When fishing the beach, and waiting for that big bite, a rod holder is a good tool to have. It will keep you from having to hold the rod yourself and allows you to deploy several rods at the same time. You can sit back and watch and wait, all the while your hands are free for some adult refreshments 😉
What is a Sand Spike?
Sand Spike can mean a couple of different things. One is a spike driven in the ground and used as an anchor to tie up boats along the shoreline. The other and the one we’ll be discussing, is a rod holder driven into the sand along the beachfront to hold your fishing rods while you wait on a fish to strike, the Surf Fishing Sand Spike Rod Holder.
Surf Fishing Sand Spikes are made of various materials keeping in mind the corrosive environment, most are plastic, aluminum, or stainless steel. They will have a sharpened end for driving into the sand and an open tube end for holding the rod. Sand Spike rod holders vary in length with most in the 2 ft to 4 ft range.
They need to be long enough, and strong enough to hold in the sand against wind, wave action and currents, as well as that big strike and run when a fish picks up your bait. If not, you could lose both rod and rod holder. I’ve been there and done that, not fun, trust me.
Where to Find Sand Spikes?
Sand Spike Rod Holders can be found at several online retailers. Tackle Direct (tackledirect.com), Bass Pro Shops (basspro.com), The Dollar Angler Club and of course Amazon (amazon.com). You will find them at local bait shops near the beach as well, and you will have the added benefit of getting to see the actual product up close and personal.
You can make your own if you’re handy with a few basic tools. Of course, if you are a welder and can weld aluminum and or stainless steel, you can go that route as well. A section of 2 inch PVC pipe can be used to make Surf Rod Holders, simply cut one end on a diagonal for driving into the sand. They will be more difficult to drive into the sand, but are cheap and certainly corrosion resistant.
Made of sturdy heavy gauge anodized aluminum with a measuring tape on the side and foot pegs to help with setting into the sand. The Fish-N-Mate Sand Spike is a great choice and will last a lifetime. CHECK PRICE HERE!
As I mentioned before, you can certainly make your own Sand Spike Rod holders if you have the time and talent. In any good hardware store you will find 2 inch diameter PVC pipe and it comes in 10 foot sections. That would be enough for two or three rod holders. They are more difficult to drive into the sand far enough to hold against bigger fish. You can buy aluminum angle and use automotive hose clamps to attache two foot sections of PVC pipe to 3-4ft of angle to make good rod holders as well.
Some sand spikes are made out of rebar with metal rings welded on to hold the rods. Rebar will rust however, so they will take more maintenance. The important thing is that whatever you use is long enough to drive into the sand and still keep your rod up out of the sand and waves. A quick tip, when you cast your bait out and put the rod in the sand spike, loosen the drag on your reel so that when a big fish hits and make a run for open ocean, your drag will slip instead of possibly your rod launching into the surf.
Gear Up and Go Fishing
Check out the Surf Sand Spikes either online or at your local tackle shop. Choose those best for you, your equipment, fishing conditions, and of course, budget. Then load up and head to the beach. Try em out, have fun, go fishing. You’ll be able to put out several rods which will increase your odds at getting bit.
When you’re at the beach, or wherever you go in the great outdoors, please do me a favor and leave it cleaner than you found it. Take an extra trash bag with you and donate 15 minutes to fill it with what those less courteous folks leave behind.
Be safe, enjoy the journey, good luck and good fishin.