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Tite-Lok Rod Holder and Gunnel Mount
written by Clint Craft

If you desire a rod holder for light- to medium-duty applications and place portability and adjustability at the top of your list of required attributes, this may be your rod holder.
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Tite-Lok Rod Holder and Gunnel Mount

Tite-Lok's Rod Holder and Gunnel Mount are the perfect match for boats with round gunnels.


 

If you're reading this review, chances are good that you're in the market for some new rod holders. With so many choices, the search for the "perfect rod holder" can be a frustrating and confusing process. It doesn't have to be that way. I narrowed my set of choices and finally decided on the Tite-Lok Rod Holder and Gunnel Mount because this setup had a solid construction that seemed ideal for my intended purpose while also meeting my mounting needs

When I began my search, I was looking for two rod holders that I could use primarily for bottom bouncing for walleye. For this purpose, I needed two mounts, both placed at the bow of the boat. I also intended to use the rod holders for crappie fishing to hold rods rigged with live bait and floats. Finally, I occasionally do some long-line trolling, and I needed holders that were sturdy enough for this application. Given the light- to medium-duty designation the Tite-Lok Rod Holders carry, I assumed they'd fit the bill, and I haven't been disappointed yet.

Tite-Lok Rod Holder Most rod holders on the market have a flat base, making them easy to mount to the flat gunnels found on most bass boats. I have an aluminum V-bottom boat with round gunnels, so flat bases don't work for me. I know there are ways to adapt holders to this type of gunnel, but I liked the idea of removable holders. Clamp-on holders allow me to place the holders toward the stern when long line trolling and keep them at the bow of the boat when bottom bouncing. When crappie fishing, I put one holder at the stern and one in the bow so that my fishing partner and I can both work two rods simultaneously.

I spent a lot of time pondering mounting options before settling on the clamp-style of the Tite-Lok Gunnel Mount. As I've already suggested, the versatility of this style of rod holder is well suited for multi-species anglers that use many tactics. This style offers portability, too, just in case you want to use the holders on a canoe trip or when going out on a boat other than your own.

However, I was worried that the clamp-on style might slip should I get bit by something big or if my deep-diving crank caught onto a tree while trolling. This has not been a problem. The Tite-Lok Gunnel Mounts anchor the rod holder in place, and you will either break off your lure or snap your rod before this heavy-duty clamp gives. (Of course, loosening your drag setting will effectively eliminate all of the above problems.)

Tite-Lok Rod HolderThe holder itself rotates 360-degrees and adjusts vertically to hold the rod at any angle. Unlike fixed position holders, the Tite-Lok Rod Holder accommodates your fishing pole in a variety of positions, allowing you tweak your setup as much as you need. The open style of the rod holder accommodates both spinning and baitcast reels and allows for quick rod removal -- simply lift the rod up to fight the fish.

This is how I use the Tite-Lok Rod Holder and Gunnel Mount. If you desire a rod holder for light- to medium-duty applications and place portability and adjustability at the top of your list of required attributes, this may be your rod holder. If it's not, simply answering a few questions concerning rod holder purpose, mount type and construction can significantly narrow your options and help ensure you end up with a rod holder that suits your needs.



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Tite-Lok® Rod Holder
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