Do-It-Yourself Surf Spike

   08.12.15

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When lures are used, beach anglers hold their rods and reels during the cast-and-retrieve sequence. But when natural bait is employed, rods can be set down until a fish takes.

Naturally, the more baits set out with different rods along a beach area, the more likely a strike. But wise surf fishermen never place their expensive tackle in the sand, which can ruin such gear. Instead, they use a surf or sand spike, which is a rod holder easy to make from PVC pipe.

RP4200 PictureA 3-foot section of 3-inch diameter PVC pipe is used. One end of the PVC is cut at an acute angle with a saw to sharpen it, which allows easy insertion of the pipe in sand.

About 1-foot from the opposite end of the PVC pipe, a hole is drilled through the center, and a stainless steel bolt with nut is fitted. This acts as a rod-butt stop when a surf rod is positioned in PVC pipe during fishing. A file can be used to round the edges of the PVC end so it doesn’t scar fishing rods or their handles.

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Such sand spikes are quick and inexpensive to make, and they’re impervious to saltwater. Thus, a number of rods with natural baits can be set out along a beach area, which maximizes an angler’s efforts to catch many of the fish species readily available in coastal surf.

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