No matter where you’re fishing, you’ll always want to have your favorite gear with you and easy to transport. Here are some of our favorite DIY fishing hacks and products that make fishing both fun and efficient.
PVC Rod (and Can) Holder
Need about three more arms to hold all of those fishing poles and your cold one? One fisherman got creative and used PVC pipes and other plumbing resources to create a fishing rod “tree” of sorts, complete with a built-in cup holder.
Fish Hook Organization
The last thing you want to find while you’re fishing around in your tackle box is a hook in the end of your finger. Keep them all lined up and in the same place by looping them over the point of a safety pin!
Tired of losing your fishing net off of the side of your boat, only to leave it behind at the bottom of the lake? Use a pool noodle and some zip ties to fool-proof (and sink-proof) your net for good.
Bottle Cap Fish Scaler
There are a million things you can make with old bottle caps — including fishing lures. But here’s one you might not have seen before: a fish scaler. It’s cheap and it works just as good as anything else you’ve ever tried. Plus, it’s not worth beating yourself up if you misplace it.
Milk Crate Fishing Organization
Whether you like to have things portable or need equipment that’s neatly organized for your kayak, plastic milk crates are great. Just store larger items inside and use attachments or pipe on the outside to support your rods, reels, or other tools. Plus, if you need to rearrange things later, it’s easy. It’s also small enough that it won’t get in your way.
Wooden Rod Holder
Ladies aren’t the only ones who are repurposing wooden crates. Whether that’s your go-to or you have a few scraps of lumber laying around, a multi-rod organization system is a quick and easy project that you can build this weekend when the rain is keeping you away from your boat.
If you’re more of the type of guy who likes to fish from the shore than on the water itself, check out this DIY fishing bucket. Not only does it store all of your tackle and have a place to mount your pole, it also doubles as a portable chair.
Hook-Eze Tying Tool
Here’s a quick and easy way to tie your fishing hook on a new piece of line without risking a jab to the finger. The Hook-Eze comes in multiple sizes to choose from. A two-pack will only cost you about $12!
A Mini Jeep to Get to Your Favorite Fishing Hole
Instead of a typical UTV/ATV, you can drive anywhere in the MINI-BEEP off-road vehicle. It comes in a DIY kit that you can build yourself: add all of your favorite fishing flair and gear to personalize it for your day to day outings to the lake or your pond on the back 40. It’s perfect for reaching your hard-to-get-to fishing spots!