It was time to install forward facing rod holders on the Tempo. I get on well with the flush mount rod holders on the Abaco but the Tempo lacks space on the side rails to fit them. I settled on installing Ram-Tube™ 2008 rod holders with 1.5" ball round base so that i could position the rod at various angles for bottom fishing and trolling. Here's how i installed them.....
The Ram-Tube™ 2008 rod holders come with a 1.5" ball round base. The tube itself has two leashing points and a flared top with slots to hold a reel in position. They are relatively inexpensive at around £30 each.
In order to fit the holders to the Tempo with the rods being in a comfortable position i would need to remove the 2 D-rings either side of the seat. Unscrewing these reveals the
moulded-in brass fittings that held them in place. The Ram balls would be positioned directly over these
the ram ball to use bolts. The shaft of a trifold rivet is split vertically into 3 sections which splay out when the rivet is popped providing a strong hold against the plastic hull of a kayak.
Forwards for bottom fishing at anchor or whilst drifting....