DIY Bank Fishing Rod Holders

When bank fishing, a good rod holder can help you catch more fish and keep you from loosing expensive gear.  While there are many great commercial options for boat rod holders, there are not many good quality rod holders for bank fishing that can stand up to very large catfish.  I found several at BPS but, was not 100% confident they would keep my rods safe without me standing over them.  These pole holders are similar to the ones I made here but, seemed too light and flimsy to handle a big fish.  With a few tools, you can make a strong and inexpensive rod holders from materials that are easy to get at any hardware or home improvement store.  I was able to build 6 of these for around 35-40 bucks.

For 6, you will need:

  1. A 10 foot stick of 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 diameter pvc pipe: $3.73.  Just be sure it is large enough to accomodate your rod butts.
  2. 10-12 feet of 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 slotted angle.  This is about 10 bucks per 4 foot stick at Home Depot but, I got a few 10 foot sticks from a local garage door company for 10 bucks each.
  3. A bunch of 1/4 inch carriage bolts, washers, and nuts: $5.00 or so.
  4. Something to cut the angle and pvc.  A grinder, jig saw, air saw, sawzall, or even a hack saw should get the job done.
  5. A drill and 1/4 inch drill bit.
  6. A 7/16 inch wrench to tighten the bolts.
  7. A can of Rustoleum spray paint in your choice of color: $6.00.

To get started, cut the pvc into 12″ lengths.  You can adjust the length to suit your needs but, 12″ should work well for most rods.

Second, cut the angle into 24″ lengths and trim one end off to a point so it will be easy to push into the ground.    When assembled, this will give you 12″ to push in the ground.  If you fish alot of very soft ground, such as sand, you can make them longer so they will hold better.

Give all of the pieces of angle a couple of coats of paint and allow them to dry completely.

Place a piece of pvc in the angle and align the top of the pvc with the top of the angle.  This will allow you to beat the rod holder into hard ground without smashing the pvc.

Drill a hole on each side, at the top and bottom of the pvc.  You can use the holes in the angle as a guide.Put in 4 carriage bolts giong from the inside of the pvc out through the angle.  This will leave the inside smooth with nothing to damage the handles of your rods.  Tighten them up snug with a wrench and you are good to go!We used these for the first time last week and they worked flawlessly.  They hold the rod very solid, are not too heavy to carry, and are easy to see.  So long as your drag is set properly, you will never have to worry about a fish stealing your fishing rod!

In future articles we will show you some more great DIY options for bank rod holders and boat holders as well.

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22 Responses to “DIY Bank Fishing Rod Holders”

  1. Will OConnor
    May 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Thanks guys I have been needing to build a few of them almost lost a few poles this year.

    • Marvin helms
      December 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

      Walmart sells coil spring holder for 2 bucks works great marvin

  2. Big D
    May 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    great article thanks!

  3. JR in PA
    June 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Built a couple of these this past week to try out. Tested them last night and they were the cat’s meow (pun intended). Much better than struggling with or breaking the junk ones found in most stores. Thanks for this great info.

  4. Katz
    June 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    I’ll get a few put together this weekend.

  5. JAMES
    July 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    this is a cool idea!! now why didn’t I think of this?? LOL
    TY for sharing.

    for other ideas on how to make all kinds of stuff(fishing related & non fishing related) go to

    I do not own the website, but have built lots of stuff that has been posted on that website.

    • Catfishadmin
      July 4, 2011 at 8:53 am #

      I have been thinking about posting a few things I make myself on indestructables…

  6. Tercat
    August 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    What a great idea!!! Just what I’ve been looking for.

    Thanks a heap for sharing…the simple things are always the best and I can see these will be in my arsenal. 😉

  7. Dan Brown
    August 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    So simple yet effective. Exactly what I needed. And I had the materials just laying around the shop.

    • Catfishadmin
      August 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

      They are pretty sweet. I have 6 that I take every single trip (when I am not in a boat) I even use them when the bank is heavy rocks. Just pile up heavy rocks around them until they are solid. Its alot easier than diggin your rods out of a makeshift rock rod holders!

  8. jordan
    May 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    I made this and I made it so there was more metal so it went farther in the ground and something really huge poled my baitcaster with a blugill tail through the water I ended up snagging my very bent trouble hook with my pole a half hr later

    • STEVE
      September 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      Not sure if you are saying the rod holder stayed in the ground or not. Did the rod holder stay in the ground, and the pole pulled out? Or the fish bend the treble hook, and both the rod and rod holder stay put on the bank?

      • jordan
        November 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

        The rod holder bent and came out of the ground and the pole went into the water

  9. MAX
    April 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    The area that I live in is too rocky for this kind of holder. Does anyone have any ideas for a rod holder that doesn’t stick into the ground. (even something attached to a chair would do)

    • Dan
      February 2, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

      Almost 2 years late to comment on this. but I’ve seen people use hose clamps or duct tape to tie on a piece of PVC to the leg of one of those folding camping chairs.

  10. bob
    September 18, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    instead of using the angle use rebar. and hose clamps.. easier to stick into the ground

    • Catfishadmin
      September 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Yep that works great. I just didnt want the clamps sticking out since we walk quite some distance to a few bank spots. Thanks Bob!

      • Catfishhunter
        November 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

        I fish in a rocky river bank area for cats and the only thing I have found that works is the same set up with the PVC, Rebar and clamps. So that the rod holders don’t rub on my back pack. I have covered the clamps completely with duck tape…no rubbing and they work great. Use at least half inch width rebar for more support in the ground.

  11. roy
    October 31, 2014 at 8:55 am #


  12. EJ
    September 23, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

    Nice project. Thanks for sharing.


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