View Full Version : My Rod Holder Set-Up Pics

02-21-2007, 11:58 AM
After being asked by several members in the past about my rod holder set-up I took a few pics. The 7/8" round rails I got from a friend and you can usually not have any trouble finding them at a boat salvage yard. I re-cut them to fit my boat. What I like about them is that they have a natural curve that fits the boat nicely.


The actual rod holders are Driftmasters. The round rail adapter bases are also Driftmaster. I wanted a good heavy duty set-up because I troll Bandits also. With this set-up I can adjust the rodholder up and down towards the water, angle them right or left, and with the round rail I can even move a few rod holders to the center in case there are 3 of us fishing.


The rod tubes that I use to store my rods when running between brushpiles are PVC with a 1 1/4" inside dia. I cut mine 13 1/2" tall. My dip net is the lime green one at Wal-Mart for $5.96 and a push broom handle fits inside perfectly. I could not fish without my extended dip net with these long rods. The rod tubes also store the dip net to keep it at easy reach but out of the way. I also have installed a 12 volt dual air pump for my Cool Bubbles minnow buckets. One in the front one in the back. No noisy pumps to listen too!;)



I also included a pic of my Maximizer. I love being able to sneak up on my shallow beds without spooking fish. It runs so much slower than the #1 speed on the trolling motor.


Here's a little tip for those of you who like to tip your jigs with Crappie Nibbles. Take a small plastic bowl and lid and use a screw and washer to attach these where ever you need one. No more Nibbles blowing around in the boat and they won't dry out.


This set-up works real well for me. Thanks for asking about it.

02-21-2007, 12:40 PM
Thanks for getting those pics up so quickly for us, Slabbandit. I'm still trying to determine the best configuration in my boat for the pvc vertical rod holders.

02-21-2007, 01:25 PM
Nice setup,slabbandit.....gives me some ideas on my scow! Thanks!! BTW, tell us how well the Maximizer works?

frank lawhead
02-21-2007, 01:27 PM
real good pictures--- neat ideal about the nibbles :)

02-21-2007, 05:21 PM
That's a really trick set up slab...Thanks for letting us see it.

J White
02-21-2007, 05:39 PM
Man those look great, but I hope my wife don't find out about those and
where you got them...

I just got busted when the bill came in for those Ranger-style ones I ordered
from Cabela's - she was not the happy camper :D

02-21-2007, 05:46 PM

02-21-2007, 05:52 PM
Hi LABill, I couldn't make it without my Maximizer! I tell people that they could write something on my blade and I can slow it down enough to read what they wrote!
I can slip up on a shallow brushpile without spooking fish. When it's a little windy I can set the speed just right and more less hold myself in place.
I like it for spiderrigging because I never have to turn the motor off and on, just steer.

02-21-2007, 06:56 PM
Those nibbles look good enough to eat if a guy was desperate... Good looking setup.

Is your maximiser on a handoperated or footoperated trolling motor??

02-21-2007, 08:19 PM
My trolling motor is a foot operated 28 thrust Minn-Kota. The Maximizer will work on any 12 volt trolling motor.:)

Love To Fish
02-21-2007, 08:24 PM
Nice job,So many things that can be made out of PVC

Darryl Morris
02-21-2007, 08:38 PM
Looks like you've got it all figured out nibbles and all. I do love an organaized boat. Go get'em brother.

02-21-2007, 08:56 PM
Hey there Darryl, I didn't mention the 30 minutes I spent cleaning and vaccuuming before I could take pics!;)

Darryl Morris
02-21-2007, 09:16 PM
LOL, that's okay, as long as you and yours are having a great time!!!! That's the most important thing!!!

02-22-2007, 07:10 AM
looks like you have quite a few evenings tinkering with your setups, but it's gotta be worth it to have a place for everything thats convenient to you. Nice job:cool:

02-22-2007, 09:09 AM
Thanks for getting those pics up so quickly for us, Slabbandit. I'm still trying to determine the best configuration in my boat for the pvc vertical rod holders.heres how i mounted some verticle rod holders in my boat ceb. works real good and stout as a mule. the 2x2 is from treated 2x4 ripped down and the tubes are from black 1 & 1/2 pipe. i use the inch and half pipe cause i have some catfish and striper rods with larger handles . when you mount em, i wouldnt run em to the floor since over time trash and stuff will get dropped in em and can be tough to get out without having to remove em.

02-22-2007, 09:18 AM
Love it, time for to work on mine