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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #62: Updated Fishing Configuration

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 03-27-2021 06:19 PM 542 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Refined Ergonomics and More Capable

After fishing with the kayak a couple times, I had an “Ah, Hah” moment and realized that if I raised the anchor/rod holder assembly above the cooler and moved it back slightly, it would work a lot better. Check out this video for a short tour of the new fishing configuration.

With the rod holders and anchor assembly moved further back, it’s much easier to reach everything since it’s less of a twist of the body. This also allowed me access to the cooler without having to reach through the rods. It’s a lot easier to get a big northern pike in the cooler now!

The cooler is secured to the floor by tie-down straps to footman loops. The Torqeedo battery is mounted to the top of the cooler with the same method. I don’t want to lose an expensive battery if I tip the kayak over! It’s waterproof to only 1 meter for 30 minutes…not to the bottom of the lake!

The YakAttack paddle holders are quite secure and quiet in operation.

Starboard view. I’m looking forward to fishing with the new motor! I reached a top speed of 8.7 mph earlier this week (without all the fishing gear.)

The YakAttack Visi-Carbon Pro flag and light will make me more visible day and night.

Port view. My travel fly rod fits nicely in the foreground. I like to cast big streamer flies at pike when I get the chance. The rod in the red case is a two-piece crappie jigging rod. That will see a lot of action after ice-out.

The YakAttack anchor trolley runs along the length of the port side. I run my regular anchor through it and I often connect my anchor pole to it in shallow water. The trolley repositions the anchor along the length of the boat so you can face the wind or have it to your back.

The YakAttack Omega Pro rod holder made it easier to fasten the rod holder to the bow area of the boat after it got displaced from the fishing shelf by the Torqeedo throttle. I used 1/8” thick aluminum plate to make a backing plate for the YakAttack Mighty Mount 2 base and the result is an amazingly solid rod holder mount.

The red rod half behind the seat is an unused rod that I attached a fly reel loaded with Kevlar line and a lure retriever. I saw this setup from a profession kayak angler and anticipate good results retrieving lures from submerged trees and the mine pit lakes we often fish…

In the background, Mary’s new Wilderness Systems ATAK 120 kayak is rigged and waiting on delivery of her Torqeedo motor!

A sit-inside kayak typically has less room to operate and store gear than a sit-on-top kayak. This shelf gives me advantages over sit-on-tops due to easy access to gear. The fish finder and transducer arm are easy to deploy/operate from my seat.

I designed and sewed the hook removal kit. We fish northern pike a lot and removing lures from their mouths can be a challenge. This kit includes pliers to hold the lip, grippy glove to hold the fish, mouth spreader, mini-bolt cutters to cut hooks, hemostats for smaller grabs, long-nose pliers, and braided line scissors. I’m designing and sewing one for my wife that will mount under the seat of her new sit-on-top fishing kayak.

The throttle is an easy reach from the seat. I had to move the rod holder from the shelf to the deck of the boat, to make room for the throttle, and that’s now a bit of a reach. However, if I slide forward on the seat it’s doable.

Under the deck and in front of the rudder pedals is enough room to stow my flying fishing stripping basket, fly real case, and tackle tray with my streamer flies. It’s nicely out of the way until I need it.

I raised the Creature Comfort seat 4” and also reclined the new base 4 degrees. This significantly improved the comfort. My legs are in a better position for staying in the seat longer and I seem to reach back to the Anchor Wizard, cooler, and rods more easily.

Bass plastics are stored in the small pouch on the starboard side. A 10 amp hour lithium battery (that powers the fish finder) is stored on the port side of the seat. The line with the red ball is the reverse lock for the motor.

Conclusion

It’s difficult to anticipate everything up front as you build a kayak and fit it out. Putting a configuration to use and keeping a critical/creative eye can result in some significant improvements. Thankfully, a plywood boat (that you built yourself) is pretty easy to modify and further improve. You can always fill old holes with epoxy, drill new ones, and paint over the “scars.”

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-- Mark, Minnesota



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sras

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#1 posted 03-28-2021 03:36 AM

This is the swiss army knife of kayaks because of all the work you have put into outfitting it! You have this thing dialed in to near perfection. Here’s to many hours of enjoyment after the work you have put into it! Nice job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 03-28-2021 02:25 PM

Thanks Steve! As I filled my house (and a lot of my daughter’s townhouse) with furniture I’d built, I started to branch into other challenging projects that used the same tools and a similar skill set like small boats and even a teardrop camper. The large, open cockpit of the Wood Duck Double is a blank canvas to outfit the kayak for many different uses. The outfitting process is enjoyable and you’re right about the enjoyment in the outdoors using the final product.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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