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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Ideas on rod holders & rod racks for Pontoon railings ?

You guys are pretty inventive when it comes to making or modifying things to work the way you want them to , so I figured I'd toss this subject out there to see what ideas may work for me .

This is for a short 18 ft. Pontoon boat with 1 1/4 aluminum railings . I really don't care for the 1/4 in . rubber coated rod holders that clamp on the railings . Or are they strong and sufficient for BIG catfish ? I'm thinking along the lines of something that is already made at home and can be removeable when just taking the boat for a cruise . Maybe schedule 40 pipe type racks that I can Zip tie to the railings ? Now , I'm talking rod holders that are used with the baited up pole waiting for a strike from a hopefully BIG catfish not a rack that is just used for storage to get to the fishing spot . That , I already have . The big saltwater rocket launcher type seem cost prohibitive at $60+ a piece times 8 stations . Thanks for any ideas .

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 12:51 PM
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Not home made but maybe get an idea to make something similar.

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I have Scotties on my boat and never had an issue.

Take a look at these.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/Scot...MOtA&gclsrc=ds

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Dogface , thank you for your link . Have you ever gotten a hard hit ( say like a Striper ) on one of those holders ?

Woods Walker , NOW WE'RE TALKING ! I could see 2 sets mounted on each front corner of the pontoon railings . Excellent ! Thank you sir .
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Dogface , thank you for your link . Have you ever gotten a hard hit ( say like a Striper ) on one of those holders ?


Yes. But I have a different set up. My mounts are screwed to the gunnels on my aluminum boats so there is less give than a rail mount.


I never had a rod holder or mount brake or get damaged. I keep the mount directed 45 degrees to the rear when trolling so there is less stress on the mount and rod when I get a hit. It is also makes it a little easier to get the rod out of the mount when you have a heavy fish on.
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One other thing regarding a hard hit. Depending on circumstances I use my drag to control things. I try to keep it tight enough to set the hooks but light enough to give if I get snagged. Each set up and bait combo is a little different but not hard to figure out.
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You are welcome 4x4. Good luck.

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