How to know which rod holder is right for you

One very important fishing accessory that is often overlooked is the rod holder. How many times have you laid your rod down so you could grab a beverage or to put a minnow on the end of a hook? When you need both hands to complete a task, you need somewhere to put your rod where it will be up and out of the way but where it can still be used.

Rod holders are designed to be attached to the side of your boat for easy access or to be placed in the ground when fishing from shore. When trolling, rod holders are necessary since you’ll be using several rods at once. However, they can be very beneficial when using other methods and when fishing with just one rod.

There are many different styles available so it can be difficult determining which one is right for you. The best way to decide is by going over the different types and what they’re used for, then determine which one would suit your needs the best.

Here are a few things that you should know about rod holders that will help you determine which one is right for you.

* Size- The size of your fishing rod must be taken into consideration when buying rod holders. You don’t want to buy a holder that is too small or too large for your rod or they won’t be beneficial.
* Type- Different types of rod holders are designed for different types of fishing and different rod and reel combos. For example, some will accommodate long fishing rods while others will not. Some work best for spinning reels while others are made for casting reels.
* The Mounting System- Some holders are designed to be permanently attached to your boat while others are removable. You’ll need to decide which one is best suited for you.
* Style- There are different styles and each one of them have their advantages and disadvantages. If you fish each time you take your boat out, you may need a style that stays in place and upright at all times. On the other hand, if you use the boat for family outings as well as fishing, then the fold down style that puts the rod holder out of sight may be the best option.
* Material- Rod holders are designed from different materials but the most commonly used materials are aluminum, copolymer, steel and polypropylene. Each type has its own attributes such as the aluminum is lightweight but sturdy. Determine which type of material will suit your needs the best based on the methods you use, when you fish and the type of water you plan to fish.

This information can help you know which rod holder is right for you. However, once you decide which type and style to use there are a few features that you should look for before making a purchase. The base of the holder should be wide and stable so it will secure your rod when you catch a fish. When purchasing an on-shore rod holder, the “spike” that goes into the ground should be sharp and it needs to be long enough to hold the rod sturdy.

An adjustable holder will prove to be more beneficial than one that doesn’t move. You should be able to adjust it both horizontally and vertically for the best fishing results. It will make it more comfortable and easier to hook your catch when the holder is more flexible because you adjust it to match when you’re standing, sitting, trolling and so forth. You should also have easy access to your rod for those times you need to remove it from the holder quickly.

Rod holders are a great investment for any angler, even if you don’t own your own boat. You can purchase the clamp style that can be used when you go out with friends or when you rent a boat. Choose the onshore style for bank and shore fishing.

Consider the information above when you’re ready to go shopping for rod holders and it will help you pick out the right one for the type of fishing you do. Look at all of your options and make an outline of the type you are looking for beforehand. Then look for something that matches your list. If you are having trouble finding what you need, never hesitate to ask a member of the staff to look at your list and make a few suggestions.

It’s a good idea to buy both on and off shore holders so you’ll be prepared for both types of fishing. They’re a great investment with lots of benefits. They even help reduce the risk of lines getting tangled together because they keep the rods in a specific place. Rod holders help to free up your hands so you can relax or take care of other things such as steering the boat when trolling.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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