My Kind of Vegas!

This all started with a snickering comment from my fiancé “sorry honey but there’s no fishing in the desert”
And boy was it fun proving her wrong!

After some time dwelling on the fact I had made a promise to my now wife that no matter where or why we traveled I would find the time and means to fish and I wouldn’t let a mere desert stop me from fulfilling a promise to the love of my life, what would that tell her of my character?

As I searched with much doubt that I could achieve this daft goal of seemingly impossibleness “surprised” I promptly received an e-mail from a rather excited sounding outfit based just outside of Las Vegas. The message indicated that we would have to chose where and what we would like to fish for, “We had options?”

After a brief discussion with the rest of the group, we decided bigger is better and opted for Lake Mohave, while there are several species to target in the lake (Rainbow trout,Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass, Striped bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Channel catfish,Common carp,Threadfin shad) reading that striped bass can reach well over 50lbs, we wanted the big boys.

Our trip started at a gruelling 2:30am (our guides suggestion) struggling with the effects of the lack of sleep and “a few cocktails” the night before, we boarded a large van toting a trailer loaded with the vessels we would later be paddling, coffee and some much needed, incredibly dense, 5lbs breakfast burritos.

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Watching the sun rise over the canyon walls, wandering off into the unknown while anticipating the fish of a lifetime was indeed a treat in its very own.



It took the better half of the day chasing massive leaping bass to figure out that simply put “we were not in Kansas any more”. We discussed amongst ourselves the varying hypothesizes behind our failure to produce like any pride struck anglers would, we determined that due to the warmer and strangely wetter than usual weather there was a freak spawn of copepods resulting in clouds of tiny, tasty shrimp that the monster striped bass found much tastier and interesting than our poorly represented presentation 10 to 12 inch rapala style trout. ;)


Even though none of our group caught fish, the trip was a great success as the feeling of paddling in a flooded desert canyon surrounded by cacti and tumble weed is an experience we won’t soon forget. Our guide (John at Desert Adventures Las Vegas) was extremely knowledgable about the local history and provided us with a wealth of information on the surrounding area. “Great job John”!


All in all I can’t wait for my next trip to Vegas for round two and a big dose of vengeful fishing.


This is a highly recommended adventure and well worth the price of admission.

Yours truly Sturgeon Rod,
Bidding you tight lines and wet adventures.

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What’s your Kayak Fishing Soundtrack?


If you’re a music lover you might want a bit of tunes to keep you company on the water. A pair of earphones and your cell phone or an ipod are great, but they present some disadvantages. Earphones can get in the way, and especially if you’re using the ones that came with your ipod you’re going to spend some time through the day fighting with falling earbuds and tangled cords.

The biggest disadavantage to earbuds or headphones? They limit your ability to hear what’s going on around you. Power boats, fish jumping, conversations with landowners or other fishermen…. you need to be able to listen to what’s happening around you.

A better option for music on your kayak is available, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. A simple, cheap, rechargeable pop-up speaker takes up very little space on your kayak, and can be attached to a cheap ipod shuffle or similar music device. It tucks away easily in any corner (or cupholder) of your kayak, provides a solid day of music, and can be set to provide enough volume for your kayak to become the center of the party, or just provide a little background sounds for your fishing adventure.



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Want to make your own Rod Sleeves?

Heres a pretty good how to Video on the subject.

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Kokatat Gore-Tex Full Zip Jacket Review

When a paddling Jacket isn’t just a paddling Jacket
As I strive to take a more minimalistic approach to my paddling, fishing, and camping life, a notion that seems lost to me when I visit the local Fly Shp, I typically find myself looking for product’s That will serve more than one purpose. Kokatat’s Gore-Tex Full Zip Jacket just happens to be one of those products for me. When I originally purchased the jacket my intent was to find a lightweight, breathable, fully waterproof jacket with paddling friendly features. Since picking up the jacket in the early part of last season I’ve definitely put it through its paces and it has held up impressively.
Kokatat Gore Tex Full Zip Jacket
The Specifics:
Full zip hooded jacket with double storm flaps
Integral wide-billed storm hood with bungee adjustments on sides and back
Adjustable coated Lycra® splash cuffs
Zippered, self-draining chest pockets and left sleeve pocket with key lanyard and reflective piping
Side entry, pile-lined hand warmer pockets, self-draining
Adjustable bungee drawcord at waist
Rollaway hood with reflective piping
Factory sealed seams
From Kokatat:
“The featherweight jacket with sealed seams, adjustable splash cuffs and collar complete this GORE-TEX® version of our classic paddling jacket. The zippered sleeve pocket is self-draining and accessible while wearing your life vest. Adjustable coated Lycra® collar keeps splash out.”
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As a paddling jacket it performs exactly as advertised. It’s a great lightweight waterproof jacket when on the water with a nice cut allowing for great freedom of arm and torso movement when paddling even when layering up for colder weather. The wide bill of the hood works well at keeping the water off and comes with bungee adjustments on the side and back for a more comfortable fit. The splash cuffs work perfectly and the lined pockets are a big plus on the colder days.
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When I purchased the jacket I was really only looking for a waterproof outer layer for    wet weather paddling and kayak fishing. It was a coincidence that I happened to be in the market for a nice lightweight wading jacket for my walk and wade fly fishing sessions. I wasn’t to keen on the wading jacket I had already as it was a bit on the bulky side and didn’t pack up all that well when not in use. After hitting the water a few times with the jacket I realized it was everything I was looking for in a light packable wading jacket. It shares almost all of the exact same features as a wading jacket with the exception of dual front zip pockets and the typically short cut. I usually use a sling pack when fly fishing and have never really had much use for the dual front pockets so that was a non issue for me. The Kokatat’s Gore-Tex Full Zip Jacket has an adjustable bungee draw cord at the waist allowing me to adjust its level on my waist to anywhere I like. Something most wading jackets don’t have. I also found my range of arm movement when casting better than the wading jacket I had been using. Its as breathable as any other product I have or have had. It’s packable,waterproof and lightweight. For me it’s more than just a paddling jacket. It’s a wading jacket and my go to rain jacket as well.
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The Kokatat Gore-Tex Full Zip Jacket was definitely one of my favorite acquisitions last season. It has performed well as not only a paddling and kayak fishing jacket it has outperformed my previous wading jacket. Oh and the Lichen color is sweet.
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The 2013 Border City Classic Wrap Up!


The weather held up for us and the fish were biting, on both sides of the border.  The participation from the Americans doubled from last year and though they made it close, Bob Forster’s last minute entry wasn’t enough to catch the 59 7/8” total of the Canadian Anglers, which resulted in the “Border City Classic Challenge Cup” staying with the Canadian Anglers.

The torrential rains the day before and the north east winds were not enough to shut down the fish.  Maybe it was the mass of fish fly larvae that had raised from the bottom that kept the fish biting.

Kyle Moxon, who chose to fish the break walls on the Detroit River, and last year’s 2nd place finisher took 1st with a 3 fish total of 59 1/4” and also won Biggest Bass, 20 1/8”.  For his effort, along with the BCC Plaque, he won a Kokatat Angler Suit donated by Kokatat,  a Helios Spinning Reel, donated by Savage Gear/Okuma High Performance, and Sun Glasses, dontated by Hobie Polarized.

Stefan Jackson, fishing Lake St. Clair, and the 2011 BCC winner, finished in 2nd place with 58” of Bass.  He also took home an Okuma reel and Hobie Polarized Sun Glasses.

Mark Stackhouse fishing the American side of Lake St. Clair,  took 3rd spot with a total of 56 1/2” and also was given an Okuma Reel and Hobie Polarized Sun Glasses.

In a new category this year Jeff Hunt who could have won with either his Gar Pike or Carp that were both well over 30”, and was rewarded with a Triple Scotty Rod Holder.

Karen Poole from Woodstock, Ontario, was ecstatic as her name was drawn for the Jackson Cuda 12.  Judging by the picture her husband Dave was just as excited.

Bob Forster from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, couldn’t believe it as his name was called to take home the Hobie Revolution 13.

Special thanks to;

Julie Nowicki for taking pictures and helping with the dinner and awards, Greg Soulliere for providing his power boat, taking Julie out on the water, Holly Arnold and Ellen Marshall for their help to get things organized and set up, and the Riverside Sportsmens Club for their hospitality and allowing out of town participants to camp on the grounds.

Mike Malone from Pelee Wings has provided kayaks for our participants  who do not own a kayak for 3 years of the BCC and shows up at 6am to help anglers get setup and out on the water.  Happy Days also provides a few kayaks for the event.  Both of these local businesses are doing their part in growing the sport of Kayak Angling in Essex and Kent Counties.

Repeat Sponsors like Scotty, YakAttack, Greenfish, Kayak Angler Magazine, and new sponsors, CL Fishing, Anglers Choice, Reddington, Aquabound Paddles, Kayak Fishing Supplies,  Fishing Butler, Torpedo Fishing Products, The Fish Grip, and YakAngler,   providing many of the prizes for our raffles, and  supporting this event.

Kokatat, with their donation of a Hydrus 3L SuperNova Angler Paddling Suit

Savage Gear/Okuma High Performance, who donated many of the prizes for the winners and help to make sure that everyone went home with something.

Both Jackson Kayak and Hobiecat for their donation of a Kayak which is drawn randomly from all the participants.  These companies are leaders in the sport of Kayak Angling and their generous donation of  a kayak, helps to attract the experienced and new anglers to these type of events.  Their participation helps to make the Border City Classic successful and grow each year.

The event hosts, Canadian Kayak Anglers and Michigan Kayak Fishing Forum Communities, have been pioneers for the sport of Freshwater Kayak Angling in Canada and the Mid-West United States, and continue to help people of all ages discover this wonderful sport.  Jeff Goudreau (CKA) and Dan Dalton (MKF) were the individuals that started both of these forums and can take credit for how much the sport has grown through events like the Border City Classic.

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The 2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic Wrap Up!

The 2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic Wrap Up!

The 2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic is in the books. This years event didn’t go without its hiccups yet again. Southern Alberta saw floods on the weekend of the EKFC at levels never before seen with states of emergency called in a multiple locations. Our hearts go out to those affected by the floods of 2013 and we hope all friends and families are safe.We had an original participant list of 36 but with Mother Natures wrath came a few cancellations, understandably so, by those affected by or helping with the volunteer effort.

On the Water!

On the Water!

Our final number of 25 participants were lucky enough to enjoy the best weather yet for the annual event. With rain rearing it’s head at the first 2 events it was nice to see a sunny warm weather day for a change. Unfortunately with the storms in the area for the days ahead of the tourney there wasn’t’ a lot of pre fishing done and most participants hit the water for the first time on the day of the event.We had a good turnout for the BBQ social sponsored by Glenmore Boats and hosted By Doug Hamm which was held on Friday before the Captains meeting where everyone enjoyed getting together and talking shop. The eats were good it was a great way to have new participants meet old.


BBQ Social

BBQ Social

Captains Meeting

Captains Meeting

The tourney kicked off Saturday morning with most participants checked in and on the water at 6 am. Those that had some familiarity with the location paddled to spots they had confidence in while many participants spent time getting a feel for this body of water. The mornings fishing seemed to favor those that had some knowledge of the pond but as the day passed the numbers started to pick up for those new to the water making for a pretty interesting afternoon. As things wrapped up and the numbers were being tallied we saw a very competitive group on the leaderboard with small margins separating the top competitors.

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

The overall winner of the 2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic was Doug Hamm whose persistence on the water paid off. Dougs first place finish saw him take home the top prize, An incredible kayak wear package from one of our featured sponsors and premier kayak wear manufacturer Kokatat. He was followed closely by 3 time event participant Alan High placing 2nd and taking with him a nice fly fishing outfit from Reddington. CKA team member Mike Zilkowsky placed 3rd and took home a beautiful etched plaque from Glenbow Fly Fishing along with a great mixed prize package from our numerous sponsors. The top five was filled out by Flynn Skot, a first year participant and Jim Kind ,with us for a second year. We again were lucky enough, thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors, to ensure all contestants left with top quality prizes from some of the best fishing and paddling companies out there today.

1st Place Doug Hamm

1st Place Doug Hamm

2nd Place Alan High

2nd Place Alan High

3rd Place Mike Zilkowsky

3rd Place Mike Zilkowsky

Doug Beckner, a first time participant to the event ,was the lucky winner of the kayak draw which saw him leave with a Jackson Kayak Cuda 12. A top notch all round kayak fishing machine kindly donated by Jackson Kayak, a leading manufacturer and innovator in the world of kayak fishing.

Jackson Cuda 12 Winnier Doug Beckner

Jackson Cuda 12 Winnier Doug Beckner

A huge thanks from Canadian Kayak,our participants, and organizing members to our sponsors for all of their support. Their generous contributions help to ensure the event’s success and the growth of Kayak Fishing in Canada.

Jackson Kayak, Kokatat, Glenmore Boats, Settles Bridge Supply House, Reddington, Aqua Bound,Undercurrents, Aquabatics,Yak Attack, Kayak Angler Magazine, Jackfish Lures, The Fishing Butler, The Fish Grip, Glenbow Flyfishing, The Bow Habitat Station, Scotty, Tie Boss, Kayak Fishing Supplies, CL Fishin, Camo Consulting, Hobie Polarized, Boomerang Tools, Flying Fisherman, GreenFish, Venom Lures, The Fishin’ Hole, Ocean Sports, and Wholesale Sports,

A special thanks to Mike Zilkowsky,Alan High,Doug Hamm,Jordan Morgenstein,Nikki Rekman Sales and of course my wife Helaina for all of the help with the event.

Final Results

Doug Hamm
Alan High
Mike Zilkowsky
Flynn Skot
Jim Kind
Glenn Webber
Brent Mckamey
Jordan Morgenstern
Tim Norman
Jason Labonte
Gary Hetze
Curtis Jensen
Carl Ball
Catherine Lewis
Chris Bunting
Doug Beckner
Rick Bisson
Garret Becker
David Kessler
Rob Waite
Russ Murphy
Rob Boulet
Mike Patton
John Kessler
Bill Osborne


2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

2013 Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic

See you all next year!

Stephen Laurie – Tournament Director
Canadian Kayak

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Harmony Scupper Hole Kayak Cart

I had the fortune of meeting up with Kevin Henderson with Confluence Watersports (Wilderness Systems, Harmony Gear, Bombergear) a few weeks back on the lake pike fishing. We shared stories and experiences on the lake and discussed our love of the new Wilderness Systems Ride 135 Advance Angler. It is a phenomenal fishing platform and stable beyond belief. The only issue I have is moving it around on dry land. I have a strap on cart that I got from Fishing Claus a few years ago and loved it, except it was a pain in the rear to attach to the kayak without a few choice words and dumping the kayak on it’s side a few times.

Kevin asked me what I was hauling my Ride 135 around on, and I said as of now nothing. I was always driving my vehicle down to the water and unloading everything there then driving my truck back to the parking lot. He mentioned to me that Harmony Gear was bringing out a new Scupper Cart and offered me the chance to try it out and see how I liked it.

My first experience using it was this past weekend at Medicine Lake. We reserved a great pull through campsite that allowed for our truck and trailer and my in-laws truck and camper to be parked together. It’s a beautiful lake side lot, with one downfall. It is a 60 foot walk from the truck to the shoreline, with 40′ of that being downhill. There is a drop in elevation of probably 15 feet, so I figured this would put the cart to the test.IMG_2420  Although this doesn’t look bad, this the hill part of the walk to the lake. Nice graveled trail and fairly level, with a few roots. I unloaded the kayaks and gear and started to get ready to try out the new cart, but my gear tester wanted to check it over first and make sure that it would track straight.IMG_3620

Both the poles and rest are padded with foam to prevent damage to the kayak and the tires are solid core foam to prevent flats. It is amazingly light and fully adjustable to accommodate pretty much any arrangement of scupper holes.

My first test was on dry land, it was the easiest cart I have ever used. A simple lift of the kayak and the cart slid easily under the back of it and into the rear tankwell scupper holes. It immediately sat straight and I didn’t have to fight with a strap to try and secure the cart in place. Already I was starting to see the advantages of this cart over my other one. Add in the fact that the kayak was ready to head to the lake in 15 seconds, I knew I was about to pension off the old one.



The cart easily stores in the tankwell by simply flipping it over and setting it in the scupper holes. The wheels pop off so the cart can be stored in many hatches or in the rear tankwell.

The real test was yet to come! I took my strap on cart and attached in to the kayak (fully loaded and ready to fish) while it was in the water, it took 2 minutes to get it setup and another 2 minutes leveling the kayak on the cart once it was on. Then I tried the same cart out once I had the kayak beached, it took close to the same amount of time. 4 minutes and a prayer that the strap was placed right to prevent it from slipping and moving while I was pulling the yak.

Next was the new Harmony cart. In the water it took 10-15 seconds to get it in place and I was walking up the launch with my kayak. I rolled it back into the water, took the cart off and beached my kayak. Putting the cart under it took maybe 30 seconds and I was heading up the hill to my trailer. The kayak pulled super easy and tracked very well.

All in all I would have to say that this is the best cart I have used and with the padded rest to take the weight off the scuppers, I think this cart should be on the wish list for every sit in top kayak angler.

Huge thanks to Kevin Henderson and Confluence Watersports for the great product, this is one piece of demo gear that will be staying safe and sound with me. Keep an eye out for this product coming to a paddling store near you.


Tight lines and see you at the launch.


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Almost Busted Out On The Bow


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I was lucky enough to fit in a quick 2hr float a few Friday’s back Friday before heading away for the weekend for some camping in Kananaskis Country with the Family. As I only had a few hours to spare between loading up the trailer and heading out I decided to do a 2 hr float from Fish Creek Park to Policeman’s flats on the Bow River. This is a section of the river I haven’t spent a ton of time on in the past so it was a bit of and R and D float as well. This section of the Bow is more known for its large Browns then Rainbows and is a pretty popular section for the guides to float although they will usually take out further down at McKinnon Flats( a +/- 7HR float). I headed out early and for the most part had a pretty uneventful beginning but I did note some great wading spots where fish will sure to be holding for my next trip and when time allows. As I was starting to get close to the take out a Policeman’s Flats it looked as though I was going to be shut out for the day which would have been the first time in over a year. But just as I was about to stash the rod for the take out I felt a strong tap, set the hook and found myself playing a descent sized un-usually acrobatic Brown. Although it was no record breaker size wise it definitely turned what was about to be a no show into another successful day on the Bow.

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Flounder Bait and Techniques – Part One

Flounder season is here and they should be biting all over Nova Scotia in harbours and estuaries along the coast.  I’m getting ready for my first flounder trip of many this year and prepping some bait.  We get mostly winter flounder here which are the smaller of the two main species, but they fight extremely hard for their size and are one of the best eating fish we have available to us.  Here are some loose guidelines if you haven’t fished them before and are looking for some information.

I’ll start with the bait and chum because this is one of the most important aspect of catching them.  I usually catch most of my flounder in about 20-30′ of water on a sandy or gravel bottom that is often quite featureless.  Due to this fact, just dropping baits in the open isn’t always very productive.  That is why most people who really want to be successful end up using chum:
For chum you will want a “chum pot”, this can be any container that will allow some of its contents to spill out over time.  Some people create their own out of PVC tube, some use pantyhose, I like these small bird feeder seed holders.  You can get them at home depot for about $4 and they will hold a bundle of cracked mussels or clams just perfectly:


I tie a 6oz lead sinker into the cage to keep it on bottom, use as much or as little weight as the tides and current dictate in your location.  The door flips open and has just enough room to fit a bundle of cracked mussels, which is my go to chum.  Mussels are readily available along much of the Nova Scotia coastline, or you can just pick them up at the grocery store.  If you live near the water and want to try gathering them yourself, it is very easy:

Just go to the shore at low tide, somewhere you know there is a lot of rocks and a lot of seaweed.  The mussels will be tucked up under the seaweed, near the low water mark on the rocks.  You can just pull them off the rocks and toss them in a bucket, simple as that.


Once you have collected enough – or bought them at the store, bring them home and begin shucking them.  You will be mostly using these as chum, and for that they can stay intact, but you also want to tip your other bait, be it squid or mackerel strips, with some of the mussel.  You don’t want the fish getting a taste for the mussel in the pot and then present them a totally foreign bait.

I usually shuck a handful of them for tipping my squid (this is a great cocktail for cod and other fish as well) and throw them in the freezer.  They will be snotty but that is good, because you will attach them to the other bait and hook with bait elastic, which will keep everything in a neat tasty package.


Once they come out of the  freezer you can take them off the sheet and throw them in a ziploc, doing it this way prevents them from all freezing together.  Once you go to use them they thaw quickly and will become soft after being exposed to air for a few minutes.

Now that you have a few baggies of mussels for baiting, you just need to throw a few handfuls of the shell-in mussels in some bags as well and freeze those.  I usually package just as much as will fit in my chum pot into individual bags.  When you hit the water you can just grab a baggie and dump it in the chum pot once you get on the water.  You can either crush them up with a rock on shore, but I usually just slam them with the butt of my knife while in the kayak and that does the trick.

Part 2 will entail using this bait on the water and tactics for targeting the fish…

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How to Install a Fish Finder on an Ocean Kayak Ultra 4.7


Fish Finder (No kidding right?)
Ocean Kayak Ultra Transducer Kit
Household Goop
Female Quick Connectors
Butt Connectors
Electrical Tape
12v Connector
Dry Box
12v Battery

Cordless Drill
Wire Cutters
Wire Strippers
Multi-Bit Screwdriver
Hex Key Wrench

First thing I did was make sure I had everything I needed.  Although this seems obvious, you’ll drive yourself nuts if you’re not fully prepared when you are setting up your work area.  I had a lot of the items I needed kicking around the house so I didnt have to go out to pick much up other than my Household Goop.

The first bit of business was to remove the plate that comes pre-made, and designed for mounting your fish finder:


I removed the 7 screws using the Hex key holding it in place, and pre marked where I wanted my humminbird fish finder to be on the plate.  My fish finder mount had to be set to the left side of the plate so I would be able he head mount in the center hatch.  This took a bit of trial and error, but I eventually got it set properly and pre drilled the holes for the mount.

The next step was to string the hummindbird power cable, and transducer cord.  Before I strung the transducer through the scupper hole, I connected the “Ultra Transducer Kit”




This was easy enough to put it together.  The part that holds the transducer in place is made of a solid rubber material that will take a beating.  The Pin itself is a hard plastic, as is the wingnut.  (This was a surprise to me, but I’m glad.  I fish a lot of salt water and I think this would have rusted if it was metal).  Once I had this together I strung the cable up through the bottom of the hull and put it through the metal hole provided in the front of the hatch cover.  There was a lot of slack so I had to zip tie a lot of it.  Luckily there is enough space provided so you don’t have to cut and splice anything.  When you tighten the transducer in place make sure you line up the wire with the groove in the scupper.  This will avoid the wire being pinched and potentially ruining your expensive Transducer cable.  Putting it in place was a bit tricky, and I can see how someone with big hands would get frustrated…. Luckily I’m tiny and didn’t suffer this fate.



After I had the transducer cable set, I put the power cable through the same spot.  You dont have to keep a bunch spooled in the same spot due to you having most of it in the hull of the kayak.  (when you choose the screws to hold your fish finder on the plate, make sure you choose the right lenght.  I went with one inch screws so they didnt dig into the spool up wire in the above picture. it seemed to work well for me).

I only had to drill one small hole (5mm drill bit).  To do this, I went through the bow hatch, and drilled into the middle scupper



The transducer itself is set nicely, and will give me a much better signal than through the hull of the kayak.  Ocean Kayak really did well with this scupper set up.

I strung the power cable through the hole, and then “Gooped” the wire in place.   (Ive been using “Household Goop” for all my kayak mods where I needed to hold something in place.  Its as waterproof and UV resistant as Marine Goop, but a couple dollars cheaper… It also comes with an pointed applicator that the Marine Goop doesn’t provide :D)

When everything was where I wanted it to be, I mounted my fish finder: and tested the connections.


Sorry for the blurry shot :(

On to the Battery box
Ive been using this drybox for my keys, spare batteries, wallet for a few years.  I decided it could be used as a dry storage for my fish finder battery after I seen a post on another site.

I drilled a hole in the side of the box to fit the 12v connector. I made sure the hole was a bit smaller than the connector, then slowly filed the hole to ensure it made a tight fit.  It came with a positive and negative leads already set, so I cut some 14 Gauge wire connected female quick connectors to both ends….  The Battery fits in the box nicely, I put some foam I had from a Pelican case on the sides to ensure it doesnt bounce around.   Afterwards I sealed up the spots where water could leak in with Household Goop, and let dry.





It’ll sit in the hull:


So in total I drilled one hole in my Kayak for this project.

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