If you need fishing gear and like doing things yourself, check out these PVC fishing projects.
PVC plastic pipe can be an outdoorsman's best friend. We've already talked about eight PVC hunting projects you can do yourself, and now it's time to take a look at the fishing side of things for the budget-savvy angler.
Short of providing complete tutorials, we'll share the basis of the DIY projects, but it's up to you to conduct some more research and find the instructions that work best for you and your equipment and supplies.
Very few of us can legitimately make our own fishing lures, but we've probably got some power tools, drill bits, and the where with all to start and finish a few weekend projects ourselves. After that, it will require a quick trip to the hardware store to find some good PVC pipe, and you're well on your way.
It helps to be crafty and intuitive, but any of these are smaller undertakings that don't require a huge amount of skill or knowhow.
Here are 10 PVC fishing projects you can tackle yourself on the cheap and start using today.
1. Polar Bear Tubes
Polar Bear Tubes are perfect for keeping your catch cold while not taking up too much space in your cooler. They're cheap and easy to make, and in a pinch, they can be used as a clean source of drinking water.
2. Waterproof Storage
PVC can make a great waterproof storage container. Just get whatever size tube you need to fit your important things inside (cell phone, wallet, fishing license, keys, etc.), glue an end cap on one side and then attach a threaded screw-on lid to make it watertight but still accessible.
3. On-Vehicle Rod Holders
These plastic pipes can make a quick and easy fishing pole holder for your vehicle. Just attach a few pieces to a board or even to another piece of PVC and attach to the vehicle. A bungee cord will ensure they make the trip successfully.
4. Homemade Crappie Bed
This one actually seems like it could help you catch fish. Use some PVC to create an artificial crappie bed, giving the fish the subsurface cover and security they want while at the same time ensuring that you know where the fish are and that your fishing line won't get snagged when you're fishing.
5. PVC Fishing Rod Storage
PVC is an easy way to create a quick and safe place to store your rods at home. It gets the rods out of the way so there is no danger of breaking them, but still leaves them easily accessible for a quick trip to the river.
6. Chum Dispenser Tube
This is something that you have probably paid way too much for in the past, but now that you know to build one out of PVC you won't make that mistake again. Your catfishing trips will never be the same after you build your own PVC chum-dispenser tube.
7. Cooler False Bottom
Tired of everything in your cooler being wet and covered in slimy bloody mess? Use PVC to create a false bottom in your cooler. All the mess goes down below for easy removal and cleaning.
8. Fishing Rod Holders
Possibly the most well-known fishing use for PVC is the rod holder. You can buy rod holders that do the exact same thing but cost much more, or you can buy one piece of PVC and build a few from it. Just cut the PVC so that one end is straight and the other forms an angle. Drive it into the ground and then sit back and relax.
9. Survival Fishing Rod
A do-it-yourself survival fishing rod can be crafted from PVC. While it does seem a little complicated to build, it can give you a serious advantage over just using a line and hook.
10. DIY Kayak Cart
A DIY kayak cart is a great use of PVC pipes. A kayak cart is something that is very nice to have if you want to go kayak fishing on your own, but they can be super expensive. This PVC kayak cart looks simple to build and will get the job done with a very reasonable price tag.
So there you have it. Now you can make your own fishing tools with cheap PVC pipes. Say goodbye to doling out hundreds of dollars at the outdoor store.
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