Discussion in 'Fishing Chit Chat' started by Hungsv, Jul 19, 2019.
How do you travel with your fishing gears on a Yellowtail or Tuna trip?
Not quite sure which part you are asking about. I fly Alaska Airlines and they allow you to check a rod tube and tackle box as a single piece of luggage. The rod tube must not exceed a total length + girth measurement so I stick with an 8' rod tube and 7'6" rods max. My rod tube is a piece of 4" tripple walled HDPE Drain pipe from Home Depot ($12). Weighs next to nothing and you can stand on it.
Is a bit of a challenge to travel with longer rods.
Thanks FishRock, I buy rods online, and they ship in the round tubes. Do you think those tubes is good enough for travel?
Travel case for rods that are checked on (will have to pay oversize fee). Bring reels in reel bag/backpack and carry those on. Lures and hooks also need to be checked on.
I have had rods shipped to me in cardboard boxes and cardboard tubes.
If they got damaged in shipping the seller or shipper would have to cover the cost of replacing it.
I would not put one on a plane since I own it at that point and the airline is not likely to pay full replacement value. The triple walled pipe is cheap and very effective.
I do carry my reels on in a case and have had no problems carrying all my tackle too. But I only have a small Plano box of tackle.
You able to carry on lures with hooks on them? I've never tried but would feel like those would get taken at security
Thanks RealWhile and FishRock again,
Just check with Southwest Airline, and they charge $75 for oversized items(62-80").
I was surprised too. Had wahoo bombs and a couple of big jigs with large J hooks. TSA inspected the bag and saw it was fishing gear and just told me to pack it on top next time so they could get to it easier.
Each airline is different. Definitely a challenge to transport big items like rods without paying a fortune. I am lucky that Alaska Air still accommodates this stuff.
Damn good to know, thanks
Not on alaska airlines. Fishing gear is on their exception list. I do reccomend you have the list pulled up on your phone as even some of the counter people do not know their own airlines rules.
Good to know, did not know Alaska Airlines is friendly with the fishing gear
Still have to pay regular, but not oversized.
Book with Alaska Credit so the first check bag is free
Alaska is very fisherman friendly and if you have an Alaska CC you can get 1 free bag checked up to six people on your reservation. I just did it to Cabo with the family.
Don't forget the friends fly free program with the card also.
6” home built pvc rod tube. Reels and gear goes in checked luggage so I don’t have problems with hooks or line. I’ve heard sometimes line has to be removed from reels for carry on, depending on airline or who’s checking it. Also fly Alaskan and rods are on their list of sporting equipment with no oversized charges.
I fly with 8' rods on Alaska all the time, I use the same shipping boxes that United Composites uses.
Plano jumbo airline rod case. Extends from 67 to 112 inches and is 8.5 inch diameter and has wheels on one end. Just picked one up on amazon new for $107 delivered to get some rods to Costa Rica on alaska airlines
Or Flambeau 6095 6.5 inch diameter travel rod case that extends to 112". Can get one for about 60 to 70 bucks delivered.
I have a Bazuka tube and have been using that for 20 years flying Southwest. TSA opens it EVERY TIME. Minor damage twice. Only lost once, in the Philippines. Never had any real problems, you can collapse it when you get where you're going
It maxes out at 7 feet, limiting my rod purchase and build options. My son recently moved to the South Bay area and I'm
sending him some rods in said rod case. I bought the bigger Bazuka. I can buy 8 foot rods. Finally...
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