Gwrodzhi

Tarpon tandem rod holder suggestions

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Last year I bought a tarpon tandem kayak to use for mostly paddling and some fishing in the backwaters. However I have an issue with the rod holders put on the rails, I cannot paddle semi aggressively without hitting the rod no matter how I seem to adjust the racks, or the person in the front will hit it. Has anyone found a system that works. 

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You might be able to put a track in the middle of your legs if that works out better for you, keep the rails cleaner. But I think what will help you is to get a riser, I know Scotty sells them for maybe $12 that work with their units. That will give you more space, I know it did for me and keeps the reel up more as well.

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2 hours ago, Gwrodzhi said:

Will have to check out the riser option. It just gets frustrating fighting wind/ tide and hitting the road every other stroke. Thanks

Keep it in the water ... you'll have less frustration ;)

 

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3 hours ago, Gwrodzhi said:

Will have to check out the riser option. It just gets frustrating fighting wind/ tide and hitting the road every other stroke. Thanks

Yeah, Look at the Scotty #259 Rod holder extender and Scott #429 the gear head extender adapter....I got mine from the kayak fishing store, he was the one who suggested them to me

 

but you will need a track to mount them on but worth it IMO

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I had the same setup on my old Wilderness tandem. To have unrestrictive paddling you’ll have to  bend and reach to grab a rod. It works paddling the Hobie too.

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I would rather have to reach than hit the rid with the paddle. The only issue I see is that if I extend them forward my girlfriend will have a hard time paddling. Will definitely buy the extenders and play around with it.  Much different then my Hobie and will take some time to get used to. 

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You're not trolling, right?. sometimes I don't even put a rod holder on. I lay them at my feet if I'm switching a lot or keep them in the flush mounts behind the seat.

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I am usually just casting 95% of time if not more. Anyone ever have any issues installing flush mount rod holders in their kayak. I don’t really love the idea of drilling 2” holes in the kayak. 

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