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Scotty "438 Gear-Head Track Adapter

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Scotty Gear Head Track Adapter No 438

Make & Model

Brand:
Scotty
Model:
No. 438
MSRP ($):
17.00

The Scotty "438 Gear-Head Track Adapter" quickly slides into place and locks down your post mounted Scotty rod holders and accessories. Similar to the revolutionary Scotty 428 Gear-Head, this system allows you to quickly change rod holder positions with a simple “twist”. You can use your favorite, fully adjustable Scotty rod holder and adjust it to any vertical or horizontal position without having to drill permanent mounting holes. Designed to fit all kayak track systems and our Scotty Track, this compact product is a must for serious kayak anglers.

Features:

  • Designed to fit all kayak track systems
  • Allows you to quickly change rod holder positions with a simple twist
  • Slides into place and locks down your post mounted Scotty rod holders
  • Tracks and rod holders sold seperately

Specs:

  • Patent Pending
  • Construction: UV and Marine Resistant Polymer

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4.0

Handy accessory for quick gear placement

Great little adapter for users of Scotty style accessories who like to adjust things all the time like I do. The ability to slide a rod holder down the track or move it to another part of the yak makes these adapters invaluable when fishing conditions and presentations change. However, I would not recommend these adapters to anyone trolling for larger fish such as musky, there are heavier mounts on the market for anyone wanting to do that. I had a 45+ inch musky rip one of these out of the track when I forgot to pull my live bait rig completely out of the water while changing spots. Definitely recommend for lighter applications though. Tight Lines!

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Ease of use, cost, adjustability
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5.0

Great way to use Scotty accessories with a gear track

I had a whole bunch of Scotty accessories from my old yak that I wanted to use on my new yak that was equipped with Gear Tracks. The Gear Head adapters were just the ticket. They work as advertised with my Cabelas rod holders. So far so good, everything works great!

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Perfect if you already own Scotty accessories
Cons:
none
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4.0

Space Saver

Scotty has done us a favor by coming out with this product. It will save lots of space on the gear tracks and will make rigging Scotty products much easier and will help get those products into spaces and areas that may not have been convenient or possible. I am currently using this for my Visi Carbon Pro but have plans to get two more for some Scotty Rocket Launchers that I have laying around. I enjoy a simple products that does the job well and this is one of them. I recommend this product for any angler looking to save some space on their tracks. This product doesn't put scotty quite on par with the products that are coming out from Yak Attack and Ram at this time but it helps level the playing field and it makes the products more versatile than they where before.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
16-30 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Slim adapter for Scotty products
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5.0

Scotty Track Adapter Money Saver

Today we look at the Scotty Gear Head Track Adapter (No. 438). I'll go ahead and show my cards early. This product may have been the one thing that kept me from removing all of my Scotty gear from my kayak. Those are strong words but let me explain.

Since 2003 I have used Scotty bases for everything from rod holders to depth finders. For kayak fishing you had either an above deck mount which had a tall footprint or the flush mount which meant you had to use a hole saw on your boat. I'm not opposed to drilling holes but a hole saw?

This year I was waffling back and forth between converting completely over to Ram Mounts. I had a couple of things I really liked from them but didn't want to throw down the cash to rebuy everything. That tall mount in the back kept taunting me. It stuck up above everything else and made loading upside or stacking anything back there difficult. And then I found the Scotty Gear Head Trac Adapter. This product allows me a removable and mobile solution to using Scotty products when coupled with the YakAttack Gear Trac or the Mighty Mount.

At first I wasn't sure how much weight I could put on that t-bolt in the bottom of the adapter. So why not test it out? I mounted two 4" x 2" heavy duty Gear Trac plates (GT175-04) where I had previously had a big Scotty mount on the back. I put the Scotty Adapter on one of them. Then I attached a Scotty Gear Head Extender (no. 429) to get the connection point out to the side of the kayak. I then attached a tall PanFish (PFS) camera mount and then topped it with my GoPro. The result? It was rock solid. There is a little bit of sway which anything this large attached by a single point on an axis of 90 degrees would do. But it is just a touch.

I then utilized another 438 to get my 360 light up and off the deck. It worked exactly as would be expected.

The t-bolt in the bottom can be a little snug when you first get it out of the package but a little bit of torque will loosen it right up.


YakAttack GT175-04
The Track Adapter has a twist locking mechanism to hold your accessories securely in place and then with a twist release them to be stowed. I felt this was a vast improvement over previous methods. Having to find just the right lift to be able to rotate and twist out was aggravating. Scotty has done away with it. I can now have a rod holder or light or camera mounted almost anywhere on my kayak when I use a Gear Trac. If I need a mount in a very slim area, I can use a GT-90 from YakAttack and get after it.

For about $17, Scotty has saved me a ton of money in repurchases, made my fishing easier and more mobile and kept me as a customer. That's pretty good in my book.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
easy, adapts, versatile
Cons:
needs longer bolt
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