Mike Ratigan’s Rigged Fishing Kayak, Upstate New York

and a removable deck I use when fishing. Note the rod holders and the fish finder. I simply toss the transducer over the side. It's on a small float collar.


A little modification to my boat. “Irish Wake” name incorporating the W logo, and a removable deck I use when fishing. Note the rod holders and the fish finder. I simply toss the transducer over the side. It’s on a small float collar. I used a scrap piece of melamine and attached a 1 ft wood strip that fits in the grooves. It lifts out with a twisting motion. I hang a can holder underneath, which I made from a plastic liter bottle. I cut that in two, the bottom half being the holder and the top half making a very nice little funnel. Most of the things I attach are tied with a small line to the bungees. I never saw a need to make a paddle holder when simply tying a line will do. Simplicity.

Mike

Kayak rigged for fishing, uspstate NY

Fishing kayak rigged with transportation wheels

Mike’s ‘Irish Wake’ fishing kayak

Mike lives in Rochester, NY.

3 Comments

  1. Pete

    Cool name!…
    I see a beginning of a trend in rigging some w kayaks for fishing with a front rack, or shelf – deck. Interesting.
    The Titelok rod holders are becoming increasingly popular, apparently.

    Pete

  2. Anonymous

    I like your rod holder idea Mike. You gave me something else to think about.

  3. Rox

    I like the Name Irish Wake. 🙂 (since I am Irish)

    The deck is great. 🙂

    Just a little advice, if you can place it on top instead of inside, no rain will flow into the W.

    I traced out my platform, and drilled 3 holes and attached it with nuts and bolts.

    I see you are using the Titelok Rod holders, I love mine, they are the best!

    I’ve had mine now for 3 years.

    Tight lines and paddle safe all.
    Rox

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