How to pack and move fishing equipment

For many, fishing is passion. For others, it is just a way to hang out with friends and enjoy the waves and nature. Fishing might be one of the best activities men can do. It is a calming experience, and yet, when one catches something big, that’s where adrenaline kicks in. There are many different kinds of fishing, and not all of them are alike. That means that there is a lot of fishing equipment, and all of it has to be moved when you’re moving to a new location. So if you are a fisherman, or you just fish recreationally, you have to know how to pack and move fishing equipment properly. Luckily, you’ve stumbled upon this guide. So, how can you move your fishing equipment properly and avoid any damages to your fishing equipment? This is what we are going to find out today. So, let’s begin!

You need to find appropriate packing supplies for your fishing equipment

Fishing equipment is something valuable and fragile. And you probably have some expensive stuff there too. This is why you need to take care of your fishing equipment in the best possible way. You need to organize your move like a pro!

A fishing rod is a part of fishing equipment.

We have to take care of our fishing equipment!


You cannot just start packing your fishing equipment into random boxes and expect it to get to your new place in good condition. As we said, fishing equipment can be quite fragile, and you have to get some packing supplies for it first. Here’s what you need:

  1. cardboard tubes/pipes
  2. PVC pipes
  3. moving box
  4. plastic air-filled wrapping
  5. air-filled plastic padding
  6. packing paper
  7. tape

You can get most of the packing supplies in the nearest supermarket, and they are usually not expensive. You can get a lot of good high-quality fishing equipment in your nearest fishing equipment store. More often than not, a salesman will give you some good advice when it comes to transporting fishing equipment.

Protect your sensitive fishing rods

A fishing rod might not be the most valuable piece of fishing equipment you own, but it certainly is the most important one, depending on what is your main catch. You should start by putting them into cardboard tubes. But before that, it would be best if you can wrap them with plastic air-filled wrapping. After that, you can put them into cardboard tubes. That way your fishing rods will be protected, and no damages should be expected.

If it doesn’t fit, remove the reel

A reel is a part of fishing equipment.

Take a fishing reel off if you cannot fit your rod into a tube.

Unfortunately, most of the time, a fishing rod with a reel won’t fit into a cardboard tube. This is why you need to remove a fishing reel first. After you have removed it, wrap it carefully with a plastic-air filled wrapping, and seal it with sticky tape. If you have the original packaging for your reel, your problem is solved.

Pack your fishing rods

PVC tubes.

PVC and cardboard tubes are cheap fishing equipment.

Most fishermen have different kinds of fishing rods, depending on the catch. Some of those fishing rods are longer, and some are shorter. Some of them are more sensitive, and some are less sensitive. But go with a thought that they are all fragile as the most fragile fishing rod in your possession. Cardboard tubes and PVC pipes are the best solutions. They are pretty cheap. Usually, a ten feet PVC pipe is around ten dollars. Cardboard tubes are even less pricey than that. This means that you can freely buy a longer PVC tube, and have them cut into smaller portions.

Do a test

After you have finished packing your fishing rods, do a quick shake test to see if everything is holding as it should be. That way you are going to find out if some of your fishing rods need more secure packing and wrapping.

What about worms?

Now, you may be wondering how can you transport worms to your new location. If you are moving far away from your original location, do not transport living worms, and other baits. Throw them away or give them to your fellow fisherman. Under the heat, living bait will die, and it will only create a disgusting mess in a vehicle. This is why living baits are out of fashion. Fake worms and flies are much better and easier to transport. You can simply put them in a small container, and you can carry it with you to your new desired location. However, if you fish with a living bait (which is admittedly sometimes better), know that you can probably find a fishing store at your new location. But probably not if you are moving to some locations in the mid-west, like Nevada.

Same goes with hooks

We recommend bringing your hooks with you. Dry them out before you put them in a container. After you have put them in a small metal casing, seal that casing off with sticky tape to prevent it from opening. It can be potentially dangerous to lose your hooks in your car. You might tear some fabrics of, and someone can get hurt. Even if nobody got hurt, it is going to be difficult to get collect them all. This means that they are going to be in your car for a long time, and you don’t want that.

Find some good and reliable moving company

You may think that all moving companies are the same. Sure, the basic principle is the same – all moving companies have trucks in their ownership, and they use those vehicles to transport other’s people stuff. This is true. But did you know that there are a lot of bad moving businesses, like in any other part of the services market? This is why you need to be careful when searching for a moving company since not all of them have reliable vehicles. The point is to work with a moving company that has new vehicles that don’t rumble a lot on the road.

Good luck and happy fishing!