Hacks For Transporting Your Fishing Rods Safely

Below are some hacks for transporting your fishing rods safely!

These tricks will for sure help you avoid headaches and even save you some money down the road.

Check it all out here!!

Hacks For Transporting Your Rods Safely [VIDEO]

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You could be driving from one spot to another with your rods piled in your car or riding out to the spot on your boat.

These are opportunities for little bumps and dings to weaken or completely damage your fishing rod.

What we usually do is prepare our rods and reels the night before and have everything already tied up.

That way you’re ready to hit the water and fish.

But the problem with that is if the hooks, weights, and gear we have tied on is not secured properly, it can lead to further damage to your rods.

When it comes to surf fishing or fishing with heavier gear, we may have to use larger weights on our rigs.

During transit, these weights will bounce around and hit the rod blank.

Each time the weight hits the rod, it has the chance to make small microfractures in the blank.

Maybe you’ve seen videos online of people fighting fish when all of a sudden, the rod snaps.

Lots of times this is due to a microfracture that happened a while ago and has been there the whole time.

Hacks To Prevent Microfractures

As an example, I’ve got a Carolina rig tied onto my surf fishing rod with a large weight and hook.

There is a lot of room for the weight to sway back and forth and hit the rod.

To prevent this, take the weight and wrap it around the rod blank until it becomes tight.

Now the weight can’t move as much and it will stay away from the rod.

Another method to solve this is using a rod float that kayak anglers are familiar with.

Rod floats are held together by velcro straps and can be used in this case to protect your rod.

Position the float so that the weight hits the float each time it moves back and forth.

Or you can wrap the weight with the rod float instead of the rod itself.

This is useful when a guide is in the way and you can’t properly place the float on the rod.

I’ve tried this method with pool noodles before but the hole in the middle is much larger than the rod floats which makes it difficult to fit on the rod.


The last thing you want is for your rod to snap on you while you’re fighting the fish of a lifetime.

Over the course of time, microfractures can grow and spread leaving your rod weak at certain points.

Be sure to protect your gear during transport – it will only save you time and money!!

Do you know of any other ways to protect your rods during transport?

Let me know down in the comments section!!!

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Brad Brumback
1 year ago

Hi Pat, do you happen to have a link for that product? I couldn’t find them in-store or online. Thanks.

Joseph Gill
1 year ago

A great video as always Pat. Thank you for your work!! I use a Butterfly Wrap on my heavier gear when I need to protect them. One size fits all. They can be bought in multiple packs too. See: https://www.amazon.com/SHIMANO-Butterfly-Cocoon-Wrap-5-Pack/dp/B002QFY792/ref=asc_df_B002QFY792/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312154679201&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2475467465536999931&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9012304&hvtargid=pla-568637128449&psc=1

Nathan Durfee
1 year ago

What brand rod is that in the last picture?

Richard Lyons
1 year ago

Great info

1 year ago

Thanks for the hack

Scott Oughterson
1 year ago

Thanks for the tip. I’ve been lucky so far w/ my kayack fishing!

Totally unrelated but have you considered a video of your camping setup and how you carry your kayacks w/ your RV?

Dwain Mees
1 year ago

Great info! Thanks, Pat

1 year ago

Haven’t tried myself but couldn’t you push the hook into the butt cap wind in and have the weight sat in the bottom of your rod sleeve away from the blank myself I use the hook eye on the bottom of the blank and usually use some sort of breakaway

Ashley Boykin
1 year ago

Nice Tips Pat. I use rod sleeves on all my rods. I noticed the weight has a little movement in the video when you put the float on the rod at 3min in the video. Have you ever tried to wrap the fishing line above and below the weight with the velcro to hold it tight to the float.

1 year ago

Agree with using the MUCH CHEAPER NOODLE which I buy at the dollar store. I can make 8-10 of those out of the noodle, and also I have used plumbers pipe freeze rubber…works just as good


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