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the tandem version on a two night downriver fishing trip. It wasn't rigged for fishing, but carried a load of gear and I liked it. The front seat had been removed and the rear seat moved forward. How far depends on how you like to trim the boat. I found slightly back of mid ship to work best unloaded and midship with a load, but that was as much to accommodate the 100+ pounds of gear I carried...some mine, some my son's.
As for rigging for fishing, the crate method works. I prefer my rods to be in front of me. A crate in the front of me interferes with leg comfort. If you prefer to mount rods in front, Scotty makes a couple of different flush mounts into which the standard rod holder can be inserted, as well as other accessory holders. You just have to find where they don't interfere with paddling.
On my canoe, I've taken a 1" x 6" board, the width of the outside of the gunnels (with the tandem Loon, that would be the outside of the cockpit coaming) On it, I've installed two standard Scotty mounts in which I insert my rod holders. Underneath, there is a 1" x 2" board that fits the underneath of the deck just below the coaming. Two bolts join it to the top board and wing nuts hold it together. In effect, its a clamp that holds the rod board to the coaming. You can adjust it as needed to where its easy to reach and does not intefere with fishing.
I've done the same thing with a small kayak I owned, but instead of the 1" x 6", I used 1/4" plywood and created a working deck. Haven't done that with my canoe, partly because I had the other lumber around and slapped it together in order to get fishing. Been to lazy to redo it.
Size the ice chest to fit and put it in the cockpit toward the bow. Anchor trolleys help with anchors, but some don't like them. I carry a fanny pack for my tackle box. Usually, it just sits between my legs. Other build shelves as part of the work deck to place the small plastic boxes on.
Sit insides make fine fishing craft. They'll get you to where you can catch the fish. Its not so much about the craft that gets the fish, its the fisherman. You've a fine kayak to make into a fishing boat.
Fine ideas both of you. While reading the posts I came up with an idea, a hybrid of both suggestions.
When out paddling I normally have the front seat pushed back as far as it can go; this puts my torso right at mid ship. I took some measurements with the seats in this configuration and I found that I have just enough room to put a milk crate in the rear seat. Therefore, kayakangler, I'm going with the crate idea so I can utilize rear holders for storage and trolling, and the extra space in the crate to stow my tackle and snacks. (I want to be able to carry a good variety)
However, like you yak.canfish I would also prefer to have a holder in front of me, but for some reason I can't stomach the idea of cutting holes in my hull such as to mount the flush mounts. I can imagine myself cutting holes in my boat only to realize later that I didn't put them in an appropriate position. For this reason, I think your pseudo clamp idea is genius. ((got any pic's of it?)) It's so simple, yet so perfect. I can mount a couple of holders on it, and cut a couple small holes for my pliers, lip gripers, and their short leashes. Furthermore, I've really wanted a cup holder on my boat, and I think I can craft one into the clamp.
The original idea I was toying with was to mount an ice chest in front of me and find a way to mount both rod and cup holders onto it. However, I knew I would compromise leg room with this method. Now, with this new plan I can still have an ice chest on board, but I can put it far enough forward to still afford a comfortable ride; I'll just need to pull it towards me when its time to insert the fish:)
As for an anchor, I really like the idea of the (Quikcrete inside a length of 4" PVC pipe with a eyebolt stuck in one end). I'm going to make a few this week. Any suggestions on the type of rope, float, and quick release to use for my anchor rig?
Any suggestions on a decent landing net?
I have used the 3 lb rubbercoated dumbells as anchors and they work well. My wife reacquired them for her workout routine and so I made my own with the Quikcrete. I usually use 1//2 inch poly rope for my anchor line. I get one of those floats in the boating section and knot the rope a foot or so from the end then slip on the float and tie on a carabiner as my quick release.
When I had a sit on top kayak I made a cooler/rodholder combo to fit in my tankwell. It was a large softside with a plastic bucket inside and mesh pockets on the outside. My PVC rod holders went in the mesh pockets and got held in place by 2 bungees wrapped around the cooler. It worked well.
I too use a trolling board. A piece of 1x4 with two rod holders attached to it and this is clamped to the gunwales. I have used the wooden clamps made from the stock leftovers and carriage bolts and wing nuts. However, this year I am thinking of using a couple of C clamps as I almost lost my rods when a big fish hit this fall and the board popped off the gunwale.
When I use my net it is always in my left hand. I net the fish then bring it into the cockpit with me, set the rod butt between my legs and let the rod tip rest on the cockpit coaming while I work the hook out. Most of my fishing is for trout, panfish and smallmouths. I use a standard trout net to land my fish. Mine are the woodframe ones and they seem to work well, though I ding them up pretty good. They fit well inside a kayak or canoe. I'd like to try the aluminium framed ones, but there's something about a wooden one I just like.