Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
True

Rod holders

39 posts in this topic

Hey all of you with boats what kind of rod holders do you prefer?I've been trying to buy some ,but having a heck of a time making a decision.

Thanks True

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've got Roberts, Scotty's, Cabela's, and Driftmaster rod holders. They all work fine. I prefer to use the Driftmasters because I can better adjust the rod butts in the holder. Driftmaster also offers a wider range of options for mounts.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also really like the driftmaster rod holders. They are simple, durable, and easy to use. Probably my favorite.

Ram also makes a nice holder.

I use Cabelas branded Scotty holders and they are nice too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Driftmasters work great, you can point them any which way and they seem very sturdy. I might pick up a few of them for giggles and put them on my john boat.

Right now I have scotty holders, which also are sold under some cabelas brand, and they work OK. They're easily removable, and the guy who owned my crestliner before I did put like 4 of them on there. I didn't want to worry about finding some other ones that had exactly the same mounting holes, etc. so I just got a couple more of them and a few more mounts for my second boat and voila....rod holders in both boats. Of course, that is only if I remember to grab them out of the 'other' boat whenever switching boats.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've got RAMs on my boat.

I think they are made from the most durable plastic a guy is going to find and I really like the design of them as well.

With pretty much all the name brand plastic holders - Scotty, Atwood, Cabelas, Ram, etc they all use the same style of base. So that might be more important. Find a good rod holder base that works on your boat (flush mount, rail mount, bulkhead mount, etc) and then you can just interchange the rod holders as you see fit.

With the Driftmasters, you'll be locked into the Driftmaster mounting brackets and holders, you can't really interchange them with the other brands.

I'll shoot some photos of my rod holders this afternoon as I have 3 different mounting styles on my boat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll shoot some photos of my rod holders this afternoon as I have 3 different mounting styles on my boat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Last year I switched to Folbe

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't have my own boat, but I have fished out of plenty of other's that have holders. I think that part of what may make one work better than a another, is what type of rod and reel you use, I have found the Ram not to work as well with a spinning reel system but it does seem to work better with the baitcasters.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

those are sweet can I ask what they cost RAB.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Driftmaster all the way .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's some photos of whats on my boat for rod holders:

"Flush Mount"

flushmountram.jpg

I have these up on the bow of my boat. They don't get used much unless I anchor sideways or have 3 people in the boat. One specific instance where I anchor sideways is in front of snags, that allows me to spread baits laterally more effectively and cover the snag. On the Red River I sideways anchor a lot as you are allowed 2 lines per angler. I could have put these on the back/sides as well but the rails I installed allowed for a little more adjustability.

"Rail Mount"

railmountram.jpg

This style mount is pretty self explanatory, it mounts to a rail. However, on basic v-style aluminums or jon boats, you can use longer bolts and mount these right to the top of the gunnel. The rails on my boat allow for a little more forward/aft adjustability.

"Bulkhead Mount"

bulkheadmountram.jpg

The bulkhead mount is essentially a side mount. I have my bulkhead mounts in the back of the boat on the splashwell. These are the rod holders that get used the most in my boat. I could have done bulkhead mounts all the way around my boat but I wanted to get my rod holders moved a little further outside which is why I went with rail & flush mounts around the rest of the boat.

Now my boat has wide gunnels on it vs a jon boat style rail which is why I have a few options. However, with a basic aluminum V style boat or a jon boat, you can use the "rail mount" style rod holder bases with longer bolts to mount them on the top of the gunnel, or you can use the "bulkhead mount" style of rod holder bases and just mount them right to the side of the boat.

Hope this helps ya!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Boy Andy, you must have alot of rods to fill those 14 rod holders. wink

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Boy Andy, you must have alot of rods to fill those 14 rod holders. wink

LOL! I've got 8 rod holders and am planning to add 2 more as well. Its not so much the number of rods but being able to have options when fishing on the river. Sometimes I anchor sideways with my left side of the boat downstream, sometimes its the right side of the boat, sometimes its the back downstream, sometimes I have 2 guys, sometimes 3, sometimes 4. I thought I had enough and then ran into situations on the Red River where I didn't have them in the right spots, so I added more immediately after. If you have 3 guys on the Red and you anchor sideways, you need to get 6 rods spread out from one end of the boat to the other. More rod holders, the better options you have!

On a side note, I still think these are the best rod holders on the market. They work great with baitcasters. When I use them with spinning reels, I just stick the butt of the rod into the holder, that way all you have to do is pull it straight out. Simple. Effective.

I've used the Folbes a few times and I've had rods hang up in them. Maybe its just me, I don't know. They are awesome rod holders but not my favorite.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's nice to have one set for every direction. I added 2 more mounts for the back and 2 for the frount deck.

And if it was legal here I do have a rod for every holder smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know others who love their Folbes too, but the couple of times I tried them I had issues as well.

The ONLY holders that I've seen people NOT have any issue with trying to get big butt rods in or out and whether or not they work with both spinning or casting, or just plain getting your rods out nice and smooth are the Driftmasters and the straight stainless steel tube style holders.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Captain I'm still waiting on them pics of this new rod that you have coming lol. Not to change the topic.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with all the different rod holders for how one positions the boat. As I stated, I have 8 but will more than likely add a few more before years end.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

those are sweet can I ask what they cost RAB.

Folbes are not cheap, I think I paid $35 each but got free shipping when ordering 3 or more.

They do take some getting used to, because you have to pull straight up with 2 hands, one above and one below the holder. 10 minutes in the driveway doing simulations and you should get the feel for them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i also recommend driftmasters, ive got 4 of them in my little boat. 2 permanent bases on each side and ive got two clamps for the odd time i want three of four rods one side or the other. cheap, unbreakable, lifetime warranty, and just plain work well. easy in and easy out. the only thing against them is they arent as versatile for other kinds of fishing, like trolling or maybe even drifting. the bases are also aluminum and can strip out if your not careful, but they are only five bucks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome bigd250. Glad to have you with us here in the greatest forum on earth.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Scotty's and cabelas work good on my boat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like Folbes but not the price. I've got RAMs on my boat and like them a lot.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Sonar works from above, cameras need to be submerged. What am I missing here?
    • I've also had good luck spray painting PVC.  Biggest thing I found is to do lots of light coats, the PVC makes the paint want to run in a hurry.
    • I believe you can do this with the Lowrance HDS 9 and above.
    • I'll go with another loss in overtime.
    • Calling a win tonight, it's going to happen!
    •   You'll probably run into plenty of "experts" among the experts, too...   Floor heat is nice, but definitely not the best option if you're looking for the best efficiency, since it is a slow recovery system.  If you were looking for efficiency and lowest cost, I would suggest looking into a mini-split heat pump to complement the gas furnace if you have off-peak available.   (Disclaimer: Not an expert either, but I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express a few times.)      
    •   Same here. I have 3 of them. Use them in the SUV, Boat, Snowmobile, and Dual Sport bike. They seem to work better on my sled in the winter with no issues at all over my old ifinder which would eat batteries in the cold. They are discontinued but you can still find them out there on the List or bay once in a while. I like them as they are a crossover and can be used on the road or with a lake map which is the main thing I use them for. Wish they would bring something like it back.
    • Ridiculous... but it would work.  Sorry to offend, guess I don't get quite so fired up about concrete.
    • Concrete. Way easier to plow. My parents have a gravel driveway WORST THING EVER! Impossible to snow blow because of all the rocks always wet and muddy. Sure it's cheaper but in the long it's not worth the cheaper price. 
    • I have used a Lowrance XOG (no longer available) on my boat and on my snowmobile for years now with no problems with cold or speed of tracking. I use a Lakemaster card for Minnesota lake for fishing, a Navionics card for coverage in Canada and LOW for winter and summer fishing, and a Red Pine snowmobile trail map for riding. Have ridden at 30 below without any problem with the touchscreen, it is hooked up to sled power, so it probably is getting some heat, and I put it inside my jacket when I get off. I recommend that you do a little research on the available chips for where you are going because different manufacturers use different chips. My use pretty much limits me to Garmin, and expect to pay couple to $300+ for chips for where I travel.
  • Our Sponsors