Car Fishing Rod Holder: Secure Your Load

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Car Fishing Rod HolderIt doesn’t matter what type of fishing, or where you are going, chances are you need to travel by car to get there. Not all of us have a truck or ute, so we need to find a way to transport them in the car. A Car Fishing Rod Holder can mean the difference between your rod making it to your fishing spot in one piece, or two if it makes it at all.

Throughout this post, I will also be answering some of the most commonly asked questions.

How do you store a fishing rod on a car?

If you have a smallish car, transporting those rods can be almost impossible. You might have a two-piece rod, which will make things a little easier, but they can still be quite long.

I love to head down the river for a quick early morning flick while the family sleeps (the only time I get to myself) Unfortunately I only own one-piece rods (best for baitcasting) so trying to put them in the car without breaking the tip-off can be problematic.

The answer is to get yourself a rod holder for your car/ute or truck. These can be mounted on or in your car, depending on your needs. The question is, which one? With so many around at the moment, the choice can be daunting. Hopefully, by the end of this post, you will have a better idea of what your options are, and what’s best for you.

What are the best rod holders?


  1. Suction – Suction is very versatile, but not so good in extremely temps
  2. Magnetic – Magnets are good for steel surfaces, but can’t go much above 45-mile hours.
  3. Roof racks – Roof rack mounts are the most secure, but you need the racks
  4. Bullbar – Very secure, but can obstruct your view and the rod must have a long butt to hold securely
  5. In-car – Keeps out of weather, secure from thieves, but uses up indoor space.

You will find plenty of different types of car fishing rod holders around at the moment, so all you need to do is choose what is right for you, your car and what rods you will be transporting. If you would like to know more, Continue reading as I have listed the best around at the moment for each category.

Roof Top

When it comes to rooftop rod holders you have plenty of choices. Depending on your type of car, one of these might be the right choice for you.

YAKIMA ReelDeal Rooftop Fishing Rod Mount – Roof Racks

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  • Securely carries up to 8 fully-rigged rods
  • Fully lockable
  • 15.5-inch gull-length padding
  • Single button access
  • Tool-free clamp design
  • Versatile, can be used for other applications
  • Limited lifetime warranty

This rod holder is great if you have a lot to transport. You can carry up to eight rods very securely in this rack. The problem has been you need to have roof racks already installed to be able to make use of this, so not for everyone. If you enjoy taking all your rods with you, so you always have the right one on hand, then the YAKIMA ReelDeal Rooftop Fishing Rod Mount is for you.

Of course, because it is used with roof racks, you can’t use your roof racks for anything else. Something to keep in mind if you are going camping or want to transport larger items. This rack also means your rods will be exposed to the elements, and we all know what UV does to fishing gear.


  • Holds up to 8 rods
  • Lockable
  • Full-length padding
  • Versatile, can be used for other applications
  • Limited lifetime warranty


  • Fairly expensive
  • Requires roof racks for installation
  • Rods are exposed to the elements

Rating 7/10

RodMounts Sumo Suction Rod Carrier – Suction

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  • Four lever-lock suction mounts
  • Adhere to any smooth non-porous surface
  • Double straps
  • Easy breakdown storage
  • Weighs 2 pounds
  • Up to 6 fishing rods

The RodMounts Sumo Fishing Rod Carrier offers the ultimate versatility and performance for transporting fishing rods of all types. The Sumo can transport up to 6 fishing rods of all types and can mount to more cars in more places than other suction mounts. With the ability to move the mount, you can have as close to the edge, or as far away as you desire.

Suction mounts can withstand much higher speeds, crosswinds, and rough terrain than magnets. The Sumo Suction Mounts can also adhere to slightly curved surfaces. Windshield mounting is also possible as the connections can handle the steep angles.

Another great bonus is that the suction cups can be interchanged with magnets for steel roof vehicles. It’s just as simple as removing one bolt to change between. The jolting force is far superior to magnets, able to withstand highway speeds easily.


  • Carry up to 6 rods
  • Strong suction even at highway speeds
  • Very lightweight
  • Easy breakdown
  • Easily moved
  • Can mount on any smooth surface
  • Can mount on the windshield


  • Reduced reliability in extreme weather
  • More sensitive to dust and water on the surface

Rating 8/10

Tight Line Fishing Rod Transport System Magnetic-Vacuum Rod Racks

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  • Transports four fully rigged rods safely between fishing holes
  • No wasted time re-rigging rods
  • Safer than transporting fully rigged rods inside the vehicle
  • Prevents lines from tangling during travel
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Rugged injection-molded nylon
  • Non-corrosive stainless steel nuts and bolts
  • Secure and durable 1/4″ bungee cord tie-downs
  • Available in several configurations

This is the fishing rod mount one of my friends has, and he likes to stick it on the side of his SUV, and the rods can stay in that position. It mounts on the car, pick-up, or SUV using powerful magnets and/or vacuum cups that can be easily attached and removed. This gives the Tight Lines Rod Rack a lot of adhesion power

Most Magnetic mounts are only suitable for short trips, and not anything over 45 mph. Not this one. With the added suction cup, you get the best of both worlds, while still being very compact and easy to transport. These are great to take with you on plane trips where you might get a hire car at your destination.

Although designed for fly rods, I found you can easily carry large beach rods with this rack. It doesn’t matter the weather, speed, or conditions, your rods won’t move.


  • Less sensitive to temperature, dust, and water on the surface
  • Can use magnets, suction or both
  • Easily transportable
  • Can carry small to large rods


  • When using just magnets not, for speeds over 45 ml
  • Only able to carry 4 rods

Rating 8/10

In-car Racks

The advantage of in-car mounts is that your gear is out of the weather and you don’t need to worry about losing them on the road. Some can move a lot, making them annoying and possibly dangerous. You need something secure.

Downrigger Car Rod Rack – In Car

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  • Holds 5 or more rods in locked cradles
  • Attaches to smooth surfaces or overhead door handles
  • Keeps your rods away from thieves, wind, sun, and rain
  • Easy install
  • Keeps your car organized and clean
  • Maximizes car space

The problem with most in-car rod holders is that they are not very secure, or they require in-car modifications. Neither is ideal. The idea is with this mount is to make installation as simple as possible, and to make a rod holder you can use in all kinds of ways. Storing your rods inside the car, but out of the way. As we all know stowing them on the car roof is great, but they are in the elements and aren’t safe from thieves.

Just think, you return to the family car and find all your rods had been nicked. Hasn’t happened to me personally, but it has to a good friend of mine. Inside the car is so much safer, as long as they are out of the way.

The mount has a very simple set-up. Each rod rests on twin cradles that then are attached to an aluminum bar ( can be trimmed to fit the car) This bar is attached to your car by suction caps to windows. If you don’t have windows, they can also be attached to the handles above the doors.

Best of all, this mount doesn’t require you to modify your car in any way. Your rods a very secure, and won’t swing as with some products.


  • Holds 5 rods
  • No need to modify car/uts or truck
  • Easy to install
  • No swing
  • Rods are locked in


  • Need windows or handles to attach

Rating – 8/10

That’s a wrap

As you probably noticed, I didn’t review any bullbar mounts. This is because they are all pretty standard, and don’t have much difference between them. I will say, they are only good for long rods with long butts, like beach rods. The rods holders I have listed here are the best I have found in each category. Of course, you can find many other variants, but these are the best available for each purpose.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my post, and maybe I have helped you in making your choice in Car Fishing Rod Holders. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below. As Always

Tight Lines

Tony creator of Get Reel Fishing

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