If you're a serious fisherman and you're looking to find a mount to hold your rod while you fish, or you are looking to try fishing more than one line simultaneously, here's your guide to 3 great fishing rod holders that you can use.
You can usually find all of the varying BassPro Shops Rod Holders at any of the BassPro Shops near you (most marinas also carry BassPro Shop gear). Of course, the prices will vary according to the quality and material used to build the rod holder, but you'll be able to find what you're looking for in a rod holder if you shop within this series. For instance, the PVC coated Rod Holder ($5-13) has a quick installation that fits most boats and fits most different rods and lines; the price for these increases according to its performance. Another BassPro is the standard Rod Holder going for around $15 each. This rod holder has a little more stability in its design and can be pivoted where the PVC cannot. It's been described as one of the easiest rod holders to use and is a great buy for the price. One of the great downsides of these rod holders, though, is the difficulty in removing the rod quickly and efficiently.
If you're interested in bait casting or spinning reels as your fishing method, this may be the rod holder for you. Not only dos the Ram Rod Holder have a place to rest your spinning reel in the front or side notches, but with a simple push and click, you can unlatch your rod in an instant due to the open side design. Additionally, unlike the BassPro Shop models mentioned above, Ram Rod Holders are lifted higher giving you a better clearance from the side of the boat. The most expensive rod holder in this series runs at around $27 and comes in both a side mount version as well as a flush mount version, both with a manufacturers lifetime guarantee (something you won't always find with fishing gear). Both swivel 360 degrees giving you all the mobility you'll need to catch the next "big one."
This is one of the classic rod holders that anglers will swear their success upon. Similar to the Ram Rod Holder, the open latch design provides a quick rod release if necessary, and is also meant for casting or spinning gear. The swivel motion is limited to 180 degrees, but the rod holder makes up for that in its capabilities vertically. You are able to move the rod up or down and adjust it to your liking with a stiff hold giving you the right angle. One of the known disadvantages to this rod holder and also its advantage, however, is its heavy-duty bulkiness. If you're looking to worm or minnow fish, you'll want something a little more compact and lighter.
Ultimately, when it comes down to it, you should be looking for a rod holder that will last, is versatile, and can be adjusted efficiently and to your specific needs. Happy fishing.