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Old 08-07-2018, 05:20 PM
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For you guys that have to haul your gear... looking for advice.

The inlaws sold their beach house, so now I have to haul my gear 3 hours when I go fishing. I'm keeping the boat down at the coast and I'm trying to figure the best way to haul my stuff down for fishing trips. I do nearshore and offshore, trolling and bottom fishing and yes I typically take too much stuff anyway.

I have a Yukon XL and do a lot iron man one day trips. So trying to figure the best way to haul everything down without tearing stuff up and without messing up the inside of my vehicle (it's brand new and needs to look new for the next 10 years!).

I took a trip this weekend and I took the following:
-9 rods
-2 big tackle bags
-1 big bag of assorted gear (teasers, tools, etc.)
-cast net (5 gallon bucket)
-5 gallon bucket with bottom weights, downrigger ball, etc.
-5 gallon bucket with fillet knives, ziplock bags, etc.
-water, drinks, snacks
-cooler (mainly to bring fish back)

What tips do you guys have on keeping things neat and tidy when hauling stuff down in your vehicle?

I know partly I have to get more organized so it doesn't take so long to pack and unpack. Working on getting down to one big tackle bag to start with.

I keep the boat cleaning stuff on the boat in storage but don't feel comfortable keeping anything of real value on there.
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:58 PM
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Hell I have to take my boat so I got room for all my shit ��


WIfe has a Tahoe and I have actually bungee strapped rods to her roof rack and also used those wire ties coated with plastic/vinyl for extra security and stuck tackle bags in back

I have left my boat at the coast a few times however it is at our family vacation home so I can leave some of the stuff in the boat, zero crime down there .
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:03 AM
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Some of the things I do:
Metal jigs in a 2.5 or 5 gallon bucket hanging on u-bolts.
I switched to an SKB tackle box.
Rods are in stick jackets held together with a velcro strap and a blanket around the reels to protect them and the car.
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:28 AM
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Recently in the same situation as I downsized from a sport fisher to a CC. There are some things I keep on the boat, but I bring a dozen rods/reel. Started with getting reel covers for everything. I'm considering building a hitch receiver rod holder so I don't have to lay everything down in the back of the car. More room for coolers etc.
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Bungee the rods in a bundle (or two), optionally taking reels off first, makes them more manageable.

There's no pretty way to do what you are suggesting, but an empty big SUV with the seats down has plenty of room for even a serious day trips supplies.

I routinely drive 10-15 rods, cooler, tackle bag, multiple 5 gallon buckets of crap, overnight bag, etc. down to Longboat Key for trips on my buddy's world cat. Usually a 4-5 AM departure up here, like to pack the truck night before and just pour coffee and drive in morning.
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Aluminum bracket


Adjustable clothes hanger pole
Adjustable automotive hanger poles make great rod holders in a suv. I made alum brackets for the rear for clearance on the bigger reels and tie wrapped the fronts. I’ve had as many as 10 rods hanging
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Old 08-08-2018, 10:40 AM
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I would think some variation of a hitch cargo carrier. If it had wheels so much the better getting to the boat and into the garage.
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If your are set on keeping the YUKON XL then the hitch carrier is the way to go. You may want to consider going with a crew cab pick up and get a custom rod rack strapped into the bed. That is how I do it for my 2 plus hour drive to the beach every time I ocean fish. Here is a picture of my truck when we were down fishing Oregon Inlet this spring for cobia inshore and offshore.


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I had it made by palmetto trooper on here. Took a while to finally get it but great product/price
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Old 08-08-2018, 05:33 PM
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Aluminum bracket


Adjustable clothes hanger pole
Adjustable automotive hanger poles make great rod holders in a suv. I made alum brackets for the rear for clearance on the bigger reels and tie wrapped the fronts. I’ve had as many as 10 rods hanging
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Small storage unit? My uncle pays like $22 a month.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:11 PM
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I have a camper shell on my truck. Best investment i made for truck.
All gear goes back there and really good on way back home for all my nasty clothes.

I'm 4 to 5 hours away depending if pulling boat or not
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Old 08-11-2018, 07:00 AM
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Get a hitch carrier and put pvc tubes all around with u bolts. That will hold all of your rods. Just like those fancy things in pics but under 100 bucks. All your gear can fit inside or up top.
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Old 08-11-2018, 01:35 PM
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I keep the bed of my truck clean and installed a Retrax bed cover. It is a power retracting cover operated with a remote. It keeps all my gear dry, out of the sun, hidden away and safe from thieves.
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Old 08-12-2018, 06:55 AM
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Hard to install a bed cover on a Yukon

Was thinking about the hitch haul carrier with rod holders and still might go that route. But I'd have to unhook and store it when I got to the beach (boat is stored 2 miles from the ramp). Doable, just another added step but that's the direction I'm leaning towards. Keeping rods and a cooler and maybe a bucket with the day's fishing clothes in it OUT of my vehicle is a nice thought.
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Old 08-13-2018, 02:57 PM
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For hauling my rods I have a roof rack on my topper. On the rack bars I put the Yakima Snow Ski holders. The 4 ski holder will hold 10-12 offshore rods TLD 20-30s or similar. Hauled them from NC to the Keys this year and back plus since you can lock the rack it adds just that little bit of extra security.
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