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#1 Diana Danger

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 02:54 PM

I recently got the new inflatable fishing SUP from Rapala and I've been having a blast customizing it in preparation for its maiden voyage. All you kayakers and DIY'ers know what I'm talking about!

 

The cool thing about this SUP is that it is inflatable; everything I need fits in my trunk.  The board, seat, pump and paddle all fit into a bag that I can carry on my back, however, I am not the type to pack light for a fishing trip.  My plan is to rig it up at my car and use wheels to pull it to the water.  Once I get to the water, the wheels flip upside down and rest on the back of the board (secured with a bungee). 

 

Some things I've already added:

 

1. Stabilizers/"Outriggers" since I am a novice SUP fisherman and they were pretty cheap from Costco

2. Lowrance Elite 4x Chirp (DIY post coming soon)

3. Custom Cooler with rod holders, drink holder and a spot for my go pro pole (also a DIY project)

4. My latest project: a trolley! All that's left to do is add a little glue. This will help me get the SUP to the water, fully rigged from my car (I don't pack light). Total project cost about $50 but the satisfaction of making it myself is priceless!

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Materials: 2 Wheels, 5 ft of 1-1/2 inch PVC pipe, 4 connector T's, 4 end caps, 1/2 inch threaded rod for the axle, 2 hex nuts, 2 wing nuts, 3/4 inch pipe insulation cut open and trimmed to size. I drilled two holes and added eyelet screws where I'll attach a bungee.

 

I made the trolley as low and as wide as possible for stability so that there's little chance of it tipping on uneven surfaces.

Feelin' like Mike Holmes over here!

 

Let me know if you have any other ideas/suggestions, love to hear what you guys think!


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#2 Diana Danger

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 03:29 PM

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 05:54 PM

Looks good to me !


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Posted 16 May 2016 - 07:41 PM

My son would LOVE that ,He's 10... AND a MAN NOW !!!  :)  And really wants  to fish on the water  :) Icould see the smile now !


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Posted 16 May 2016 - 07:45 PM

Lookin good but no pink board?


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Posted 16 May 2016 - 08:06 PM

My back hurts just looking at that seat. Cooler will be much better for seating. Good luck.


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Posted 17 May 2016 - 09:23 AM

When you put your mind to it....


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#8 Diana Danger

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 11:38 AM

Lookin good but no pink board?

 

Haha.  I may add some feminine touches later on ;)  Right now I want it all to MATCH! 

 

My back hurts just looking at that seat. Cooler will be much better for seating. Good luck.

 

Thanks! The seat works on it's own but I know what you mean. I added a cooler behind the seat, attached them together and then to the board. I can sit on either depending on what I'm doing!


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Posted 17 May 2016 - 12:00 PM

The whole purpose of having a lockable cooler is if you flip you don't loose any gear. Keep no gear on the SUP. Good luck

 

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#10 Diana Danger

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 12:23 PM

Thanks Boss.  I am pretty sure I have it all figured out.  Done a lot of research over the last month!  Even got myself a wet suit so I dont have to wait for warm water.  I dont plan on flipping the sup (maybe falling off of it...) but I think I'll mcgiver some cooler locks. THanks for the tip.

The whole purpose of having a lockable cooler is if you flip you don't loose any gear. Keep no gear on the SUP. Good luck

 

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 03:09 PM

you are going to need an anchor trolley plus an anchor with 150' of rope for when you fish Simcoe this weekend.


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Posted 17 May 2016 - 03:51 PM

Saw a lot of SUP paddlers in bluffers park last weekend. that looked fun


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Posted 17 May 2016 - 04:23 PM

That's sweet D.D !


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#14 Diana Danger

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 06:17 PM

you are going to need an anchor trolley plus an anchor with 150' of rope for when you fish Simcoe this weekend.

 

HA!  More like the shallows of a local bay.  I want to make sure everything works and I am comfortable before I get on lady simcoe.

 

Funny you mention it......I was just thinking about making an anchor trolley today.  I decided to wait and see how I fare out on the water. Since there are grommet holes all over the SUP, I am assuming I can attach it to wherever I need it?  What do you think?


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Posted 17 May 2016 - 07:09 PM

Yea I just attach mine with quick links

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#17 Diana Danger

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:54 AM

I know the youtube channel well...I look up to that guy!


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:56 AM

That is dope!  

 

How do you set up your fish finder?

 

 

Yea I just attach mine with quick links

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 10:18 AM

Luckily I still have some pictures on my phone. I attached the sonar using an existing threaded insert on the kayak. I mounted the head and the transducer to the plexiglass, the transducer is mounted using a scotty arm a bolt and some washers. The power line is run through a drain hole and the battery goes on the inside of the kayak. For the SUP i'm thinking you might be best just using a portable ice fishing setup and hanging the transducer over the side, if you want to be able to use the sonar while moving you will need some sort of fixed arm.20150812_222731.jpg 20150812_222803.jpg 20150813_002019.jpg

 

 


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#20 Diana Danger

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 10:03 AM

Thanks for the tips guys.  I finished my fish finder mount and was able to test it out this past weekend.  Caught a bunch of brookies , perch and one unidentifiable fish that looked like a salt water sheepshead. 

 

You'll notice that the battery and extra cables fit into the side section of my boat bag.  Theres a small rubber opening that is meant for headphones but I cut it a little wider and now I feed my cables through it.

 

I attach the mount to the bag and the bag to the board.  Its sturdy and flexible.  I couldn't be happier with it!

 

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