Do you love big bluegill?
" Swamp Ass ! " Hahahahahahahah ! We always called it Boatass ! LOFR
A couple months ago I got an inflatable Walker Bay Sport kayak, 10', on Craigslist. I clip a milk crate in back, strap a length of 2x4 at the front of the seating area to support a fish-finder, and last time out I tried an additional crate on the front. It's been fun just being out there but it hasn't been a game-changer in my fishing accomplishments yet. It's pretty time-consuming to cover distance, and I'm on the tidal Potomac, which is big!
What kind of fish finder do you have? I got a Fishin Buddy 120, which is pretty self-contained in basically a 30" stick size with C batteries. A lot of other systems seemed to need a marine battery, which I wasn't going to do.
I'll get some pictures next time it's rigged up.
Im using a Humminbird 535, got the transducer mounted on a swing arm that is on the pvc console frame. when im paddeling I can pull it up out of the water to reduce drag. Once I get a second Trans I will make it a thru hull. I got a pile of boats so I have to switch from one to another. I power my system up with a Werker 3ah AGM battery. Its used in the hallway emergency lights here at work so I put mine in there to let the light system maintain the charge.
David I hear ya on the back pain. My vapor isn't much to handle when empty. I use a dolly for my Malibu, I made mine so I can wheel it up into the truck bed and let the dolley hang off the back so when unloading I just slide it out and away I go to the launch site.
Even with the SIK i still get wet, I hate the lack of padding in ther so I made a coushion from closed cell foam. It helps a lot, also added a padded cross member to support my knees, I love that thing.
It's fun to make all the creature features. Over the winter I will be making a bait well for the mid compartment of my Malibu and a internal cooler in the front section. I was going to deck mount it but I want to minimize wind resistance. The bow acts like sail when the wind kicks up.
Somethin else I want to do is gut out a power wheels and make a powered dolly.
Similar kind of battery to mine, I suppose. Mine is labeled 7.5 Ah, so I assume it will maintain a continuous current supply long enough to do what I want. I don’t expect my first fish finder to be a “Mega Super GPS Charting Coffee Master 3000,” so my current draw should be moderate.
I anticipate a dolly myself. The length and general bulk of the MR14 pretty much demands it. I’m also not as young as I used to be, so anything I can do to ease the load is a plus. Id like to get a look at your dolly, if you have pics.
Im something of a minimalist, myself. I don’t really want to fish all day nor carry everything I own. Live bait to me is worms, grubs or crickets. So, the necessities and a few niceties, and that’s about it. Although, a powered dolly does sound intriguing…
That battery should work great. Should be able to make two long trips if your just using the FF
I dont have any bit I can get ya some. Mine is more or less 2" PVC pipe with T joints at each end to make the axle sleeve. Two pipes come up from the T's and slip thru the scuppers on my Tandem Yak. I just run a tie down strap to hold it in place while its in the truck. I would say you could do simular but rather than the two uprights thru the scuppers tou could let it make two Ts that run on each side of the keel and fasten straps to them and loop um around the yak. I got my wheels from Northern Tool but my next one will come from a power wheels. I got a couple sets on stand by.
I wouldnt use anything smaller than 2" Shed 40 pipe. My axle is a 1/2" or 5/8" (cant remember which) threaded rod.
Minimalist....I am still trying to learn that lession. I'm still trying to gear up for a month long multi species expedition. LOL
welcome brian I have a wilderness 100 sot it seems to do the job ok .I bought a trolly to walk it to lake but I added some pvc pipe to go through the scrubber holes ,now I just set in on and it rides great while walking to the lake.most of the trollys can be made with pvc by just using your imagenation.look on line at pictures and that will give you a idea to start with. mine folds up and I strap it to the back of milk crate while fishing