How I outfitted my W kayak for fishing, so far, by Larry Durfey
I have been out several times so far. The water on the Mississippi and other rivers and lakes are so high and fast that I can only do the back waters. Has been the wettest season in years, so not that many good days for being out on the water.
I have not had any problems. Sure have a lot of people asking me about it, and I give them your website address.
I have done several things – Have a trolley anchor system fixed up and have tried several fishing crate configurations and have settled on one.
I drive a Jetta and have a easy way to get it up on top.
Still not there on a cart design yet but have one that works for now. I have added wide strips of Velcro to several on the seat areas so I can a fix a watertight box, soft tackle box and a drink holder, as well as a seat I made up.
It works for me and if can help someone that would be great.
Have a great summer.
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I live in Wisconsin on the Mississippi. I go on the back waters and here is what it looks like:
The Mississippi river in Wisconsin, where I fish with my kayak
My fishing crate
I tried the standard crate that was shown but I had some problems with it being behind me. I moved it to the front but I had a hard time seeing so I cut it down and that helped a great deal. I can now lay the rods down and that makes them easy to reach.
How I set the seating area –
I wanted to have several things available. A drink holder, a small soft tackle box, a dry box and a seat with a back. I hold them down with wide Velcro strips. Easy on and off.
My anchor system –
I did a little variance on the troy anchor system. I wanted to be able to take it on and off easy. So I attached it with a bungee on each end. Works well.
The most important problem I had to face was how to transport my W – I have a Jetta and it is a small car as you know.
First was to get a roof rack. That was not as expensive as I thought.
Then, how to get the W on top without scratching the car. I found a set of soft removable roof racks at a yard sale. I put one on the edge of the trunk and the other just below the antenna mount.
Now it was easy to just put the front end of the W on the trunk edge and then slid the it up and on the the roof rack without ever touching the car or straining myself.
How I tie down the W –
Now that I have the W on top of the Car how do I make sure it stays there.
One is front and back straps. That is the Law in Wisconsin. Next is I take two wide bungees on each side mid way on the W. Last is I use a long or two shorter bungees that go all the way over the W and around the paddle that I have in the snap holders on the W. This works great for me and even while I drive on the interstate everything is fine.
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