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 Post subject: 2015 AI add ons.....
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:06 pm 
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Hi guys have any of you added an anchor trolly yet? Any problems? Also what rod holders have you or are you planning on fitting? I'm torn between a pair of 2008 Ram tubes or a pair of Railblaza holders fitted to the akas

Next question fitting Ram balls, in the past I've used Ram aluminum rivets any thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: 2015 AI add ons.....
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:13 pm 
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Re: anchor trolley... not a fan of installing these on Islands (boat is busy enough as it is) but you really only have one choice - portside. Starboard already has mainsheet running alongside where the trolley would otherwise be.

Railblaza rod holders are OK though I'd be more inclined to use them if I was chasing larger fish. Tuna will likely pull those rail mounts over (at least thats been our experience at Fraser). And the news doesn't get much better with RAM rod holders, especially those tubes (in their default form).

RAM tubes will get pulled downwards unless you create stays, leash or brace for it. No way a RAM tube on its lonesome won't get pulled down by the good Hervey Bay fish. After a lot of trial and error on everything available from RAM, I have again resorted to building my own custom rod holder (designed for the new AI using RAM components). Its a new take on the bullhorn thing I came up with years ago, but I'm going to keep this new version to myself. Its way too elaborate and expensive for the masses and I couldn't be bothered answering questions about how or why I did it (people without experience trolling for pelagics in an AI don't seem to understand the idea of it), nor do I really want to be asked by customers to build it for them. Kind of a shame really, because it is flawless in the field.

What I am prepared to share is how we mounted RAM balls, as everyone of our AI customers that have seen it have wanted it. Its simple and works well

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This mod uses RAM space saver mounts, and aka xbar lower clamp brackets (cut down to size). No drill holes required.

Note: I have shown this before, including the next level we took it to (a locking pin to secure ball to socket), but thankfully that post was deleted (I think). I say thankfully because adding the pin compromised the strength of the mount (found this out at Fraser Isl) and this is also partly why I went back to a bullhorn system.

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 Post subject: Re: 2015 AI add ons.....
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 4:46 pm 
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Thanks Josh, I fitted an anchor trolley to my earlier AI it looks very cluttered but it was no trouble, I had no choice as so much of my fishing in the UK relied on static baits fixed hard on the seabed. I kind of new in my head the RAM tubes wouldn't work. If a docile 5kg cod would flatten them then I know full well a Longtail or Trevally would do the same in a blink.

I think I'll take advice and do away with the anchor trolley as so much of my fishing will be on the move using various lures. As for forward mounted rod holders until something really good comes along or I copy your idea I might just stay with the rear mounted rod holder extension tubes.

I'll be placing an order soon do you stock the RAM Mari rivets?

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 Post subject: Re: 2015 AI add ons.....
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:17 am 
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Not even sure what a RAM Mari rivet is :-/
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If a docile 5kg cod would flatten them then I know full well a Longtail or Trevally would do the same in a blink.

For sure. But you can make RAM tubes work, though you'd need to add a brace or stays of some kind. Or you could fashion them into a bullhorn arrangement and it doesn't have to be elaborate.
Mind you, Paulo (one of our regular expedition group members) only uses the extender tubes at the back and he catches plenty

One spot that is worth your while anchoring at is Gatakers Bay (though an anchor trolley isn't what I'd call essential to do it). The fishing is excellent there, reef in nice and close. Lots of snapper, mackerel in warmer months, and some great grunter as well.

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 Post subject: Re: 2015 AI add ons.....
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:08 am 
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Yakass wrote:
Not even sure what a RAM Mari rivet is :-/
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If a docile 5kg cod would flatten them then I know full well a Longtail or Trevally would do the same in a blink.

For sure. But you can make RAM tubes work, though you'd need to add a brace or stays of some kind. Or you could fashion them into a bullhorn arrangement and it doesn't have to be elaborate.
Mind you, Paulo (one of our regular expedition group members) only uses the extender tubes at the back and he catches plenty

One spot that is worth your while anchoring at is Gatakers Bay (though an anchor trolley isn't what I'd call essential to do it). The fishing is excellent there, reef in nice and close. Lots of snapper, mackerel in warmer months, and some great grunter as well.


Thanks mate, I've made some stays out of paracord I'm sure they'll do the job. I've fished at Gatakers a few times with mixed success.

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