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Make or buy a surf plug bag

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
Hey guys
I'm new to SOL and started saltwater fishing and moving away from fresh water. I have a hand full of plugs and intend on getting more but
I want to have a bag that holds my $5-$35 plugs and will drain etc. I don't have much money but I do want a nice quality bag that can go to canal 2-4 times a week.

I've seen nice bags but they sure cost a lot. I've seen on sol people made homemade bags with pvc or gutter down spout.
If I were to get a bag can I install grommets on bottom for drainage?

4 tube or 10 compartments to hold my most used plugs would be nice.

Any pics of your homemade bags or your bought bag that's worth the money would be great to give me ideas.

If there is a thread out there that's informational I'm sorry I opened this one







Thanks SOL,
Dave
post #2 of 34

Is that bottom pic of a homemade bag or a manufactured bag?

 

I'd be interested in some creative solutions too. I want a new bag, but prices are insane!

post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 
I hear ya. There's no way I'm spending 200-500$ on a bag. I rather build/buy more plugs or even another reel. Ill try to find maker of that bottom picture. A guy on here that's like admin or so,etching said he uses a husky tool bag from Home Depot/ lowes and put tubes inside. He said its bulletproof for the rocks, made out of water resistant material. Only thing is no grommets on bottom of bag. I think u can install grommets for drainage but I'm not familiar with grommet punchers etc.

Ill get back to u on bag

Thanks
post #4 of 34
Thread Starter 


Shimano blue wave looks similar. Mesh bottom so it airs out easy. Decent price 65$. 10 sections and a jig section and plier holder
post #5 of 34
I bet you can get a large Aquaskinz bag on BST for under 100.00 if you're patient. Fishdoc posted up a how-to regarding making one of his bags....hardly traditional but cheap, easy, and effective. If I find the link I'll post it up for you.
post #6 of 34
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Thanks
post #7 of 34

My brother inlaw has that shimano bag. i forgot all about it. It's a sharp looking bag. 

 

Although now I would feel weird fishing next to him with the same bag. smile.gif

post #8 of 34
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Hey if it works who the hell cares! biggrin.gif as long as ur the one with the striped cow next to you
post #9 of 34

CC,

 

I started making my own bags and it has turned out to be a bit of an obsession....  If you are a "tinkerer" like I am then making a bag is a fun thing because it is yours!  Most bags on the market are good and you can get a Bronco knock off for like $30 on eBay and it will be fine.  Once you get completely obsessed with this sport you find yourself needing something else (or at least I do) so I started making bags....

 

Here are some photos of my early bags and then some of my latest so you can see there is a starting and ending place when making stuff and how crazy you can get.  

 

Just as a side note I don't recommend using PVC piping for tubes it is very heavy.  Plastic down leaders from Home Depot actually work pretty well.  If you want a professional bag tube PM me and I'll tell you where you can get some on line.

 

So for your viewing amusement....

 

 

Here was the second bag I ever put together.  The first is not even worth mentioning it was quite funny....I bought a messenger bag and put the grommets in it cost $13 bucks for the bag but the tubes were more money maybe the whole thing cost me around $25 when I was done.....

 

 

 

 

 

Of course needing more stuff and learning about what the top end bags were made out of I went a little crazy....Here is a bag I made all by hand (meaning needle and thread) that I posted pics on SOL some time ago....

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this bag I decided to get a Sewing Machine and go to work so after a few prototypes and redesigns here are the last few bags I made for some friends......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good luck!!!!

post #10 of 34
Wow -those last few were awesome!
post #11 of 34
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Wow. Those are sweet! I have some time till I'll need one. I'll prolly make one. No PVC check. Thanks. I'll let you know if I have to gather my cabbage and buy one. I'm in middle of building custom rod holder on top of explorer... smile.gif. Gots to keep busy or I'll go crazy
post #12 of 34
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Originally Posted by CCstripedhippo View Post

Wow. Those are sweet! I have some time till I'll need one. I'll prolly make one. No PVC check. Thanks. I'll let you know if I have to gather my cabbage and buy one. I'm in middle of building custom rod holder on top of explorer... smile.gif. Gots to keep busy or I'll go crazy

Idea for a rod holder....

 

I got the ski rack on eBay for $20 then I made up the PVC so the reels stay upright.  I also made it so I can lock it up.... Not Jimmy from False Bar customs "Rod Vault" but a very inexpensive alternative...  Maybe this can help you out.. Send pics of what your building.

 

 

 

 

 

post #13 of 34
Let me know how that rod holder goes. I have a one piece that I need to get on my roof rack. I'd love to avoid buying an expensive ski rack.
post #14 of 34
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Originally Posted by MDeLav02 View Post

Wow -those last few were awesome!

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by CCstripedhippo View Post

Wow. Those are sweet! I have some time till I'll need one. I'll prolly make one. No PVC check. Thanks. I'll let you know if I have to gather my cabbage and buy one. I'm in middle of building custom rod holder on top of explorer... smile.gif. Gots to keep busy or I'll go crazy

 

Thanks guys for the compliments.  I've been getting some traffic on my FB page due to those pics.  I'm basically went form making my own bag to starting a small business.  Fun times!!!

post #15 of 34
Thread Starter 
My building has stopped due to this damn snow/rain. First house in past years with no garage so ill take pics and get back to work when the weather allows me!

I'm trying to avoid expensive thule/Yakima racks but if I can get a pair cheap I can use them in front and use pvc holders in back and double my capacity.
I sometimes head with 4 guys so storage for 6-8 rods is a must have. Someone has posted a pic of explorer and gave me good idea.

Locking is nice but not a major deal. I'm usually in truck when they are on top unless I'm in bait shop or Benny's I should be good.
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