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installing rod holders 19 May 2013 11:52 #1

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on my Carver. I've haven't trolled since i was a kid and we just held our poles.



so, here is what i'm thinking - arrows indicate the angle. What are your thoughts?





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installing rod holders 19 May 2013 12:14 #2

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here is where I mounted mine, these are flush mounted

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I also installed LED lights on the back for trolling at night.

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Those little lites really light the back of the boat up
I used Ugly Sticks for trolling 7 footers out the side and 6'6 out the back and Ambassadeur 5000, 5500,5600,6500 and 6600 reels
If you are concerned about the rod holders weakness because they are plastic...go down to Lowes and buy long bolts and run them down thru the shaft of the holder and thread the nut on...I've never broke one!

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installing rod holders 19 May 2013 12:27 #3

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cool but I guess I should have mentioned I'm doing flush mounts however I can see from your locations its about the same. Might pull my side ones forward a bit for more easy removeal. You fish straight out the sides? You add planers?



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installing rod holders 19 May 2013 12:42 #4

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At times I use them out the sides, The reason I use this particular type of rod holder is that I flat line using deep running lures 10-20ft. Keeping the rod tip flat, causes the lure to run deeper. I run a lighter drag letting the fish run a bit or if I snag up I don't bust the line or rod.

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installing rod holders 19 May 2013 13:01 #5

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You should spread the holders further out... The ones in the back should be angled at the corners as well as the ones further forward. I doubt you would ever fish all four poles. I can see keeping the ones on the transom as your main poles as they will be easier to watch when driving the boat. The ones close to the helm, I would envision as a temporary holding spot if a pole gets a fish on the transom pole. This way that line is "more" out of the way when landing a fish. You will tangle a lot of lines off the stern as you now have it set up. Plus the pole angle near the helm will have lines crossing the inside of the boat when you turn (and you will have to turn sometime)...

Bottom line (pun) I think you got the set up wrong. Angle all poles toward the outside of the boat. You really don't want to have someone get a line crossing the inside of the boat as you turn and maybe take their hat with the line or worse, cut across their body, neck, what have you.

Sorry to say, but your boat is not big enough to fish all four pole positions at the same time unless you get a couple of outriggers for the helm side (but then again, you would need to put the pole holder pointed out away from the center of the boat...

Of course this is just my opinion...

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installing rod holders 19 May 2013 13:21 #6

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As I'm a FLAT LINE troller...I normally run 1 off each side and 1 off the back, with the deepest running lure straight out the back. I rarely tangle up. 2452 is right on with the positioning of the rod holder's on the stern.

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installing rod holders 19 May 2013 13:49 #7

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thanks Doug, I probably will never run more than two. I'm a one person, one pole kinda guy and don't plan to have more than one other person with me while fishing. If God intented for me to use multiple poles he would have given me more arms.


thinking than maybe just the two sides and one straight back?

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installing rod holders 19 May 2013 15:12 #8

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redneck joe;779682 wrote: thanks Doug, I probably will never run more than two. I'm a one person, one pole kinda guy and don't plan to have more than one other person with me while fishing. If God intented for me to use multiple poles he would have given me more arms.


thinking than maybe just the two sides and one straight back?


Yep. That makes more sense to me but it is dependent on your own fishing area and what one can normally handle when fishing. For example, if you were in an area where you could catch multiple fish, one needs to consider how they would crank in all rods that are out there fishing and or, how to keep those rods away from a fish that does not just come straight back to the boat... IE: moves around and possibly tangle the other lines...

In an area where not many fish are and you may get one hit, then it makes sense to put multiple lines in the water in hopes of attracting that one fish...

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installing rod holders 19 May 2013 15:35 #9

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just checked all clearance and possible spot for downriggers


green locations storage while running the river, red fishing location

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installing rod holders 24 May 2013 14:21 #10

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Here is the setup that works great for my boat. i like my side rods angled a little more than your red arrows. I can fish all of the rods you see flying. a lot of times i use the down rigger, but, if they are hitting closer to the surface i just do away with it. i never get tangled when i troll and i do a lot of gulf trolling. lure diversity is a good thing to keep in mind. My center rods will have something that is weighted, which keeps it just below the surface. I will also stager them. One may be about 100 feet back (just in the prop wash) and the other will be 150 feet back. my outside are generally about the same distance back as each other, but, they stay back about at least 200 feet usually 300ish. this keeps them over the center rods when turning and the stagering of the center rods does the same.

Back to your original question. the rod setup i have is the same as my friends factory setup offshore Cobia, my other friends Key West off shore, the boston whaler i used to have and the Chris craft my dad has. It works.

Maybe look into some inexpensive rod holders you can trial and error on your railing there.

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installing rod holders 04 Jun 2013 22:12 #11

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Depending on your downriggers you may consider riggers with rod holders already attached. Mount your downriggers closer to aft and it works really well. Some boats like mine already come with the four side gunnel rod holders but I never use them except for holding a rod temporarily. I really like my Scotty's rod holders, faithfully use them.

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installing rod holders 17 Jun 2013 10:07 #12

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redneck joe;779732 wrote: just checked all clearance and possible spot for downriggers


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went with this config on the back and the two forward one on the sides

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installing rod holders 17 Jun 2013 13:09 #13

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Looks good Joe... I'd put the long poles in the outter holders... ;)

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installing rod holders 20 Jun 2013 19:50 #14

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The 4 holes you illustrated would all work fine. I know some people have said you cant run 4 in that close, but you sure as hell can with a couple of 30 dollar church planer boards or dipsy divers, depening on the species your going after.

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installing rod holders 23 Jun 2013 13:38 #15

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Nice install....I'd like to recommend UGLY STICKS for your trolling rods....very forgiving, lots of back bone and last forever...been using them for 20+ years...never broke one!

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