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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:49 pm 
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I always talk about having a modular fishing system that I can easily adjust to any given fishing situation. Here's an example.

This is my livewell/bait tank that you've all seen before. It's a self contained stand alone unit. The switches, wiring, battery, rod holders, etc are all built in.

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So when I'm not in the mood to keep any fish or hitting the smaller bass ponds/lakes, I can remove this unit quickly and replace it with my recently finished crate and seperate rod holder system. This crate will hold a ton of gear.

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Since the rod holders are not attached, I can use just the rod holders if I choose. Thought I'd share.

Carl


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:02 pm 
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Very nice work Carl.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:58 pm 
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Very nice work, what kind of crate is that?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:15 pm 
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Very nice indeed. Good job with the PVC pipe and crosses.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:21 pm 
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dwntwnall4u,

This crate doesn't have a brand on it. Google folding plastic crates and you'll find a ton of them.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:50 pm 
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I just gotta ask, and I'm not trying to be a smart guy or anything;
What's going to happen when you eventually flip your kayak? Sooner or later, it's gonna happen. That's a lot of stuff that isn't tethered with a leash or fastened to the kayak hard. I don't even see floats or leashes on the fishing rods and I've dropped a couple of those on accident just fussing around reaching behind me.

Also, can you tell me what size PVC you used for the rod holder assembly as well as what schedule PVC? 40 or 80 or maybe something else like above ground rated electrical PVC or maybe ABS? Thanks!!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:06 pm 
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That is a work of art.

Two questions;
1) Did you make those crosses, or find them at the hardware store?
2) Who makes the rod holders you cut down and glued to the ABS pipe?

Thanks

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:14 am 
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SkiPro3,

I do have my stuff strapped in for the most part. I have bungees that strap in both the crate and the rod holder assembly. I use a small bungee net to cover the contents of the crate. All of my loose boxes float. As far as fishing rod straps...GUILTY!!! I have some I made but I don't use them like I should.

Everything in the rodholder assembly is 1 1/4" schedule 40 PVC. I sand each piece with 150 grit prior to assembly and paint. It helps the paint bond.

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Carl


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:22 am 
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Bubbleboy,

The crosses can be found at Lowe's, etc. I make all my own rod holders. Heat the top 1" with a heat gun until soft, shove down onto wine bottle of your choice, hold in place while running cold water over it (only takes about 30 seconds), draw on reel groove, drill hole in bottom of reel groove with 3/4" bit, cut out rest with Dremel wheel, use small Dremel sanding drum to get the finish shape and round over edges, sand all pieces with 120-150 grit, assemble and paint. :D

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:51 pm 
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What a great idea, thanks for sharing!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:00 am 
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Great job on the new rod holders. I just got my new PA 12 and would like to copy your innovation.
Has anyone done something similar with the rod holders that are angled back. Not looking to reinvent the wheel if someone has figured the right parts.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:23 pm 
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It's all the same parts. All you have to do to change the angle is: (1) Glue up the entire back section first leaving the bottom of the rod holders out. (Tip) as you're gluing the back section together, press the rod holders against a flat surface before the glue sets. This will ensure all the rod holders line up nicely. Since it's glued together in sections, this is easy. (2) Dry fit the back section into the left and right "drop in" pieces (that are already dry fit together). (3) Adjust the back rod holder section to an angle you like. (4) Use a pencil to mark the left and right pieces to be glued as well as where they meet the back section at the 90 degree pieces. This allows you to quickly realign the pieces while gluing. (5) At this point everything should be glued together (except the bottoms of the back rod holders). With the unit in place, measure the length needed for the bottom pieces to where they make contact with the deck. Cut and glue in.

Hope this helps,

Carl


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:38 pm 
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Carl,

First of all you are the most talented person to modify any part of a kayak.

Thanks for sharing...

I have one question about your Rod Holder

I noticed that the Lateral pipe going aft from the Cross of your forward rod holders (both sides) look to have a bend in them. Was that by design or was it an adjustment?

Thanks Tim

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:31 pm 
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salmontim,

Thank you for the kind words. The bend you see on either side is by design. I wanted to bring the sides of the rod holder in closer to the crate to help keep it place.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:31 pm 
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Carl,

I am thinking of having even more area for the livewell... for crappie, or catfish or walleye (bass go back :) ). Is there a limiting factor which would stop me from setting up a larger cooler which would run length wise behind the seat?

Larry


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