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    Fishing Rod transport - any ideas??

    I bought a winter home in FL and there are many ponds/lakes around that have no parking so riding a bike would be ideal to hit these lakes. I was thinking about getting some type of commuter bike to be able to carry two rods and some heavier/longer fishing lures along when applicable rain gear, small cooler, etc. Is anyone using their bike for fishing and how are you transporting the rods? The rods I will be using are 6'6" to 7'2" and are one piece.

    Also looking for bike recommendations also to use for this purpose. 95% of the riding will be on street/bike paths. Looking for more comfort than speed. Do not want a mountain bike. Any help regarding rod transportation and bikes to do it with would be greatly appreciated. I tried using the search function and nothing really new has been posted lately regarding this.
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    Well the one piece certainly makes that more difficult. I'm thinking some arrangement of a thin pvc tube angled rearward with the bottom secured to the middle of the down tube and the middle secured to the seat stays. Your definately going to have to make sure the bottom of the pvc tube stops at the downtube and watch out for overhanging obstacles. Really though, look into getting a 4 or greater piece rod for your bicycle fishing, putting it in a rod tube and mounting that to the top tube with some velcro or something. That would be a whole lot safer and simpler.

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    It is tough to find a well made 4 piece baitcasting rod and the lures I'll be throwing weight 2 oz or so that I don't think a 4 piece rod is applicable.
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    I've strapped my surf rod to my top tube so it runs parallel to the ground between my legs
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    A rack, with a simple pannier on one side to carry the odds and ends and a fishing rod tube (could be PVC). Barring being able to find something premade, I'd use hose clamps to attach the tube to the rack vertically...

    Now how to carry the fish home would be a whole nuther issue...

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    This is my modified Burley Flatbed trailer. The pvc pipe crossbars were added so I could just sit stuff on the trailer and have it stay there without having to tie it down.

    The vertical pvc pipes on the rear of the trailer are rod holders, obviously. Might want to watch for vertical clearance if riding offroad.

    I replaced the stock rear reflectors with Cateye TL-LD500 taillights.

    The green backpack is my tackle box/gear bag.

    The cooler is an Igloo Marine Grade. 25 qt. I think, if I remember it right, size.
    For me this size cooler is adequate for speckled trout, large mouth bass, flounder, mullet, etc.; it's small for upper slot limit redfish. A few times I've had to ride home with the tail of a large red hanging out of the cooler lid.

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    Oh, on bike suggestions. I have an Electra Townie3 that I use for towing my canoe.

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    So I would suggest looking at the Townies. But there are a lot of other bikes that will fill the bill for what it sounds like you will be doing.
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    do a google search. theres a few websites that has ideas for using a PVC tube mounted near the rear axle.

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    There are lots of ways do accomplish what you want. For lots of ideas, go to the Cape Cod canal any morning or evening and see how the fishermen are transporting their gear by bike. Most involve simple racks and clamped pvc, but some are ingenious.

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    what about something like a bike surfboard rack?
    http://www.amazon.com/Side-Ride-Surf.../dp/B001A48TZI

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    Surfboard rack never even knew they made them I will check them out. I was able to find this also:http://www.bikefisherman.com/index.ydev
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    I think I found an idea that will work by adding baskets to the rear and using PVC as rod holders. Now I have to figure out what type of bike to get. I really like how the Jamis Commuter 3/4 look and also the Raleigh Sojourn any opinions on how these would be?

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    Bass Pro shop sell this rod holders,you can put it on either side for the wheel or one for each side.works very nice.
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    with a little imagination, you could easily mount parts of the foam half of the holder in this link,
    ( http://www.easternmarineoutlet.com/B...ds-6-Rods-VR1/) so that you could carry one rod on each side of your horizontal tube with the handles & reels sticking out just in front of the head set and the tips coming out under the seat and over the back tire.

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    I use a sand spike used for fishing the beaches. Available at Bass Pro, Gander or most bait shops.
    I tape it to may carrier/fender strut so it is facing rearward and bungee the rod in place. Works great.

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