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03-31-2008 07:08 PM
1bassmutha
Re: Homemade pontoon rod holders

FishDr you got me rethinking my design. Currently I have a rod holder on either side in front of me. I did this with the rods point fwd so as not to interfere with the oars when stowing them. However, it just occured to me that if I am fighting a fish in front of me the rod I'm not using may get in my way. I like the idea with the rods on my back left pointing vertically. I cast right so back left seems like it would be out of my way. As far as snagging on low hanging trees I think I could just break the rods down until I am ready to use them. Thanks for the idea. Back to the drawing board.

Oh, John. The porta potty is built into the seat.
03-31-2008 02:33 PM
john
Re: Homemade pontoon rod holders

Wow FishDr, that thing has everything but a porta-potty - or does it?
03-31-2008 02:15 PM
michael in parker
Re: Homemade pontoon rod holders

I can tell you put some thought into the rod holder. Nicely done.

I am going to end up forking the money for a couple of ram mounts since I am not as creative.

Ram mount just came up with a new line that you can adjust to any direction or angle. The nice thing is that they easily attached to pontoon boat frame (providing you have the u -bolt attachment). I have seen them for around $28.00 on the net.

http://www.ram-mount.com/mount/ram_r...ion_holder.htm
03-31-2008 02:08 PM
FishDr
Re: Homemade pontoon rod holders

Nice work! I also went the PVC route, and I just filed down the edges of the pipe so that they didn't chew on the rod handles. My current rod holders run the rods parallel to the pontoons (they lie flat) except for the two trolling rod holders.

I am now trying to decide on whether I should go with a "rocket-launcher" type arrangement similar to the ones some of the CA Bass 'n' Tubes people use (see below), though I'm worried I'll forget it's there, launch an overhead cast, and destroy a bunch of tackle. My other worry is that I'll forget that I now have rods sticking up almost 9' above the water and I'll scoot under a low branch or something and "crack!".



I guess one option would be to mount the rod holder on the side (towards the rear) that I'm least likely to cast on, which for me would be the right-rear side. That's how this pontoon is rigged up.



What do the other pontoon users here think? Is there an advantage to vertical rod holders? If so, rear-mount or side mount?
03-31-2008 08:52 AM
fishnphil
Re: Homemade pontoon rod holders

Very nice looking man! I just picked up a couple from bass pro after my own failed attempts at making some, hahah. On my kickboat I don't have any kind of frame to mount it on, it appears you have some sort of metal pole that you connect the rod holder to?

One thing that might be nice for you, I hacksawed the pvc tube for my rod holders and it came out pretty choppy and I was afraid it would tear up my rods and the cork, to I took Marine Goop and rubbed a layer around the PVC, once dry it is rubbery and it protects your rods from the pvc and also provides some friction to keep your rod in place.
03-30-2008 09:07 PM
1bassmutha
Re: Homemade pontoon rod holders

Quote:
Originally Posted by Moony
I was thinking the same thing when I was fishing Saturday on my toon. The only thing I would do different is make the holder have the rods positioned straight up and out of the way. I have my rods laying on the extra storage boxes on the sides and they are always jostling around and when the wind picks up they almost fall off. Let us know how they do on the water. Nice design!
I couldn't put then straight up because they got in the way of the oars when resting them on the pontoons. I haven't graduated to a trolling motor yet.
03-30-2008 08:52 PM
mobyJ
Re: Homemade pontoon rod holders

Looks like a good concept I may try something similar for my boat. The only thing I would add is sand them and paint them White to give them a finished look. I might go another color but white won't show when scratched.
03-30-2008 08:15 PM
moony
Re: Homemade pontoon rod holders

I was thinking the same thing when I was fishing Saturday on my toon. The only thing I would do different is make the holder have the rods positioned straight up and out of the way. I have my rods laying on the extra storage boxes on the sides and they are always jostling around and when the wind picks up they almost fall off. Let us know how they do on the water. Nice design!
03-30-2008 08:10 PM
1bassmutha
Re: Homemade pontoon rod holders

Thanks. My preference would have been metal, but I went with PVC for 2 reasons. First, I had PVC on hand. Second, I have the tools to cut PVC but not to cut metal without losing a finger.

Now that I have an idea of what I am doing I can think about improvements.
03-30-2008 08:02 PM
odaon
Re: Homemade pontoon rod holders

They look sweet. I'm sure you could find some stronger material that you could make them out to troll with. I'm sure those would work but I know how brittle PVC can be. Maybe some aluminum piping. You could coat the edges with some sort of plastic or dip them in some plasti-dip or something.
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