Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
I took a large rectangular piece and cut it in half for where I would stand up in the kayak for better traction when I would stand up in the boat. After carefully placing all of the pieces of the STS I pealed off the backing and placed in where I wanted it. I then moved to the area of the kayak where my paddle will rest while fishing. I took some blue painters tape to make a template and then cut out the sections of the large square pieces of the STS. Make sure that you lay the template down on the black side of the STS because if you do it on the back it will be backwards. I did this in this area because it was going to be on both sides.
Next it was time to move toward the back of the kayak where the rudder sometimes slams into the kayak while lifting it. I laid out the painters tape for the template and cut out a section that I wanted covered. I had to cut out a little hole for the rudder line guide and everything lined up perfectly.
I will be adding more but wanted to get out and fish a little more to see where I will need it. Installation on this product was a breeze and would highly recommend it to anyone that is wanting to dampen the noise in their kayak.
One of the first things I had to do was to decided where I wanted to install the Harkens pulleys and marked with a pen to drill the holes. After drilling the holes I inserted the well nuts into place and tightened down the stainless screws.
After getting everything aligned with the back pulley I started the same steps for the front but I used a washer and locking nut to secure the pulley. I ended up putting some line guides on the kayak so that the trolley line wouldn't ride up on the kayak.
Make sure when using the guides that you run the line though them before screwing the stainless screw into the well nut.
I then ran the line though both the front and rear pulleys and tied them off to the bungee.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I ended up stopping by just after lunch today to pick a color and decided to go with the more visible color so I didn't get run over by a power boater. I'm pumped and ready to rig her out! As I start rigging her, I'll post a DIY report for each items I put on the kayak. Here are a couple of photos.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Xcite Baits has a new bait that will be out in the next two weeks or so called the UBERSHAD. ("Uber" is super or superior in German).
Its been about a year ago when Lloyd with Xcite approached me with a base concept to build a bait that was very versatile and could be used in just about any situation. I was immediately on board along with several others around the state in helping develop this bait into what it is today. I know we wore Lloyd out with pouring all these baits to test one at a time with each prototype mold!
I have personally fished this bait on a txrig, crig, weightless, on swimbait hooks, scrounger head, and as a swimjig trailer. This bait has already put $$$ in my pocket. It is a killer grass bait.
The ubershad has a tapered design from front to back to allow maximum action with the least amount of effort. The tail is the Xcite designed tail that is already a proven winner. It has the belly hook slot along with a hook slot on top of the bait to allow texposing or skin hooking the bait and it still being weedless. The UBERSHAD also does not have salt so it is a floating bait. The first size offering of this bait is 6" from the head to the curve in the tail.
On top of all that this bait is injected/built/packaged right here in TEXAS. Check out the new UBERSHAD along with the complete line of Xcite Baits. http://www.xcitebaits.com/
Monday, October 17, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
After we met up and started fishing for a while the fishing has started to shut down as soon as the power boaters started hitting the water. I looked up only to find Shaun had disappeared and started to paddle to look for him. When I pulled around a point I noticed him walking back with some tools to start working on his rudder. While he was working on his boat I was able to stretch my legs and take a few shots of my kayak.
After we got everything back to normal and a quick bite to eat we hit the water hard. As we fished our way to the new spot a few miles up the lake we unfortunately couldn't find any bait fish which in turn we didn't find any fish. We decided it was time to hit up the main lake points and then if all else falls we would see if the fish have started their migration to the backs of the creeks/ coves. As we started back to hit the first point on the list a bass boat speeds past us and beats us to it. I paddled around and started fishing a rock pile not 50 yards past them, Shaun started to fish the points on the other side of me. I managed to pull three bass up to 14" off the rocks and Shaun left empty handed.
As the morning turned to afternoon we paddled a couple of miles over to Twin Coves area of the lake. I started out in the timber and Shaun went the other direction to the boat docks. After an hour of fishing the timber I hooked up with a nice bass on my football jig and started working my way to the back of the arm. I lost sight of Shaun and later found out he was able to pick up three smaller fish on a wacky rig drop shot. We made it all the way to the back of the cove in just a foot of water and started catching a few fish. I think we pulled 5 fish between the two of us with a 3lber coming unbuttoned for Shaun. When that pattern slowed down it was time to hit the main lake points again.As we pulled out to the main lake we noticed that the bank fishermen were out in full force. After paddling a couple of miles back to the point and rock pile that we fished earlier in the day, I decided to started fishing the Rattle Snake again while Shaun worked the point to my right with his Carolina rig/ power worm. After fishing for only about ten minutes I was able to put four small bass in the boat while Shaun worked over the point. Within a minute or two I noticed that Shaun had a good fish pulling on the end of his line and pulled out a 20" bass to top off the day. We stayed on that spot for the next hour with only a couple of small fish to speak of.
Great day on the water but it was a long one. After spending 13 hours straight on the kayak, we were ready to call it a day.