How To Guide – Make your Own Line/Rig Holder
Another quick one from me today. Having come from Coarse fishing where everything is usually in box drawers, on winders or in trays, I’ve found that sea fishing involves (aside from a rigs bits box) a lot of things which seem to be dumped into your box at the end of the session. This means that on more than one occasion, I have spent a good while the following day getting everything separated and re-organised. Time for a change!
Recently I was fishing Chesil Cove and I cracked off. It was a royal pain having to reattach shock leaders in the pitch black. Yes, I did have a headlamp on, but I didn’t quickly fumbling around the innards of my box, keeping the lid low as to not let the rain soak my stuff through.
I was having a think about how I could make it easier for me, searching for shock leaders quickly at night, when I will ultimately I crack off again…. Because, let’s face it, I definitely will. Then I had an idea; a Line and Rig Holder with the use of…. Guttering. I know Shakespeare do Side trays, which is on my list to buy, but, I had almost all of what I needed hanging around, so it was time for me to give it a go!
To make an Line and Rig Holder you will need:
- 1 x length of Guttering – Width of your choice I used 114mm and the 10cm rig winders sit in this really well.
- 2 x Cap Ends
- 4 x 4mm x 16mm Machine Screws (and Bolts)
- 1 x Permanent Marker
- 1 x Hand Drill/Cordless
- 1 x Spirit Level (Optional)
It is a fairly simple construction and comes together very quickly.
1. Measure the width of your box – For a Shakespeare Beta Team Box it’s around 40.5cm. Allowing 8mm (total) for cap ends
2. Mark the length
3. Cut the guttering.
4. Position the cut piece of guttering at the depth you require. Use the permanent marker and mark a depth line.
5. Once this is done, drill through the side of the box and cap ends. I wanted to make sure the rig spools would fit when the box lid was closed.
6. If you want you can glue* the cap ends in place. Fix the cap ends on to the guttering and lower into place. Aligning the drilled holes. (*Optional)
7. Thread the bolts through the previously drilled holes and tighten onto the nut.
8. Load up.
Done! Here you have a very nifty little tray inside your box ready to hold all sorts. Also, mine is at the depth where the side trays for the box can still be used unhindered.
Hope you find this useful, I certainly will.
Until next time…