Fighting Fishing Chairs and Rocket Launchers
We will talk about fishing rocket launcher and fighting fishing chairs. This is essential thing for good fishing. But what to choose? My friend preferred the only aluminum fishing rocket launchers. Another friend was looking used fighting chair for sale. I am indifferent to these things. May indeed chairs that hold fishing rods is essential for the real fishermen?
That day I quickly learned to appreciate a chair’s importance in big-game fishing. A fighting fishing chair is the focal point of an offshore boat’s cockpit. If the boat in Australia had lacked one, I might have died of exhaustion from trying to resist the incredible force generated by such a fish racing away against the drag pressure needed to stop it. But not everyone fishes for such giants. So how does an angler decide whether or not to equip his boat with a fighting chair?
The decision depends on the type of fishing you plan to do as well as on the size of your boat’s cockpit. For catching many offshore species, a rocket launcher is all that’s needed. If you’re intent on a chair, however, the size of your cockpit will determine the pedestal system required to give a chair the proper reach to provide adequate line clearance during a battle with a big fish.
All fighting chairs are not created equal. There is a wide variety of models from which to choose. For light-tackle enthusiasts who have no desire to fight fish from a seated position and who use tackle ranging from 50-pound class down, a fighting chair is just a fancy place to grab an offshore catnap. I’m talking about anglers who target sailfish, canyon tuna and smaller marlin and who prefer fishing with stand-up tackle. For them, a free-standing rocket launcher is an ideal fishing tool that is invaluable for organizing a trolling spread or putting live-lining rods within easy reach.
Rocket launchers are mounted on a chair pedestal and incorporate a series of rod holders, typically four to six; however, they can be customized to hold as many rods as you like. Live-bait specialists, particularly ‘those who use kites for sailfish, depend on rocket launchers to keep full spreads of frisky baits under control and to quickly react to an attacking game fish. All of the most radical rocket launcher setups I have seen have been aboard boats owned by live-bait specialists, and I’ve seen them with as many as 12 rod holders.
More and more anglers who troll with light tackle are using rocket launchers rather than fishing chairs to hold rods whose lines pass through outrigger clips. A rocket launcher allows one or two anglers immediate access to four or six rods without having to move from their ready positions, so when a fish comes into the pattern they can quickly drop back. Rocket launchers will definitely improve your hook-up ratio. I’ve seen them used to great effect in sailfish and white marlin tournaments.
If you favor heavier tackle, you’ll want a fighting chair. Most manufacturers offer two choices – the standard, or small, tuna chair and the heavy, or unlimited, chair. The major difference is in the diameter and strength of the pedestal, but differences can also include the size of the seat and the manner in which the seat is secured to the pedestal. All chairs have adjustable footrests and armrests that incorporate striking rod holders.
Backrests are traditionally removable, but the standard ladder-style backrest is waning in popularity and is being replaced by a combination low backrest/rocket launcher/ rigging station, which attaches to the chair. This is the perfect choice for the boat owner who wants it all so he can do it all. He can use the lightest tackle for sailfish or break out the heavy artillery for chasing monster marlin or tuna.
If a chair is the answer to your fishing needs, it is necessary to determine which size chair and mounting system will work best in your boat’s cockpit. Jimmy Dewberry at Release Marine says if he cannot personally measure a boat’s cockpit he has the owner or captain fill out the measurements on a diagram generated with free software called Google Sketchup and then e-mail it back to him. The necessary measurements begin with the distance from the cockpit’s laminated-in deck plate to the transom and gunwales, and guide Dewberry in choosing the proper pedestal and chair. His main objective is to provide a chair from which an angler can keep the line from contacting the gunwales during a fight against a fish that’s close to the boat.
Mike Murray at Murray Products, one of the oldest manufacturers of fishing chairs in the country, says there are a few basic tips for selecting a chair. Most express and convertible-style boats in the 40-to 50-foot range are fine with what is called a small tuna chair with a straight pedestal. Boats over 52 feet need large or unlimited tuna chairs, and pedestal requirements will vary with the beam of the boat. When you start getting into the 60-foot and up class, offset pedestal installations are a necessity.
Chairs and boat rocket launchers seat are not solely for big boats. Over the years I have seen a variety of installations on center consoles that included bow-and cockpit-mounted chairs. Innovative placement of rocket launchers on a forward casting platform can be extremely effective for kite fishing and live baiting for sailfish, kingfish, yellowfin and blackfin tuna. My own center console has a rocket launcher with five rod holders as part of the helm leaning post that is more than just a place to put rods not in use. When trolling, it holds five active rods – two run through the right rigger, two run through the left rigger and one through the release clip on the center rigger. With all five rods centrally located it is easier to make quick adjustments in the placement of lures, to adjust the drags on any of the reels or to execute a drop-back to an approaching fish. It’s so convenient that one person can manage all five outfits, even while running the boat.
The key to picking the right cockpit; furniture for your boat is selecting the right setup for the boat size and the kind of fishing you do. The classic good looks of a beautifully crafted chair or rocket launcher certainly won’t detract from the appearance of your boat, either.