nice looking toon. do ya troll with the rod on the back
It's hard to troll with the rods behind you on a toon. The current wants to pull the bait around the boat and in front of you. Gets in the way if you're casting too. I don't think you can tell from the pic, but I have a wire basket on the rear deck to hold all my fishing stuff in. It has 4 pvc rod holders attached to the sides. That way, I can have different presentations ready at all times. I leaned them back so they wouldn't get in the way of any wild casting I'm trying to pull off. I could mount a couple of rod holders in the front that would suite me for trolling, but I would probably rather do that for trout. I also have a lunch box attached to the basket that should be visible from the pic, and still have room on the other side of the basket for a trolling motor battery if I wanted. Here's another view.
I'm sure the wind could be a factor on a gusty day, but all last year I didn't have any problems. We didn't really have a lot of windy days were we fished. I usually drop a drag chain to slow my speed and to keep me facing downstream. I've heard of people using small drift socks to combat the wind. Were there's a will there's a way.
I've found websites for toon tourneys out west. They use them on lakes that don't allow gas engines, paddles only in competition. They make their own custom livewells, mount fish finders, and carry up to 8 rods at a time. I've seen custom bimini tops on them, too.
Crzzycraig built a standing platform for his. I'll have to admit I'm envious. I can stand up on my frame rails and rear deck, but I don't have the sure footing a platform provides. Maybe I'll get around to making one this summer.