Nik Brown 16/12/2015 | Posted in Accessories, Big Rig, Fishing
When it comes to weather in Kayak Fishing, there are generally two types of people, there are the people who look at the the weather app on their phone and decide whether or not to go kayak fishing, and there are the people who ignore the weather app and just show up. The people in that second group will tend to paddle straight into a tornado as they launch and state, “At least there is no lightning!” As I have progressed in kayak fishing over the past five years I have found myself more and more in that second category. There is very little that will keep me off the water, so I have had to put together the proper tools to be successful in adverse conditions.
When I talk about adverse conditions there is really only two things that really become the bane of a kayak fisherman on a lake. The first one is lightning. Don’t fish in lightning, it will kill you. The second is wind. Wind can help a kayak fisherman or it can be the worlds biggest pain in the rear. One of the primary tools many kayak fisherman use to combat wind is a Stake-Out-Pole and an anchor trolley. The Stake-Out-Pole and anchor trolley do a great job of anchoring us in shallow water and allowing us to position ourselves up wind of where we want to cast. The problem with the Stake-Out-Pole is that it can be hard to stow when not in use and does not work well on all types of lake and river bottoms. Another tool is the Power-Pole Micro. Two years ago when Jackson Kayak introduced the Power-Pole ready Big Rig, my mind started racing with all of the ways this new tool could improve the way I fish. Not only would it make a great shallow water anchor, but it also removed some of the drawbacks of stowing a Stake-Out-Pole.
After installing the Power-Pole-Micro on my Big Rig and fishing with it I began to realize that I still had one of the same issues I had with a Stake-Out-Pole. In any kind of wind, I was forced to position the kayak up wind of my target so that the kayak would turn to face my target. The only other option I had was to carry the Stake-Out-Pole and Anchor Trolley the Power-Pole was supposed to be replacing. I decided to see what I could do with two Power-Pole-Micros on one kayak. After doing some research I found that both Power-Poles could be synced together and controlled by the same remote. The next step was deciding how to mount them. My first configuration seemed to make the most sense. I mounted both Power-Pole Micros side by side on the back of the Big Rig. I was pleased after my first test with both Power-Poles operating simultaneously and the kayak not turning like a wind sock, but there was not really any strong wind. The second time out proved to be a problem as the wind was blowing at a fair rate and both of the fiberglass Power-Poles seemed to twist with the wind. The “Wind Socking” wasn’t as bad as it is with one Power-Pole, but it was still enough to make the hassle of dealing with two poles too much.
After going back to the drawing board I decided to shelf the project as I had other kayak rigging projects I wanted to do. Recently though, while trying to fish a brush pile full of Crappie, I found that while using a single Power-Pole, I was not able to position myself upwind from my target so that I could make an accurate cast. This made me go back to the drawing board on my dual Power-Pole Micro Project. This time it works the way it should and I was able to go back to that same brush pile and catch a limit of crappie while anchored against the wind. The key is to separate the Power-Poles. I spent a lot of time thinking about this and talking to the people at JL Marine. When Bass Boats use two of the larger Power-Poles they are designed to deploy away from the center of the boats transom. This gives them a very wide spread when fully deployed. This width reduces the amount of twist and allows them to stay anchored against heavy wind and current. By moving the Power-Pole Micros from the stern of the Big Rig and placing them on a bracket that connects to the tank well GearTracs I was able to widen the stance of the Power-Poles while deployed. An unanticipated added benefit, is the amount of added stability that these two wider anchor points gave to the kayak. With both Power-Poles deployed it is now possible to walk around or stand sideways on the kayak as if it was on dry land.
To mount the Power-Poles I used a piece of 1”x3” Aluminum Rectangle Tubing, Two YakAttack Big Rig Power-Pole Rudder plates, YakAttack Mighty Bolts, and some Stainless Steel Hardware. The Bracket mounts to the rear of the Big Rig’s Tank Well GearTracs and is easily removable for transportation or storage.
Dual Power-Poles is a tool I now use in certain situations to great effect. It is defiantly not a necessity, and I do not use this setup every time I go kayak fishing. I took on this rigging challenge as a way to show what can be done to rig a kayak. From Dual Power-Poles, Advanced Depth Finders, to Spider Rigging, Kayak fisherman can successfully use almost every tool available to Bass Boat fisherman if they just put their minds to it.