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What should I get on my yak?

post #1 of 9
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Alrighty, so I tested out some yaks yesterday at the James Island festival, I decided I will be buying the tarpon 14 next weekend.  The reason I waited is that the shop will give you free rod holders.  I wanted to know how I should get it set up? I was thinking about the flush mounts in the back, and a scotty for the front slide racks? I was thinking if I wanted any scotty's in the back I could just get them on the sliding racks.  I dont think I want the rod holder in the center console, but do you guys like it? Does it get in the way at all, to far of a reach?  I just wanted some opinions on what I should get, and while your at it, could someone tell me how anchor trolleys work?  Also what do you guys bring on your yak? Any tips or techniques for a new timer? I would really appreciate any help you guys could give me!

ps, what color tarpon should I get you think? I kinda liked the camo, blue, tan, red... well all of them really!!! I cant decide! 

post #2 of 9
I definitely wouldn't choose a yak based on free rod holders, no way , no how. Go with a yak that has everything your looking for and feels the most comfortable to you. Make sure it's the right choice and can do exactly what you need it to do.

If the Tarpon is the yak you were planning on buying anyway, good, if it wasn't your making a mistake.
post #3 of 9
It's your yak get the color you want, Camo is the only thing that sometimes I question, I want to be seen out there. but the kayaks are so low in the water that it is the flags or hats or the bright shirts you see first. You should not do anything on your yak until you play with it a bit, then you will know what you need and where to put it, if they are giving you two free rod holders, try and get the ones that fit on the rails , they aren't cheap........Jack
post #4 of 9
As said before get out in it and get a feel for where you think you might want to mount rod holders GPS ect. As far as an anchor trolley goes it consists of a pulley mounted towards the front and one to the rear. Without getting into all the components it allows you to use a quick release cleat where you can easily reach it and slide the anchor point to the front or rear depending on wind/current so you don't get turned over by broad siding waves
post #5 of 9
Bring only what you need out there. Less is better
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by cnnashman View Post

I definitely wouldn't choose a yak based on free rod holders, no way , no how. Go with a yak that has everything your looking for and feels the most comfortable to you. Make sure it's the right choice and can do exactly what you need it to do.

If the Tarpon is the yak you were planning on buying anyway, good, if it wasn't your making a mistake.

I wasn't getting it because of the rod holders, I was just waiting a week to get it so I could get advice on where to get the free rod holders.

post #7 of 9
there are a few in this thread; mine is post 253
http://www.stripersonline.com/t/813944/lets-see-your-setups/200_100#post_10159273

if you plan on trolling u may want to conside whst type of mounts you want and where. I like Ram tubes in front of me on the slidertrax. If fish hit the holders pivot toward me for easy access to the rod. I can even rest my feet in front of them for sensitivity and control.

i have a Scotty holder in the console and a Ram micro ball for a fishfinder in front. A scotty bent arm extender helps, but I like to give myself room to climb aboard in case I capsize.

I have dual flush mounts behind my seat which is handy when I don't lug a crate which has vertical holders. I don't troll with them since I won't know if i get a strike.

They do come in handy for my motor mount.

If I could do it all over again an a naked yak, I'd check out Ram, Scotty, Railblaza, and YakAttack products on the web and you tube. Then get a few things that mount on just the slide tracks and fish with em, along with a crate. Then decide if I need to drill or screw/bolt stuff on an go from there including a ff.

Have fun!
post #8 of 9
I've got a T140 that I've been setting up over the winter. I try to keep it simple - no more than 2 rods, and all tackle goes in 3600 boxes that get stashed inside the cockpit hatch. In terms of mounts, I have the ff on the center console (the middle flat spot), a Scotty on the port fore slidetrax, and a sealed Scotty flush socket on the port side behind the seat that can be used either for a rocket launcher or to hold a flag/light (will probably put in one on the starboard side to use as a solely as a light/flag mount). I've left the starboard side clear both because I use the yak for fly fishing sometimes (and I'm a righty caster) and to give me a totally clear side for self-rescue. I suggest you think about your casting style and habits before setting any flush mounts behind the seat (or go with Scotty/Ram mounts that will allow you to change the angle of the rod holders).
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Originally Posted by 126andy View Post

Bring only what you need out there. Less is better
True. If ya have a choice for color i'd go yellow, orange or bright green if they offer them.
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