Getting The Surf Fishing Vehicle Ready For The Season

Now it is time to clean the surf fishing rigs, gear, tackle, and add snacks.

It will be seventy degrees on Friday, the water is forty , but yeah, I’m going to the beach too all week.
But first, I gotz sum cleanin to do.
The season is coming, there are dogfish and skate in the surf now. Don’t care, I want to go catch other fish, but first it is time to get ready.
Because ….
I don’t clean my surf fishing truck out, but once or twice a year. I could probably replenish Rehoboth’s Beach or fix Navy crossing with the amount of sand I have in the carpet. Once you can’t see the floor it is time to sweep out the beach beater with a whisk broom.
When the Tahoe it is full of gear and stocked, it is a rolling tackle box, snack bar, and mini camper. This year I added a few things to create some more room.

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The sliders set for the gear cork boards. I changed the one on the left to sit lower for mullet rig float clearance.

For some reason I think I will have a few more frequent passengers this year, and they better have their own snacks. My friends who didn’t get a Delaware surf fishing tag keep informing me, we are surf fishing with you this year. Okay, like that is a threat and, as if I need an excuse. Well these days I do, we are way too busy making the gear to use it.
The truck is like a boat, in that once we get out there, we don’t leave, just sayin. At least we are on land, get to steppin. Especially if you forgot snacks. I don’t know how you got in the truck without food.

I needed to get a little more organized for extra gear. Every surf fishing vehicle I’ve had gets a different set up. This Tahoe is huge and has ample space. My front surf rack is for the bait cooler only, no more bait in an SUV ….. EVER!
Don’t ask, it wasn’t pretty, could smell it before you saw it. But if you have ever managed to leave bunker in a leaking cooler in a SUV for a week in August, then you know.

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The gear cork boards just slide in under the deck in their own cubby holes or drawers

I modified the back deck I made to separate my gear and create more storage space for other people’s gear, or more snacks. The latter being my priority.
I added two sliders, much like a drawer, to hold the gear cork boards I made last year. This increased the deck’s height by two inches, which is great for more foot and leg room. Passengers (no taggers) just need their rods, chair and snacks. I might know a guy for the surf fishing tackle and gear. Cheap gear is not allowed in this surf fishing vehicle. I can not stress the snacks enough, and water, the ocean is salty, so are Doritos.

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Flag pole holds the gear cork boards in place

For long fishing excursions, I made some changes for more space. The increased height gave me some cubby storage for fishing gear boxes I need on occasion. Things like crimps, split ring pliers and parts.
Now underneath the deck I can rearrange everything (new storage boxes and buckets). Then set up the ten inch thick Intrex twin size blow up mattress, for some comfortable sleeping. Passengers sleep on the roof rack. The computer sits on the back deck for a nice entertainment system. There are power inverters for the electronics. In this case a coffee maker.
The back seat is always optional (not for passengers) and big enough, but sometimes you just want to stretch all the way out.
There are backpacks full of wet gear, snacks, and a coffee maker, and snacks. Did I mention food? One thing that will ruin your trip is getting really hungry when the fish are chewing, take a lot of snacks. Especially on cold nights and days. Food keeps you warm, anger over not catching helps fuel that as well. Until the bite turns on and you get hungry.
Everything you need to surf fish all four seasons in one vehicle. I could live in the Tahoe. It just always needs a good cleaning after the fourth season and a some of the longer trips … yikes the smell. Bait can wind up in the weirdest places. No “scented” bait in the truck ever again either, except Fishbites. Gulp or anything similar isn’t allowed inside the surf fishing vehicle either, that “juice” is gnarly in your carpet.

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Mullet rig hooks pinned tot he board now too for easy access.

The gear cork boards stow away nicely now and aren’t just laying on top of the day’s load. I can not recommend enough to try this out (gear cork boards) it works great and they store easy at home. Hang them up like a picture on the shop or garage wall. The newest addition to my boards. I pinned the mullet hooks up too, so these can dry and are easy access.
I was constantly moving the boards around. I needed these in one spot. The slider works great, especially with the mullet hook additions, little safer.
If a board is full of wet rigs I can slide it in upside down to help the rigs dry better. I can also hang plugs on the bottom or back side to dry off, or whatever. It is more versatile for my needs this way. The flag pole keeps them in place. Framing the two boards and attaching them with hinges was another option but I had the deck to use.

It is amazing what you can stuff into the back of a Tahoe, and still have room to live in it, with all the snacks.

See ya in the sand box

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Gear can dry better upside down. Not worried about drip drying in this vehicle.
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Even upside down the gear doesn’t hang far or is in the way

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