Custom Gear Holder

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Custom Gear Holder
So now that you have taken out your fishing kayak a couple of times and you have a good idea where you want the basic fishing gear like rod holders, a fish finder, and maybe a GPS , it’s time to think about the support gear. Pliers, fish grips, and a knife are things that you use during your day on the water all the time. Here is an easy way that I learned from a Wilderness Systems Kayak Fishing Rep. on how to custom rig a sheath for those items. 
Here is what you need to do this:
Custom gear holder tools
1) Strap material, about 2’or so.
2) 8 screws and 8 washers.
3) Screw driver.
4) Drill with a 1/16th drill bit.
Find a spot along the side of the center console of the kayak that you can reach with ease. Hold the strap where you want it to start and drill a pilot hole for the top and bottom screws. Place washer on screw and screw it in. Now do the same to the other end making sure that to leave some slack in the strap material for the gear. You can figure the slack you need by putting the gear under the strap.
Custom Gear Holder beginning
Now do the same in the inside at least 4” apart with some slack in each for the gear. Screw in the screws with a hand screw driver. You don’t want to strip the plastic.
Hope this can make your day on the water a little better.
Custom Gear Holder

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2 thoughts on “Custom Gear Holder

  1. That’s a nice looking setup and v ery sound advice to take your kayak out a couple of times before mounting a bunch of things in place. Get a good idea of where it makes sense for things to be located first. Take a Sharpie marker with you and mark your mounting locations while you’re out practicing with your new kayak.

    Discuss Kayak Fishing here -> There’s only one way to catch fish – Go Fishing Forum!

  2. I don’t know if this is the right place for these comments, but:

    That is an elegant mount for your transducer.

    I started kayak fishing after moving to the Keys 10+years ago, and there weren’t a whole lot of folks doing it then. I rigged my (and several other) kayak with a fish finder, cementing the transducer to the inside of the hull, with 3M 5200 adhesive. The signal gets through the plastic hull just fine.

    As to powering it, a 12v battery from a cordless electric drill works very well, and contributes very little weight. As all brands of drills use different shaped batteries, some creativity is required for the hookup.

    I’m now fishing from an aluminum canoe powered by a 2 hp outboard, and the through-hull transducer won’t work; neither will a transome-mounted one, as the prop disturbance is too great. But an aluminum bracket similar to yours over the side does–I have a small sonar/GPS combo unit, and recently my 3.5 amp hr battery performed flawlessly for a five hour trip (‘tho I carry a spare battery just in case. . .)

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