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I like to troll for rock fish on the Chesapeake with 24' Sloop. What I would like to do is put some pole holders over the Aft off the boat so my fishing gear isn't in the way of my rigging. Hope to here some good Ideas thanks.
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What sort of rod and lure setup do you use? I fish quite frequently but have never caught anything trolling from my sailboat!
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I just saw in my recent copy of "Good Old Boat" a pretty ingenious use of PVC to create locking holders mounted to the stern rail. I'll see if I can dig the story up online.
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Dragging a trolling lure while sailing is my favorite kind of fishing. Best of both worlds. Dad with a prize from the Gulf Stream last March:



Made for great eating for a couple of tired sailors. He was caught on a bright-colored skirt-type lure, with some weight ahead of the leader. We've also had good luck, especially with Spanish, using Clark spoons and a planer. I can't tell you anything about Dad's rods, other than they're nothing special, just basic trolling reels with audible drag. I love waiting until he's not paying attention, and yanking on the line ... Fish! Just kidding, gotcha.
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I love trolling while underway - we've caught a lot of King and Spanish mackerel along the Gulf coast that way.

There are plenty of off-the-shelf rod holders that you can attach to the pushpit. Be sure to rig a lanyard from the rod to the boat.

Nice catch SecondWind! I though I had a Dauphin last year coming back from Tampa, but it turned out to be a Jack Krevel (sp?). That was a disappointment, almost ate the thing anyway.
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Oops, forgot the original question I was responding to. We used rail-mounted clamp-on rod holders similar to this:



Works well and holds the rod aft of the rail and clear of any rigging; can be set up on a vertical or horizontal portion of the rail. A safety line attached to the rod is recommended for obvious reasons, but I haven't had any of our rods come out of the holder, even when the fish hit.
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I have a couple of the above pictured rod holders on our boat. (Also use several of them on our fishing boat. They work great.) FYI- It is illegal to fish from a boat under sail in some states. (Don't ask me why???)
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They outlaw it because it's just too perfect. What government can allow that?
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