Bass Pro Shops Extreme Combo Caddy Rod and Reel Carrier
Rod Bag Saved a trip
Leaving for a four day trip to Lake Erie, I thought I had secured my rod BPS Extreame bag to the front deck. There were two rigs following us and when we got split up we pulled over to regroup. At 4:30 am I discovered that I had not secured the rod bag to the fore deck! It was missing...
When the rest of our party caught back up with us we learned that one of the following trucks had seen the rod bag laying in the right hand lane of the interstate, knowing it was mine I'm sure they were tempted to run it over but, thank God, instead they they pulled over and retrieved it.
The bag was intact, the only visible damage was a hole about the size of a silver dollar burned through from 70mph road rash. There was one spinning rod handle that broke from the impact but otherwise all 8 rods and reels made it through undamaged.
Having my rods and reels protected saved the trip.
July 31, 2007
I cannot and will not recommend this product.
I usually read the reviews before I purchase something. Wouldn't you know, the few times I don't really bite me. This is just a canvas bag with no internal support structure. I put one rod in it to test it out, and the thing sagged horribly at both ends when I lifted it, causing me extreme concern as to what might be happening to my rod inside. Add the weight a few more reels at the opposite end and you are going to have serious problems. I thought I might be able to use it to carry around just two rods by cutting two lengths of 1/2 inch PVC tubing down to "rod length" and inserting them into two of the rod slots in the back to give it some back bone. That worked moderately well, but it still sags a bit with two rods in it (had to put the rods in so the reels are on the same end of the bag so that the PVC at the tip end would only need to support the weight of the bag). Even doing that, I had to wrap one real in a small bath towl to keep it from banging around against the other reel. I still hesitate to use it. Don't know how the guides on my rods will hold up inside this contraption.
I Think I will try to return this next trip to BPS. I am glad the PVC tubing is cheap...
May 24, 2008
Carried 6 rods with reels attached on a 2 mile portage and it worked great. Use it for what it is intended for and it does fine. Sure beats carrying the rods individually like last year.
November 30, 2006
I bought this on sale hoping it would help protect my rods from the car rides to my favorite fishing spots. The caddy can only hold 3-5 baitcasting combos at a time. The caddy is also very lengthy making it hard to carry, especially with the odd amount of combos you may be carrying it with. Odd amounts of combos, if not very carefully balanced out, will tilt to one side when being carried. I have busted more tips from rods getting hung up in the combo caddy than if I were not to put them in anything at all. The material it is made out of though is tough and will not rip very easily.
June 27, 2009