STURDY AND SECURE--John Plozizka’s lockable PVC rod tube. Photo courtesy John Plozizka.
A STURDY HOMEMADE FISHING ROD CASE
June 10, 2004, John Plozizka, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
My friends and I fish Cabo and/or the East Cape at least once a year. I saw a rod case once with about a 160 degree angle in it, and was glad those weren't my rods.
The picture is my homemade rod case. It's 7 1/2 feet long. I used schedule 40, 4 inch PVC for the tube. Basically, sewer line pipe. A PVC cap glued on one end, with a foam bumper to cushion the tips, and a PVC clean out fitting on the other end with a screw-in cap. I drilled a hole through the clean out and screw-in cap to run a carriage bolt through. I drilled a hole through the carriage bolt to put a lock through, but I have to leave it unlocked these days for security checks. Everything is available at home depot or OSH.
I made fabric socks for each of my rods as shown in the picture. With the 4 inch PVC, I can get 3 Calstar trolling rods with roller guides, and 5 casting rods up to 7 feet long. It's a tight fit, but end to end they will make it. For a carrying strap, I wrapped two radiator clamps on it with a chain link inserted through them to attach my carrying strap. Then I wrapped the clamps in duct tape, because of the sharp ends. Apply appropriate decals and sticker, and you have a rod case with some character.
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