Big Boat Set-up

When it comes to setting up and choosing the rod holder configuration, consideration should not only be given to the current use of the boat, but future possibilities which can easily be included. It is quite easy to set up for both light and heavy tackle. This configuration uses a combination of straight rod holders (Fig 1) angled rod holders facing straight out in the direction of the arrows (Fig 2) and angled rod holders facing straight back (Fig 3) offers the ability to run both bent-butt chair rods and stand-up rods with several alternative positions based on the prevailing conditions and pattern required as the following examples show.


 

 

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6 Lure spread stand-up straight butt rods:

- Outriggers run from angled rod holders facing straight out the side.
- Long and short corner lures run from angled holders facing straight back.
- Shotgun and center lures are run from angled rod holders facing straight back in the gamechair.

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5 Lure spread combination bent butt chair rods and stand-up straight butt rods:

- Outriggers using stand-up rods run from gamechair angled rod holders.
- Long and short corner lures using bent butt rods run from angled holders facing straight back.
- Shotgun lure using stand-up rod run from angled rod holders facing straight back in center of the stern gunwale.

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5 Lure spread using heavy tackle bent butt chair rods:

- Outrigger rods run from straight holders on side of gunwales.
- Long and short corner lures run from angled holders facing straight back.
- Shotgun lure rod run from straight rod holder in the gamechair.

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5 Lure spread using heavy tackle bent butt chair rods variation:

- Outriggers run from straight holders on gamechair.
- Short corner lures from angled holders at stern facing straight back.
- Long corner lures from straight rod holder in gunwale to give added height. (Fig 4)
- Shotgun lure rod run from angled rod holder in the gamechair.

All rod holders should be heavy-duty stainless bolted, not screwed into position including those in the gamechair. Safety lines are often run from the base of the chair to outfits to prevent these valuables getting lost over the side. (Fig 5)

Just as the positioning of rod holders is carefully planned, areas to store the rods when the action starts is just as important. Often this is the rocket launcher. (Fig 6) Game rods and reels will last a lifetime if cared for. Part of this is ensuring that rods are never just thrown on the floor in the cabin, that they are only ever stowed in holders.
Setting up a boat for game and sportfishing is not difficult, though certainly a boat is always a work in progress as needs and wants change. Along with the personal changes made to boats comes a change in overall weight and its distribution which does affect the boat throughout its performance range. It is worth remembering that props may need to be altered to maintain or improve a clean wash. Other factors that help is keeping the hull clean of scum, weed and barnacles. Getting the props coated in lanolin or some of the other slick coatings apart from antifouling also increase economy and help reduce the prop wash.


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