Quick Tech: Installing a Removable Fishing Rod Holder on Your PWC


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It’s hard to argue with results. We got this great note from Marty James stating simply, “I wanted to show you guys something too. It’s a removable fishing rod holder.”

The Queensland, Australia native walked us through what it takes to convert your weekend cruiser into a dual-purpose fishing rig with just a little bit of elbow grease and an extra hour’s worth of time.

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“I purchased this 2012 Kawasaki 300LX in February of this year at the JetSkiShop with zero hours, brand new, grey import. I was pissed off when they sold out locally in the white and the ’13 and ’14 didn’t do anything for me.

“I use it for bass fishing at the local lake – Lake Somerset – north of Brisbane. That rod in the picture is my surf rod; I pull up on a beach and have a fish. I just have a kayak fish net for landing anything. I wanted everything to be all removable as we tow tubes more than anything else, and this was a nice package that was low profile when removed.

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“[The installation is] very simple, [and allows for] many installation options. The quickest is to use the backing plate it comes with. The profile is about 10mm higher, but all it requires are (4) screws (provided) and you’re done.

“I went for the low profile option which meant die grinding out a recess for the base. Then, I used (2) screws and it was done. I did silicone mine as well so it wouldn’t rattle. You can do rail mount, deck mount, or side mount, so possibilities are endless.”

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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  1. WTF 26 September, 2015 at 14:39 Reply

    Thanks a ton for not providing any info on the product itself. This was a really helpful article. Or a complete waste of everyone’s time. I’m not sure which yet.

    • Kevin Shaw 26 September, 2015 at 19:52 Reply

      What information exactly would you like? I cursory Google search for “Removable Fishing Rod Holder” literally renders 30 different rod holders that are nearly identical to the one pictured, and why we felt we didn’t need to wholly promote one particular rod holder over another.

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