Most kayaks come with rear facing flush mount rod holders and these are great for trolling a lure or storing the rods whilst paddling. Some kayaks come with forward facing flush mount rod holders and these are useful for when fishing at anchor or on the drift, however they position the rods at quite a steep angle. I find this annoying when bait fishing in chop or swell where the sharp angle tends to bounce the weight on the bottom instead of gently dragging it across the bottom. I needed a rod holding solution that positioned the rods at a lower angle. The use of a rod rest has recently become popular so i decided to make a fully adjustable rod rest that i could easily transfer between any of my fishing kayaks. This is how i done it.....
Making the Ram Pole Rod Rest
I purchased a Maver MX Ripple Rod Rest. The brass adaptor did not quite match the 3/8 BSF thread on the rod rest but it went in a good few turns before the threads went out of sync and locked up - not to worry, a good dab of superglue has fixed the adaptor on for good! Likewise the 1" Ram Ball was glued to the adaptor.
This is how it looks....
On the Tempo
On the Abaco
On the Ocean Duo
On other kayaks?
The 1" Ram Ball with female 1/4-20 thread costs around £9
The 3/8"-16 thread female to 1/4-20 thread male brass adaptor costs £5 for a 2 pack
The Maver MX Ripple Rod Rest costs around £11
Total for the rod rest is therefore around £55. You then need a 1.5" Ram Ball for each kayak and these cost around £15 each. It is a pricey rod rest but is not too far off in price from buying 2 or 3 separate deck-mounted rod holders such as those produced by Scotty, Railblaza or Ram. It can easily be transferred between kayaks and can also double up as a Go Pro pole.
I have been using mine for the last 6 months and it is great, I rarely launch without it!