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Old 06-12-2019, 05:09 PM
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Question 0 degree rod holders for bottom fishing

I’m used to using short bent-butt rods in 30 degree rod holders for bottom fishing. My old boat had them facing 90 degrees — straight out from the boat. All of the 30 degree rod holders on my new boat are angled towards the back. The ones that are in the right positions are 0 degree holders. When I put a bent but rod in it, it still points up to much. I’m worried about breaking the rod from “high sticking.”

My gunwales are not thick enough to put a 30 degree rod holder facing straight out.

Any fixes for this situation? Will adjusta-butts work? (They are really expensive so swapping out all the bits on my rods is pretty much out of the question.).
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:14 PM
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I would use the Lee 15* Swivel. Should give you a little more angle. I love the swivel rod holders Lee's makes. Its a little pricey but definitely a superior product. Here is a link to it on Amazon. Also to give you a little more height off your gunnel you can always use cutting board or starboard on top of the gunnel.

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Old 06-13-2019, 06:53 AM
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I use those.
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:21 AM
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You can get a swivel insert for your fixed rodholders. That way your rod can still be where you want it, but it will be a little higher - just not 0 degrees high.
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:02 PM
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I use the lee 15 degree and have them straight out midship and then tuned a little at each one till back of boat across the stern I have 0 degree.
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:09 PM
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I'm sure those Lee's are hot shit, but they are spendy. I'd be looking at Gemlux. You get a 15-20% THT discount too.
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Old 06-16-2019, 11:22 AM
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You are using bent butt rods and with the 0 degree vertical rods holders you think the rods are pointed up too much? Never heard of that being a problem. I don't know who made the butts on your rods, but with Aftco bent butts the rod angle is just about perfect with a 0 degree holder.
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Old 06-16-2019, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Nomans View Post
You are using bent butt rods and with the 0 degree vertical rods holders you think the rods are pointed up too much? Never heard of that being a problem. I don't know who made the butts on your rods, but with Aftco bent butts the rod angle is just about perfect with a 0 degree holder.
Some gunnels are slanted. It can exaggerate the angle.
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Old 06-16-2019, 07:47 PM
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Back the drag down a bit until you pick the rod up for the fight.....then crank it down.....
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Old 06-16-2019, 08:11 PM
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I use zero degrees with bent butts and love the angle.
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Old 06-16-2019, 10:30 PM
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Maybe you’re using too stiff a rod?
The bend in the rod lowers the angle significantly.
I prefer zero degree holders, they don’t do weird shit to your cranking angle as they swivel to follow the fish.
I Have some bent butts that I have added some bend to for trolling purposes, but then I own a hydraulic bender!

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Old 06-17-2019, 03:22 AM
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Originally Posted by gerg View Post
Some gunnels are slanted. It can exaggerate the angle.
The gunwales would have to be angled inward to have that effect -- not something I have ever seen on a boat. I would have the opposite concern of the original poster and worry about the rod angle being too flat so the tip would bend in too close to the boat when loaded up by a fish.
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Old 06-17-2019, 03:37 AM
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I just installed two of the 0 degree HD Swivel Lee's for bottom fishing. They are very nice. The Pacific Bay bent and Winthrop Terminator butts seem to work fine in them. The angle doesn't seem too steep.
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Old 06-17-2019, 04:10 AM
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I had the same problem on my boat and removed 2 of them and repositioned / reinstalled them facing outward.
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