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1.5" PVC 3-4' depending on preference. I make my own, usually heat the end and flair it out using a beer bottle.
 

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Same here made some about $7 each and have lasted 5 seasons. Google it a guy from Destin lays out a how to
 

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Chris from the (now closed down?) Gulf Coast Fishing Connection Forum made me a couple of really sweet aluminum ones. Much better holding power than PVC. Someone on here must have contact info for him?
 

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Yep, make your own, very easy.
I like mine long, approx 5', so as to get some height to the line.
Mallet, or in wet sand you can suck it in.
 

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Why that tutorial used metal parts is a mystery.

Better fittings are easily available, and don't rust.

Thick-wall PVC is fine, but the length could be an issue.

Should be less than shoulder high, otherwise it's hard to drive them into the sand.

Get a "cheap-a**" rubber mallet from Harbor Freight ( or the equivalent ).

Heating and flattening the end just makes the pipe weaker, and easier to split.

Use a smaller drill ... only big enough for a piece of plastic-coated clothesline.

Put one set of holes about two inches shorter than the distance between your rod-butt and the reel shaft. The idea is to avoid shocking the reel every time the rod is dropped into the holder, and make it easier to remove after a fish is hooked. Take a piece of the plastic clothesline and tie an overhand knot, pull it tight with pliers, and add a drop or two of crazy glue. Take the other end and put it through the pipe, repeat the knot as close to the pipe as possible & clip off the tag end.

For the second set of holes place a loop of plastic clothesline through the holes, and have it passing through a plastic tarp tie-down clip. When fishing, clip a towel to the clip so you always have a place to wipe off your hands. ( also available at Harbor Freight, etc. etc. )
 

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I use the aluminium ones.
Going strong after 8-10 years.
I don't rest my reel on them,drilled a couple crosswise holes and put heavy tie wraps to hold the rod about 12" deep. Easier to get out when the rod is shakin'.
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When I sink them in I put the holder against my belt buckle and lean into them with my 190 lbs!
Also,have switched to baitrunner reels,I am to old to chase a rod down the beach when a stingray,shark or a pelican hit them.
Works for me.
 

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I use the aluminium ones.
Going strong after 8-10 years.
I don't rest my real on them,drilled a couple crosswise holes and put heavy tie wraps to hold the rod about 12" deep. Easier to get out when the rod is shakin'.
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When I sink them in I put the holder against my belt buckle and lean into them with my 190 lbs!
Also,have switched to baitrunner reels,I am to old to chase a rod down the beach when a stingray,shark or a pelican hit them.
Works for me.
 
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