Rods and Reels - attach before or on the boat

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Some pack light and others pack the kitchen sink.

Do you pack your rods with reels attached? Or do you pack the reels separately in a reel bag and attach them on the ride down? Pros and cons to each can be seen. What does everyone do?
 
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    Long range has plenty of travel time, and at least an hour at the bait barge. Everybody I know puts on the reels on the boat. Another tip is to buy a 5 groove pool noodle, slice to the inside hole on one top ridge. Put one rod inside to the noodle hole and 5 rods on the outside ridges. That really helps in transporting without guides and rods rubbing during transport.

    I am interested in this tool...
    https://www.charkbait.com/specials.htm#Special_5
     
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    Olddog8

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    Depends on the trip and boat. Short, overnight or 1.5 day, I attach the reels at home, especially on a cattleboat (open berthing). 3 days or longer, I attach on the boat. 3 day with my wife and son, I atrach all but the trolling reel at home, too many rods and reels to do all in an hour or so on the boat.
     
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    Brad I

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    Depends on the trip and boat. Short, overnight or 1.5 day, I attach the reels at home, especially on a cattleboat (open berthing). 3 days or longer, I attach on the boat. 3 day with my wife and son, I atrach all but the trolling reel at home, too many rods and reels to do all in an hour or so on the boat.

    I do pretty much the same. And on those local overnight trips where I'm fishing with a bunch of strangers, I'll usually bring my old, beat-up, less valuable reels than my fancy shiny new ones...just in case.
     
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    Mr GreenJeans

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    Particularly on the longer trips (7+ days) I attach them on the ride down. If you run into some weather on the way down or back, you really don't want your reels to take all that spray coming over the rail.
     
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    The way we load on long range trips there's too much chance of banging your reels around. A bundle of rods without reels is much easier to pass over the rail than rigged outfits.
     
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    Olddog8

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    I do pretty much the same. And on those local overnight trips where I'm fishing with a bunch of strangers, I'll usually bring my old, beat-up, less valuable reels than my fancy shiny new ones...just in case.

    Me too
     
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    finishright

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    travel time is when most will spend the time rigging much easier to load and unload rods and less chance for damage to avoid damage handle your gear yourself seen to many crushed guides on the off load hope this helps.
     
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    jerryl

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    Do people usually attach the reels outside or in the galley? I'm always afraid of losing a clamp screw or not tightening the screw enough, and having it come loose during a fight.
     
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    crabdancer

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    Chances are somebody else will be loading your rods so make it easy on them and your gear.

    Any trip that loads out of dock carts has me putting reels on underway. I've got a dry bag backpack and I pack my reels in a hoodie in there and wear it once the carts are rolling. I wouldn't forgive myself for letting some scumbag walk off with my reel bag.

    I also keep a little plastic bag with an extra set of clamp hardware for each style reel I fish in my Bowen box. It weighs a couple ounces and costs about ten bucks. I've never lost any hardware but I've helped out some cool folks. Sooner or later I'll probably lose some hardware but it won't be an issue.
     
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    wahoodad

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    Do people usually attach the reels outside or in the galley? I'm always afraid of losing a clamp screw or not tightening the screw enough, and having it come loose during a fight.

    Just make sure you are not in any close proximity to a scupper. I've seen guys put their reels on on the rail, not a good idea. I've seen several screws or clamps dropped over, and twice, seen reels go SPLASH!
     
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    Just make sure you are not in any close proximity to a scupper. I've seen guys put their reels on on the rail, not a good idea. I've seen several screws or clamps dropped over, and twice, seen reels go SPLASH!

    Not to mention rods. Witnessed one hit the deck and made a perfect bullseye into and out the scupper.......sayonara.
     
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    Olddog8

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    So if everyone sets up on the way out, do you have 20 guys jockeying for prime spots on the boat for setting up their rigs?

    Never had an issue.

    I bring my rods, one or two at a time, to the tackle area or bait tank and put the reels on there. Then put them back in the rod rack and grab one or two more.
     
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    If you have rocket launchers on your box and get a spot on the top rack all is good. I work on 2 reels at a time and it goes fast both setting up and tear down. If I don't get a top rack then I'll work on one rig at a time. To keep any overflow rods in a grouping I'll take 1-2 from my assigned space and switch them to the overflow while I rig up those rods.
     
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    SlideRight

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    Never had an issue.

    I bring my rods, one or two at a time, to the tackle area or bait tank and put the reels on there. Then put them back in the rod rack and grab one or two more.
    For convenience and efficiency, LR boats & crew usually expect rods to be loaded and off loaded with reels removed (unless your nick name is 'Chappie' & you fish the AA alot.:rolleyes:
     
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    Abaco

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    Interesting question. Everybody has their own style and it appears that most guys prefer to rig up on the boat, based on what I've observed. I started LR fishing by rigging up in the hotel the night before. Any more, I assemble my gear before even driving down to SD. I want to make sure I've got everything assembled correctly from the comfort of my patio by the pool, whilst sipping some IPA. I even put on my first leaders, splicing my mono or fluorocarbon leader on to my braid before the drive.
     
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