Pier Fishing Carts – Making Pier Fishing Easier & More Fun

Pier fishing is the best way to access fishing spots in deeper water without having to use a boat. But hauling all of your fishing gear to the end of a half-mile long pier can be a lot of work. The solution? A pier fishing cart. Pier fishing carts are designed specifically to make it easier to bring all of your fishing gear with you to the end of a pier.

Pier fishing carts allow you to bring more gear and more supplies out for your fishing trip. Want to fish for more than just an hour or two? Load up your cart with extra water and a lunch time meal. Looking to fish with multiple rods? Put them all on your cart and bring as many as you’d like.

Best Pier Fishing Carts

With dozens of carts to choose from it can be hard to decide which cart is best for you. There are many different sizes, wheels and options to choose from. For that exact reason we have compiled a list of what we believe are the best pier fishing carts available today:

Sea Striker BRSC-DLX Beach Runner Deluxe Fishing Cart with Pneumatic Wheels

The Sea Striker is a great cart that can actually be used on any fishing pier and even the beach. This cart is easily assembled by one person with the included tools. The large plastic pneumatic wheels make it a great cart on any terrain.


  • Can be used on sand.
  • Extremely durable.
  • Breaks down for easy storage.


  • Not the largest cart available.
  • Doesn’t fit the larger sized YETI coolers.

Reels on Wheels Jr. Fishing Cart

Made in the USA, this is one of the strongest carts we have reviewed, the Reels on Wheels Jr cart can hold well over 200 lbs. The cart also features a detachable tackle station which is very helpful for serious fishermen. This cart is also foldable so when not in use it can be stored away.


  • Detachable tackle station.
  • Food grade cutting board for cleaning fish.
  • Folds away for easy storage


  • Front caster makes it difficult to maneuver on some surfaces.

Fish-N-Mate Junior Cart with Front Wheels

This great cart can carry up to 150 pounds of equipment. High quality heavy gauge aluminum makes this carts a great option for more active fishermen. The rod holders are deep enough that patio and beach umbrellas fit snugly in them – making this a great cart for the beach also.


  • Can accommodate large coolers, including large YETI coolers.
  • Retractable stabilizer legs.
  • Removable tackle station with cutting board.


  • The rubber tires have a distinct odor that disappears over time.

Angler's Pier Cart Pier Cart LIL Mate Small Pier Cart Gold Anodize Alum #600

The Anglers Pier Cart is the smallest and most simple cart we reviewed – but sometimes it’s best to keep it simple! This cart comes with 4 rod holders and the entire cart fully assembled easily fits in the trunk of many mid-sized SUVs.


  • Extremely light weight.
  • Smaller frame fits in many SUV trunks and even some cars.
  • Even the kids can help you move this cart.


  • Not great and very soft sand due to smaller tires.
  • Only holds 4-rods at a time.

Reels on Wheels PCCART-Blue Fishing Cart Sr. Blue Powder Coat 16"x44" 8-rod Holder

This Reels on Wheels cart features a very attractive and light-weight aluminum frame. It can be easily dissembled without any tools. The cart itself weighs only 18 pounds but is capable of hauling well over 100 pounds.


  • Front wheel has a locking brake.
  • 8-rod holders.
  • Extremely light weight design.


  • Must be disassembled for storage – does not fold.

Pier Fishing Cart Accessories

best pier fishing carts

Once you have your pier fishing cart, be sure to look into related accessories to make your cart even more useful. Some of the more popular pier fishing cart accessories include:

  • Extra rod holders.
  • Umbrella holders.
  • Bait/tackle box with cutting boards.
  • Upgraded comfort grips.
  • Cup holders.

Getting some pier fishing cart ideas and accessories will not only help make your cart unique, but will make your life easier.  Bungee cords are another great accessory to use for your pier fishing cart – especially on those windy days!

Homemade Pier Fishing Cart

A DIY pier fishing cart is a great project for anyone who is relatively handy and loves building their own tools. A homemade pier fishing cart can be put together in less than one day. We recommend building yours out of PVC pipe as it would be very difficult to make the cuts necessary to even low gauge aluminum to build a cart.

It is highly recommended that you purchase or download some pier fishing cart plans before you start your build. Keep in mind that nearly any homemade pier fishing cart will not be as strong and durable as a factory built cart.

Pier Fishing Cart Plans

A pier fishing cart can be a very easy project – there aren’t many plans available on the internet. However, we did find a great FREE set of plans over at FORMUFIT. These plans call for a PVC pipe built cart which can be built with supplies from HomeDepot and completed within one day.

Click here to view the FORMUFIT Plans. 

Don’t forget the accessories too! Keep in mind that this is a great DIY project – but for most people buying a new, professionally built cart is a much better option. Alternatively, it is very easy to find lightly used pier fishing carts on CraigsList.

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