Looking for ideas for rod holders for running downlines. I've got 4 of the upright flushmount perkos in the gunwales. I know I could get the drift master mounts and screw them down, but was hoping for something a little cleaner. Don't really want to drill a ton of holes. Any other options? I have seen some holders that have a rod that drops down into the upright rod holder that then holds the rod parallel to the water. Also, thought I saw some that attached to a cleat? Anybody seen these? Are there other options?
What's wrong with drilling holes? They get a lot easier after the 1st one or 10
I like the Cabela QuickDraw's and if you do catch one on a dock and pop off a hinge or something, Cabela's warranty will stand behind it. I also like being able to use the flush mount and take the rod holders off when out for a day with the family to have a clean gunnel. use the round flush mounts - you drill one large hole and it has a "nut" that screws on from under the gunnel - no screws, but you have that one larger hole. The other mounts use 4 screw/bolts to secure the base - one type is also flush mount which requires a large hole for the holder to drop into, and the other sits up above the gunnel.
I will agree that the Driftmasters are tough and you can use them for down & planer rods - adjustable from a left-right perspective and if you get the heavier ones there is not too much that will hurt them. However, you still have the screw holes to deal with, and once on the boat they are pretty much there.
If you want less holes, there are some options where you can mount three rod holders on a single mount (with the Scotty / Cabellas QuickDraw type mounts).
I've also seen these "track" systems where you mount a track on the gunnel and then rod holders (or other mounts/accessories) clip into the track so you can move/adjust/remove them as needed - probably uses a couple less holes in the gunnel.
The rain stopped so I was able to go down and grab a few pics.
Scotty also makes these Gimbal mounts that drop into the gimbal rod holders and take their rod-holders like the QuickDraw or the "classis" style. The only thing I've found with them is that they don't grip real tight in the holder - they won't come out when a fish hits, but when you pick up the rod sometimes the mount will pull up and swing around.... could probably fix it with a few wraps of electrical tape on the mount to make it fit more snugly in my gimbal rod holders......
Last Edit: Jun 18, 2013 13:35:48 GMT -5 by mwardncsu
Smythley - should do - just hope there is something positive to talk about come football season sure hated to see the boys have to come home today from Ohmaha vs sending the Tarheels packing.
Keith and I cooked up that leaning post idea. I had a good idea of how I need to lay out but was thinking about other options on the pivot. He came up with the simple and elegant "hinge" design and holding it with nylon web straps and its worked great.
Last Edit: Jun 21, 2013 22:24:06 GMT -5 by mwardncsu
It would have been OK for anybody else to send NCSU home, just not Carolina. Sure did hurt my feelings. I hope they do well this fall. It's time to have a good year. As far as boat upgrades, I'm leaning towards to rod holders like yours. I will get a leaning post sometime, but have a couple things to do first, like the side scan...Seems silly to think about spending even more $ on this when I'm getting skunked every day! But I sure am having fun. And will learn a ton as I go.
Post by mytoyzfishing on Jun 23, 2013 17:36:00 GMT -5
I personally use Driftmasters Duo. If you go that route make sure you get the pro's as they are wider and will allow you to handle a more wide range of grip sizes. I didnt think of that when I bought mine and baught the smaller inside diameter ones and when I built some new rods I went with a bigger grip since it was more comfortable for me. Well they bigger grip didnt fit that great in the smaller driftmasters. Just make sure you get the pro versions. They also make a trolling bar that slides into the flush mount rodholders so you dont have to drill any holes for mounts.