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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

Secure Your Investment

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All too often, we hear of kayak anglers losing their rod and reels. Most loathe the thought of having lost “X brand” reel on “Z brand” rod, and reiterate the loss by giving the cost of the setup. To remedy this, many anglers use rod leashes.

I have seen anglers with rod leashes on their rods while they are in use, but have seen these same individuals with their rods left unsecure in the rod holders. This is a recipe for disaster, because when and if they “turtle” (flip), the rod and reels left unsecure will likely wind up in Davy Jones’ Locker.

I would like to share a very inexpensive way to limit the possibility of this happening. The answer is very simple - tarp bungees! I have used this method on the many different types of tackle storage systems I have had over the years, it works. All you need to do is purchase a few tarp bungee cords.

Drill a small hole in the front side of the rod holders. The hole only needs to be big enough that the bungee is able to pass through it.

Pull the looped end of the bungee through the hole and the plastic ball at the end will serve as the anchor point, as the ball will not pass through the hole.

While on the water, place your rods in the rod holders and pull the bungee over the reels, passing the reels through the center of the loop. This will hold the rods secure in their respective holders should the unthinkable happen and you join the turtle club.

Give this simple and inexpensive method a try to secure your investment while on the water. It will cost you very little to try, but may save you a lot more!

Read 38246 times Last modified on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:13
Shane Coleman

Shane has been kayak fishing since 2009. Inshore saltwater kayak fishing is his addiction of choice. However, he enjoys the occasional offshore and freshwater trip as well. He most frequents the saltwater lakes, bayous, and marshes of Southwest Louisiana.

Website: www.marshlifeyakin.com



+1 # biyakboats 2014-11-12 10:54
Clever! I'll definitely try it. Thanks for sharing.
# marsh_life 2014-11-12 12:19
Thanks! I hope it works well for you as it has for me.
+1 # tomjones 2014-11-12 12:08
A great idea. Wil make the modifications this week. Thanks for the good idea. :-)
# marsh_life 2014-11-12 12:22
Glad I could help... Let me know how it works out.
+1 # DDOlson 2014-11-12 16:51
Great idea...I'm sure this is significantly cheaper then those rod holders.
# marsh_life 2014-11-12 22:35
+1 # Knod 2014-11-12 18:10
Nice article. Thanks for sharing. The only thing I'd like to add is the phrase..."shoul d the unthinkable happen" struck me because you've thought ahead. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Turning "turtle" is not unthinkable. It's only a matter of time. Better to be prepared. Your fine article offers a sound and inexpensive option for securing rods/reels.
# marsh_life 2014-11-12 22:36
I appreciate the feedback...
+1 # Sauerkraut 2014-11-13 10:19
I am one of the unfortunatle few to lose what was probably my favorite reel a few weeks ago. Looks like I have a project this week. Thanks for the idea.
+1 # Minorcan 2014-11-15 13:44
Excellent ideas and they work just as good on full size boats to store rods horizontally during towing or vertically in rough seas. Tanks for the great article!
+1 # basscatlildave 2014-11-17 18:42
Thanks for sharing. I did I did this a while back but put a carabiner on the rod end
# marsh_life 2014-11-17 22:51
# MNBassFisher 2015-02-16 22:14
This is a great and easy tip!
# marsh_life 2015-02-17 10:19
Thanks! It is very simple and effective.
# Kolson.Ashley 2015-03-09 00:07
New to kayak fishing and haven't taken my good rods/reels out in fear of turtle-ing! Finally an inexpensive way to sucure my rods
# jhall1976 2015-08-05 12:26
I was just pondering rod leashes and stumble across this. Simple and easy... man I gotta remember the KISS principle!
# MichaelEricFishing 2017-06-01 19:29
Great idea man. Definitely saves money upfront and in the long run.

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