Kayak Modification

Author: Bob Bramblet [Florida Sportsman]

I have been fortunate enough to travel all over Florida, meeting and fishing with new friends and writing blogs about it. I have met a lot of people and learned a lot of new things. One thing that has really impressed me is the inventiveness of kayak anglers when it comes to customizing their gear. Whether it’s their tackle, accessories or even vehicles, kayak anglers have a knack for putting their ideas into practice.

I met up with Marty Meakin earlier this year to fish the Palma Sola Bay area. Marty is one of those individuals who takes great care of his gear. While we were packing up our stuff after the fishing, I noticed Marty placing his rods in a device attached to his kayak rack. There were tubes under the cross bars of the rack that allowed the rods and reels to hang freely and securely. I normally place my rods in the bed of my truck and secure them with bungees. This can cause wear on the rod and line where they are pinned against the gate. Marty explained that he can rinse his kayak, truck and rods all at the same time using this rig. He said he came up with the idea after watching his expensive rods and reels bang around in his truck bed during transport.

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