Welcome to the YakAngler Workshop. This is a new series of articles and videos I am putting together with tips, tricks, and how-tos centered around kayak fishing. In these articles, I hope to share with you not just how I do things, but why. I’m also looking for your requests and ideas for new episodes. If you have a suggestion, please post it in the YakAngler Workshop Suggestions forum. As with most things in life, there are multiple ways to do things, and I will be presenting one or maybe a few ways to do a project. We will have a forum topic for each episode so everyone can share their thoughts.
YakAttack will be testing the DIY skills of its Facebook Fans! Yes that’s right, YakAttack makers of kayak fishing accessories is holding a contest to see what inventive ways kayak anglers can use their new product dubbed “Sprout”. Winner will get to choose up to $200 in YakAttack kayak fishing accessories! Check out the following release from Luther Cifers owner of YakAttack.
As a member of the Malibu Kayaks Pro Staff, I get the opportunity to travel all over our great state, fishing in numerous kayak fishing tournaments and taking part in demonstration days, and I have noticed one thing that most all kayakers have in common. We love to customize our rides towards the type of fishing we like to do. Whether you stalk the flats in search of tailing redfish or patrol the depths for grouper, you can rig you’re kayak to meet those needs.
A few weeks ago after purchasing two new kayaks for my wife and youngest son I was faced with the dilemma of trying to transport 4 kayaks to a launch and on family vacations. I had several options including buying a trailer or cleaning off a trailer I am storing stuff on and building a kayak trailer out of it.
With our upcoming trip to Little Talbot I needed a trailer to carry the 5+ kayaks down to Jacksonville. I checked out several kayak specific trailers but they were all over 1k. A price that is just a little too far out of my reach. There were several utility trailers I saw at Home Depot and Lowes for 6-7 hundred bucks. Still a little more than I wanted to pay.
So you want to pour your own soft plastics, huh? Then this is where you need stay for the duration. So start off lets go over what you will need, (ya, I am jumping right into it so hold on yall)
A big thank you to Wookie6262 and Dorado (Simon Everett) for their informative articles regarding the use and construction of drogues when kayak fishing. Dorado sells drogues from his website (I own one and they are very very good) see www.kayakuk.com/shop. But, if you want to make your own then read on…
In part one I covered the basic construction of my dual purpose kayak dry box/livewell. There were certain features that I wanted to add to my livewell setup. 1. Dual water level to cater to different sized bait 2. Internal aerator pump to minimize noise 3. Dual pump speed 4. Easy pump priming when afloat 5. On/off switch to be easily reachable 6. Quiet overboard draining 7. Alternative power source if required 8. External battery charging point and 9. Ability to drain the tank when afloat.
For a couple of years now I’ve fancied having my own livewell on the kayak. I did have a half hearted attempt a year or so back with an old cool box, though that was deemed a failure in the very early stages. There’s another issue, just how often am I actually going to use the livewell, perhaps a dozen times a year at best I reckon. The last thing that I wanted to construct was something that was just going sit on a shelf in the garage taking up valuable space. However, if I could produce a lightweight box that was suitable for general kayak use as well as the occasional use as a livewell that would be good news.