what style driftmaster for a pontoon boat ???

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by team salmon, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. team salmon

    team salmon New Member

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    I have a 24 ft pontoon boat and wanted to know if anyone could shed some light on what model driftmaster rod holder would be best. I do alot of drift fishing and anchoring to fish cut bait - any advice would be helpfull!! Thanks!!!
     
  2. buddyodie

    buddyodie New Member

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    Hi kyle ! I Personally prefer the duo style rod holder. You can position your rod at 30 or 0 degree. 30 degree is great for drifting or still fishing and 0 degree great for laying rod flat for free spooling with the bait clicker on. Really just depends on what angle you like to fish. But for drifting I would think anything from 20 - 30 degrees would work fine.
     

  3. team salmon

    team salmon New Member

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    Thanks - I looked at those - my other question is will the 3/8 inch instead of the 1/2 inch be suitable? I have seen where alot of people say the 1/2 inch is the only ones to buy but the cost difference due to the fact I'm wanting to start out with at least 8 holders and 12 rail mount bases is a considerable difference. Have you tryed both sizes and is there really that big of a difference?
     
  4. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    I have the 3/8" duos and they are really strong, but if you catch a lot of big fish, I think I would opt for the 1/2". I've never bent one of the 3/8" models, but the couple of 1/2" that I have are definitely heavy duty, and will accept a thicker rod butt, too.
     
  5. team salmon

    team salmon New Member

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    I mostly use a 7 to 7 1/2 foot hvy med action rod in a baitcast model without the trigger grip - will the 3/8 fit those without damaging the cork on the handles? At $70 for rod and reel combos I'd like to keep them in nice shape. I do also use a 7foot spincast model when fishing with the kids - are the duos easy for quick removal of both? Thanks to anyone with advice!!
     
  6. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    I haven't had a problem with them damaging any rod butts, cork or otherwise. They are round rod and dipped in a rubberized plastic coating. To remove the rod from the holder, just pick it up and raise the tip; it comes right out.
     
  7. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Another vote for the dual or double action holders, Big Sam just put them on his boat and we really like them.
     
  8. buddyodie

    buddyodie New Member

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    Yes I use the 3/8 instead of the 1/2 inch because Like you I can't see spending the price difference. I fish big rivers, and I know that at any time godzilla might take my bait, so far I have caught some big ones but not godzilla and the 3/8 have held up fine. If the big one ever hits I may be sorry, I don't know, but if a fish can snap off 3/8 inch hardened steel, Yo better strap your self in! Just my opinion,
     
  9. team salmon

    team salmon New Member

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    Thanks for all the advice - won enough playin poker at the casino sat night that I just ordered my holders and mounts this a.m. Ordered em' out of Georga and got a great deal. They had the pro (1/2inch) duos for $16 and the mounts for the rails for $6. Cabela's wanted $24 just for the holders - to say the least saved some money / well baught more!! 6 holders and 9 mounts for $165 that was with the shipping. Can't wait till they get here. Got em' all with right hand thread so nobody accidently strips "em. Thanks again for all the help!!!:roll_eyes:
     
  10. mdavis

    mdavis New Member

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    What was the name of the website where you bought these? I also fish from a pontoon and want to get some of these. Did you get the flush mount system? If so let me know how it worked out.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  11. lissaannjon

    lissaannjon New Member

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    the reason they sell the left hand thread is because they tighten up against the bases. using all right hand threaded ones means the ones on the left if set on an angle (turned towards the side of the boat) will loosen up if a fish hits or the current works your pole tip. If you plan on fishing thiem all out of the back of the boat then it wont be a problem but if not you might be a little dissapointed with their performance and fighting to keep them tight on the sides of your boat. just my .02 cents. I have the pro series as well and LOVE them! you wont be dissapointed with their performance if used properly.
     
  12. team salmon

    team salmon New Member

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    At some point I'd like to have 4 on the back and 8 on each side so I figure if the all right threads don't work as planed I'll stil have a place to use them. Iwont be fishing any running water and the few times I've been out on the lake with the wind up the pontoon still drifts slow so I'm hoping it wont be a prob - besides the fish would have to swim alot of full loops around the boat to lossen them all the way out :smile2: I asure you I'll be crossin their eyes long before that happens:smile2: