Loading up a kayak with too much fishing gear (I over pack too) and getting to the water can be a chore without a trailer. It makes sense to simply get a trailer but something tells me it’s probably not the best idea to tell my fiance to park her car out on the street. It seems fairly easy to load, get to the water, fish, get off the water, then unload, right? Think again. It’s a lot of work and after a full day on the water, packing everything up requires a lot of energy.
Before I purchased my ATAK, it was essential that I address how to easily transport my plastic fishing vessel from my truck to the water, with minimal effort. Sure, I’ve tinkered around in the past with DIY PVC kayak carts, the Hobie plug in cart (great by the way for you Hobie guys) and the C-TUG by Railblaza but I was always intrigued by the popular Landing Gear by Boonedox. So I bought one.
I did some searching online and came across an installation video on YouTube from Wilderness Systems Pro-Staffer Craig Dye. Craig’s passion for kayak fishing began as he started chasing bass in the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, GA in 2008. While in Atlanta, he discovered there were many competitive events he could fish from a kayak, so he started entering tournaments all over the Southeast. He is the 2014 Tennessee State Champion and has also taken home 8 first place finishes and over 15 top 3 finishes in 5 states.
You can read Craig’s entire bio here.
Here is the YouTube link to his BooneDox installation.
At only 14 lbs, the BooneDox Landing Gear is the best thing since sliced bread. It has improved my launch to recovery time immensely. Manufactured in North Carolina using stainless steel legs and hardware with an all aluminum body, the wheels attach, deploy and retract seamlessly. The BD has saved me roughly an hour or so of preparatory off-the-water time, both before and after my actual time on the water. When I’m finished fishing, I simply float up to knee deep water, hop out and drop the wheels and roll out of the water.
Impossible end of the day ramp without the BD.
The one piece of advice I can give is to definitely take your time installing and do it right the first time. If you’re unsure, pay the extra money and have your local kayak shop install professionally. I’ve seen some recent issues with cracks so be sure and do your homework. You can’t undo drilled holes and you certainly don’t want the hassle of repairing a cracked kayak.
Happy Yak Fishing.