Fishing and mb riding

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by happycheapskate, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    Do any of you guys use your motor bicycles to go fishing? Either to get to remote or off-road areas, or just to haul your stuff and save gas? Post about how you carry your fishing supplies and fish, or share fun pictures for people who can't get out to fish enough. :)

    I have a milk crate on my cargo rack, and a kid trailer that doubles as a cargo trailer when there is not a kid in it :) I just strap laundry baskets to it for carrying supplies. The rods go in the trailer, or just strapped to the crate, with a minimum of tackle and some ziplock bags to carry home the fish or meat if not using a trailer.

  2. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Yeah, fishing was ostensibly the initial reason for getting into MBs.

    Where I fish, a lot of good shore access is controlled by parking. There's lots of good water and public access through right-of-ways to it, and you can fish anywhere along the shore by law between the tide marks. However, the wealthy landowners have it sewed up by soliciting the municipalities to put up and enforce no parking signs along much of the shore roads, even most of the turnouts. Also, the few designated parking areas only hold a couple three cars and most of them have curfews after 11 PM. And the cops do patrol and will have you towed. (I assume instigated by those same landowners calling when they see parked vehicles.)

    The best fishing for Striped Bass happens at night and many a night I don't go out till after dark and will fish to dawn. Hence the advent of a MB, ride to the spot, pedal down the trail and chain it up. I don't carry a lot of gear, fishing jacket with pockets, a backpack and a rod in it's tube bungied to the top tube.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011
  3. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    I used to do a lot of backpacking and camping, and always took fishing gear with me when I did. After having the opportunity to use a motorized railroad track inspectors car once, I realized there was a heck of a lot of empty country with rail lines running through it, but no decent roads or trails. I built a tripod frame that clamped to my bike at the headtube, under the seat, and at the rear dropout which held a 12 inch kids tricycle wheel with a 14 inch plywood disk on the inner side to serve as a wheel flange against a rail, and rode old railroad right of ways a lot into the Siskiyou National Forest, and on various lines in southern and Eastern Oregon. Even on lines where traffic still runs, it is pretty safe to do this, as you will hear any train coming in plenty of time to lift the bike off the rails.

    Just don't wear earphones with loud music playing. Depending on your engine choice, I'd wager it is safe enough even with a motorized bike, so long as it is well muffled. Back then, I never felt any need for a motor - railroad lines never exceed more than the gentlest of grades.

    I saw a lot of country not otherwise accessible, set up camp on streams that probably hadn't seen human footsteps along them since the demise of the indians, and fished/swam in little mountain lakes no one had been in in decades. The tripod frame was a good place to lash down my tent, fishing pole, and other gear. I modified my backpack frame so I could lock it onto the cargo rack behind the seat.
  4. Funny

    The whole reason I first considered these type of bikes and older mopeds was to ice fish . I didn't want the hassle of dragging a quad around nor did i want the expense of insurance or off road stickers.
    Now my kid needs transportation at school .This gave me an excuse to buy one and tinker until I come up with an ice fishing machine. I was thinking an old sachs moped. Low to the ground, german built , and easily upgradable with electronic ignition .
    Let the dnr try to ticket me on a bike.
  5. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    Ice biking sounds tough. Do you have "training wheels" or a sidecar, or do you just go for it? Studded tires? Or is skidding part of the fun?

    Wow, Simon, I would love to hear more about your rail bikes. Here is a fast, motorized one to start a thread with.

    I was fascinated with the idea of building one but gave it up because I was afraid of the VERY fast trains we have here (passenger trains), and the thought of federal prosecution simply for riding a bicycle (trespassing on railroads carries major fines and probably a nightmare of other litigation if the authorities felt like it.)

    A lot of people love motoring on "dead" rails though! Look on Youtube for lots of great home-made machines, including many with powerful electric motors or gasoline engines, and some that double as "go-kart" like devices that can be driven off the rails as well.

    Rail bike attachments used to be available in the Sears catalogues a century ago, but I don't know if any thing exists commercially now. home made rail bike
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011
  6. Havent tried it yet

    After first ice , the snow packs down and its really not slippery. That is why I thought a sacks bike would be perfect. Low to the ground and wide tires.
    All Bikes still scare me.
    Sunday I saw a big trike on a flatbed tow rig. There was a 10 mile traffic backup. He and his girl got hit from behind by a semi and she was in a body bag when we passed. He was airlifted.
    It just means that I'll be careful where ever I ride.
  7. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    That is a sad story, but a tricycle mb might be good for ice fishing. You could put a dax or staton on the front wheel, and a basket on the back between the rear tires, then you should be all set.
  8. adrian101

    adrian101 Member

    Every Sunday (the only day i get off work) i go fishing at my local river. Around 16 miles from my house. I ride my motorized bike there as it is easy to get into the fire track(roads) and down to the river. I sit there fishing for 5-6 hours while having a beer or two. finish fishing and ride home with my fish and cook them for dinner.

    I get to do my favorite two things at once. Ride my motorized bike and fish. :D

    Milk create for my tackle box, fishing rod and lunch including beer lol.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2011
  9. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    I too have a Corolla. I got a clamp on trunk rack designed for a cargo box through Craig's List really cheap, and modified it to have a 4" wide by 2" deep aluminum channel that extended up over the back edge of the roof, and two sinilar pieces at the sides of the rack. I can just lift the front wheel into the central U channel, pick up the back end and push it up until the rear wheels are in their channels, and lock it in place. Rides just fine that way.
  10. pr0wlunwoof

    pr0wlunwoof New Member

    Good topic!

    I recently used my motobike to go fishing at Tybee Island. I have a dog trailer that is rated for 120lbs and I just throw the cooler polls chair etc in it and ride to the beach/pear. Works great sand is a little difficult but there was a place with a metal grate walkway all the way to the hard sand so it wasn't that bad. Didn't catch almost anything, but had allot of fun.

    Bike trailers are a great idea I also use mine for tail gating and grocery shopping etc. and the dogs tolerate it sometimes also.
  11. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    The river segment by my house has been dry for months. At one point I could walk on the bottom. We finally got some rain, so I am hoping I can fish in the creek again. It is 5 miles from my house, perfect for a MB.

    I have a bicycle that works with the trailer I use, but the MB doesn't. The left side chain rubs on the clamp. I am trying to find another way to mount (trailer mounts to a clamp with a 3/8" bolt and plastic hand-tightening knob.)

    It's one of those toys R Us type from about 5 years ago. Any ideas? I don't want to mount in on the axle. I think it will move it and derail my motor chain.

    I think if I flip the clamp over or use some extra rubber pads on the skinny seat stay I can make it work.

    Oh well, it works on the bike in the little photo below, which will get a dax kit this year or early next.
  12. bideronit13

    bideronit13 Member

    I have a motorcycle fishing story.
    About 4 years ago I found out I was adopted. So my adopted mother died. The rest of the adopted family went weirdo status and started stalking me. I found a place to set a base camp if you will.
    So I purchased a Honda XR650R with Baja Designs kit and tricked to the gills. This thing will cruise like a Cadillac through terrible ridding conditions. Put a tent in the backpack along with a shovel, canteen and a couple other things for survival.
    So I took off from California and rode for a few days. It was winter by the way I just had to leave.
    I rode through Gorges, Vegas, Rocky Mountains then I got to Kansas and everybody waves to each other on the roads, freeways you name it there waving. Nice place I kind of loved it.
    Then I found Wilson Lake in Kansas and was fishing but it got real cold out there on the Lake like –60 at times. I was the only camper there and I had a tent. I used Lake debris like leaves and moss that lined the outside of the lake. So I used it for insulation and it worked wonderful. You need to put alot of insulation under the tent too if you ever try it.
    The cops would come bye and say they had a body bag this time because it was so cold and there’s ice storms were everything gets iced an inch thick. Lucky for me never happened.
    So I have this lake to myself free camping in the winter as long as you don’t use electricity.
    So about 60 miles back west again they had a Wal-Mart. I got my fishing license, drop lines, treble hooks, pole; couple big hooks for the drop line. I’m like an expert Channel Cat fisherman. I wanted to catch a big striper. So I caught a small bass and put it on the 3-½ inch hook with the 250lb test drop line. I nabbed a 44-inch striper bass. I was landing crappy at night and around 6pm every day I’d land a Channel Cat.
    I stayed there 4 months believe it or not through the winter with a bunch of visits from the Army Corps of engineers and local law. We got along ok.
    So I went up to Wyoming after visiting the Black Hawk casino. I’m like a pro poker player and cleaned up over and over.
    Then I wound up here in CO.
    I want to add that that was the best time in my life I ever had.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2011
  13. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    Cool. I think I figured a way to hook my trailers to the china kit bike, but I have a Dax coming for the hybrid bike, so I will probably just use that or my mtn bike. It's only 5 miles to the fishing spot anyway. There are some others I'd like to try when I have the motor. I can just use my truck, but getting there is half the fun on the mb.

    I am afraid stupid cagers will harass me or worse for using a kid trailer ("Get that kid off the road *bam bam* ") so I painted it camo with an orange flag and plan to make the cargo or at least the rods visible so maybe they will buzz off (no kid in it, just bait and tackle, rods and lunch pail).

    I like trying for catfish. I've caught some mean ones here, nothing real big, but tough suckers!
  14. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    I made my own chainguard/trailer bracket last night, and it worked great today. It is a small, very thick plastic cutting board, with 2 u-bolts through it (chain stay and seat stay), and uses a zip tie around the chain stay in the front of the board. It has a steel shelf bracket bolted to it, fashioned as a place to hook the Nashbar-type clamps and the saftey cord, and a bolt for the knob that came with the toys-r-us type (the original clamshell clamp hit the chain, hence the need for the bracket). Pictures uploading.
  15. bideronit13

    bideronit13 Member

    Most people almost all when they get a bite from a Cat they try to set the hook real hard.
    This is why they're known to fight so hard is it makes them feel challenged so they break the line's almost all the time.
    Its hard sometimes for me to be gentle with them also. It takes focus to be gentle with them and I'm not kidding they real rite in when I do that.
    I have more tricks but I cant just give that away that's sacred stuff.
    One time I was out on a jetty fishing with a bobber. The kind of bobbers I use are the ones that have like two inches of a point on each side and lay flat. So when you get a bite the bobber points up.
    So anyway I got this set up like above described and I’m not kidding the thing shot down like it was a UFO.
    Sometimes I think the fish love me and play with the bobber like a toy just hanging out.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011
  16. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member


    Home made trailer hitch bracket. It functions to keep the trailer hitch away from the motor chain, and doubles as a chain guard there. The bent shelf bracket also relocates the tether strap and hook, so they don't have to go around the chain stay.
  17. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    I got sick of getting thorn flats in my fishing trailer tires, but I already spent too much on bike stuff, so I picked a pair of old 20" slicks, and made my own "foam innertubes" out of thick pipe insulation ($3 for both wheels! ) I rolled up the foam strips (like a cinnamon roll) and taped them with electrical tape every 4 ". Then I rolled them into the empty tires and cut them at the ends for a tight fitting circle. I had to use a bunch of tire levers to mount them (like real foam tubes it was a PITA and required a few zip ties). They seem to be like 25PSI tires, but don't "bottom out" on the rim bc. of the foam. We'll see how long they hold up before the old sidewalls crack up.

    re: bobbers. I like making my own from wine corks.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2011
  18. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    It seems to be just the right size for fishing. I can put a lot of tackle, a 5 gallon bucket, several rods, a small lunch cooler, a gallon jug of fresh water, and a mini radio in there. I think it would also work with a sleeping roll and small pillow. (might want to dry bag that so it doesn't smell like fish!

    Here's my fishing tackle trailer, made from a $20 used Toys R Us kid trailer. The "lights" are just plastic reflectors from the trailer wiring section at Tractor Supply, with the adhesive tape and a few stitches to keep them on the trailer tarp. [​IMG]
  19. pr0wlunwoof

    pr0wlunwoof New Member

    So I was using my trailer for tailgating this weekend. About 1/4 way home the left pedal came off the crank. So i had to push start the **** thing which is pretty hard. Being paranoid that the engine was gonna cut off if I came to a complete stop I took a corner too fast and the trailer flipped over :( . So had to stop fix it then push start it again. Got about a half mile from my house and took another corner to fast which meant stopping and fixing the trailer except this time I was headed up hill. Push starting up hill is almost impossible. Needless to say I made it home and have ordered a new crank and pedal. Worst experience on my MB yet, but it beats paying for parking ;)