More rodholders, please!

I’ve often said that a boat should have at least one rodholder for every foot of LOA, and my 19′ Twin Vee hauled a total of 23… which often seemed barely sufficient. The 34′ Pursuit I was on last week reinforced the “more is better” attitude, with six holders I wouldn’t have outfitted a boat with. Until now, that is. Check out this picture: Note the two holders on the right, one with a rod still in it’s cover. They’re mounted forward of the riggers. When I first spotted them I thought they were useless. But ...

5th October 2009.
By Lenny Rudow

I’ve often said that a boat should have at least one rodholder for every foot of LOA, and my 19′ Twin Vee hauled a total of 23… which often seemed barely sufficient. The 34′ Pursuit I was on last week reinforced the “more is better” attitude, with six holders I wouldn’t have outfitted a boat with. Until now, that is. Check out this picture:

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Note the two holders on the right, one with a rod still in it’s cover. They’re mounted forward of the riggers. When I first spotted them I thought they were useless. But when we started trolling I realized they kept four rigs (two in each side) completely out of the way, yet easily accessible. If you need another slot to hold pitch baits, casting rods, or other rigs you don’t use while trolling but want easily accessible, these holders do the trick. Now, check out this picture:

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At first, it looks like another useless holder - it’s completely vertical, and set forward of the gunwale rod holder. How could this possibly come in handy? I found out at dusk, when we dropped our sword baits. After letting our longest line out, we tied an outrigger clip to the bow pulpit of the boat, put the rod in this holder, and ran the line up to the bow. This added a heck of a lot of room to our drifting spread; a second line was set off a clip on the amidships cleat, and the sword lines were totally out of the way as we set four chunk lines from the cockpit.

You want to enhance your boat’s fishability? Add rodholders like these, and start carrying some extra clips crimped to a 6″ leash with a loop on the end. The systems works – and here’s the evidence.

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Note that the forward vertical rodholder is empty in this shot – because that’s the rod that caught this fish.


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Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including boats.com and YachtWorld.com. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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