My husband got me a kayak for my birthday and I am very excited! It has become very common in my area for kayaks to cruise up and down the Allegheny river and in the local lake. And I decided that I am going to go fishing in mine! My husband prefers motors but this will get me in the area that a regular boat can’t get to and I can also haul it myself! Towing a boat behind a truck hasn’t quite hit me yet! Though once it was off the trailer i know what I would need to do! Plus a kayak is great exercise. I’m not a fan of stationary machines. You get nowhere fast! But this one needs a few modifications just for me! So kayak fishing, here I come!
My Hubs was very thoughtful into what he was going to get me for my kayak. One of the best things he could do. And he listened! Even better! A nice bright orange so bigger boats can see me on the water at our camp and it’s enclosed at the bow. Some like it open but I thought I could just stow my tackle in the front. A waterproof sealed compartment in the front as well to stow a cell-phone if needed. Kinda important these days. They have a built-in camera after all. A bungee area in the back for whatever else is needed and extra spots for more fishing poles if as well! It’s pretty low-key for what I need and that’s not much. And it just so happens to have a spot for a rod holder! And what do you know..one is included! So I just need a couple of things modified so I can really enjoy my day on the water.
What am I going to do
First thing I thought of was where am I putting my paddle when I decide to stop and fish? Well after some searching on my beloved Pinterest, I found a neat little way of strapping on my paddle without using a leash. I will eventually make one for when I am just yakking around, but for now this will do. Plus I need an anchor system. How about a trolley line? So after a few purchases on the cheap, this is where is I am! Roughly $13 for everything!
What to Gather:
The things you need will be:
- Drill bits
- Kayak deck loops (7.99)
- Paracord (.99)
- An O-ring (2/1.37)
- And some bungee (12pk /2.99)
Very simple. And trust me ladies! You can do this without a man! I’m not into all the measuring. I have eyeballed a lot of stuff that I work on and this is one of those times! 95% of the time I would say it works out well! So the first thing you need to do is figure out where you want your line to run. I really wanted mine going all the way from front to back but I can’t get under the stern to put the nut on the bolt. I may run the risk and just put a bolt in with no nut, but I haven’t decided yet.
All I did was take the deck loops and mark in the holes of the loops with a permanent marker to set where I wanted them. After I was satisfied with placement, I just held the loop to the kayak and drilled the hole to the size of the screw, maybe even a smidgen smaller just so it was snug. I then used my screwdriver and attached one bolt in one side and then drilled another hole so I knew it would fit right and attached another bolt. One down, 3 to go!
Don’t mind the mud…the pup likes to jump in and out of the kayak while I am working and he likes to be decorated with dirt at the time!
Since I can’t get my hand all the way to the stern of the kayak, I placed the next deck loop as far to the back of it that I could reach. So the first is at the far front or the bow and second at the back or the stern. So now to make the function of the trolley anchor.
Now I forgot my paracord at home. I am doing this at my camp so what I had on hand will work just to show you….clothes line cord. A little too stretchy but oh well. I had purchased paracord at Ollies for .99. Very exciting for Ms. Cheap-O. Secure a good knot. This is basically a chain hitch knot. Then I used electric tape to really secure it. Plus it will keep that tail from flopping around.
Thread the open end throw one of the deck loops and run that same end throw the top of the o-ring and into the other deck loop. Secure the end to the O-ring holding it tight with one hand while tying the knot with the other. Its completely doable!!! Wrap with the electrical tape and your have your trolley anchor line! Eventually I will get my anchor figured out. And since I’m so cheap it will probably be the paracord and a bag of rocks! Works for me! Just wrapped around a piece of pool noodle to keep the line from tangling!
And the finished product! Works great!
Okay, I know everyone sees the little rest in front of where you sit. Yes, I could put my paddle there. But for anyone that knows me, I’m a total klutz. So next a good rig to hold that thing in place when I’m reeling in the big one. Some people just rest theirs on their legs…nope. I know I will lose that damn thing.
So same as the other side with the trolley anchor line and deck loops. Figure out where you want your bungee at. I put mine at some distance apart because I have a long paddle and need it secure. I used 2 bungee straps with the hooks on the end. Place your deck loops where you want them and attach your bungee. Those hooks loop right into the inside left of the opening. I would have put a deck look there but that part of the kayak seems a little too flimsy for a good hold. So the hooks work for me! Just hold your paddle to the side and flip up the bungee and secure. DONE!
The Finished Project!
I was by myself Memorial Day weekend and had to send this to the Hubs while he was up north fishing with the guys. Needless to say I am pretty proud of myself and so was he!
Pretty good for this 5’4″, 112 lb. woman! Just my size and needless to say I caught 3 cats in 45 mins on a busy river, drift fishing. I LOVE IT! And the rush is nothing to compare!
Next thing I plan on doing is making outriggers or stabilizers as I like to call them. I plan on bow fishing out of this thing next and I definitely need some support! So how did I do??? Let me know what you think!
I also used this video to help me out with some stuff. It helped me out big time! I didn’t need everything, but definitely used some of it!
Oh and I plan on trying to take that nutty dog out in it, so definitely need some stabilizers for that. He is NUTS in a big boat. Yeah, the hubs thinks I am crazy. Crazy like a fox!!!!