Nice. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Water and science. If the rod holders were mounted on the front, the balance and fulcrum points would be shifted, making it more possible to tip over if the drag was locked down tight. If your drag is set properly as it should be, there should never be a problem with this setup. I've built some in the past that were not nearly as nice as this, and they still worked great. Bonus, it gives you a place to rinse your hands off after baiting hooks without going back down to the water.Dale,
What's in it to keep it from tipping over?
I tested my 2-rod model that straps to the bucket on a 5-gallon bucket, and it set still, even with hard pulls and the baitrunner set on heavy tension. It worked flawlessly. You'd be surprised how much tension you can actually use with this bucket holder. This 3-rod holder bucket is 6.5 gallons. 6 gallons of water weights 48 pounds. With the rod holders mounted on the back of the bucket it creates a very solid platform and makes it dang near impossible to tip the bucket over with the drag set properly or while using a baitrunner or reel with a clicker. I would never use a drag set tight enough to tip this bucket over. I never even set the tension heavy when using my pound-in rod holders. I almost always use a spinning reel with a baitrunner or a bait-caster with a clicker. I used bucket rod holders for years without any problems while only using a 5-gallon bucket. They used to be really popular for pier fishing. I caught a nice hybrid bass from the pier at Pike Island locks and damn while using one of my old bucket rod holders. That fish had the rod bent over the rail, and the bucket rod holder never budged. It's a pretty solid design.Cool, I got the science part and I assumed you were filling it with water. Just making sure.
Also the fact that you set drag very light will ensure a monster won't take off with your rig.