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4/11/15 @ 8:32 AM
MEMBER since 2/12/02
Well, I made the decision to step up to a little bigger Rig this year. Thought my Lake Michigan itch was done. Turns out it was just dormant. Bought a boat big enough to be comfortable out on the big pond. I am interested in how everyone else has their boat setup and any sugggestions on boat layout would be great. I am running a 2014 Smokercraft 171 XL Pro fisherman. Its a nice wide boat with decent interior depth. I have 2 Cannon 5 st's on swivel bases for each corner. I generally ran 6 lines and think I will rig it that way again. There is one rod holder on the rigger so need to add 4 more. Was contemplating the placement. Usually run them midship but wondered if any of you run them closer to the front? If do you like it? I will be mounting riggers this am. so will take some pics after that. Don't forget a pic. Wink

6/27/15 @ 12:34 AM
MEMBER since 4/16/06
Not a very good picture, and Pay no attention to my buddy "checking the water temp."

6/26/15 @ 8:19 PM
User since 12/22/04
Pro 179 Princecraft. Rigger, dipsy, planer, planer both sides are set up the same. First year with the riggers. I set the riggers up to be removable when walleye fishing. 3/8th thick aluminum bases.

6/25/15 @ 11:19 PM
Rough House
Captain Andy Platko
User since 6/19/15
94 Baha Cruisers 299 SF.

Rough-House Charter
(724) 664-3136
6/14/15 @ 8:20 PM
User since 1/28/13
Here's how I mounted mine.

4/13/15 @ 3:40 PM
User since 3/20/02
I am pretty comfortable running 12 lines (2 dr, 2 wire or braid dipsy, 2 slide divers higher up and 6 boards) but won't do it in crowded waters as turning too sharp creates a little bit of a hassle. There are times when less is more though.

4/13/15 @ 2:26 PM
John Schultz
John Schultz
User since 3/14/14
I don't have any pictures handy, but my Stratos 326 is set up very similar to others. From the back corner I have a big jon rigger (with 2 rod holders), Cisco Tube for wire divers, Cisco cradle for braid divers, 2 ram bases, and a 3 rod tree. Both sides set up the same. Everything is behind the windshield. I have 4 ram mounts in front of the windshield but don't use them for salmon.

I typically fish 3 guys and run 9 rods, but have had 4 guys and run 12 before. 12 rods gets a little overboard in a walleye boat.

EyeChaser Guide Service
(608) 225-2395
11/8/16 @ 11:47 AM
User since 3/20/02
Lund 1800 Fisherman. From Stern I have Down rigger, Rod holder, Rod holder, Rod holder, 3 rod vertical tree all in tracks. Same on other side. Tracks make everything reconfigurable depending on where & how I am fishing. Cisco rod holders are great but pricey. The Great Lakes Planers trees are reasonably priced and very sturdy. If you want tracks byt don't have obvious gunnels talk to the guys at Traxtech and they'll have ideas for you.

4/13/15 @ 3:28 AM
User since 7/31/02
17' sure do miss her.

4/11/15 @ 10:37 PM
User since 8/25/11
This is the best setup I've ever had.

From stern forward....rigger, diver, diver, planer, planer, planer. Both sides are the same.

Occasionally I'll run a pound ball down the chute in the stern ward diver holder.

No transom bars. Netting is easy. Access to outboards. Rod trees are the greatest things since sliced bread

4/11/15 @ 10:14 PM
MEMBER since 4/16/06
My suggestion is stick with rod holders mid ship, from your windshield back. Good rod holders such as Trax-tech are expensive, but worth the money in my opinion. Riggers in the corners are really your only option. With that boat in not sure how you'd mount a track type rod holder? There's no gunnel and you probably have a rod locker on the port side. Remember all the safety requirements and I highly suggest a marine radio with 8' antenna. Get those rod holders on.... The Coho are coming.

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