I've seen many types of umbrella mounts but they always have drawbacks. Has anyone tried the bimini tops from Pro-Techt. ( http://www.pro-techt.com/product.cfm ) They look like they would make casting easier plus not having to take it up and down every time you move. I am trying to save up some cash to try them out the next summer. Some things never change, it's still hot in Texas in the summer. I have two to get and they are very expensive. I'm sure that I would be better off to get one first to try it out before doubling my costs.