Its a fact that just a few short years ago there was no such thing as a 'fishing kayak'.
Anyone wanting to fish out of a kayak had to first cut a few holes, attach rod holders and basically create and invent their own ways to hold all their gear and fish catching apparatus. As kayak fishing evolved, so did the amount of home-made gadgets on our yaks and yak pimping was born! It seemed that in order to get our yaks 'just right' we had to be part fisherman, part macgyver and part home handyman, with a dash of nutty professor thrown in as well.
Then along came the popularity of electronics, and a few AKFF members soon found out that 12 volts of electricity plus water doesn't always equal fun.
Flotation was another hot topic with some members literally melting their kayaks trying to improve the bouyancy...Yak trolleys, anchor systems, catch bags, in-hull storage, electric motors etc etc. You name it, someone on AKFF has done it, and someone else has probably copied it!
However apart from a few monumental and life threatening spectacular failures, over the years there have been plenty of genius ideas and a few prototypes have now found their way into mass production. Nowadays, anything we want is available off the shelf, which is great, but theres still plenty of DIY'ers out there with ideaas to share!
Therefore, we are running an AKFF DIY comp over the next month to showcase and reward those who still enjoy the smell of burning plastic.
Enter your best DIY idea under $100 in this thread and at the end of the month we will select the most creative, useful and clever idea as our winner. Winner will receive a new Shimano Sienna 4000 reel courtesy of the AKFF
. Your idea may be related to anything 'yak pimping' related, but must not cost more than $100.
Ideas for live bait tanks, electronics, scupper carts, storage ideas, tackle systems etc etc will all be accepted - this can be an idea you have already done, something you are currently working on or a future project - we need details, pictures or diagrams and your instructions on 'how to'.
So what are you waiting for? Show us / tell us your best DIY idea and you'll be in with a chance to win a new reel. Entries close November 15.
We look forward to seeing your ideas.
On behalf of AKFF Moderators/Admin/Legends