Kayak rod holders are probably the first thing you invest in for your kayak fishing adventures, and if you don’t have one yet, this will get you amped to want to get your hands on one!

NameRatingPrice
Cannon Downrigger Rod Holder4.5:5 Stars$
Scotty Power Lock Rod Holder with 241 Side Deck Mount4.5:5 Stars$
Smith Tournament 3 Rack Rod Holer4.5:5 Stars$
Scotty Rodmaster II Rod Holder with 241 Side Deck Mount5:5 Stars$
RAM Mount 2000 Rod Holder4.5:5 Stars$

Why Buy a Kayak Rod Holder?

Essentially, fishing from a kayak can be a tedious activity, and getting worn out from holding that rod all day long happens suddenly and all at once. While most kayaks do come with placements for rod holders, getting the perfect one will just make the adventure that much more enjoyable.

 

Top-Mounted or Side-Mounted Rod Holders?

Top mounted holders and side mounted holders have two very different purposes. Top-mount holders keep your rods stored when you’re not using them and also allow you to cast from an upward position. Side-mount holders normally come with a 360 degree spinner to give you a full range.

There isn’t really a bunch technical details I want you to be bombarded with right now, but what I do want you to know is what the best kayak rod holders are.

Without any further yacking, here are my picks for the best rod holders out there.

Top Kayak Rod Holder Reviews

Cannon Downrigger Rod Holder

Cannon Downrigger Rod HolderComing in at an affordable price, the Canon Downrigger Rod Holder will soon become your new best friend out on the waters. I liked how it mounted easily and correctly the first time, which just meant that they’re nothing like other cheap clamp-on models.

This holder works well with bait casting and spinning rods, and I honestly think they’re a score for their functionality. Oh, and it looks the part as well!

The Pros:

  • It comes with 3 position configurations
  • The spring loaded tension know is great for quick adjustments
  • The 360 degree base can be top-or-side mounted

The Cons:

  • It won’t work for medium and small rods

 

Scotty Power Lock Rod Holder with 241 Side Deck Mount

Scotty Power Lock Rod Holder with 241 Side Deck MountI must say that I was in awe with this great looking (and performing) holder. It comes with a 2-way mount, which can be used for combination and deck purposes, and installing it is virtually fool-proof. To ensure your rod won’t slip out, the power lock system lives up to its name. For its price, this might well be the best rod holder in its class today.

The Pros:

  • The universal cradle will hold almost any reel
  • It’s strong, resilient and durable
  • Easy to install and use

The Cons:

  • It’s a little big and bulky

 

Smith Tournament 3 Rack Rod Holer

Smith Tournament 3 Rack Rod HolerThis serious rod holder was made with serious anglers in mind. It provides you with vertical and horizontal positioning. It’s not your average holder either, as you’ll mainly use this beast to store unused rods on your kayak. But just because it’s mainly storage oriented doesn’t mean that’s all it will do, you can easily and effortlessly drag a lure with it.

The Pros:

  • Great for storage purposes
  • Easy to install
  • Inexpensive

The Cons:

  • The mounting hardware seems a little sub-par to me

Scotty Rodmaster II Rod Holder with 241 Side Deck Mount

Scotty Rodmaster II Rod Holder with 241 Side Deck MountIt seems like the manufacturer, Scotty, is simply excellent at designing superior kayak rod holders. Equipped with the 241 Side Deck Mount, the holder becomes very versatile. This holder was built bigger to easily accommodate larger reels and it also comes with a removable gimbal pin and slot for spinning wheels. It looks great, it works great and it comes with a great price tag. What more could a man want?

The Pros:

  • It’s big, strong and well-engineered
  • It’s easy to install
  • Comes with a removable gimbal pin and slot to accommodate spinning reels

The Cons:

  • There’s seriously NOTHING wrong with this holder, so let me say I wish it came with the mounting hardware 😉

RAM Mount 2000 Rod Holder

RAM Mount 2000 Rod HolderIf you need a quick release holder, the RAM Rod Holder is a perfect option. It works amazingly well with just about any kayak and the safe and secure hold means your rods aren’t going anywhere.

The Pros:

  • Rotates 360 degrees and has a cradle that can tilt back and forth for the best angle
  • It’s super strong and durable
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty

The Cons:

  • You need to find and fit the right mount for this holder

And that’s it guys. 5 of the best kayak rod holders, tried, tested and trusted by a normal guy just like you. I hope that these rod holder reviews have given you some insight as to what the best models look like and what you need to look for when you’re out shopping.

I’ll see you next time when we’ll talk about the K1 and K2 Intex Inflatable Kayaks and what they bring to the table!