Chris Payne

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A lifelong Texan, Chris Payne has been an outdoor enthusiast his entire life and has spent the last 15 years fishing mainly from a kayak. He is known for his thorough and helpful reviews as well as how to articles for nearly everything kayak fishing related. If you have questions or comments, you can leave them on this post or email Chris at: paynefish@gmail.com

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How to: Install a Fish Finder on a Kayak

IMPORTANT:  Read and understand manufacturer’s instructions for installing their unit BEFORE proceeding with this installation.  This installation will show you how to mount a transducer, put cables through the deck (and make it water tight), to tuck the cables inside the hull and install the battery box. Click on images to view larger Mounting the Transducer: Turn the kayak over and find the flattest area of the hull.  This is […]

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How to: Install a RAM Mounts Rod Holder

Click pictures for larger views. Tools and Hardware Needed: Tools: Phillips Screwdriver Drill 11/64″ drill bit 3/8″ wrench. Hardware: Hook 1’s Set D : 4 #10×1″ SS Machine Screws; 4 SS Nylon lock nuts; 4 SS washers. Part 1: Find an area that is strong enough to support the rod holder.  Push on the area.  It shouldn’t move.  The back side of this area should be easy to reach for […]

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Kayak Fishing Bait Tank

Some days when lures are just not working and you can see fish working bait, live bait may be just the ticket. This can make a slow day change into a very productive day. Don’t get me wrong, I love to use artificials, but the live kind can be the right kind. There are a lot of different ways to carry bait. Bait buckets and bait tubes (see our How-To […]

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WS Ride 135 Rudder Install

Last install for a while (maybe) – I’m a big fan of a rudder, especially dealing with current and tide. So, HOOK1 provided one from Harmony. The Ride 135 is “Rudder Ready”, which means that it already has tubes run inside the hull for the rudder cables, and inserts are put in the hull where the rudder block and lifting lines will go. Begin by removing the filler screws from […]