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Old 02-19-2019, 06:10 PM
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So cutting board in the rod holder....what brand? what size? any advice? 21 ft. boat.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:43 PM
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I’ve had several. My preferred choice is the Magma brand, which have been the most durable and long lasting in our charter fleet. They usually include the rod holder mount, and it’s very sturdy and adjustable, with a locking lever and ball adjustment, so you can position it exactly how you want it.

I recommend keeping that mount and ball joint well lubed and protected from the salt. I tend to forget about it (out of sight out of mind) and end up with corrosion. It’s well built but if you don’t keep the salt off it will lock up. The one I have is totally locked up and when I tried to release the lever for an adjustment the lever broke clean off, but the thing is corroded in place so that’s fine.

We use the embossed ruler on the back edge of the board ALL the time. Gotta make sure these Black Sea Bass are 13”+ and I seem to be real proficient in finding the 12-7/8” schools lately. Just make sure whatever size board you choose has enough space for your typical target species and local regs.

Biggest drawback for me is how the tables drain... any of them, Magma or otherwise. My current Magma table has two drain holes along each of the back corners, and I run it in the gunnel rod holders in front of my port side motor. So blood, guts, and squid juice drain into my motor well and a bit on the transom. It’s messy, but that’s live bait fishing. I’ve picked up a bit of hose and other parts and have in mind to fashion some kind of drain system to keep it clean, but I haven’t put it together yet.

One of the models we had previously had a slot across the entire back of the board, and that was super messy. It also made it too easy for things to slide through and you’d loose pieces of bait, hooks, whatever, through the back.

We started putting the board first into a trident rod holder and then into the boat rod holder. This brings the height of the board up to a comfortable working position, easier on the back when you’re leaning down over it all day every day. Turn the trident perpendicular to the board and you’ll get a great spot to put a rod while you’re re-rigging or baiting.

Make sure wherever and however you position your board that you test it out running around at speed. Make sure the wind doesn’t pick it up, or that things don’t fly off of it when you’re moving from spot to spot. Don’t forget to test in waves. I’ve not had one fly out, but if I don’t angle it right it could start to lift up at 50+mph.
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Birdsall of west palm beach makes a good one. I’ve had mine for years.I had them cut a slot in the lip to drain and clean out the crap.
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Originally Posted by A Live One View Post
Iíve had several. My preferred choice is the Magma brand, which have been the most durable and long lasting in our charter fleet. They usually include the rod holder mount, and itís very sturdy and adjustable, with a locking lever and ball adjustment, so you can position it exactly how you want it.

I recommend keeping that mount and ball joint well lubed and protected from the salt. I tend to forget about it (out of sight out of mind) and end up with corrosion. Itís well built but if you donít keep the salt off it will lock up. The one I have is totally locked up and when I tried to release the lever for an adjustment the lever broke clean off, but the thing is corroded in place so thatís fine.

We use the embossed ruler on the back edge of the board ALL the time. Gotta make sure these Black Sea Bass are 13Ē+ and I seem to be real proficient in finding the 12-7/8Ē schools lately. Just make sure whatever size board you choose has enough space for your typical target species and local regs.

Biggest drawback for me is how the tables drain... any of them, Magma or otherwise. My current Magma table has two drain holes along each of the back corners, and I run it in the gunnel rod holders in front of my port side motor. So blood, guts, and squid juice drain into my motor well and a bit on the transom. Itís messy, but thatís live bait fishing. Iíve picked up a bit of hose and other parts and have in mind to fashion some kind of drain system to keep it clean, but I havenít put it together yet.

One of the models we had previously had a slot across the entire back of the board, and that was super messy. It also made it too easy for things to slide through and youíd loose pieces of bait, hooks, whatever, through the back.

We started putting the board first into a trident rod holder and then into the boat rod holder. This brings the height of the board up to a comfortable working position, easier on the back when youíre leaning down over it all day every day. Turn the trident perpendicular to the board and youíll get a great spot to put a rod while youíre re-rigging or baiting.

Make sure wherever and however you position your board that you test it out running around at speed. Make sure the wind doesnít pick it up, or that things donít fly off of it when youíre moving from spot to spot. Donít forget to test in waves. Iíve not had one fly out, but if I donít angle it right it could start to lift up at 50+mph.
Great well thought out response. Nice to see someone putting in some effort to help out a fellow boater.
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I tried to save some money on a cutting board and it was an aggravating piece of junk to try to use. Bought a Magma and even though it cost a little more it was well worth it.
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I'm also looking at a bait table, but I'm looking to make my own. Can anyone recommend a rugged rod holder mount for one? Most of them I'm finding look cheesy. I'm thinking maybe I should have one welded up at a local shop, but adjustable would be nice for stowage.
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Originally Posted by Chimpo View Post
I'm also looking at a bait table, but I'm looking to make my own. Can anyone recommend a rugged rod holder mount for one? Most of them I'm finding look cheesy. I'm thinking maybe I should have one welded up at a local shop, but adjustable would be nice for stowage.
​​​​​​magma makes one for their grills. You can fabricate the attachment for the bottom of the cutting board. X10 for the magma cutting board....just buy one .
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Yeah, Magma is the way to go.
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Magma here.
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Old 02-21-2019, 02:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Chimpo View Post
I'm also looking at a bait table, but I'm looking to make my own. Can anyone recommend a rugged rod holder mount for one? Most of them I'm finding look cheesy. I'm thinking maybe I should have one welded up at a local shop, but adjustable would be nice for stowage.
Had one welded up. Used an aluminum conduit coupling cut at the correct angle for my rod holder welded to an aluminum plate that bolted to the bottom of the starboard . Just use a threaded piece of rigid aluminum conduit to screw into the coupling and have a hole with a pin that goes all the way thru the coupling and conduit when in seated to hold it from spinning. Cut at desired length and notch that end for the rod holder pin. Also found some ss clips and mounted to the back that the conduit pops into when looking to store it.
Drilled holes in the front lip to hang rigs on when trolling and slots at the back to drain overboard when cutting bait, etc. Works great.

I'm an electrical contractor by trade and had all the components, but still could be made pretty cheap.

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I have a Magma and it works great. However, the below looks like a useful option. Who canít use easy access to another Plano box and an extra cup holder?

https://www.boatoutfitters.com/rod-h...o-tray-storage
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I have a Magma and it works great. However, the below looks like a useful option. Who canít use easy access to another Plano box and an extra cup holder?

https://www.boatoutfitters.com/rod-h...o-tray-storage
I like the looks of this one !
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I own and use Deep Blue Marine MSK-8 / MSK-8 Bait Table
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