work on aluminum or fiberglass hoods and/or roofs.

Amarine-Made Fishing Rod Holder

Amarine has an unorthodox style for a fishing rod holder. It looks like a plain-looking pipe and it is clamped in with a pair of screws. The holder is nine inches in length, and has a 1.6-inch diameter for your rod to be placed through. 

How this holder works is that you find a round or round-like rail that is 1/7 inch or one inch in diameter. Take the rod holder and the base and sandwich them in between the rail. With a pair of screws that are included, you connect the base so that it travels past the rail and into the holder.

It is easy to assemble and disassemble for use wherever you can find a place to mount it. 

DIY Fishing Rod Holder For Boat

If you decide that you’re not interested in spending money on a rod holder and you’re the DIY type, then you’ll be happy to know that you can make your very own diy fishing rod holder for boat for pretty cheap.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2-foot length of 1 ¼” or 1 ½” PVC pipe
  • 12 feet of 1 ¼” or 1 ½” slotted angle
  • 1 box of ¼” carriage nuts, bolts and washers
  • 1 saw (hack saw, jig saw, grinder)
  • 1 drill and ¼” drill bit
  • 1 7/16” wrench

Step One

Cut the PVC into 12-inch lengths

Step Two

Put a piece of PVC in the angle and align the top of the PVC to match the top of the non-pointed side of the angle. By doing this, you can use a mallet to pound the holder into the ground without damaging the PVC.

Step Four

With the smooth side facing in, put four carriage bolts through the angle. The smooth side of the bolts won’t damage your rods.

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