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SUM 2018

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78 | www.GuyHarveyMagazine.com access fishing grounds that may be 10 or more miles away. In other words, too far to reasonably pedal there and back unless you are superhuman. For those occasions, my yak buddies and I employ the Mothership Technique (MT). The easiest MT is to simply tie the yak to a stern line on your power boat and drag it to your destination. But, that method is just too slow for an impatient fisherman like me. And, I've tried pulling a kayak at waterskier speeds. That, my friends, is the first step down disaster's staircase. It takes more mental gymnastics to figure out how to put a 14-ft.-long, 145-lb. yak on your boat so you can cruise at high speeds. Believe it or not, I transport my yak on a 17-ft. Boston Whaler (see photos). I used "redneck engineering" to mount the yak perpendicular to the hull. I call this the Hammerhead Position for obvious reasons. People stare. They laugh. Rich dudes ridicule me. I don't care. Because, it works just fine, thank you very much. On larger boats, like my bud's 45-footer with very high gunnels, more head scratching is involved. But, it's amazing what a little time and three beers will conjure up. We ended up building PVC cradles that keep the yaks in place while we winch them over the stern. It's a simple but ingenious method, if I say so myself. Plus, the yak stays in the cradle until it's ready to launch again, so it's not scraping or being scarred by the deck. Another buddy, Jimbo Meador, who is famous in his own right (you'll have to Google him to find out, but here's a hint: Forrest Gump), invented mothershipping kayaks, as far as I know. He's been outfitting flats boats for yaks for 10 years. There are nearly endless ways to mount a yak on a boat, but before you jump into it, the best advice is to invite your best fishing buddy over, examine the yak and the boat, and eventually you'll come up with an idea. It might be an bad idea, but at least it will be an idea. Step Three: ANCHORING YOUR KAYAK The first time I tried a Hobie kayak, the anchoring system consisted of a 5-ft.-long stick and a rope. Not exactly the revolutionary innovation that Hobie products are known for. I complained. It was hard to poke the stick into the ground, even muddy sand, and stiff winds pushing on the kayak easily pulled the stake from the ground. Soon after that failure, I tried a fold-up anchor, which worked quite well. It attached to a pulley and rope system that encircled the yak so it could be positioned for the perfect cast. Of course, like any anchor, it was messy, loud and cumbersome. Plus, dragging an anchor on board with mud and weeds is a sure way to soil my Ralph Lauren fishing shorts (that's a joke—any respectable fisherman wears AFTCO fishing shorts). Then you have a clunky hunk of iron banging around in the yak and an anchor line that seems to have a magnetic attraction to treble hooks. Again, I complained. Others did, too. That's when the fine folks at PowerPole solved the anchoring conundrum. Correction: they didn't solve it, they took it to a whole new hyper-techno level. It's called the Micro Anchor and it's a dream come true for kayakers and small watercrafters. The Micro is cooler than a Laguna Beach surfer dude, but there are three particular life-altering aspects of the system: 1. It can be operated via a remote fob on a lanyard you wear around your neck. 2. The battery pops in and out, like a cordless drill, so no wiring or external battery is required. 3. The 8-ft.-long spike holds you in position, even in strong winds, and stabilizes the yak for easier standing. Yep, the Micro is the bomb, and best of all, it increases your odds of catching fish. And, after all, isn't that the basic meaning of life? Mother Shipping kayaks on a 45-footer and a 17-ft. Boston Whaler in the background.

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