Bullbar rod holders – getting legal
  |  First Published: August 2016

During the latter part of winter and early spring, many anglers make the exodus to Fraser, Stradbroke or Moreton islands or further south to target tailor, mulloway and other beach and rock dwelling species.

Transporting your rods safely, especially those long single-piece models, has always been difficult. Decades ago the bulbar rod holder was invented to transport long rods. This made it much easier for anglers with four wheel drive vehicles sporting bullbars to carry their rods to the fishing areas and along the beach in safety.

It is only a matter of time before law enforcement start another blitz on bullbar rod holder legalities. Ensuring that yours is legal will save you the hassle of being pulled over and possibly copping a huge fine.

If someone became injured as a result of your bullbar rod holder being illegal, then you could be in all sorts of strife. We all want to get to our fishing spots with minimal hassle and have our rods in good condition when we get there, so take the time to sort out your rod transit issues now so you are ready to head out for that next trip at a minutes notice.


Fishing rod holders can only be fitted providing they comply with the following conditions:

• The fitting allows the driver a view of the road and of traffic to the front and sides of vehicle.

• They must only be attached to the left hand side of the vehicle.

• They must be designed to carry no more than four fishing rods.

• Rods, hooks and sinkers must be properly secured.

• Vehicle lighting must not be obstructed by rods or holders.

• Rod holders must be either removed or retracted behind the profile of the bull bar when they are not in use.

For further information on this and other additions to your vehicle including bike carriers, spotlights and aerials check out tmr.qld.gov.au

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