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Scott Squires posted 09-16-2006 01:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for Scott Squires   Send Email to Scott Squires  
I have a 2006 Montauk 170 and bought the Birdsal three rod holder. I want to mount it in front of the engine well as many people have. What is the best way to mount it. I hate to drill through and screw into the fiberglass. Is that the only option? Will industrial strength Velcro work?

The boat is a dream to use and own. I actually moved down from a 24' Grady White 247 CC to the 170 and love having the boat in my garage ready to go.


Jkcam posted 09-17-2006 03:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     

I don't think that any strength Velcro will work, and I would be affraid to field test it with any quality rods/reels. I would assume that your Montauk is equiped with rod holders in front of the console, is it that you need more rod storage? I have mounted a couple of stainless rod holders on the side rails of my 150 Montauk that has the four rod rack in front of the console. Generally, I just limit myself to 4 rods with 6 holders, (4 on the front of the console and the 2 rail mounted)and move them around during the outing.

While Tarpon fishing on Friday, I had a live mullet out on a cork bobber (forget the plastic/foam bobbers) in one holder, a dead mullet head on the bottom in the other holder and was casting from the front deck. With the four rod holder in front of the console, it is easy to switch rods from the casting deck.

For me, a boat in the garage when not in use is my only option. In many new homes in Florida, a 170 Montauk will not fit in the garage unless it takes up the entire 2 car garage. The 150 Montauk fits in fine, leaving space for my other "stuff". Enjoy.

Fish On!!

MosslandingJoe posted 09-17-2006 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for MosslandingJoe  Send Email to MosslandingJoe     
In that location I keep a 120 qt ice cooler. It is always on the boat when I go out fishing. What you might want to consider is mounting your rod holder to the back of a similar sized ice chest in that location so as not to have to drill into your Montauk. locating rod holders on your cooler has some advantadges, for example: if in time you sell your boat to a (dare I say it,does one exist?) a non fisherman looking at your whaler,it will have the original lines and you won't have to explain how good a job you did and are sure it never leaked...or say that a 3 rod holder turns out to not be enough, off the cooler with the old 3 rod and on the cooler with the new 4 rod holder, no old repair marks on the whaler etc. And if you fish on some one elses boat you can take your cooler and know that at least there will be storage for your rods
bigjohn1 posted 09-17-2006 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Scott, to be crystal clear, which exact Birdsall three rod holder do you have? Also, what type of fishing poles are you planning on storing there? What type of fishing do you do?

Replies to these questions are very important to deciding on an exact mounting procedure.

Knot at Work posted 09-18-2006 03:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
I would NOT trust a 200 or 300 dollar fishing rig to velcro!

Drill it into a cooler and use the weight of the Ice and cold drinks to counter the fish strike.

Scott Squires posted 09-18-2006 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Squires  Send Email to Scott Squires     
Thanks for your comments. I have decided to mount the rod holder on the ice chest. I had seen a couple Montauk pictures from this group that had mounted the rod holder on the front of the engine well, but the ice chest will work.


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