Fishing Rod Holders

islander

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What do you guys recommend for a quality fishing rod holder? I have a Duffy 35 and I want to put 3 fishing rod holders on port and starboard sides. Also two on the stern.

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greg

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As long as you aren't looking for swivels, or closed bottoms with a drain for enclosed compartments, any of the major brands will work for you. Lee, Perko, etc. They usually come in two tube diameters, cheap and expensive.

Both will work.
 

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Lee s/s

You cannot go wrong with Lee SS holders. They come in a 9” deep model & a 12” deep model. Both with swivels if needed. Also they come in Straight 30 & 15 degree angles. If you are fishing a stand-up gear for big game and some inshore fishing go with the 9”. This way the reel is not sitting two deep in the holder and you can turn the handle with the reel handle and your knuckle hitting the wash board with the rod in the holder.

Larger bent butts work the best with straight 12” holders. Also with the 12” holders if your gunnel boards are not that wide they become knee knockers.

If it was my Duffy I would go with all 30 degree holders as I fish with straight butts. The 30 degree units give a nice spread to the rods when trolling. Plus when bottom fish, if the rod is in the holder the line is away from the boat. Being that you are going light ocean fishing I would go with the 9” holder. The smaller look also gives a nicer appearance and will fit your tackle better. The photos show my boat with all 9" Lees. Note that the backs of and of the rod holder do not stick out into the cockit to bang your legs when working the rail on a good fish.

If you decide on angled holders and you want to get the hole at the correct angle 1st shot with no rasping or grinding here is a neat cheap trick.

Get a shot piece of PVC pipe that the rod holder will fit into. Next on a chop saw cut the PCV at either 30 or 15 degrees. The piece of PCV should then be about 2” long. Next place the PCV with the angle cut side down on the wash rail. Have someone hold the PCV in place with a large channel lock. Drop the hole saw into the PCV and very slowly start your drilling. Once the hole saw starts to bite and the pilot bite is well in remove the drill & PVC. Then put the drill back in and finish your hole. The rod holder will fit nice and tight and the flange will be flush to the wash rail with no extra work

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LD Marine Product

There is only one rod holder which you should use LD Marine
LDMARINEPRODUCTS.com
Lou DaSilva make the best rod holders. The plastic insert does not come out, they are high quality stainless, they come with a backing plate, swivel. The guy makes the best stuff
 

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Light fishing

As greg said..... no need for the big guys. Send your savings to Jerry Brown so he can foward it to Oboma.
 

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Duffys have low rails so 9" is the way to go. I have two 15 in the rear corners . The rest are straight, besides the 4 smaller 30 degree none swivels.
 

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You will need to decore or seal the core of whatever material your rails are. Obviously if 100% glass no worries.
 

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Check out Ipswich Bay H.D swivel rod holders they are 100% 316 stainless steel and are very well crafted. Call Bill @ 978-407-3665
 

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Highly recommend the LD Marine rod holders. I have them and never had had a problem. I do have two outrigger bases which are like rod holders in the corners of the roof. These have slots in them and one broke this fall. They were not made by Lou but the late Carl Johnson who use to own the company. Lou repaired without question and if I get to build a new one all the rod holders will be by LD.

Dave
 

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De-Coring

Good point. Duffy’s have corded wash rails so de-coring is a must. I just put a allen key in a drill and walk it around the outer edge of the fiberglass hole. The short end of the key spinning chops out all of the coring leaving only the upper and lower skin of glass. I next pack the voided edge with hull & deck puddy.
 

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Yes i did seal all the coring very well when I installed my holders last year, but for piece of mind I plan on just removing all the core in the spring.
 

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I Made a mush with epoxy to fill the void including the bolt holes. I recommend brushing or pouring and some thinned epoxy to the core after gutting out before filling the void. Maybe with hull and deck not neccesary?
 

Robert M

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This is prob the wrong thread, but I figured taking out a half inch around the actual rod , then removing a layer of core around bolts would be more then enough. Plan on packing the void .
Seems to me if you had plans to go beyond that it would be just as easy to trace out the flange . Then remove the top layer of glass, and the core 1/8 " smaller then the flange with a dremel. Then poor epoxy flush.

Seems to me keeping the water out is the point , and it doesn't take more then a 1/4 layer of putty to do that. Am I wrong? I'm usually an overkill guy, but the list is getting long of projects to upgrade.
 

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Coring

I had LD Marnie Rod holders on two boats and found that since his rod holders have 4 bolts and coverered a good surcase areaa, I did not have decor. I didn't fight giants in the rod holders but did fight many large sharks with bent buts and never had a problem. I stand behind his stuff. In my opinion Lees only have 3 bolts and less surfaces area. His stuff did not rust a bit. They guy is an avid tuna fisherman and really perfects his stuff from rod holder, to outriggers, to vents, to davits - they guy helped me out so much rigging my boat and boy - He knows his stuff!!
 
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