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?

Ocean Springs, MS

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3 thoughts on “Rigging my kayak for stand up fishing in bayous and bays, by Paul Harrison, Mississippi”

  1. 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 …


  2. 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?

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