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Anchor trolley for my Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak

anchor trolley for Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak

By Gary Rankel

I don’t normally like anchoring while fishing, much preferring the paddle-cast-paddle-cast technique. However, I’ll be fishing in a few tournaments this year in areas where anchoring for brief periods might be more productive.

So, I decided to install one of the readily available anchor trolley systems on one of my W500’s (the one from Yakgear) as well as an anchor pin. Installation instructions were easy to follow, and it works well. I prefer using the easy to deploy pin, but. of course, it won’t work on rocky bottoms, so I’ll also carry a small claw anchor along as well. None of the assembly gets in the way of paddling.

Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak outfitted with an anchor trolley and stake out pole
Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak outfitted with an anchor trolley and stake out pole

Gary is the founder of the Nature Coast Fishers Club, and the author of a kayak fishing guide to Citrus County, Florida.

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