I am taking a trip to Georgia and Florida in a couple of weeks, and was wondering if anyone had thoughts on how to haul the fishing poles. I have a ford ranger short bed, so the bed will be fill with luggage, compromising the safety and room for my poles. I have looked into a roof rack and carrier, but the rack is almost $200, then another $120 for the rod carrier. I have also noticed a device that mounts to a reciver hitch, where the poles are in a vertical position. But this seems to be only good for short trips, as I do not know how this would hold up for a long haul. My other option is to buy 2-piece rods for this trip specifically. If anyone has and ideas or experience with this, I would greatly appreciate the help.