Fully Rigged Fishing Kayak – Ray Schwertner, Texas

First fish, a nice crappie. 3/12/11. My water craft was ogled with much envy at Purtis Creek State Park. One guy from Austin has been looking at WaveWalks for a while. He fishes from a kayak and was getting a little wave splash in the windy conditions. I think you will have a sale soon. I am sold out on this W . Cannot wait to go out this weekend.

fishing kayak cockpit with tackle box, fish finder, and GPS

First fish, a nice crappie. 3/12/11.  My water craft was ogled with much envy at Purtis Creek State Park.  One guy from Austin has been looking at WaveWalks for a while. He fishes from a kayak and was getting a little wave splash in the windy conditions.  I think you will have a sale soon.

I am sold out on this W .   Cannot wait to go out this weekend.  Ray

Mounting the fish finder :

I found  I could cut a 6 inch piece of 2 X 4, bevel the front edge. A 2 inch section of broom handle (or ¾ dowel) is attached to the underside of the 2X4 to rest in the seat groove for stability. The 2 X 4 is wedged between the seat and under the lip of the cockpit. A screw is run thru a hole in the cockpit lip in to the 2×4  to stabilize while the “boom handle” in the seat groove stabilizes the other end.  This mount is very stable and could be used for other mounts, plus it is removable. A 2×6 or 2×8 could be used for a bigger mounting surface.

The unit is powered by a small 12v battery bought at Academy Sports for $21.  I placed this in the Sterilite plastic box bought at Walmart. I bought a double slot cigarette lighter plug in   and attached to the battery. It is mounted on the lid of the plastic box. The  fish finder was wired with male cigarette lighter plug and a 1 Amp fuse. It can be plugged in one of the two slots.  The other slot is available for other accessories, such as a 12v trouble light, spotlight, fishing light etc.

The plastic box houses the battery and there is room for the transducer, lights, etc,  when in storage. The plastic box slides in to the hull and sits there smugly enough to be stable.  The transducer worked okay just laying on the floor, but I need find another way to improve this. May try the plumbers putty solution.

fish finder attached to fishing kayak cockpit

fishing kayak cockpit with tackle box in it

fishing kayak cockpit with tackle box

On the paddle issue, I find the solution someone else used.  By adding  a couple of J hooks on the inside of the cockpit, it is easy to loop the bungee to hold the paddle.  I keep a small collapsible paddle to do minor maneuvers.

fishing kayak with paddle attached to it

fishing kayak with paddle attached to it - close up

fishing kayak beached in Texas

I also went with the idea of install the noodles on the underside of the bench seat out the way. I find the W fairly stable and do not think I will use on the side..

flotation attached to fishing kayak

The 2.2 anchor works great.  I have added a  plastic workshop clamp brush clamp on a 4 foot line to tie to standing brush/trees. No rust problems.

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3 Comments

  1. Tommy

    That’s an awesome fishing machine! I like the fishfinder mount and the electric box. Congrats on the crappie!

  2. Paul Z

    Nice rigging job that looks effective.
    You could also use S type plastic hooks as casual paddle holders. Those hooks are normally used for hanging clothes over the door. I believe they’re “Jeff style hooks” on this website. It’s a bathroom accessory you can get in departments stores.

  3. Rox

    Nice job on setting up your fishing machine. 🙂

    Looking forward to seeing and here more.

    Tight lines and paddle safe all
    Rox

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