Remember back in the day, before full casting decks, when we rigged rod holders along the side of the boat? Most astute bass anglers had a set of Fo-Mac rod holders (some two sets) located in their boat that would hold up to three rods per set. The rod holders supposedly kept the rods from banging around on the bottom of the boat and kept them at the ready should you need to pick up that topwater rod for a breaking fish.
The problem with these rod holders was the part that held the tip was too tight for quick release and many a rod was broken in the process of either securing or retrieving a rod from the rack.
Then a company from Texas, called Quick Draw, designed what was supposed to be the solution. A rod holder that would securely hold the reel – in this case an Ambassadeur 5000 or 6000 series reel in any position and provide easy, quick access at any time. In concept it was a cool idea but in reality it was as bad as the Fo-Mac rod holders.
Rigged horizontally, as most anglers did, the rod tip still had a penchant for getting caught in the tip holder and even though Quick Draw said, “no shake or rattle in a bouncing boat,” many a reel and rod came flying out of the holder when an angler hit a decent swell – thus breaking the rod tip in the process.
It wouldn’t be until full casting decks were implemented and the rod strap invented that anglers would have a somewhat safe, secure and quick-at-the-fingertip rod restraining setup in their boats. Oh the good ole’ days of bass fishing.