|Small Boat Modifications
I like to employ some low cost neat little tricks to make either of my two bass fishing vessels more efficient fishing machines. You would be suprised how a little ingenuity goes a long way. Please understand that I live on Long Island and although we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, we are limited to electric motors only in all except one. This hardly makes the pleasure of owning a gas outboard worth it unless one wants to frequently travel upstate to fish. My Bass Fishing Platforms
Float Cat 65
The Float Cat came to me totally fishable. I though of a few simple low cost mods that could make it even better. I noticed right off that it had pre-drilled holes on the immediate front and rear tips of each pontoon. I stretched a bungee cord from front tip to front tip. This allows me to stand up out of the boat in shallow water without having the boat drift away. I fish in current often with this little boat and that is a great way to prevent the boat from getting away from me…total cost about 90 cents. Next, I added a fixed rudder to the bottom of each pontoon. I fashioned them out of hard plastic and mounted them with super deadly grip epoxy. The rudders extend about two inches deep by two inches long past the tip of the pontoon. They don’t hang up and allow me to turn the boat on a dime. I feel the also help me travel against the current easier than if I ran the boat without them. Total cost about five bucks. I added a bungee cord to the front of each pontoon and they serve as rod holders during travel and while fishing. These wrap totally around the pontoon. I normally run 4 rods and they store neatly out of the way on the opposite side of the boat than I am fishing. Again, total cost about two bucks.
I experimented with several types of anchors. I used a 5lb. mushroom, 3lb. metal dragger, and even a windshield wiper fluid bottle full of sand. They all sucked!!! Either they didn’t hold or were too bulky. That is when I got an idea. I realized I needed a flat, easily stowable device. I chose a rubber coated 5lb. weight plate from my workout bench. I rigged nylon-coated anchor rope through the middle. The anchor holds well and never gets in the way. I sometimes forget it is even in the boat and have to avoid getting smacked in the head with it as I take the boat of the roof of my car. Although I haven’t done anything tremendous, I have successfully increased the performance of the Float Cat. It runs like a bass catching battleship and gets me into places other guys can’t reach. I store the boat suspended to the ceiling in my garage with a clever little rope and pulley system. Total cost of Float Cat Mods….about $20.00
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