S4 kayak updates – rigging it for offshore fishing

DIY heavy duty rod holder for motor fishing kayak

By Terry Wilkison

Hawaii

The weather has been uncooperative for fishing lately so I’ve been working on some projects. Pretty happy with them and its nice that they don’t take long.

I’m off to the mainland for a month but excited to fish when I get back in late April.

Heavy duty DIY rod holder for 4 rods
Heavy duty DIY rod holder for 4 rods
Heavy duty reel for big game fishing
Heavy duty reel for big game fishing
Soft anti-skid mats on the bottom of the kayak hulls
Soft anti-skid mats on the bottom of the kayak hulls
Battery stored inside a DIY watertight hatch in the saddle seat
Battery stored inside a DIY watertight hatch in the saddle seat
watertight storage hatch in the kayak's saddle seat
DIY watertight storage hatch in the kayak’s saddle seat

I’m not a fan of cutting holes in a boat. I use 3M 5200 Marine Adhesive Sealant and roughen and clean the surfaces. It gives a good watertight bond for about a year, then I just redo it. I try to be mindful of stress points “hard edges” so to speak.

I’m going to glass over the mdf on the transom and braces at some point for extra protection, and I’ve placed a fish bag on order that should fit perfectly. 

Carry wheels for sandy beaches
Carry wheels for sandy beaches

2 Comments

  1. fish

    Thanks Terry,

    Looks really good – very promising! 😀

    Yoav

  2. RoxCT

    Outstanding set-up on the S4.

    What size is the water tight hatch you put in?

    It’s going to be a good season. 🙂

    Tight lines and MoPaddle safe all.
    Rox

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