System For Quick Kayak Position Adjustments For Fishing Fast Species, By Brandon Cutter

-I was trying to figure out a way to control the boat while in fishing mode: When targeting false albacore or bonita, speed to the fish and a quick cast are pivotal. These fish are extremely fast swimmers and pop up just for a few seconds, so I needed to be able to spin my W kayak and cast in an instant.

Brandon fishes offshore and in the estuaries of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The unique solution he developed was inspired by oar systems first here first by Wayne Taylor, and then by Dave Baumbaugh.
Says Brandon:

-I was trying to figure out a way to control the boat while in fishing mode: When targeting false albacore or bonita, speed to the fish and a quick cast are pivotal. These fish are extremely fast swimmers and pop up just for a few seconds, so I needed to be able to spin my W kayak and cast in an instant.

2 oars for rowing a fishing kayak

I drilled (29/64″ drill bit) 4 holes on the gunwale (port fore, port aft, starboard fore and starboard aft). Then dropped (2) smaller open oarlocks into the holes so they fit snug. I will not bolt them down in order to be able to move them on the water from paddling position (whether with both oars or just one) to storage position for the oar/paddle.
inline storage of kayak paddle
I plan on starting with the oarlocks in the fore position. This allows for me to paddle normally to propel the W kayak. I can rest the paddle perpendicularly at any time and cast over it. Once hooked into a fish, I can quickly move the starboard fore oarlock to the port side aft position and store the paddle inline.
fishing kayak oars rowing position
If fish are breaking sporadically (like false albacore and bonita usually do), I plan on splitting the kayak paddle and using half as on oar on the port fore position. I should be able to spin the boat to the proper angle with the left hand and cast with the right.

I doubt I will be able to test it until the spring, but can’t wait.

Brandon

kayak paddle perpendicular storage


5 Comments

  1. W kayak

    Thanks Brandon,
    That’s a smart, versatile setup!
    Who knows, you could still have a few nice days before winter comes?
    Yoav

  2. Arnie H

    Interesting concept… I watched the video clip showing Wayne Taylor adjusting his position relatively to where the fish was and it seemed to work well, but he was fishing in what seemed to be a pond. I wonder is this idea going to work as well in the ocean?

  3. Fish Wiz

    So much innovation and creative thinking going on in this W blog! And progress too! 😉
    FW

  4. Bull

    It should be interesting to watch a video showing this setup in action

  5. Rox

    Great job with the oar set-up. 🙂

    Wayne Taylor has a great video clip of his oar set-up, it shows him moving
    about with ease.

    You may want to add support for the oar locks, but a test drive will tell all.

    You should be able to spin on a dime to position quickely for those fast
    moving false albacore and bonita.
    Don’t forget those Stripers, I’ll be in the river come spring for the first time
    chasing them. 🙂

    Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe all.
    Rox

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