DIY - February 2012

SHELLEY BRADISH-COONEY
Last updated 11:39 06/02/2012
DIY 1
The rods are stored parallel to the kayak’s gunwales, protecting them to a far greater degree than if in vertical holders, should the kayak be rolled in the surf.
DIY 2
This addition to the insulated rear cover allows rods to be stowed horizontally when negotiating a surf break off the beach.

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No more broken rods!

 

Kayak fishing is my passion, and over the last few years I have broken and lost a fair bit of gear in the surf – part of the price for enjoying sport off the beach, I guess.

 

My goal at the beginning was to get in successfully and then master one-metre waves. Now the goal is to overcome two-metre waves – and that is going to take a bit more practice.

 

I take out between two and four rods when I go fishing, and to get these stowed away safely I have adapted my insulated rear cover. When sewing the fabric tubes in place, I used a piece of rope to provide a good ‘frame’ to the rod-tube entrance. If using your partner’s sewing machine, make sure you source some needles for sewing leather. These have cutting tips and will give you a better chance of getting through the plastic-coated canvas.

 

This cover has recently been ‘rod tested’ with four rods in 1.7 metres of surf. I made it in 75% of the way, but still need to learn to transfer my weight and start paddling when the energy of the wave dissipates. The kayak overturned in the surf, and when I righted it, everything was still in place (in the photo I have neoprene bags covering the reels to keep the sand out).

–Shelley Bradish-Cooney

 

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