Is anyone able to identify this product or mod?

A rod seemed like a lot of trouble to me when I use to fish from my rather small touring kayak. I used a hand line. Actually, my monofilament was wrapped on a line winder with a leader and lure (usually a spoon) already attached. I would hold the line against the paddle shaft as I paddled (my paddling speed was a good trolling speed) which sort of jigged the line (I forget the term). I did some bottom fishing also with a hand line. This was in Long Island Sound. My typical catch was bluefish. I kept a small cutting board, a filet knife, and a squeeze bottle of mezcal, along with the line winder, and a small single tray tackle box in a Sealine Baja Bag. So the whole system was very compact.

I just did the dreaded hole drilling for a Scotty mount. 4 holes, stainless steel bolts. Without the rod holder it is small (2"x3"?) and doesn’t really upset anything on the deck. Zoom in on the deck of the orange kayak to see the impact.

Yeah that’s a nice set up to. Was going to resort to this if couldn’t figure out the platform method.

But yeah I’m almost done with the platform, I think I should be done tomorrow. Did a quick mockup sitting in my kayak and it feels so great where it’s positioned, forward and out of the way.

Hey everyone I am back with my copycat creation. Not the prettiest around the slits I made but it seems to fit well! ! Will have to test it out on the water. Costed me around 50$ Canadian excluding the rod holder itself.

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Here’s some closeups


Looks great! Nicely done.

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Nice job!

Reminds me of the hoop platform native Inuit hunters often have on the foredeck of their kayak to coil the harpoon line into. This old illustration shows one.


Haha wow! Love the picture.

It looks a lot like my West Greenland replica hunting kayak (that’s it below). I made a target harpoon and norsaq (the launching board, sort of like an atlatl) in a class at kayak camp 2 years ago to “properly” accessorize the boat. It’s also fun to do target practice in the water. And I thought it might be handy to have one to put the fear of God into the obnoxious jet ski guys who think it’s fun to run near misses on paddlers on the busier local lakes.

Though the harpoon floats, it’s kind of a pain to have to paddle after it and retrieve it after every practice throw. So I’ve thought about making a line to attach to it, then maybe I’d need to make a line rack to keep it coiled and secure on the deck.


That’s a gorgeous kayak…sorry kajak! :wink:

Thanks. It’s been a real pleasure to use – very fast, tracks like an arrow and only weighs 31 pounds at over 17’ long and 21" beam. Though after 15 years it’s not as pretty and I need to replace the nylon and epoxy skin soon. The stern “tail” got broken when it blew off my roof rack while I was loading it a couple of years ago and I had to cut away the frame there and stitch up the skin – so it looks like a baidarka now! I’ll restore the tail when I strip off the old skin, though I might make it a little shorter. That tail made it difficult to flip the boat and lift the bow to drain the hull after paddling without somebody to hold the stern up.

As a kayak fisherman, you may enjoy the videos from skin on frame boat designer and builder, Brian Schulz, of Cape Falcon Kayaks. He engineered and built a convertible pedal-drive skin canoe that can also be sailed and he and his girlfriend have been fishing down in Baja and posting videos about it for about a month.

If your DIY success with the rod platform makes you feel DIY ambitious, Brian sells plans and instructions for his boat designs. This one is pretty cool because the pedal drive is removeable and also reversible and you can see he made a detachable outrigger for the sail rig.

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