Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Marsh Martial Arts

As fishermen we know that catching your dinner is not always easy.  But sometimes, even in the animal kingdom, the "dinner" does not want to cooperate.

Eventually, the bird won!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Why kayak fishing is better than wade fishing

I live in southeastern Louisiana. I lot of people here go fishing and a lot of people wade out into the water when they go fishing.  The following pictures are some really good reasons to fish from a kayak instead of wading. All of these hazards are found in my fishing areas.

This last one is my favorite. I know this guy. He posted a picture on a kayak fishing club webpage, showing us the fish he had caught while wade fishing. Both of these are the same picture. Look closely to this first picture, maybe you will see; what I saw. I just added light to the second one and showed it to him. I don't think he has been wade fishing at night since.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Safety Ladder

I saw one of these online, but figured with all the stuff I have laying around, I could build one myself. (It took about 10 minutes.)

I started with a piece of 3/4" PVC electric conduit about 12" in length. I covered it with a piece of foam pad I had left over from an old broken paddle. I then cut a piece of 1/2" aluminum electric conduit about 13" in length to fit inside the PVC for added strength.  About 1" from each end, I drilled a hole through the Foam, PVC and Aluminum. Through this hole I threaded a piece of 3/8" cord. I taped the ends of the cord with electrical tape. This compressed the tape making it easier to thread through the hole. I fed the cord through the hole and out the end of pipe, there I tied a knot on the end of the cord.  After pulling the knot as tight as possible, with the tape still in place, I pushed the knot back into the Aluminum pipe. Make sure to pull the knot as close as possible to the Foam. I then glued a 3/4" PVC cap on each end of the PVC pipe and rolled the foam over the edges.

On the middle section of the cord, at the loop, I used one crimp to secure the loop and covered it with a piece of 1/2" diameter shrink tubing.  On the loop I added a locking carabiner.
This is the finished project.  It is 24" long and is dual purpose. As it can be attached anywhere making it ideal to use if I need to drag my Frontier places a cart would have difficulty. Such as thick grass.

I secured the Safety Ladder near the center handle with 2 Velcro straps. I attached the clip to the center handle.

Hand Gaff

I built this when I was planning a trip off shore hoping that my catch would more than likely not fit in my net.

I started with a piece of 3/4" PVC electric conduit about 18" in length. I added a piece of 1" strap about 14" long.

I folded the strap under itself and screwed it to the PVC in two places.

Using a bolt, washer and nylock nut I attached a 6/0 hook to the opposite end.

Be sure to file down the barb.

Once completed, I filled the PVC with Spray foam to keep any water away from the inside of the PVC and to add flotation.

Safety Message

I found this article quite helpful.  Please read this article and get at least 2 sticker per kayak.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Portable Fish Finder

I wanted to add a Fish Finder to my kayak that I could remove easily.

I decided to mount the Fish Finder to the top of a waterproof box so that the battery could be stored inside. 

I also did not want my transducer mounted inside the hull. I preferred to have it hanging over the side.

I mounted the box to a piece of plastic board so that I could mount the board to the Freedom Track.

I mounted the Fish Finder base on a round piece of plastic board with a single screw in the center so that I could turn the base from side to side.

Track Lock

I found that when I am transporting my NuCanoe that the bolts will work their way loose from the Freedom Track and fall off of the end of the track.  This mainly happens because I have forgotten to remove the bolts after removing the seat base or other accessories.

I have come up with a solution to this. I made a small two plate device that locks off the end of the trackso that nothing can accidentally slide off.

For this project I used the following:
4 - 1/2" x 2" Aluminum bar
2 - #10 x 1/2" screws

First, drill a hole in 2 of the pieces(A) so that the screw slides into the hole.

Next, drill a hole in the center of 2 of the pieces(B) and using a Tap thread the hole to accept the #10 screw.

Connect pieces A & B using a #10 screw.

Place the connected pieces on the end of the Track and tighten the screw to lock the track.

PVC Cart

I decided to build a PVC cart to help haul my NuCanoe from my vehicle to my launch site.

I started with the following:

10' - 3/4" PVC
2 - cross connectors
2 - T connectors

1 - 18" x 5/8" threaded rod
4 - 5/8" washers
2 - 5/8" nuts
1 - tube thread lock
1 - 6' foam pipe insulation
8 - zip ties
2 - Harbor Freight 8" Wheels

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

RAM Tube Rod Holder...Modified!

I have been contemplating doing this since I got this thing. It just wasn't made good enough for my spinning rods so I modified it!

I cut one of the loops to make a hook.  Then I added a bungee tarp strap to the other loop.

Now I can put my rod in place and secure it.

Screwball ??

I recently bought a RAM Tube rod holder and a Screwball base which totaled around $35. The RAM Tube came with a 2.5" ball on a round base, which I fully expected and it was only $3 more than it would have been without the base. Well my order arrived today…the RAM Tube and round base were in the box…NO SCREWBALL! I contacted my dealer. "The screwball is back ordered, it will be arriving at a later date." So what to do?
I started with this:

I drilled a hole and ended up with this:

I used this:

And ended up with this:

I added this:

And ended up where I wanted to be in the first place!:

Stand Up Paddle

I have been thinking about buying a Stand Up Paddle, but they are so expensive.  with this in mind I began thinking. This is what I came up with:

I already carry a kayak paddle.
I removed the paddle end of a $20 paddle from Walmart.
After drilling one hole to match the spring pin, they fit together.

I now have a stand up paddle.

Kayak Repair Tip

Not everyone likes the same thing, everybody rigs their kayaks in different ways. But we all drill holes in our kayaks at some point. My tip for everyone is… SAVE THE PIECES! Even a small hole creates little pieces of plastic. If you need to drill a hole; drill slowly. This creates a small corkscrew pieces of plastic. Keep all this plastic in a zip-lock bag. This way you have it on hand in case you ever need to plastic weld on your kayak. You will have the exact same color plastic to make the repairs. If you don't have the plastic for the repairs, contact NuCanoe. I am sure they should have no trouble sending you the same color plastic.

Oh, I have no problem drilling holes…in other peoples kayaks. But I also know what I am doing when it comes to plastic welding as well. Here is some of my best and most difficult repairs That I have done for some people in our local club (BCKFC):
I am not sure what happened here but there was one of these on each side of this man's Native Magic 14.5 kayak, This is what I started with 3"x 3".

After a good bit of time with the welding iron, THIS is what I ended up with on each side: