How To Install Rod Holders For Jon Boats

Learning how to install rod holders for jon boats can expand the uses of your jon boat. Having rod holders in your jon boat is a great idea when you need an easy place to put your rod when it’s not in use. It’s also a great way to do some trolling while using your jon boat or a place to store extra rods. You don’t need much to install rod holders for your jon boat, just a little time and hard work. If you’re ready, thank take a look at this list of items you’ll need to install rod holders for your jon boat.

To install rod holders in a jon boat, you’ll need the following:

  • Jon boat
  • Rod holders
  • Metal plates
  • Electric drill
  • Screws and washers


  1. Install your metal plates. The first step to installing rod holders in your jon boat is installing metal plates on the area where you want to place your rod holder at. Some of your may wonder why you wouldn’t just drill into the side of your boat to install your rod holder. By using metal plates, you won’t run into the issue of your rod holder dislodging its self on the sides of your boat. To install your metal plates, place one metal plate on each side of your boat’s sides using screws and washers. Make sure that each of your metal plates are snug and won’t move. If they do, add more screws to the plates until they are secured in place.
  2. Place your rod holders. Once you’ve installed your metal plates, take your rod holders and place them in the area where you want them to be. Unscrew the clamp and place the rod holder over the metal plates. Next, screw the clamp into place until it fits snuggly against the metal plates. While it’s okay for your rod holder to move a little, you don’t want it to move too much due to the risk of it falling off and potentially losing your equipment.

If you’re interested in a permanent installation solution for your rod holder that doesn’t rely just on the clamp, it’s easy to do with the equipment that you already have. To do this, screw down the clamp on your rod holder to your jon boat. Next, run screws through the rod holder that run through the metal plates and the side of your jon boat. With this tip, you’ll have a permanent rod holder in your jon boat that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.

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