I have been using a rod rest on my fishing kayaks for the last few years. It is a really useful piece of kit, and perfect for keeping rod tips at a low level when bottom fishing on the drift or at anchor. It makes for a handy place to rest a rod whilst tackling, baiting up and unhooking fish too. I would now struggle without one on any of my fishing kayaks so here is how i fitted my DIY rod rest to the Hobie Revolution 16....
Rod Storage on the Revolution 16
The DIY rod rest is made using Ram Mount components (more detail further in this post). This allows for almost infinite adjustability in the positioning of the rod rest. The rod rest is best mounted somewhere just past the footwell on the bow where it can be positioned at a lower angle. I find that this is perfect for drifting bottom baits and for bottom fishing at anchor, especially in choppy conditions where a more angled rod holder would cause the bait to be bounced more on and off the bottom. The rod holder is constructed in such a way that it can be fitted to any kayak providing there is a 1.5" RAM Ball on the kayak for it too attach too. This made fitting it to the Hobie Revolution 16 very easy. Here is how i done it....
Fishing Kayak Rod Rest Components
- 1 x Ram Mount 18" Long Extension Pole with 1.5" and 1" Open Socket Ends (RAP-CB-201-18)
- 1 x Ram Mounts 1" Ball Base with 1/4"-20 Threaded Insert (RAM-B-337)
- 1 x Brass Bank Stick Camera Adaptor - 1/4"-20 Male Thread to 3/8" BSF Male Thread (from Ebay)
- 1 x Brass Extra Long (1") Nut - 3/8" BSF Thread (from Ebay)
- 1 x Maver Ripple Rod Rest - uses 3/8" BSF Male Thread (from online tackle shops)
- 1 x Ram Mounts 1.5" Wedge Mount for Hobie Mast Tube (RAP-354)
Fitting a Rod Rest to the Revo 16
This rod rest assembly then attaches to the 1" open socket end of the Ram Mounts 18" extension pole. The other end of the pole has a 1.5" open end socket which can be fitted to any 1.5" Ram Ball Mount, such as the 1.5" mast tube wedge mount now fitted to the Revo 16. .The rod rest is complete!