Another method for open water fishing that you might like is spider rigging. You have out 8 rods, so you look like a spider going down the lake. It takes a bit of an investment, but will last you a lifetime.
Recommend Bee Ready Rod Holders and PAT (Pro Angler Tackle) rods. Also, It is helpful to have a "double down" seat.
Bee Readys are made of stainless steel so you can give them to your grandkids. lol Get the multi-adjustable ones.
They are here local in Lucas. Bee Readys dot com
Good luck out there!!