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Old 05-01-2014, 07:29 PM   #1
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DIY: Bed Rail Fishing Rod Holder

I've seen a few people ask about mounting fishing rod holders in there beds and not wanting to drill into there beds and I've also had a lot of people ask about how i did mine.
Im gonna go ahead and pre apologize for the crappy cell pics but you should get the point.

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2x 1/2inch carriage bolts
4x 1/2inch nuts
2x 1/2inch washers
1x Fishing rod holder
1/2inch drill bit (drill press is recommended but not necessary)

For a fishing rod holder i used a Blacktip three rod rod holder:



Start by drilling out the original mounting holes on your rod holder with the 1/2inch drill bit

Go from this:


To this:


Next slide your carriage bolts into the truck rail at the same distance of your mounting holes. the head of the 1/2inch carriage bolt slides perfectly into our bed rails. then add a washer and a nut to secure the bolt into the rail. theres no need to tighten more than finger tight.


Next put your rod holders on by putting the end of the carriage bolt into the half inch holes you drilled in your rod holder and finger tighten bolts over the ends.


I know the pictures aren't the best and ill add better pics when i get the chance.
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Hey Phoenix, Thanks for this DIY tip. I made one for my tacoma today. Less than $20 spent and took all of 15 minutes to make & mount. Those bolts fit perfectly in the bed-rails, although I had to go with the 3" long carriage bolts. Maybe because I used a Berkeley 3-rod holder and may have been a little thicker where you drill it out. Thanks again from a fellow angler!
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Hey Phoenix, Thanks for this DIY tip. I made one for my tacoma today. Less than $20 spent and took all of 15 minutes to make & mount. Those bolts fit perfectly in the bed-rails, although I had to go with the 3" long carriage bolts. Maybe because I used a Berkeley 3-rod holder and may have been a little thicker where you drill it out. Thanks again from a fellow angler!
Let's see some pics! I'm glad I can help some people out and prevent them from drilling into there bed lol.
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Ima jack and install on my bed bars
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Hey, nice write up! Makes me want to go surf fishing
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Hey, nice write up! Makes me want to go surf fishing

Thanks! I carry all of my buddies rods in it when we take trips and I pack my fly rod up in its case lol it doesn't do well in the wind
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Looks great! I have the same rod holders attached a little differently. I used corner brackets and just set it between the cab and bed so I could get it off quickly. Comes in handy.
I also attached flag pole holders on either side so I could fly flags on the beach
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Looks great! I have the same rod holders attached a little differently. I used corner brackets and just set it between the cab and bed so I could get it off quickly. Comes in handy.
I also attached flag pole holders on either side so I could fly flags on the beach

As long as you leave them finger tight there pretty easy to get off. I have another hole drilled in my rod holders now so I can lay the rods more at an angle. I'll post pics later today
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Where did yall buy the fishing rod holder?
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Where did yall buy the fishing rod holder?

I got mine from West marine. I got the black tip 3 rod holder
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Where did yall buy the fishing rod holder?

These would work
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Picked mine up from the boating section of Walmart. Mine is a Berkeley 3 rod holder like the OPs.
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Sweet, going to try to knock this out today. Probably can get all the parts from Wally World lol
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Sweet, going to try to knock this out today. Probably can get all the parts from Wally World lol

I'm not sure about the carriage bolts at walmart but you never know lol

Post some pics when your done!
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I got mine at Gander Mtn. But you can get then anywhere
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