Rigging my kayak for stand up fishing in bayous and bays, by Paul Harrison, Mississippi

I have found my W500 to be a source of great enjoyment whether fishing, exploring backwaters, lakes, and rivers, or paddling in the open Mississippi Sound or bays.

The attached photos detail how I have my kayak rigged at this time.
I have landed on simpler is better.
I used stiff aluminum wire to make the two paddle holders (no holes required).
I standup paddle with the extra long single blade paddle shown (it is a convertible that I can make two blade if desired) and usually also keep a two blade paddle in the holders if needed for covering water in a hurry (I guess sort of a “low gear” and “high gear”).
I can usually track fairly straight paddling with the single blade on one side using what I think is called a guide stroke. I get a lot less paddle drip in the cockpit that way too. The extra long single blade paddle also lets me get a lot of leverage and power on the paddle.
I made the inboard “accessory rack” from a pine shelving board with a triple coat of paint.
I currently have just the two adjustable rod holders attached but plan to put a cup holder on there and maybe mount a depth finder. It is pushed forward on top of the seat, and “jammed” under the decks, with a single stainless bolt with fender washers just to secure it. If I am casting I paddle with the rod holders to the stern (ie, at my back), if I troll I will switch around and put the rod holders forward and put a line out either side of the boat. The yellow anchor line is just in a storage position which keeps it out from under my feet.
I used the aluminum wire again and a couple of the spray skirt clips to make the anchor line storage arrangement shown. I will also put out a 5-gal bucket as a drift anchor on this line if I want to move along but very slowly. You may see the black dock line on the bow/starboard. It is coiled and attached to one of the pad eyes with a velcro strip. I find the dock line useful for a variety of situations.

Thank you for this truly innovative vessel! It is the best boating investment I have ever made and it sees more action than any other I’ve had. And isn’t that the point?

Paul
Ocean Springs, MS

Fishing kayak with DIY paddle holders, convertible stand-up paddle, and rod rack

DIY rod rack with two deck mounted rod holders


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3 Comments

  1. fish

    Thanks Paul,

    It looks like you did some serious research and testing before you came up with these solutions.

    I like stand up paddling on one side of the kayak – It’s fun, and pretty easy to learn, and you can do it with a long double blade paddle too, if you hold it closer to one end. It’s a great paddling style for calm trips, when you care more about looking around than about covering distance.
    It works pretty well in the ocean too, in a more sporty context, but then it requires staying focused, of course …

    Yoav

  2. Fish Wiz

    Simple is beatiful, no doubt about that.
    The handle in those single blade paddles can help with the guide stroke, also called J-stroke (canoeist lingo), but the extra long double blade works for poling too.
    I wonder, why hasn’t someone come up with a paddle that doubles as a fishing pole?
    FW

  3. PaulZ

    Great rigging!

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