Let's See Your Trolling Board Setup
One other point is that I'm looking to do this on the cheap since I don't plan to target salmon a lot. I can't justify dropping hundreds of dollars on a track system that wouldn't get used much. If I were going to use the aluminum rod holders for everything, I'd have to drop another $100 to get enough to run all of my walleye gear that way.
Again, I agree that a track system would be nice but I can't justify it. I'd still like to see what others have done to mount boards to their boats with limited drilling into the gunwales.
I previously ran 4 riggers on a board. The board got in the way of netting fish, limited my access to the motors, and really didn't afford me any positives.
I only run 2 riggers now, but even with 3 or 4, I'd run them on tracks on gunwales. You can easily achieve enough spread - either with long booms, or by angling your rod holders so they pull the release away from other lines.
I run 2 riggers. I run my dipsies right off of the double downrigger rod holder (huge reason I love Big Jon), and I then run rod trees for core/copper.
I have a board and for the most part it does not get in the way. I can also take it on and off in the time it takes to loosen 4 screws.
I have 2 bolts on each side that drop in like pins into holes in the gunwale. Lock nuts from under the gunwale hold it in place. The holes are not big enough that I curse them early season walleye fishing when riggers are not on the boat. I forget they are there.
Also my riggers will come out with the pull of a pin from the the board and the bases they sit in so no riggers and fishing with the board in place takes seconds. Its an old school riviera setup that I didn't create but its basically a pipe sitting in another mounted pipe and I drilled 2 holes so the riggers can sit straight out the back for running and then sit at 45 degrees for fishing.
Not pretty but the fish don't know the difference. Notice in the one picture I just pulled the pin and removed the second rigger because I was fishing solo and it was just in the way for netting while not being used.
No worrying about where to store a board when it's not on the boat either.
A 6" track is about $25, you can get the factory aluminum backing plate for about another $10. The risers you would need depend on whether or not your riggers already have swivels. There is a set of 6" swivel riser on another site rite nor for $150. For a bit over $200 you have the Cadillac of systems.