2014 Jackson Kilroy Mods

I can certainly hold my own, but by no means am I a pro at kayak rigging and modifications.  What’s great about the kayak fishing community is that you’re almost certain to find someone that’s willing to help.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent some time rigging out…or should I say…watching my Jackson Kilroy get rigged out.

I’d like to thank 3 guys in particular, who have helped me out tremendously.

Christian Myrick, Joe King and Steve Searle

Christian hooked me up with an anchor trolley and anchor.  Joe provided the anchor concept and Steve installed and wired my LED lights.  Thank you guys for all your help!

Here are the mods:

Anchor Trolley:

Fairly basic trolley setup.  Probably the single most important mod on a kayak if you ask me.  I wasn’t a believer at first, but Christian convinced me.

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Christian uses this same anchor setup, as does Joe.  I was initially hesitant to use the 2.2lb Bruce Anchor but after a test run on Grapevine Lake the other night with sustained 15 MPH winds, it held up nicely.  Here are the full step by step instructions if you’d like to use for your kayak.


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LED Lights

Academy began selling these adhesive LED strip lights not too long ago.  At $14.99 per light strip, I gave it a whirl.  I got the idea from Steve Searle last week after I saw his kayak decked out with lights.  He even took it one step further and installed 2 switches that power on and off both the exterior and interior lights.  It took us a little over 3 hours from start to finish.  I’m not too thrilled about attracting every bug known to man out there but having lights added to your kayak is pretty slick if you ask me.  Not only do they look cool but most importantly, they offer more than enough visibility on the water.  Safety is the single most important aspect of kayaking in my opinion.  Don’t overlook it.

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Topped off the Kilroy with a VISICarbon Pro collapsable LED light pole with flag from YakAttack.

Now let’s go fishing!

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  1. Dave Carlin says:

    Very cool. Now let’s go fishing.


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