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Discussion in 'Fishing Rod Holder Review' started by hawgman, Apr 5, 2008.
Has anyone used the Bee Ready Rod Holders, Do you like or dislike - Pros and Cons?
I havent ever used them but they sound good
I have a couple on my boat, they are OK, but I prefer the drift master style rod holders. The two that I have are mounted on a round rail, can't keep them from turning on the rail. If you have a rod angled out, rod has a tendency to flip over when pressure is applied( strong current etc.). They work OK spider rigging for crappie and if the rod and line are in line with center line of holder.
I sold all my Driftmasters to a BOC member after I tried a couple, then equipped my Catoon with nothing but the Beeready's. Mine are mounted on the square rail, so I don't have a problem with them slipping. I like them better than the DM's because they don't stick up in the air.
Hey Jim, Thanks I have had some good comments about the Bee Ready rod holders. I think I will try a couple of them
Do they hold the rod good if a fish runs side ways with the Rod?
I know they hold good when holding a rod straight up and down. I know when fishing behind the boat in current if you have the rod at an angle it can try to slide out of the Beereadys.
One of the boards sponsors has a great Rod holder. And it holds a rod well. Does not matter how you use the holder.
I have 2 of these and sure like them a lot.
http://www.titelok.com/product_info.php?cPath=18_21_27&products_id=258 I have all 8 of the holders on most of the time. But have them mounted on the tracks in the front of the boat today and have only 3 on each stand.
Here is what mine looks like in the front. Will try to get a few pictures of them in the back next week.
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Well I finally decided on the Bee Ready rod holders and have installed them on the mighty SS Catfish. I have been out one time and fished with them and am real pleased with them. Here are some pics of them for those who may be interested.
I have seen them before and won't use them because they have a few design flaws that worried me. The fish that we fish for in the Ohio River would take these rod holders out of you boat before you could blink.
These are the flaws that I saw in them:
A. The base didn't look to be strong enough to adequately support the unit.
Unless you run bolts through the mounting area and put a plate under it, the length of the shaft would act as a lever and rip the bolts out.
B. If you bolted this unit properly, the shaft is too weak to handle very much stress (too long) and will snap at the base.
C. The possiblity of losing two rods is to great for me. I can't go out and replace rods due to faulty rod holders.
D. When the fish are just tapping your line, you have to really watch close to find out which rod it is because they will both move.
That's the only real drawback to the Bee-Ready's - when you have them mounted on a post like that, 2 or 3 wide, you can't tell which rod is getting a bite.
I don't have much concern about their ability to hold - when bolted down properly, they're not going anywhere. And you shouldn't have your drag that tight in any case.
I used Bee-Readys for a while on my last boat but switched to Driftmasters (the 1/2" "Pro" type) and will never look back or switch to anything else. Buy one set of Driftmasters and they'll last a lot longer than you or your boat...
Thanks Marty, I did notice that all rods move when getting a hit but you know what that just gets me more excited. I will try the driftmasters eventually because it is fun trying new stuff.
I have just a little movement in the other rods when getting bit,but it's not so much that it's hard to tell which one it is.Do you have a snug fit between the shaft and base? I could see that being a problem and causing the other rods to move.
Crome, Yes the shaft and base fit very snug. I think the movement comes because the shaft i 18" long and with 2-3 rods hanging from the shaft it is just touchy. I really don't care if the other rods move when I get a hit because when a hit comes man let me tell you I'm ready to haul something in. Don't care if it's 1 rod or 2 just let me get that fish in the boat. Know what I mean?