Rod Holder Recommendations

Do you recommend rod holders, even if there are big catfish in the water? How do I set them up?

I definitely recommend rod holders when you’re fishing a big river or stream with lots of current, or when you’re battling blues that are putting up a serious fight. It only takes one time of losing your best rod to a big cat to convince you that rod holders are a good deal. A rod holder is ideal especially when there are big catfish in the water, because it’s main purpose is to keep your rod in place when they try to snatch it away from you. There are lots of different types of rod holder, and you can buy cheap ones at any department store, or expensive ones that are like works of art. Most have the same basic design – a steel stock that has some kind of coating to keep the rod in place. They are about 5 inches long and usually anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. You can set them at different angles, and position them at different places on your boat. For a first time rod holder, I would recommend something cheap and simple. They can get pretty fancy, but a cheap and easy rod holder, if mounted tightly on the boat so it doesn’t move, will get the job done. You can pick up a rod holder for much less than even your rod, and most rod holders will last a lifetime. You won’t have to worry about your rod getting carried away anymore.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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