Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #3: Why the WDD Will Make a Good Fishing Kayak

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 05-31-2020 02:47 AM 916 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Features for Fishing
The Wood Duck Double is the perfect size for kayak fishing. At 14’ long, it will paddle quickly, remain maneuverable, and haul a lot of gear well. The hard chine hull holds its track quite well. The Wood Duck 10 I used to own tracked like it was on rails and never needed a rudder. My brother-in-law bought it from me and I helped him outfit it for fishing. He’s been out on some crazy windy days and never had any problems with handling or stability. The 30” beam will lend itself to landing big northerns and being able to fly fish without feeling “twitchy.”

The photo above shows the massive cockpit that measures in at 84 1/2” long by 20 1/2” wide. This will allow me to carry my fish cooler on the floor!

This photo shows my current kayak fishing setup. The rounded hull doesn’t track as well as a hard-chined Wood Duck and it definitely needs its rudder on a breezy day.

The cooler on the rear deck weighs 20 pounds and I carry 8 pounds of blue ice in it. Add a few nice northerns in it and the rear deck mounting results in a pretty high center of gravity. A couple of weekends ago I paddled in with about 25 pounds of northern pike on my lap since I had forgotten the cooler at home…that was maybe a good thing!

Rigging Plans
I’ll likely mount my seat about 48” back from the front of the coaming ring. That will allow me to mount my plywood fishing shelf at the bow and remain free of my forward stroke during paddling. I’ll mount rod holders, hook removal kit, a Humminbird Helix 7 fish finder, and the transducer on the front shelf.

I’ll mount a back board across the top of the coaming behind my seat. This will hold a couple of rod holders and an Anchor Wizard anchor system. The Anchor Wizard will also be rigged through a Yakattack anchor trolley mounted on the port side. I’ll also likely carry my anchor pole for shallow water fishing/anchoring and run that through the anchor trolley.

A potential issue with this boat is that my fore and aft trim might be too far forward when paddling it solo. I’m thinking that by setting my normal seated position a full 48” back from the front of the coaming it won’t be a problem. While hunting, I’ll have Copper and a load of decoys behind me…no problem with trim. When fishing, I’ll have my cooler and safety gear behind me…probably no problem. When kayaking Lake Superior, I’ll have Copper behind me most of the time…no problem.

Another potential weakness of my plan is that I’m not sure if my thighs will land comfortably under the deck while seated so far back. I won’t know that until I have the hull and deck joined. I’m not letting that stop me as I can do some modifications to make it work…nothing like “winging it!”

Why the Wood Duck Double will make a good duck hunting kayak.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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