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Friday, 06 April 2012 02:00

Rigging My New Ride 115

Written by Aaron Dryden
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Rigging My New Ride 115 Photographs by Aaron Dryden

I picked up a new “Ride 115” from Appomattox River Company the other day, and headed over to YakAttack's shop to do a little rigging. I was really looking forward to tossing ideas back and forth with Luther; when you get two gear heads together, you never know what you will come up with. Since I mostly fish rivers, I didn't want to do a bunch of rigging just for the sake of rigging. The last thing I need is a bunch of unnecessary stuff on my kayak.


The Ride 115 is a very stable boat, but it can be a little tough to get from the seated position to the standing position. We installed a Mighty Mount using the rigging plate on the center console. Now I can attach a tether to the RAM ball to assist when moving to the standing position. I can also attach a rod holder, GPS mount, depth finder or anything for that matter. Due to the SlideTrax I didn't need to do anything else to the bow except attach a Panfish Portrait to it.


Next I wanted to set up something that would enable me to get multiple camera angles for filming. I decided to put an 8” GearTrac behind each seat and flush-mount rod holders directly behind them. Most people put the flush mount rod holder directly behind the seat; by moving it back, I'm able to place a rod or net in the rod holder and it will not get in the way of my GoPro HD when I'm trying to film.


Here is another shot of the GearTrac and flush mount rod holder. You can also see the smaller ParkNPole in the paddle holder. It fits perfectly! Almost like Wilderness Systems made the recessed holder for the ParkNPole.


Luther and I decided to make a custom lid for my crate. I'm very pleased with how well it turned out. I doubt I will see many like it!


Above you can see how I used a Dog Bone and two RAM double socket arms to mount my Go Pro HD. You can also see the bottom of my PanFish mounted on the GearTrac on top of my crate.

I couldn't have asked for better weather this St. Patrick's Day weekend. I took out my new Ride 115 to try out the rigging we had done. No monsters were caught, but I'm very pleased with all the camera angles I will get to play with this year!


The PanFish Portrait is perfect way to get a hero shot when you are fishing alone. It only took me a few minutes to set up a shot of this chunky 5 lb. largemouth.

If you're not familiar with YakAttack's line of products I suggest you go and check them out. The rigging options are endless, and there are a slew of prototypes that should be released in the near future. So be on the look-out!



About the Author: Aaron Dryden calls beautiful Virginia his home. He spends most of his free time chasing trophy smallmouth bass in rivers throughout Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. When he is not on the river he has been known to chase largemouth bass in local reservoirs. Aaron also volunteers for the Central Virginia Chapter of Heroes on the Water. He has a passion for kayak fishing and enjoys sharing his experiences. If you ever run into him make sure you have plenty of time to talk! Aaron is a member of Confidence Baits Pro Staff, HOOK 1 Crew, YakAttack Pro Staff and Columbia Pro Team.

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+2 # DDOlson 2012-04-06 18:16
Hey...I really like the use of the Dogbone...I'm going to have to try that angle. Well done on the article.
+1 # BigYaker 2012-04-08 00:11
Thank you. The Dog Bone is a great product. I'm looking forward to seeing all the different rigging options people come up with!

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