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Building the ultimate surf fishing cart..

post #1 of 57
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I fish the NJ shore and most of the beaches that I fish require a walk-on. I usually carry on two rods, bait bucket (incl sm soft cooler), sand spikes and a tackle box. Frankly I'm sick and tired of carrying all of this crap. I've seen guys with carts/wagons with fat tires for the sand and they look pretty cool. I get the impression that he ones that I've seen were "custom engineered" because they're all different.

I have a plastic radio-flyer wagon that I used to pull my kids around in. It has removable sides and a sturdy plastic base that I think would be ideal for mounting rod holders to and a good platform to sit on at the shoreline. I'm wondering about the tires though, mainly if they're going to be wide enough. I guess I'm gonna have to take it to the beach and pull it with some weight on it to really find out if it will work.

Before I waste a lot of time on this project I was wondering if anyone out there has done any extensive testing/development of a good beach cart? Does anyone have any pics or design tips that they'd be willing to share? How wide or big (diameter) do the tires have to be to be effective?
post #2 of 57
I had bought one of the manufactured carts (the large one) and took it to Island Beach Park and near had a stroke pulling it with two chairs, cooler, spackle bucket with live bait, also only caught one small blue 20". I took it back where I bought it and happened to see a jet ski surf buggy for sale for $75, thing is all bolt together and adjustable, I modified it with five rod holders and a cutting board, tires are plastic rims and 11"X22" tires. Took it to Island beach, and had no trouble pulling it through tire tracks and over dune, didn't even have to stop, huge difference, and I only caught one fish again but it was a 34" blue. It is funky looking but it pulled great , I'll see if I can post some pictures....Jack
post #3 of 57
In the same vein, take a look at the carts made for transporting kayaks...you can buy just the wheels. Spendy, but if you want to do it once, and do it right, the only way to go.
post #4 of 57
go to sandy hook

His name escapes me great guy ya cant miss him. He loves talking about his creations.

4 years ago he had a 4 wheel drive power surf cart

he since then has upgraded to a fully powered 6 wheel drive cart. It incorporate a baby stroller in its main chassis. For power he uses three battery packs (you know the portable hand held car battery jumper) the thing is a monster. Some times it gets away from him. We were bs'n and he accidentally hit the trottle and it knocked over my friends sandspike....priceless....Had to be there. And the thing has some get up and go. weighs a ton but the closest thing to a beach buggy at the hook.
post #5 of 57
if you need a cart for your stuff you have too much sht! ! !
post #6 of 57
Some sad Git in the Uk designed probably just what you are looking for. It was done for commercial sale to tackle shops You needed balls to be seen hauling one of these things. Wally trollies many tagged them. Every man to his own. If you google up Summerlands in the Uk you can ask them the question if these things are still being made. You could always try a wheel barrow a proper builders one or the type Carp Fisherman use over hear to lug around unbelivable amounts of gear.
post #7 of 57
Look into the Wheel eez products, I bought a cart last year and it is very easy to push/pull on any sand. I modified the beach cart and it works well for carrying my fishing stuff to and from the beach. You can buy just the wheels which is where the major difference is among the carts and the ease of pulling. A friend bought one of those pier type fishing carts and it was nearly impossible to pull on the beach in lose type sand.He was looking into switching the wheels to a wheel eez balloon type tire which would solve his problem. RFR
post #8 of 57
Here's my cart, pulls across soft sand great, weight is about 40 lbs. Everything is stainless or aluminum. It comes apart into three pieces and can be made about 20" smaller then it is in picture by adjusting pins, it fit sin my Tahoe better then the purchased ones that are 48" long. It can carry a cooler , tackle box, spackle bucket three chairs , five long rod holders and supports 4-5 guys no problem!...Jack
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post #9 of 57
I've had the large Fish~N~Mate cart for a number of years. It's great for piers or flat hard beaches like many in S. Jersey. It's murder on sugary beaches like IBSP. I have seen pictures of custom units with larger tires but I'm unconvinced.

I found the best all-around cart for those loose beaches is a vinyl snow tobaggen. They usually last only a season or two of regular use but they're cheap. The cord pulling connection holes just have to be reinforced.

I'd pick one up immediately (if they're still in stock)

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post #10 of 57
Holds bucket 4 rods, sandspikes and the small soft cooler. and rolls very easy!

recently added two more rod holders
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post #11 of 57
lbifly has made a great one from scratch, he obviously hasnt seen this thread yet so PM him about it
post #12 of 57
IMHO, the quickest and easiest (although not cheapest ) way is to get a Fish'n'mate or a Reels on Wheels large cart, put a pair of 16" Wheelez balloon tires on it, and put some plastic mesh on the bottom (so small items don't fall through) and call it good. The cart is a fairly good design and pretty light and the Wheelez helps it float over the sand like it was hovering You should be able to find the cart at most B&T shops and the axle and hardware for the wheels at any local hardware store but you'll have to order the Wheelez online. All said and done, it'll probably run you close to $400 , but it'll be a strong, light beach cart that's an absolute pleasure to use on the sand.
post #13 of 57
Jack

Is this cart homemade or store bought?

Either way - its bad arse man!

MD

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Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
Here's my cart, pulls across soft sand great, weight is about 40 lbs. Everything is stainless or aluminum. It comes apart into three pieces and can be made about 20" smaller then it is in picture by adjusting pins, it fit sin my Tahoe better then the purchased ones that are 48" long. It can carry a cooler , tackle box, spackle bucket three chairs , five long rod holders and supports 4-5 guys no problem!...Jack
post #14 of 57
yea that cart is sick was gonna try an build one but those black tires are pretty expensive i can find a baby stroller or sumthing lol is it home made?
bulldog?
post #15 of 57
Guys, yeah it is sort of home grown, gas station down the street had a jet ski beach cart for $75, saw it after returning one of the store bought carts. I can say it out produced the store bought cart by 14", caught a 34" Blue at IBSP compared to a 20" with the store bought version. I agree that the store bought ones are great, but need the bigger tires. There is a lot of work there actually for what it is, but the fact that it comes apart eaily and adjusts to what size I need , works for me! I was the second poster to this thread.. Thanks for all the compliments here and pm...Jack
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