A rod holder is a must-have accessory for any angler looking to make the most of their boating experience. It allows the fishing rod to be securely mounted in one place while fishing, giving you a hands-free approach and is ideal when trolling or pursuing bigger fish species. It also provides peace of mind, knowing that your fishing rod will remain stable and secure, even when you’re not holding it.
Attaching a rod holder to your jon boat is a straightforward process that can be accomplished in a few easy steps. Here’s what you need to know:
Step 1: Decide where to place the rod holder.
The first step in attaching a rod holder to your jon boat is to determine the best position for it. You’ll want to think about the type of fishing you plan on doing and where on the boat you’ll be most comfortable. Ideally, the rod holder should be placed a few inches off the ground, so it’s easy to reach, but high enough to keep your rod away from the water.
Step 2: Choosing the type of rod holder
There are many types of rod holders available in the market, from clamp-on to flush-mount holders. Clamp-on holders are the easiest to install and can be used on any boat with a mounting base. On the other hand, flush-mount holders are designed to be permanently installed onto the boat’s surface.
Step 3: Preparing the mounting surface
Before you install the rod holder, ensure that the mounting surface is prepared. Clean the surface thoroughly and remove any debris or dirt that may prevent the holder from adhering properly. You may want to use sandpaper to rough up the attachment area slightly to help the adhesive hold better.
Step 4: Attaching the rod holder
If you’re using a clamp-on rod holder, position the holder where you want it on the boat and tighten the clamps until it’s securely fastened. If you’re using a flush-mount holder, measure and mark the location using the template that comes with the holder. Drill the necessary holes in the boat’s surface, apply a sealant to the underside of the holder and fasten it using screws. It’s worth noting that you should be careful not to over-tighten the screws, as this can cause the boat’s surface to crack or deform.
Step 5: Securing the rod in place
Once you’ve installed the rod holder, you will need to secure your fishing rod in place using a velcro strap or bungee cord. Ensure the fishing rod is secure once placed in the holder, so it doesn’t pop out while operating at higher speeds.
Attaching a rod holder to a jon boat is an easy process that can be done by anyone. By following these simple steps, you can be assured that your fishing rod will remain safe and secure as you enjoy your time on the water. So why not add this essential accessory to your boat and maximize your chances of a successful fishing trip?