How to Choose the Best Rod Holders for Your Boat

How to Choose the Best Rod Holders for Your Boat

Boat owners and fishermen alike know the repercussions of arriving at the water only to realize they've left without an essential piece of their kit. That one piece of equipment could be the difference between having the best day of the season or having just another uneventful day on the water. For anglers, rod holders are an integral part of their arsenal by acting as their silent fishing assistants. 

Why You Need Rod Holders

Rod holders are an often overlooked yet extremely useful tool for fishing. A well-planned array of rod holders on your boat can eliminate some of the frustrations of fishing by keeping you organized and focused on finding the fish. Whether you are trolling for fish, switching out baits, or grabbing an afternoon lunch, a well-placed rod holder will expedite the process and ultimately help you catch more fish.

Fishing Rod Holders

Different Types of Rod Holders

There are a variety of different types of rod holders to match any boat or fishing scenario. It's important to know how each type is used to determine which types are the best match for you and your boat.

Flush Mounted Rod Holders

Flush Mount Rod holders

Flush mounted rod holders are fixed mounts installed in the gunwale of your boat. They are typically made of high-quality steel and can keep rods vertical or at an angle of either 15 or 30 degrees. Flush mounted rod holders can be installed anywhere along the gunwale, giving anglers plenty of options to set up their boat according to their style of fishing. The high-quality steel provides a great deal of strength and reliability to keep your expensive rods where you left them.

Flush mounted rod holders are the most convenient and trusted types of rod holders for most fishermen. When installed, they remain out of the way until you need them and are strong enough to hold up against big game fish. For those who do a considerable amount of trolling or like to switch up styles of fishing often, flush mounts are the way to go.

Removable Rod Holders

Removable Rod Holder

Removable rod holders can be mounted to virtually any vertical surface on your boat and can be easily slid into place and back out when not in use. Removable rod holders are generally used on smaller boats or on boats that aren't set up to accommodate flush mounted holders. Removable rod holders typically lack the strength of fixed rod holders but do provide a quick and versatile option to store your rods.

Clamp-On Rod Holders

 Clamp On Rod Holder

Clamp-on rod holders provide removable fishing rod storage without the need to drill directly into your boat. This style of rod holder simply clamps onto the rail of the boat and can be quickly removed or relocated wherever you need them. Clamp-style rod holders are generally recommended for small game fish and casual fishing outings.

Choose Your Rod Holder Placement Wisely

Theoretically, you can install rod holders anywhere you so choose on your boat. However, to get the most performance out of your fishing setup, you'll need to take a close look at your specific boat and plan ahead before you start drilling holes. You want to find easily accessible areas that are free from any potential obstructions. Take into account how many rod holders you plan to use and be aware of the types of surfaces you plan to mount to. Ensure that the spacing between rod holders is far enough to prevent rods from interfering with one another.

A quick and easy way to visualize this is to make a sketch of your entire boat, complete with marks for where you think you want your new rod holders to go. Measure these distances out to ensure the spacings are correct then use your sketch as a blueprint of sorts for final installation. 

Fishing Rod Holder Placement

Mounting rod holders by yourself is a fairly straightforward procedure if you have the right tools and some basic knowledge of how they work. It's a reasonably quick and inexpensive upgrade that brings real value to your boat and to your fishing experience. 

Published

Recent Posts

Choosing an Anchor Rode: Three-Strand, 8-Plait, or Double-Braided Rope?
Choosing an Anchor Rode: Three-Strand, 8-Plait, or Double-Braided Rope?
All anchor rode is not created equally. If you've shopped for anchor rode before, chances are that you have seen a variety of different anchor line types and wondered what the difference is. In this article, we will discuss the differences and similarities between the most popular styles of anchor line.
Best Boating and Fishing Mobile Apps of 2020
Best Boating and Fishing Mobile Apps of 2020
In today's modern world, there are a plethora of apps available to help us navigate our everyday lives. In recent years the boating world has benefited greatly from a variety of helpful apps that can help take your boating experience to the next level. Boaters today can download apps to help them log their trips, download nautical charts, reserve a slip, and even learn to tie essential boating knots. We have reviewed many of the apps on the market today and are sharing our best boating and fishing apps.
Tips for Monitoring and Avoiding Anchor Drag
Tips for Monitoring and Avoiding Anchor Drag
Anchor drag can send your boat unexpectedly veering out to sea, or worse, the rocks. Today there are a variety of tools boaters can use to alert themselves of unexpected drag and avoid the costly repercussions of drifting into the unknown.
Common Windlass and Anchor Line Snags and How to Prevent Them
Common Windlass and Anchor Line Snags and How to Prevent Them
If you use a windlass to help lower and retrieve the anchor on your boat, chances are that you've experienced the occasional snag, jam, or bind as your rode passes through the windlass. In this article, we will be covering the most common hang-ups that people experience and tips and tricks on how to avoid these mishaps in the future.
Tips and Tricks for Using a Windlass
Tips and Tricks for Using a Windlass
The windlass is a wonderful back-saving device that retrieves your anchor with just the push of a button. A properly maintained windlass is the key component of a well-functioning anchoring system. Do yourself a favor by following these tips and tricks to keep your windlass (and your back) operating smoothly for years to come.
How to Identify and Eliminate the Source of Boat Odor
How to Identify and Eliminate the Source of Boat Odor
Boat odors can come from a variety of sources. It's important to know where and what to look for to completely eliminate the source of the smell. Once you have an idea of where these odor hot spots might be, you can be better prepared to eliminate the odor and prevent them in the future.
Best Fuel Saving Tips For Boaters
Best Fuel Saving Tips For Boaters
With the warm summer months at our doorstep, boaters everywhere are looking for ways to take full advantage of a fun and relaxing boating season without draining their wallets. No boaters are immune to the sting of fuel prices, but there are a number of things we can do to significantly reduce the pain at the pumps.
How to Choose the Best Galleyware for your Boat
How to Choose the Best Galleyware for your Boat
Compared to your kitchen at home, your boat’s galley requires a little extra thought when it comes to dinnerware. Your kitchen does not rock or sway (unless there is an earthquake – oh my!), and likely has a lot more room than your galley. Galleyware needs to be purchased with the limited space and dynamic environs of your boat in mind. In this article we will go over the most common galleyware options to help you choose the best dishes for your boat.
How to Install a Boat Bimini Top
How to Install a Boat Bimini Top
Installing a boat bimini top on your boat is an inexpensive and easy way to make your time on the water more comfortable. Boat biminis provide shade from the sun and cover from the rain. Best of all, installation is easy. In this article we will show you how to choose the correct size bimini for your boat, how to assemble your bimini, and how to install it.