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Hawg Trough Improvement

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Hawg Trough Improvement Photograph by Rob Choi

After using the Hawg Trough while kayak fishing for a couple of years now, I looked back through my Kayak Wars stats and realized that it's helped me measure and photograph well over 4 hundred fish (including the ones that were too small). It makes documenting the catch quick and easy. It's accurate and the numbers show up well in the photos. It hardly weighs anything, which is great on a kayak, and it stores easily.


However, it does not float. Last week, I had a fish thrash while it was on the board and normally I can keep control of it, but this time it went over. It sank slowly, but I was not able to get to it in time and down to Davy Jones' locker it went. After I caught the next fish, I forgot what it was like trying to measure a fish without it (besides the monster Red Drum and Kow Stripers). I ordered a new one the next day and started thinking of ways to not lose it. A friend of mine suggested a retractable cable, and although it's a good idea, I couldn't logistically find a place to attach it to without getting in the way and/or slowing me down.

When I got it in the mail, I saw on the back that there were two groove and the light bulb came on. I got a roll of 1/2" x 3/8" strip foam insulation and some glue from the hardware store.


Crammed it into the two grooves


Ta Daa, bath tub tested! Good to go!

The Hawg Trough is available at Hook1 Kayak Fishing Gear.

About the Author: Rob Choi is an avid kayak angler from the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia and a Pro Staff Member at YakAngler.com. He has earned a reputation among the locals as the fish junkie with reckless abandon to logic, time, and societal norms in his pursuit for the "tug that is the drug". He shares his love of the sport through his blog www.angling-addict.com.
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Rob Choi

About the Author: Rob Choi is an avid kayak angler from Richmond, VA and although he lives close to the mighty James River, he frequents the Chesapeake Bay more often. His addiction to the salt has earned him a reputation among the locals as the fish junkie with reckless abandon to logic, time, and societal norms in his pursuit for the “tug that is the drug”. What he lacks in long term experience, he makes up in his passionate dedication to the sport now. He shares his love of the sport through his blog, www.angling-addict.com, as well as being a prostaff member at Ocean Kayak, Maui Jim Sunglasses, YakAngler.com, YakAttack, Werner Paddles, and crew member of HOOK 1 and Kayak Bass Fishing.



# inrll 2011-11-11 20:19
Nice, I did the same this summer with some left over pipe insulation I had used around the cockpit of an old sit in kayak. Just cut it into two thin strips and it worked like a charm!
+1 # YakSushi 2011-11-14 07:52
I just did the same to mine, worked like a charm!
# IndianaYakFish 2013-07-02 19:42
Just came across this (thanks YakSushi) and did the same to mine. Great, easy idea that literally only took me 5 minutes to do once I had the materials.
# Seth Willo 2016-05-17 13:59
This is a great DIY article! One of the best parts of the kayak angler community is all the DIY projects. We actually started doing this to the Hawg Troughs we sell as well as pre-lining them for anglers to help save some time!

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