The team at Boat Outfitters is always thinking up cool new products that help you maximize every inch of possible storage space on the boat. Their new Trolling Motor Drink & Gear Holder turns your trolling motor into a mini tackle station, which is absolutely brilliant since you spend so much time on the front deck when using the trolling motor.
The unit clamps onto the shaft just below the head of the trolling motor and is designed to put everything an angler needs within easy reach. The unit has a rod holder, a slot for pliers, a tackle bag (sold separately), a drink holder and a place to store a spool of fluorocarbon leader — it pretty much covers all of the bases.
My biggest concern prior to receiving the unit was that I thought they may have tried to cram too many things into one package, resulting in a bulky and cumbersome product. I was way off. When I received the unit, I was blown away by the simplicity of its minimalistic design. I had it mounted on my trolling motor within a couple of minutes.
The unit is made of King StarBoard and felt very sturdy once attached to the shaft by its two stainless-steel mounting screws. I tested the sturdiness when I took it for a sea trial in choppy conditions later that day. We took a bit of a beating on the boat, and the trolling motor did a fair bit of bouncing around. But at the end of the day, the unit was just as securely mounted as it was when I first put it on. This product should definitely hold up over the long term.
The Boat Outfitters Trolling Motor Drink and Gear Holder performed as advertised and stored a lot of gear within reach of the person running the trolling motor, but what most surprised me most was how nice it was to have a rod holder in the bow. Whether unhooking a fish or tying on a new bait, it was great to just stick the rod in the holder rather than juggle it while trying to do something else.
The slot that holds a pair of pliers is also very handy. There is an eyebolt by the slot, so you can use a lanyard to clip the pliers to the station (no more worrying about dropping them over the side). The only downside I could find is that the pliers will fall out of the slot when you stow the trolling motor flat on the bow, but an easy solution to that problem is to just stick them into the optional mesh tackle bag that hangs on the side of the unit before you stow the motor.
I didn’t use the leader holder because the spool I had was too big, but I was able to stuff the leader into the tackle bag and I used the drink holder to store a jar of scent.
I have to say I was impressed with the workmanship and quality of the product as well as it’s functionality. You can tell the designers at Boat Outfitters spend time fishing. They made a simple product here that really helps you maximize your fishing time. Overall, I was happy with the quality and performance of this product and would highly recommend it to anyone that has a trolling motor on their boat. These units retail for just $34.99 and are available in either white or black. You can purchase them directly by clicking HERE for white or HERE for black.