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Fish Tale Offline

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Posted: Mar. 03 2006,23:19

Hello FLYC fans!

Capn Jimbo asked me to drop by and share some of the rigging solutions I used in getting my O.K. Sidekick ready to fish. These solutions may not work for everyone but some of you may find some inspiration in what I've done.

I fish mostly inshore estuary and dive and fish nearshore hardbottom reefs on Florida's Gulf coast. For my types of fishing I wanted rod holders, fish finder,  GPS,  anchor trolley, and a kayak cart to portage the loaded boat.

After researching lots of internet sites I was inspired and was able to adapt some of the webs most inovative ideas to my needs. The best place to start is probably an overview of the rigged and ready boat

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This kayak comes equiped with a child seat on the front deck. I removed that seat and added aditional deck loops for lots of bungee coverage. I also added a 6 inch hatch in the front deck area to create access to the open space under the front deck.

Time to dive into the projects. First things first. Let's get the boat to the water.

Here's a kayak cart that's made from 1-1/4 "  PVC pipe components and salvaged golf club hand cart wheels.
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Cost for the PVC pipe and fittings was $15. The PVC Parts list for a cart like mine would include: 5- 1.25" pvc end caps, 4- 1.25" pvc "T"s, 1- 1.25" x 1" pvc "T" (kick stand/ frame connection), 1- 1" pvc end cap, 12" of 1" pvc pipe (kick stand), about 6 feet of 1.25" pvc pipe. A suitable set of wheels can be had for free by dumpster diving or for a few bucks from retail sources. Total cost for this cart was $25. and I paid for my wheels.

The components are cemented together with PVC cement at the connections you don't want to take apart for storage. Used golf club hand carts (wheels) can be found at thrift stores and garage sales, usually for less than ten bucks. Bearingless wheels from lawn mowers, lawn spreaders, or children's riding toys will also work over firmer ground. This PVC cart is extremely strong built this way. You can put the boat on the cart in a position that will balance the load and make pulling it effortless. The cart comes apart for storage. The wide wheels go through soft beach sand pretty well. We built a cart for both of our boats. An aluminum rod from Home Depot can be used for an axel if the gulf cart you canabolize doesn't have a one piece axel.

One note about designing your PVC cart to fit your boat,  keep your cart frame design as compact as you can. Small, compact designs are more rigid and much stronger than larger designs.

Almost all the launch sites we use are rugged, user created access points or sandy, muddy trails with roots and rocks. We've beat the tar out of our carts on that terrain and the compact, rigid design of our carts has been perfect for that kind of abuse...
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Fish Tale Offline

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Posted: Mar. 03 2006,23:25

Rod holders are always a usefull accessory for kayak fisherman. Because I use my kayak for diving I wanted to be able to remove all my fishing accessories from the kayak for diving days. After a lot of research about my retail and DIY options I stumbled upon a yak fisherman who had created a PVC pipe- rocket launcher style rod holder system that plugged into his boats scupper holes. That turned into my inspiration for these...

(The paint I used for painting the PVC is a special spray paint made specifically for plastic. It was Rustoleum Specialty Paint For Plastic).

A closer look at the tank well rod holder system.

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This design keeps the rods in tight formation behind the shoulder blades and doesn't interfear with paddling or casting.

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I needed to secure my sonar and a forward rod holder in a way that could be completely removed from the cockpit area when I wanted to use the boat for diving. My removable PVC pipe console is secured to the deck by 1/4 inch bungie looped over a small cleat attached to the mount.

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This fish finder mount with rod holder is made from 1-1/4 inch sch 40 PVC pipe and fittings. I created a 12V power supply to run the sonar. The 12 volt power supply casing is made from thin walled 1-1/4 inch PVC pipe with sch. 40 PVC end caps. The removable power supply is secured bellow deck in brackets I made from dense foam and then glued into the inside of the hull. The sonar's transducer is epoxied to the inside bottom of the hull just aft of the removable power supply. The transducer/power cord goes through the deck and inside the hull through a through hull fitting that I put together from a water resistant CPVC electric junction box fitting, a rubber stopper, and a threaded PVC pipe cap. (See the pic below)

I have the double transducer wire so I carefully drilled two holes through the rubber stopper and cut slits through the side of the stopper to each hole so the wires could be inserted into the stopper. Freezing the stopper before drilling it makes for cleaner holes. A little silicone grease on the stopper allows it to compress into the fitting without bindage. My new through hull fitting is much more secure than just a rubber stopper alone. It's also perfectly watertight. The total parts cost for the completed fitting was just over $3. To keep my transducer plug protected from moisture when it's not plugged into the fish finder I purchased a 3/8" rubber bolt cap from the hardware store (small yellow cap in pic). They're designed to be put over the threaded end of a bolt as a way to keep a protruding bolt from scratching things. They come in several small sizes and they stretch a bit to fit tightly over the end of your connectors. Keeps the water out of connector even when submerged. When it's not on the connector I store the cap on a plastic peg that sticks up out of my sonar mount...
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Posted: Mar. 03 2006,23:33

The molded in cup holder between my legs sits empty most of the time. It's usually filled with nothing but paddle drips. I got sick of laying my hand held GPS down in the cockpit and having it slide around each time the boat rocked.

I created a foam plug from pool noodle components and then made a GPS mounting bracket from a piece of thick stainless steel sheet metal and a wood dowel.

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The foam plug is a tight fit and creates a solid but removable way to secure the GPS unit. Like my fishfinder, my GPS is waterproof so I don't worry about paddle drips.
My pool noodle cup holder plug is assembled from a short section of a 60 inch long pool noodle and also a short section of a pool noodle connector or sleeve. The connector or sleeve has a hole through the center to fit the outer diameter of the 60 inch pool noodle. When a sleeve and noodle are assembled they create a squishy foam plug about 4 inches in diameter. My kayak's cup Holder is about 3.75 inches in diameter and the plug squishes down to make a tight fit in the cup holder.

I cut my noodle componets about an inch longer than I needed them for the finished plug. I put just a little silicone adhesive inside the connector and slid the noodle into the connector. When the adhesive had cured I used a serrated bread knife to cut my plug to the final length I needed for my cup holder.

I've also made myself a marker buoy from a sleeve and a piece of pool noodle. Because the marker is squishy, you can wrap the line around the float and the line stays tight around the marker when you're not using it.

Here's a web page that shows the different pool noodle components available.


The pool supply stores in my area have all the pool noodle products. Walmart, K-Mart, Toys-R-Us stocks these things in the summer months.

All the accessories above have been solid working solutions that have performed well  for me.

And the best part of all...
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Getting it all wet of course!  :D
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Posted: June 26 2007,13:55

Fish Tale,
I been searching and reading post about DIY stuff, for my new to me used Scupper Pro, and came across your post here, but the photo links are dea ends.. if you are still around can you repost the pix of your DIY cart, and Rocket launcher systems ?

SW, Live to Fish, Have Tackle will travel ... >,)))~> ~~~~
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