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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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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. :laugher
 

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Tis a good way to suppliment your larder.
 

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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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Welcome to the Socialist State of IL, comrade.
 

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I doubt this needs to be said to this bunch of smelly, swarthy old salts but bring a landing net (?) or gaff hook for getting those slithery beasts on board.
I have caught blue fish in the LI Sound off our 27' sailboat and even landed a few without a net. The fish seem to know that the end is near when you get them close to the boat and have a way of dislodging the hook if you don't get them in quickly.
Two falls ago we hooked several blue fish of around 5 - 10 # while sailing in a harbor at night in my Lightning 19' sailboat. It only has about a 1-1/2 foot free board but every fish we hooked and brought up to the boat got off at the last minute (no net). The Lightning cockpit is crammed with all kinds of racing rigging (hiking straps etc.) so is not the best platform for fishing from. I was actually kind of relieved that I would not have to clean off the scales and blood from the creatures.
If you want to land them bring a net.
 

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I doubt this needs to be said to this bunch of smelly, swarthy old salts but bring a landing net (?) or gaff hook for getting those slithery beasts on board.
Very good point. The fish don't seem to get as excited about getting on a sailboat as I do.
 

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Inexpensive pole holder

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.
Aside from standing there holding the pole I don't know of a cheaper solution to the problem than the one shown at on the left side of the photo below. It's a short section of PVC pipe (probably 2" dia) with the top end shaped so that the aft edge is lower that the forward edge, which keeps the reel in the position shown. Some fine sand paper was used to soften the edges and remove the lettering on the pipe.

I put a diagram in the post below.
 

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PVC rod holder

Here's the pix mentioned by SmackDaddy earlier. It's from an article by Joe Orinko in the current issue of Good Old Boat. The L- or J-shaped slot allows the weight of the reel to lock the rod in place.
 

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Love the pvc but I don't have rails to mount them to. I am thinking of sticking them out over the boat and screwing them into the hull. We get some big Rocks in the bay but I never seen a spanish fish swim up the bay. Maybe one day I will be able to migrate out of the bay. The two fishing rods I use are just average trolling rods and last season I used parrachutes and shads. Had more luck with the shads even though everyone out there said use parrachutes. Here in Maryland I didn't sea any rules agianst fishing under sail ( I believe our state likes sailboats). I have been told you can't gaff,net or have more then 2 hooks on a line. Not a fan of Blue fish they eat my lures, bite my fingers and I don't even like how they taste.
 
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