Store rods safely with these handy rod cleats

Australia would have to be one of the most over-regulated countries in the world.

Keeping on top of the regulations and remaining safe while running a business in an efficient and effective way can be a challenge.

Now I’m not knocking the brilliant safety record we have in this country and not trying to cause any controversy.

I am just trying to say that adhering to all the rules and regulations can sometimes be a bit of a pain.

One of the newer regulations concerns load restraint and includes all the bits and pieces you used to leave in your boat while travelling to and from the ramp e.g. your fishing rods.

These days, everything including seemingly harmless items must come out of the boat and into a contained area – or be restrained or covered.

Enter rod cleats.

I have been using these innovative cleats for years to keep unused rods out of the way, but they also come in handy to appease eagle-eyed traffic inspectors.

Check out my short video on how I use these great little cleats to keep my rods safe and avoid any unnecessary fines while I am at it.

The cleats (called Nacsan Rod Racks) are now only available in NZ and you can get them here;

Now if you didn’t know about the new regs and wondered why the hell everyone was running around with nets over their boat, you can check it out here.

Load Restraint Guidelines

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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Paul Watson

    Reply Reply January 30, 2021

    Wish we could get them over here in Australia – Would they work on a roof rack as well?


  • Ryan Moody

    Reply Reply March 10, 2015

    Hi Brett, we had the same trouble after the boat refit haha. But found them online in NZ. They are called a Nacsan rod rack and can be purchased via this link:

  • Captain GreySkull

    Reply Reply March 10, 2015

    Hi Ryan, I have searched hi n low for these Velcro rod holders mate where the hell did you get them from…tried every fisho dealer in Townsville and online, cheers.

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