Bee Ready Rod Holders are an essential item in my catfish boat. I have been using Bee Ready Rod Holder for going on 10 years now and have had tremendous success with them. That’s not to say there are not other good brands and models out there, I just like the simplistic design and durability of Bee Ready Rod Holders.
Since I started Learn To Catch Catfish I have received dozens of questions through the ask a catfishing question page about Bee Ready’s. These have ranged from everything as simple as how to mount them and where to mount them from questions about what the best way to layout fishing rod holders in the boat is.
Fishing rod holders are a necessity if you are targeting blue or flathead catfish, they are less important when targeting channel catfish (in my opinion) because when I am targeting channels fishing with catfish punch bait I am typically holding my fishing rods using active techniques for targeting these fish. Fishing for blues and flathead however I (like most anglers) employ a number of different catfishing techniques (most often anchoring or drift fishing) in fact there is really only one technique I use for targeting blue catfish where I don’t use rod holders.
Sure, you can lay your rods down in the floor or the boat or across a seat and take a chance on being able to get to it when the fish strikes, and hope it does not get dragged into the lake or river. From someone who for years fished without rod holders I can tell you that this method of keeping up with your fishing rods is always a lose-lose for the angler.
Whether anchoring on structure or flats and drift fishing the uses for rod holders is essentially the same, securing your fishing rods and allowing you to strategically place them around the boat. Often times I will fish with as many as eight to ten rods at one time and being able to spread them out around the boat and know that they are secure is a top priority for me. Nothing gets my adrenaline pumping like rigging a bunch of rods up with some slip sinker rigs or santee rigs and setting the rods in the holders with the bait clickers on and then hearing multiple bait clickers start screaming at once.
In this catfishing video (below) I cover some of the basics on Bee Ready Fishing Rod Holders including:
- How I mount these on gunnels and on decks (where you cannot get to the bottom)
- Difference between single holders and multiple holders
- The basic concept behind the Bee Ready Fishing Rod Holders.
- Adding foam to keep them afloat (In case they go over board by accident)
There are several different manufacturers and brands on the market other than Bee Ready Rod Holders that I would encourage you to check out as well. I do prefer these as covered in the videos but would strongly suggest before you start outfitting a boat that you check out all of the different options on the market and actually try several different kinds of rod holders before you go all out with outfitting your boat. Just like anything else with catfishing having a personal comfort level with the products you are using is essential.
I would discourage you from going with anything made from plastic because from what I have seen they really don’t hold up well with long term use.
Driftmaster and Titelok are the two different brands that I have personally used on other peoples boats over the years that I have been pleased with and I had Driftmasters on one of my boats for years.
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