I bought two of these for use on my beach on the St. Croix River. I have used them to hold 6' and 7' rods stuck in sand, rocky ground and dirt along the shores, and have even pushed them into the sand in water over a foot deep. Even with big waves coming in, only one rod has ever fallen over while in one of these rod holders. After securing it again, no further problems. These aren't big, heavy duty, bulky rod holders. They are lightweight, but do what they need to do. I have had a 10 pound Channel Catfish on the line with a rod in one of these holders and it kept it secure until I could get to it and land the fish. I'll be ordering a few more of these for sure. Definitely a better option than hunting for a large Y shaped stick.
This spike is really a tackle helper when salmon or steelhead fishing in West Washington rivers. I have two spikes one holds my big salmon net while I'm fishing. the 2nd spike holds my rod while I place my fish in the cooler mounted on my Fishing cart. The spikes come packed two to a package.
Although these are strong and do a good job holding a rod in sand, I do not recommend this rod holder. The bolts inside the tube scrape the rod handle. Also, it's not easy to get the rod out. I'm going back to the more typical tube sand spike asap.