I’ve been thinking how I want to rig my new PA 12 and I would like opinions based on experience. I will be rigging it mainly for big lake fishing (i.e. down rigging live bait and trolling). I really only need to mount a Humminbird FF, two forward Scotty Rod holders, and maybe a camera mount. For the camera, I already have a Ram mount, so I will just need a ball to attach it too. I was also thinking about putting Rocket Launchers in the two back flush mounts. Do you recommend the Rocket Launcher rod holders?
To make it simple and versatile, I was thinking about simply mounting rails in both mounting boards and possibly one or both hand rails. I could then put the rod holders on the mounting boards. If I do mount rails on the boards, should I put them as close to the edge as possible to allow for the potential installation of the H-Bar?
Where is the best position to place the Fish Finder so that it is accessible but easily readable? A friend with a PA 14 put his in the sail hole in front of the peddles. But that does not seem very accessible? I’ve also seen them mounted on the hand rail.
I was also thinking that the rod holders may need to be mounted on Ram mounts so that they could be placed wide so that the long rod butts don’t interfere with peddling. Remember, I have not fished from my boat yet. What is your experience with Rod Holders with long handles and peddling?
Any opinions on the rigging questions would be appreciated.
Also, what is the best online store to buy Ram Mounts and the Rocket Launchers? My local store does not carry what I’m looking for.