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bigjohn1 posted 06-07-2005 09:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for bigjohn1   Send Email to bigjohn1  
Even though I have been satisfied with my rail-mount rod holders, at some point in the future, I plan to have two gunnel mounted rod holders installed. My thought is to install them all the way back aft at the gunnel corners. Has anyone done this with success? A concern I have is that the gunnel might not be wide (thick) enough to facilitate this and have sufficient structural integrity. These holders will be used for Marlin and Tuna fighting as standup gear in rail-mounted holders is, at best, tough on you in this small boat.
Knot at Work posted 06-08-2005 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     

Just get a fighting chair. With rocket launchers.

I don't think the width would support the LBS / Pressure for fighting a Tuna.


mikeyairtime posted 06-08-2005 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
The problem is that rod holders have to have somewhere to drain the water they collect. The bottom of the tube is open and will drain directly into your flotation foam. Get good quality rail mounts rod holders and make some safety lines with clips for your reels. That's what I do and my 170's rails have no trouble holding a smoking 80 pound outfit.
bigjohn1 posted 06-09-2005 02:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Knot, that was my concern also, the gunnel in that area looks to be a bit thin structurally once you factor in the install.

Mickey, thanks for the info, I had not considered the bottom of the holder had to be open to drain the water. I am running beefy rail mounted CE Smith holders for 80 pound gear for the flatlines and they work superb on standup. The touble is, when you really crank down your drag (20 pounds) for Marlin fishing and then try and use the boat to tire the fish, the rails are going to get over-stressed. The rails work great for light drag but light drag gets my 9/0's spooled very quickly. The rails are still tight as can be now but I am always looking to improve on the current setup.

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