I decided to get a new tandem kayak - the RTM Ocean Duo Angler in Grey Storm. As with most tandem kayaks the Ocean Duo is fairly simple in terms of features for kayak fishing. I have made a few easy modifications to make the kayak more suited for two to fish from. Here is an initial overview of the kayak and a run-through of the modifications i have made.
- Length: 12ft 2in - 370cm
- Width: 34in - 88cm
- Depth: 13in - 33cm
- Weight: 64lb - 29kg
- Max. Capacity: 485lb - 220kg
Fresh out the packaging....
The bow features a toggle handle, drain bung, gear strap, solid foot braces and a couple of D-rings
The front seating position, a small middle storage area with gear straps, 2 flush mount rod holders, more D-rings and side carry handles with paddle holders. 2 scuppers holes are located in the front section and 2 more in the rear section.
Just back from the centre storage area is a moulded-in seating area. A seat can be set up in this position and the Ocean Duo paddled solo. There are extra moulded-in foot braces for this seating position, located beside the front seating position.
The rear seating position, a small storage area with gear straps, more D-rings and a toggle carry handle.
A rounded bow, a wide flat mid section for stability and a more defined keel line towards the stern will help with tracking as will the grooves running from bow to stern.
Additions for Kayak Fishing
- 8m of 6mm braid-on-braid
- 2 x pad eyes
- 2 x 60mm stainless steel carabiners
- 1 x 100mm stainless steel carabiner
- 2 x small pulleys
- 2 x parrel beads
- 1 x zig zag cleat
- 1 x retaining clip
- 1 x 40cm of 5mm bungee
- 8 x marine-grade trifold rivets
One pad eye is riveted at the stern, and another at the bow. At the stern a pulley is clipped to the pad eye via a stainless steel carabiner.
Rod Rest & Storage
I have used the centre gear straps to hold a small crate/box in place. This is great for storing all my tackle and gear within easy reach of either angler.
The finished set up.....
The second session was much more testing. The swells were rolling past at 10-15ft out far with some hairy moments paddling when closer to shore. It handled fine and at no point did either of us feel unstable. I anchored it in the swell and it did tend to sway occasionally although this was more down to the swell direction being at a right angle to the tidal flow. We were at anchor for over an hour without any major problems. I was happy as these conditions would be the uppermost limit i would take the tandem out in.
The third session was in very choppy and breezy conditions. The bow bobbed well over the chop but every so often the wave interval would be just right to see the bow smash down into the face of the next wave meaning Holly getting splashed! It paddled reasonably well against the chop, no where near the performance of the Tempo i am used to but thats to be expected with a completely different hull design.
Overall so far so good in calm conditions, big swell and fairly choppy water. The modifications i have made have been useful in making fishing from the tandem more comfortable. The only other addition i may make in the future is a fish finder, although with a lack of hatches for access to the hull i will looking to go down the transducer arm route. Its not a high-performance kayak but for the generally short trips in good weather that we will be using it in it will be fine for fishing from.
Here are a few photos from the first few sessions.....