Downrigger Rod Holders

Discussion in 'Washington Fishing Reports' started by Hewes OP, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Hewes OP

    Hewes OP Night Crawlers & Powerbait Baby!!

    Location:
    Arlington, WA
    Name:
    Geoff
    Boat:
    Hewes OceanPro "TIN-ASS-CITY" & Starcraft 1648 Mod V for the ducks
    • Messages:
      (891)
    • Likes Received:
      (357)
    Ok I cant be the only guy running Scotty riggers with a short wife. I'm trying to come up with something that she can reach. She's only 5' 2" with boots on, and she has a very hard time getting the rod out of the holder having to reach over the top of the rigger. I was thinking of going to the Orca type holders with an extension but not sure if that would work. The cannon layout is much better for this due to the fact that the rod holder is behind the rigger not in front. That seems like a very expensive fix, and I like my Scotties. Any ideas or pictures of you have a fix for this would be appreciated.
     
  2. t_dub

    t_dub I remember when I used to fish.............

    Location:
    Kenmore
    Name:
    Ty
    Boat:
    20' Hewescraft Searunner
    • Messages:
      (727)
    • Likes Received:
      (309)
    Orca with the extension. My wife is 5-4 and doesn't have a problem. I'll try and remember to post a pic later this afternoon when I get home if no one else does.
     
    Grady 265 likes this.
  3. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Drinking the Suzuki Kool-aid and liking it!

    Location:
    Camano Island
    Name:
    Steve
    Boat:
    Otter Craft
    • Messages:
      (3,198)
    • Likes Received:
      (2,987)
  4. Reel Hooker

    Reel Hooker I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Carnation
    Name:
    Benjamin
    Boat:
    Parker 2320 Long Cabin 'REEL HOOKER'
    • Messages:
      (2,379)
    • Likes Received:
      (2,097)
    just use the rod holder mounted on your gunnel, or add one to your gunnel. You don't need to run your rod on the down rigger. problem solved
     
  5. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Drinking the Suzuki Kool-aid and liking it!

    Location:
    Camano Island
    Name:
    Steve
    Boat:
    Otter Craft
    • Messages:
      (3,198)
    • Likes Received:
      (2,987)
    Well the only problem I see with this and the solution I proposed is that it is nice to lift boom and have rod come along for the ride when trying to avoid weeds and other debris. I use this technique all the time so not having rod holder lift with boom would be a no go for me. After cracking one of the rod holder mounts on one of my scotty 2106’s and almost losing a rod, I have retrofitted some ss rod holders on my booms and they do end up a bit closer inboard than the stock setup. I can also provide a pic towards the end of the week if interested.
     
  6. Reel Hooker

    Reel Hooker I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Carnation
    Name:
    Benjamin
    Boat:
    Parker 2320 Long Cabin 'REEL HOOKER'
    • Messages:
      (2,379)
    • Likes Received:
      (2,097)
    interesting
     
  7. FVSerenity

    FVSerenity Captain

    Location:
    The Salt
    Name:
    Rod
    Boat:
    22' Duckworth FVSerenity, 2502 Trophy FVHappyHours
    • Messages:
      (2,696)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,618)
    This gets my vote, if you have rod holders mounted on the rails just put the rods in those not on the downrigger
     
  8. spenceralbright

    spenceralbright Salt Addict

    Location:
    Chimacum/Washington/USA
    Name:
    Spencer
    Boat:
    17' Olympic
    • Messages:
      (8)
    • Likes Received:
      (11)
    Scotty Orca with extension. You can adjust the angle as close as you want to the boat and adjust the rod angle separately. All you need to do is lift the rod straight up and out. And you can lift the boom to get away from kelp and the rod moves with it. I much prefer this over the tubes where you have to reach way away from the boat to get the rod out. Initially I was a bit nervous about the extension twist but mine have been going strong for 4 years.
    upload_2019-9-10_12-23-27.png
     
  9. punted coho

    punted coho Well-Known "Member"

    Location:
    buckley wa
    Name:
    josh
    Boat:
    Yes
    • Messages:
      (276)
    • Likes Received:
      (256)
    41575A56-E3BE-4B70-8614-0EF0399767A9.jpeg I have scotty orcas mounted on the booms on extensions. Moves rod inboard a bit and you don’t have to slide the rod out, just grab it and pull. Short wife has no problem. Pay no attention to 8-1/2 month pregnant wife in the pic.
     
    liltrouble and BugeaterInWa like this.
  10. Grady 265

    Grady 265 Member

    Location:
    Seabeck
    Name:
    Eric
    Boat:
    Grady-White 265 Express "Reel Screamer"
    • Messages:
      (376)
    • Likes Received:
      (162)
    i moved to the orcas with the scotty extension this year to help "the little people". worked great. no complaints at all about getting the rod out of the holder. much easier than trying to lean out and pull the rod outward to clear it.
     
  11. fishbadger

    fishbadger Member

    Location:
    WA
    Name:
    fishbadger
    Boat:
    .Grady Gulfstream 232 "Herd of Turtles"
    • Messages:
      (209)
    • Likes Received:
      (147)
    I know what you mean, there has to be a better way, and all the Scotty extenders, adapters and such, are all plastic, and have a habit of breaking (with the exception of the Striker). So I just use the flush mounted gunnel rod holders. And I just grab the rod and move the rigger to steer around weeds, not a big deal. They're a fantastic company, but it would be nice if Scotty had a better (more ergonomic and with less plastic at the stress points) solution for this.

    fb
     
  12. Hewes OP

    Hewes OP Night Crawlers & Powerbait Baby!!

    Location:
    Arlington, WA
    Name:
    Geoff
    Boat:
    Hewes OceanPro "TIN-ASS-CITY" & Starcraft 1648 Mod V for the ducks
    • Messages:
      (891)
    • Likes Received:
      (357)
    Thanks guys!! that setup is exactly what was in my head and by the pictures it looks like it will work
     
  13. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Drinking the Suzuki Kool-aid and liking it!

    Location:
    Camano Island
    Name:
    Steve
    Boat:
    Otter Craft
    • Messages:
      (3,198)
    • Likes Received:
      (2,987)
    They are a great company but I really think the boom mounted rod holders should be stainless steel as I have retro fitted to mine. It has made them easier to grab than the stock setup but still would be a bit challenging for someone 5’2”. Hell Brian with that 8’ wingspan of your’s the reach is the least of your worries, lol.
     
    fishbadger likes this.
  14. Dleonardo

    Dleonardo Newbie

    Location:
    Bothell
    Name:
    Darren Leonardo
    Boat:
    Case of the Mondays
    • Messages:
      (8)
    • Likes Received:
      (5)
    I'll second the Orca with the extension. I just picked one up about a month ago for wife who had same issues. She loves em.
     
  15. hawksfan75

    hawksfan75 More questions than answers

    Location:
    Kent, WA USA
    Name:
    Eric
    Boat:
    Hydra Sports 2200 DC
    • Messages:
      (2,704)
    • Likes Received:
      (2,161)
  16. wdlfbio

    wdlfbio Once you go Cat, you never go back

    Location:
    maple valley, wa
    Name:
    laurence
    Boat:
    Vacancy
    • Messages:
      (8,598)
    • Likes Received:
      (7,896)
    Have her run the boat. You handle the rods :)
     
  17. TeamRedaFishing

    TeamRedaFishing Newbie

    Location:
    Lakewood, WA
    Name:
    John
    Boat:
    Alumaweld
    • Messages:
      (59)
    • Likes Received:
      (11)
    This set up works great. You can even change the direction of the rod at the boom.

    IMG_5704.JPG IMG_5705.JPG
     
  18. “biteme”

    “biteme” Killin kings

    Location:
    Bellingham
    Name:
    Brian B
    Boat:
    26 osprey
    • Messages:
      (9,094)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,435)
    Does 2short have anything for sale?
     
    Hewes OP and Grady226 like this.
  19. Grady226

    Grady226 I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Marysville,Wa
    Name:
    Gary
    Boat:
    22' Grady White
    • Messages:
      (1,945)
    • Likes Received:
      (896)
    FYI...1 of my tubes broke off 2 years ago but we saved the FethaStyk/Marquasa combo....Sent an email with picks to Scotty....A month or 2 later I got a replacement part no charge!
     
  20. Hunter Dan

    Hunter Dan I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Stauffer
    Name:
    Dan
    Boat:
    MUGWUMP
    • Messages:
      (2,443)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,068)
    I run the extension on both corner downriggers. I kept the original boom mount holder , as I prefer the tube style holder. I drop them down until they are almost touching the top of the rigger lid. I did this when my niece and nephew were small and reach was an issue. Recently we added an 1106 to the center on the raised pedestal and reaching up high over the fish box was an issue, so added an extender. Still a reach, for men! Played with a universal mount and a Scotty Powerlock. Better, but not perfect. So, I added another extender. From the boom under the rigger motor. Angle the next extender up behind the rigger and rod holder is no higher than the top of the rigger and inside the boat to boot! It was VERY wobbly. So dad fashioned a small bracket that attaches to the pivot bolt and a stiff rubber leash secures the extenders to the rigger base. Everything is secure and tilts the way it is supposed to. Been fooling around with different set ups all summer on the new rigger and love the double extender. Been using this set up for three weeks now.
     

Share This Page