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post #16 of 100
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Originally Posted by GoBow View Post

I use and recommend Gene's spikes. His "system" for mounting them behind the rack is pure genius! One thing to consider if you use a mallet to pound in any spike where the holder is bolted to the pike. Pounding on the PVC to set the spike in the sand will bend the bolts and crack the PVC holder. Gene will tell you to rock them in. I only had to replace all my PVC holders once before I learned that lesson. That Gene feller is one smart dude! tongue.gif:)
I've learned to rock mine in and by doing so have found out two things. I can set the in/out - left/right angles as precisely as I want them. I can also "turn" the spike in the sand to allow the rod to lean with the wind and not fall halfway outta the holder.

Gene is definitely a good guy.  I fished with him and the club for a few years.  In the early stages of my surf fishing, he taught me a lot.  The least I can do is recommend his rack and gear.  I wouldn't recommend it if it wasn't the best gear out there, in my opinion.

post #17 of 100
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Originally Posted by SteveZ View Post

made me some 6' aluminum spikes with the cup holder pretty close to the top.

same here, i have 3 of those and two 5's... the 12" or so from the top to the bottom of the cup seems to work best... only issue i have seen is wind is honking from the SE.
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Originally Posted by allen sklar View Post

Another plus is the muggers will drive by you and park beside the aluminum spike guys...........

that's funny... i usually look for the long pvc ones with the fancy reels.... and some sort of stick markers.... biggrin.gif
post #18 of 100
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Originally Posted by GoBow View Post

I use and recommend Gene's spikes. His "system" for mounting them behind the rack is pure genius! One thing to consider if you use a mallet to pound in any spike where the holder is bolted to the pike. Pounding on the PVC to set the spike in the sand will bend the bolts and crack the PVC holder. Gene will tell you to rock them in. I only had to replace all my PVC holders once before I learned that lesson. That Gene feller is one smart dude! tongue.gif:)
I've learned to rock mine in and by doing so have found out two things. I can set the in/out - left/right angles as precisely as I want them. I can also "turn" the spike in the sand to allow the rod to lean with the wind and not fall halfway outta the holder.

I have Gene's spikes as well and I love them. I had to make change cause me friends were making fun of me frown.gif. My old spikes were not pretty.

I may even put a spike in the sand this weekend....hope I still remember how.
post #19 of 100
Thread Starter 

I have been checking out some of Gene's work and as usual, I want more than just spikes now.  Thanks everyone for the information. 


Edited by AtTheBar - 7/27/12 at 9:23am
post #20 of 100
Gene makes some nice stuff..
post #21 of 100
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Originally Posted by Rocks&Reds View Post

Gene makes some nice stuff..

He ain't the only one! wink.gif
post #22 of 100



Poppy
post #23 of 100
Don't care for those Roy Allen spikes...way overly complicated imo.
post #24 of 100
Thread Starter 
Thanks Poppy for pics. Looks like I started a how to build a better mouse trap conversation. I am looking for something a bit simpler though without the moving parts.
post #25 of 100
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Originally Posted by Rumble Fish aka Poppy View Post


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post #26 of 100
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post #27 of 100
AtTheBar...I was not suggesting that contraption...I just get a kick out of folks who think outside the box...whether it's for the better or the worst... I have never seen that sand spike setup on the beach, only pic's... For me I use all aluminum sand spikes...


Poppy
post #28 of 100
That spike rig is a little too complicated for me, and MAYBE a little "Rubish"......sure is outside of the box. But it needs lots more moving parts.....as is I don't think if it really achieves "Rube Goldberg" status.

"......A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970)....."

There is an "official" Rube Goldberg website..check it out....very funny stuff.

But I did not see any rod spike contraptions there wink.gif
Edited by Beachfish - 7/30/12 at 7:00pm
post #29 of 100
But there are other ideas...

post #30 of 100
Thread Starter 
Did not mean to imply you used them I am all for creative license. I'm sure they work for some folks. For me "keep it simple stupid" seems to work best - so plain old aluminum spikes are what I am after. Btw poppy thanks for all of your "reading the water" posts, some of the best reads on SOL imho.
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