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||Posted: July 29 2008,07:11
Great question! Since the Disco has now been my main ride for over a year, I know it well. With your question in mind, I closely reexamined the center cockpit area. Here's what I think:
1. The center area simply begs for a hatch. I think you should go as large as possible, feel free to fill the entire flattened area, as...
2. The RAM ball can be placed forward of the flattened area. Now I know you haven't considered this but I think this would be both easy and ideal. By placing it more forward you can have a larger hatch. Second you will avoid (literally) ball-busting events when you must remount the kayak after a dump (all puns intended). The RAM ball will still be quite reachable, but you can place it much lower. Don't know how you transport your Disco, but the RAM ball will now be out of the way.
Nice. This will be easily mounted on the ridge by easily fashioning a small round wooden mounting pad (use teak) that you have filed to fit. Drill and through bolt (all stainless) with a little sealant, easy once you have the hatch to reach through.
No ball busting. Any balls. Bigger hatch, better access, and now sittable (yes, I often shimmy up and sit on this area for a break or to reach something forward).
Last, and one final thought. I troll a lot, especially since I love to cover water and always, always tow a lure. Have picked up everything from jacks, big cudas and one memorable 6 or 7 foot tarpon this way. And I refuse to use a rod mount. Why?
I much prefer to stuff the rod butt down the front of my life jacket, with the rod extending over my right shoulder. It may sound intrusive, but trust me, you will soon forget the rod is even there.
It is terrific. It is very common to pick up weed, even small amounts, means fish will avoid your lure like the plague. Since my rod is touching my chest I can feel even the slightest pick up of weed. I can actually feel fish starting to tug at my lure, even the slightest touch or hit. When I used a rod holder I felt nothing, often discovered I'd been dragging weed for miles. And you'll miss the small hits that don't pull drag.
Next is access. When I get a hit - even a tiny one - I can immediately feel it and make a couple of quick hard strokes to set the hook. And continue so I can move the fish to open water. Because the rod is on my chest, it is instantly and easily accessible. No reaching, no squirming. And if in the middle of a fight, I need to move the fish away from obstructions, to open water there is no messing around. I simply restuff the rod and paddle. No fidgeting or trying to remount the rod into the small opening of the rod holder with a big fish jerking the rod around.
Easy and failsafe.
Last, it's simple. No drilling, no BS, just effective minimalism. I would urge anyone to try this for themselves. Give it a fair try, you might like it.
Anyway... good luck and let us know what you did....
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