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March 12 2018

           A Beginner's Guide To Best Trolling Rod Holders

Where and how you mount the rod holder in your watercraft significantly determines whether your fishing spree will be a success or not. If improperly mounted, whatever the quality, they are able to fall when hit by a considerably big fish.

For a passing fancy note, significant strikes may also make the holders fall hence essential to make sure that they're correctly mounted.Most of the watercrafts used for trolling often provide two choices for mounting these particular fishing components;The first option is that you could always hard mount it on the base of your watercraft using screws, nuts and washers.

Nonetheless, you can find instances when the preset manufacturer's set base can impede this type of mounting.Hard mounting merely requires one to unlock the screws, washers and locknuts, mount the rod holders then tighten back the bolts, locknuts and washers accordingly.The second option is to mount the rod holder to the pre-installed factory metal tracks.

In this instance, the watercraft is sold with already manufacturer's installed metal tracks. Therefore, all you have to accomplish is to attach the rod holders on these metal tracks then you're good to go.This second option of mounting could be a little bit complicated depending on how the preinstalled metal tracks are fixed on the watercraft.

But generally, most manufacturers often provide manuals to simply help new users on the processes to follow along with for proper mounting.


      How To Choose The Best Rod Holder For Your Needs

Some fish are best pursued with a “shotgun” strategy which requires you to place several lure in the water at a time. Other fish are normally caught while using only a single rod but you'll need a boatload of patience when you wait in order for them to find your bait.

In both cases, you will truly have a many more success (not to mention fun) when you have a few high-quality rod holders for support when you wish to do other activities while waiting.

There are other ways to mount them and materials used so you need to spend time deciding which ones are suited to your needs.


Common Rod Holder Materials

The most typical materials are steel, aluminum, and high-strength plastic. All three options are excellent choices but each is most effective in certain situations.


Steel rod holders are stronger and stronger compared to other options. They're the best choice for professional anglers, charter services, or those that fish a lot for big fish or in rough waters.


Aluminum holders are not as strong as steel holders but they are still adequate for serious use. Powder-coated aluminum holders are popular and it doesn't get hot when you are boating under the sun.

High-Strength Plastic

Most budget-level rod holders are constructed of high-strength plastic to help save weight and decrease the costs. They are adequate for casual anglers but they are not suitable for those employed in tough conditions.

                          Best Kayak Fishing Rod Holders


Flush mount rod holders must be mounted below the top of a sit-on-top kayak. The handle of the rod will sit below the top, whilst the reel and everything above the reel sit above. This kind of rod holder is preferred by many for the sturdiness, clean appearance and clutter-free feel.

When hooking or trolling for big fish, nothing beats a flush mount rod holder. There are no weak parts or adjustable pieces that'll shift upon strike.

The downside of flush mount holders is they sit relatively low to the top of the water, being they are flush with the top of the kayak. Some fishermen prefer to raise their rod holder up several inches to produce a larger angle between the line and the water. It's also a bit more straightforward to turn around and grab the rod from the holder behind your seat when it's higher.



Most of the best kayak fishing rod holders available in the marketplace are adjustable in nature. The attachment point is generally a round or rectangular plate of reinforced nylon composite in the bottom of the holder. You will need to drill to the plate to mount them. A small amount of nylon typically extends below the deck of the kayak for support.

The adjustable nature of those holders is in a ball and socket or a rotating wheel, both locking into place. Pick the angle and direction of each rod holder for maximum control, performance, and security. All with everything mechanical, the more pieces you can find, the more chances the system has to fail. In certain instances, adjustable holders can move out of place when underneath the force of a striking fish or sudden jolt.



Occasionally, you might find rod holders that mount to kayaks via clamps. This could be well suited for someone who is absolutely against the notion of drilling to the deck of the kayak. If you're renting or borrowing a kayak, or simply just like to be able to move the rod mount across the kayak, consider a clamp mount rod holder.



If you haven't heard of kayak fishing crates, definitely check them out! They're loved by many in the fishing world. Some holders are meant to be mounted in a crate. Often, these holders include three rod slots about the same piece.

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