There have been a few threads about salmon trolling lately... rods, reels, techniques. But what about that all important rod-holder?
This is a piece of boat equipment that nobody really thinks much about, after all how much can there be to a device that just sits there holding your rod for hours at a time? But how many of you have had a certain brand of rod-holder (the one with the lion's share of the market) buckle under the force of a vicious strike, giving the fish instantaneous slack... fish off? Or worse yet having a rod slam down against the transom or kicker motor so hard that it shatters? !@#$%^&*()*&^%$#@!
How many of you have lost a fish because you couldn't remove the rod from the holder without thrusting the rod toward a fish directly behind the boat, thereby giving the fish unwanted slack right at the critical moment when you really need to be setting the hook?
When fishing a rod straight out to the side (the "side-rigger" position) how many of you have struggled to remove a rod from the holder when it's totally "buried" by the force of a giant king? It's darn near impossible to get it out without throwing the fish some slack.
A good rod-holder must hold your precious rod/reel securely, but even more than that, an excellent one will allow you to remove it from the holder effortlessly while maintaining the load/bend in the rod to prevent giving the fish unwanted slck at the critical moment of the hookup.
Last year, I discovered the FOLBE Advantage rod-holder... and it is absolutely revolutionary. Its unique modified "clam-shell" design will hold your rod securely (even halibut rods!), but more important is the release mechanism that allows you to remove the rod in one uninterrupted fluid motion that enables you to maintain a continuous load on the rod. No slack... no more lost fish at the critical moment of the hookup!
Here are some pics showing the FOLBE mounted in various positions on my boat.
Angled toward the rear:
Straight back behind the boat:
The last pic of the FOLBE mounted on my main motor is a good view showing the "clam-shell" in its open position after a rod has been released.
I'll be mounting a full set of them on my Willie Predator on the Kenai this summer.
To learn more, here's a link to a thorough discussion about them from a PNW forum:
Or you can try this one direct