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Old 07-24-2015, 09:14 PM   #1
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I'm making up a new set of rod spikes for my trip down there in September. I'm using aluminum angle and PVC. I don't really have any way to test (sand with the same consistency) up where I live, so how long do you think the angle needs to be?

I have a 10 ft. rod and a couple of 7 ft. medium heavy rods that I fish live bait with.

Edit: So that it's clear, I am making some similar to this:

http://www.amazon.com/Sea-Striker-42.../dp/B003OAR9C0

Perhaps I should ask this way: How far does the angle need to go into the sand? I like to get a few feet into the surf so that people don't have to walk under my line.

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Old 07-24-2015, 09:26 PM   #2
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I like to make my rod holders 4' long. that way the pole is up high and doesn't get soaked from surf. 1.5" will work but, most of mine have 2" PVC rod holder. If you boil some water and dip the 1.5" in for a few moments you can shove a glass bottle into the PVC to flare the edge. I've used propane torch and heat gun to flare PVC rod holders.

I like to make 2-1.5" and 2-2" and flare the 1.5" so they will pack up by sliding into the 2" so I can fit more in less space....

I suggest like this: but do it like you're saying with the pvc mounted to the aluminum angle.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hurricane-...older/21080974

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I like to make my rod holders 4' long. that way the pole is up high and doesn't get soaked from surf. 1.5" will work but, most of mine have 2" PVC rod holder. If you boil some water and dip the 1.5" in for a few moments you can shove a glass bottle into the PVC to flare the edge. I've used propane torch and heat gun to flare PVC rod holders.

I like to make 2-1.5" and 2-2" and flare the 1.5" so they will pack up by sliding into the 2" so I can fit more in less space....

I suggest like this: but do it like you're saying with the pvc mounted to the aluminum angle.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hurricane-...older/21080974
I appreciate your response, but I've got that part down. My question is, how far does the angle need to extend down into the sand. This length, plus my preferred height of the rod determines how long to cut the angle. That's the magic number that I am looking for.
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I appreciate your response, but I've got that part down. My question is, how far does the angle need to extend down into the sand. This length, plus my preferred height of the rod determines how long to cut the angle. That's the magic number that I am looking for.
I can usually rock the angle back and forth to sink it 18-24" deep. Its different though, if you set it in the sugar sand it wont go down as far. If you set it on the edge of the water it will go deeper.
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I can usually rock the angle back and forth to sink it 18-24" deep. Its different though, if you set it in the sugar sand it wont go down as far. If you set it on the edge of the water it will go deeper.
Thanks! That's what I was looking for. Last year, even using a rubber mallet for PVC spikes(which was a pain), I still had one spike go over and cause a reel to take a dip. The reel didn't like it at all and stayed on the sidelines for the rest of the week.

I think I can make the spikes somewhat "nestable" so that they only take up a minimal amount of room on my cart.
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I never had good luck driving the pvc into the sand with a mallet. I prefer to drill a hole through the pvc so that I can insert a 3/8" x 12" bolt for a handle and use my leverage to drill it down rocking it clockwise then CCW with my weight/hands.
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I make mine with 3ft of aluminum and 3ft of PVC overlapped by about 18 inches. I like my rod holders nice a tall to keep the lines out of the surf and to keep them over people's heads as they walk by.
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OK, let me share a little secret with ya'll. Some may not believe it but some of you who have done this know it works, and works really good.

Cut your pvc pipe of your chosen diameter to the length you want it. Cut it straight as in a 90 degree angle. Nothing fancy here. Use whatever you have to sharpen the inside of the pipe-dremel, file, sandpaper, etc. Put the sharpened end of the pipe in the sand where it fairly wet. It won't work if the sand is too dry. Then suck on the other end of the pipe while pushing down. It will go right in to the sand.

Yeah, I know you look really silly doing this but it works. I can't tell you how many times I've had other fisherman walk up to me after seeing this and ask me"how did you just do that?". It's so easy that I usually can do it with just one hand while holding the rod with the other.
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I use 4.5 - 5ft of 2" pvc . 45* angle. Stick it in the wet sand at high tide, stick it in several inches and then suck it down about 2ft into the sand manually. No better way to set a rod on the beach.




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