Fishing is an age old art, and as long as it has existed, there have been people attempting to find a way to make it more of an unattended sport or task. The best way we have found to do so is by employing a rod holder, and some people would resort to using everyday objects. As of late, we have ceased using rocks or chairs to hold our poles, namely because improper placement could cause one to actually lose their pole to the briny deep. That being the case, this are without a doubt the way to go.
Rod holders have been around for quite a while, as you can imagine, but cast alloy rod holders are without a doubt one of the better options when it comes to keeping your rod stationary. When you are purchasing any of this, there are several things that you will need to take into account. Failing this, you might find that this you purchase simply do not do the job.
First of all, it would be prudent to consider the length of the handle, or at least the average handle length of your fishing poles. There are some alloy rod holders that are designed to hold longer handles, namely those found on sport fishing rods. These types of handles will typically not be found on casual fishing or closed reels.
In addition to choosing the proper enclosure, it would be a good idea to make sure the rod fastens to your type of boat. For example, fastening your rod holder to a houseboat will be considerably different than fastening it to a kayak. The biggest difference of course will be the attachment, which often involves screws. On a houseboat or even a larger fishing boat you will have a rail to attach to via a clamp. on sport boats however, a more permanent attachment will be required. This is definitely something to consider before you purchase your alloy rod holders.
The final question you need to ask yourself is how many rod holders you actually need. When you are considering this, you should ask yourself whether or not you can move your existing rod holders around the boat. If you can, then you may get by with just a few rod holders. If they are of the more permanent variety however, you may need to buy several. Luckily, these rod holders range from $15 to $30 apiece depending on the type and quality, meaning they are not exactly going to break the bank.
The Advantages of Stainless Steel Rod Holders and Stainless Marine Hardware
Rod holders are essential equipment on any fishing boat and can make a key difference in the outcome of a fishing trip. Many fishermen fail to understand the importance of this equipment as a necessary accessory on a boat and ignore quality, durability and flexibility when making a purchase.
The rod holder is important because it enables an efficient handling of bait and tackle. In addition, this allows the angler a hands-free environment and contributes to an improved fishing experience. Occasionally a break may be required from the fishing activity and it will come in handy at this time.
It is important to make the right choice from the available options in the marketplace. As a rule of thumb, stainless marine hardware is the most durable and reliable for the challenging water based activities. Stainless steel can withstand extreme temperatures and the rigors of constant exposure to water and the outdoors. Any non-stainless metal or plastic product may fail to survive in such tough conditions and contribute to a less than desirable fishing trip.
Stainless marine hardware takes all the physical challenges on itself and frees you to focus on the other activities on the boat. Weaker holders will usually prove to be less dependable in maintaining your lines and keeping your poles organized. This valuable piece of equipment enhances your chances of having a very successful catch regardless of whether you are trolling or still fishing. In addition to stainless steel, rod holders are manufactured in aluminum and poly propylene. In the end, there is no comparison to stainless marine hardware when it comes to fishing.
It is important for a first-time buyer to understand that high price rod holders do not guarantee good quality. There can be major price variations between different brands and different stores selling these specialized products. The fisherman needs to focus on the material quality and integrity of the holder to ensure that it is dependable. Fishing activities are dependent on the type of fishing gear and equipment being used. It may not be wise to save on cost in favor of lesser quality equipment vs. the more reliable stainless marine hardware.
Successful Fishing Techniques – Back to the Basics
Since I have begun fishing, I’ve always explored new equipment and techniques. I have tried my hand at fly fishing, jigging for steelhead, casting top water buzz baits for largemouth bass, and have experimented with every spinning lure imaginable.
I started fishing with my grandma at a very young age. She loved to fish, and would sit for hours while grandpa relaxed in the truck and read whatever printed literature was available. Looking back, I guess it was somewhat of a role reversal. Even though grandpa loved everything about the outdoors, he seldom fished; with the exception of their annual trips to the Oregon coast. But he always went with her, and I never heard him complain.
Grandma’s preferred method of angling was bait fishing. Night crawlers, marshmallows, corn, and salmon eggs comprised her arsenal of bait. She believed that Ugly Stik rods and Mitchell reels were the finest examples of fishing gear available, and most often used heavy line with at least an ounce of weight. The extra-long rod and heavy weight allowed grandma to cast her rig far out into deep water. From her shore line command center, she would watch patiently in her lawn chair while her pole sat perched in the home-made spud link rod holder.
As I began to grow up and mature, my equipment transitioned from mirroring grandma’s shoreline set-up to ultra light rods, four-pound test, and minimalistic accessories. Lawn chair fishing, for the most part, was a thing of the past. My extra-large four tray tackle box was substituted with utility trays in a backpack and bait fishing yielded to flies, jigs, and lures.
I have written about my frustration with Magic Reservoir. We still don’t own a boat, and although many anglers enjoy success from its banks, I am not fortunate enough to be one of them. I have watched large fish being caught from boats and with fly, but have had little personal success. And I have tried everything. Or so I thought.
Last week, a co-worker who recently relocated from Oregon inquired about a good place to take his family camping within an hour or two of Twin Falls. He prefers unimproved campgrounds, and also likes to take his boat and UTV. I told him there are 2 options for lake camping close to Twin Falls: Salmon Falls Reservoir and Magic Reservoir. We discussed both lakes, and I suggested Salmon Falls, obviously due to the fact that I can’t catch fish in Magic. Since he owns a boat, he decided to give Magic a try.