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#12779842 - 06/04/18 01:59 PM Rigging a bike for fishing
Eland Slayer Offline
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Registered: 01/25/10
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Loc: Houston, TX
This is an admittedly humorous idea to me....so feel free to laugh and poke fun. I'm old enough that I no longer care about looking "cool".

My wife and I are building a new home in Bridgeland, which is a large 11,000+ acre residential development Northwest of Houston. Upon the completion of Bridgeland, there will be a total of 900 acres of lakes open to residents. Currently there are about 400 acres of lakes that are completed and stocked (some have been stocked for 10 years). So, my new mission is going to be scouting out the best bass fishing spots in the neighborhood.

My question is regarding bicycles. Has anyone here ever rigged out a bike for fishing purposes? Ideally I would like to be able to transport 2-3 rods (7 ft. one piece rods) and a small tackle bag with relative ease. I'm looking for advice on two separate things:

1. What type of bike do you think would be best? (thinking possibly a "fat tire" bike) Most of the travel will be on pavement, but there will be some grass/trail riding required as well.

2. What types of equipment are available, and what types of modifications would you suggest?

Like I said, feel free to giggle at the idea....because I still am myself. But the more I think about it, the more interested I am.

Thanks in advance.
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#12779855 - 06/04/18 02:09 PM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: Eland Slayer]
Huckleberry Online   happy
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I think this bike is made by Ranger, it's got a huge rooster tail and is hardly moving.


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#12779858 - 06/04/18 02:10 PM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: Eland Slayer]
MBradford Online   content
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How about an industrial tricycle, or something similar?

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#12779878 - 06/04/18 02:27 PM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: Eland Slayer]
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I've been working on a similar concept. Instead of the bike seat I'd use like a chair. I'd hammer the bike frame flat and kinda shape the front in a V shape. Maybe get 2 bikes and hammer that 2nd bike out flat and box like. I'd then hammer the seam of the opened V end to the boxof the 2nd. Maybe even put a few rivets in. Instead of the pedals, chain and sprocket I'd look to see if there was some sort of battery operated fan on the end of a stick that you could put down in the water to propel the 2 flattened and formed bikes around.

Just brainstorming here.

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#12779901 - 06/04/18 02:48 PM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: Eland Slayer]
Canino Offline
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Registered: 06/27/06
Posts: 2753
Loc: Mansfield
Do a google search for "fishing bicycle" and click the "Images for fishing bicycle" link, lots of ideas there and most wouldn't be too difficult to build.

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#12779905 - 06/04/18 02:52 PM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: Eland Slayer]
Searsay Offline
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Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 277
Loc: Lewisville TX
from a slightly more serious perspective - find a nice rear rack and then get a kayak pack/crate with rod holders or track mounts for said. make sure the rod holders are angled back - 1) so that if a hook gets loose while riding it moves away from you. 2) so that if you go under branch/bridge so on the rod will scrape but bend in a "better" direction rather than snapping.

when i was in college in NY i would bike to lakes w/ no other access all the time with 2- 2 piece rod, camping/cooking gear in a "ski" backpack. Maybe someday when my son is older we'll re-rig for something similar again. Was MUCH faster than hiking and you got to get/see/fish some lakes/ponds that most people don't make the effort to get to because of how hard they were to get to.

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#12779924 - 06/04/18 03:13 PM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: 1ShotNoKills]
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Originally Posted By: 1ShotNoKills
I've been working on a similar concept. Instead of the bike seat I'd use like a chair. I'd hammer the bike frame flat and kinda shape the front in a V shape. Maybe get 2 bikes and hammer that 2nd bike out flat and box like. I'd then hammer the seam of the opened V end to the boxof the 2nd. Maybe even put a few rivets in. Instead of the pedals, chain and sprocket I'd look to see if there was some sort of battery operated fan on the end of a stick that you could put down in the water to propel the 2 flattened and formed bikes around.

Just brainstorming here.


Read my mind... roflmao
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#12779977 - 06/04/18 03:55 PM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: Eland Slayer]
TXMulti-Species Offline
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Why not just rig up the bike to tow a wagon or something similar? Seems too much work and too clunky to outfit just the bike. Great idea, though. Every time I lug all my stuff to my spot for the day I'm cursing how heavy and inconvenient it is!
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#12780055 - 06/04/18 04:56 PM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: TXMulti-Species]
crapicat Offline
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Originally Posted By: TXMulti-Species
Why not just rig up the bike to tow a wagon or something similar? Seems too much work and too clunky to outfit just the bike. Great idea, though. Every time I lug all my stuff to my spot for the day I'm cursing how heavy and inconvenient it is!


I rigged a little red wagon up that way for pier fishing...it worked great...just get one with the fat off road tires. It would do the work of two or three guys toting tackle/ fish, in only one trip!

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#12780155 - 06/04/18 06:23 PM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: Eland Slayer]
IslandJim Online   content
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Registered: 07/08/14
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I'd rig it up to tow a small fishing kayak, unless the HMO Nazis disallow such. You can keep all your gear in and on a kayak, and just boogie when you get the "Itch to fish". IslandJim
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#12780170 - 06/04/18 06:36 PM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: Eland Slayer]
fmrmbmlm Online   content
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5 gallon bucket or one on each side of the rear frame clamped or zip tied

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#12780614 - 06/05/18 05:13 AM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: Eland Slayer]
Lee Finlay Offline
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Registered: 02/21/17
Posts: 117
Loc: Irving, Tx
They make trailers for bicycles. You don't have to Jerry Rig something.

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#12780701 - 06/05/18 07:28 AM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: Eland Slayer]
Brad R Offline
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Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1864
Loc: Texas
Eland, they sell things like this (below) or you could mock one up for a few dollars with a single trip to Home Depot. I'd carry either 1 or 2 rods per side for a total capacity of 2 or 4, then a bag that holds 2 Plano boxes, lunch, etc., incidentals.

Design details will be necessary so if you are going to pedal around through low tree branches, you'll want the rods angled more horizontally.

I love the idea, especially for a controlled area.




You will likely forever be identified by your neighbors by some moniker like "the bike fishing dude." I could live with that; I might actually very much like that!

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#12780857 - 06/05/18 09:17 AM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: Eland Slayer]
Eland Slayer Offline
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Registered: 01/25/10
Posts: 326
Loc: Houston, TX
After searching a little on Google Images, I found this and REALLY like the design. Obviously this is a women's bike, but I'm referring to the rear rack design.



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#12783069 - 06/06/18 06:27 PM Re: Rigging a bike for fishing [Re: Eland Slayer]
SeanP Offline
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Registered: 07/28/15
Posts: 8
Loc: Burleson

I do this often by just putting the handle of the rod on the brake cables. I'm sure you could put one on each side and the other end is held up by a Velcro strap around the seat post.

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