Two Sand Bass Fighting For Same Kayak Fisherman’s Lure, By Ray Schwertner, Texas

People always have to ask about the WW… and I tell them to get one. I now have rigged a Minn Kota electric trolling motor that works great for positioning an runs to a spot or back to dock.
The picture is two sand bass that were fighting for the same bait. Not too big but fun! This was 4/27/12 in Lake Ray Hubbard a few miles from my house. With the W, I can through it on the back of the F150 and get a 2-3 hour fishing trip in before dark..
The rod holders are standard coated yard tool hooks. The front ones are screwed into the 2X4 that hold the depth finder. The side holder are mounted to the W by inserting a ¾ dowel(or broom stick as I did) under the lip of the cockpit about midpoint. Hold the dowek it in place with plastic wire ties. Then drill a hole thru the top edge of the cockpit in to the dowel at the location you want to butt end of your fishing rod to lay. I like to keep it far enough back so the tips of the rods do not protrude past the for tips of the W. When traveling or paddling you can secure the rods by flipping the W shock cord over the holder and the rod. Since I fish lures, I can have two rods rigged with different baits, while fishing with a third. ( I find the optional W socket mounts are not useful to me as I get them hung when fish around brush or hit them with the reel that I am casting with.
The front 2X4 is mounted to a 1X8 that runs the length of the cockpit. The 1X8 is the mount for the seat, tackle box, water proof box… whatever. The 1X8 is one inch longer than the cockpit. The extra inch slides between the bench and lip of the cockpit on the stern end. It is further secured along the bench by ¾ X 1 inch boards (or dowels) six inches long. Lay these in 3 slots in the bench, then put the 1X8 on top of them in the position centered on the bench. Next run screws thru the 1X8 into the 3 dowels.
On the bow end, a 2X4 is mounted on top of the 1X8 and notched out for the left and right sides of the front of the cockpit so it can rest on the bench top.(about 2 inches).
On the front of the 2X4, I have 2 open eye hooks where you pull the boats elastic shock cords over them to hold the bow end down. I also hook my anchor pulley to the outer part of the 2X4. The chrome hooks shown.
Once installed you can mount anything you like without having to drill the W kayak. It easy to pull the entire rigging out if you just want the basic W as it arrived from the factory.
The transom for the electric trolling motor is a mount that is copied for ideas on the website already. Have to send pix later.

2 sand bass caught with 1 bait in kayak fishing trip, Texas

fishing kayak with seat and DIY rod holders, Texas
“This seat sits a little higher, and it’s much more comfortable than the rigid seat I had added before.”

Sand bass caught by Texas kayak fisherman

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3 thoughts on “Two Sand Bass Fighting For Same Kayak Fisherman’s Lure, By Ray Schwertner, Texas”

  1. Thanks Ray,
    Awesome W kayak!
    I like the way you drilled holes in the spray deflector, and used them to outfit your W with ad movable rod holders. The rod rack in the front looks pretty useful too, and sitting higher can surely add comfort when you have sufficient stability to rely on.

  2. Now this is a seat I like better than the other two, because it doesn’t feature armrests, so no problem as far as paddling is concerned…

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