The rest is pretty easy. Pull up the tape. Apply a base of chalk if you like; I don’t. Insert the mount, but before you rivet it down, note the “Inboard” arrow on the top side of the mount. It is usually best to heed that arrow. Why? This arrow points to the direction from which devices must enter and exit the mount. Having the arrow face inboard makes things a tad easier and perhaps safer. You decide.
Rod Holder & Extension Arm in a Scotty Flush Mount
For the record, let me state a few final things that should be obvious. Only pick locations where the mount can sit perfectly flat to the deck. You need at least a 1 3/4″ void under the deck to accomodate the mount. And lastly, avoid any position where you might harm the structural integrity of the boat. For instance, I would not install one in the cockpit areas, or close to any of the four large handles on the deck. Enjoy your Scotty Flush Mount!
After determining where to position the mount, I put down painter’s tape. The tape allowed me to mark the location of the mount, and the holes. You can flip the mount over, and use it a template. Scribe around it with a pencil, and then draw two diagonals . Where they intersect is the center of the 1 3/8″ hole.
The arrow points to the center of the 1 3/8″ hole
I couldn’t find a fine toothed hole saw. But one I had did the trick, although it left a bur around the hole. I cleaned it off with a knife. The 1 3/8″ hole saw had an outside diameter of 1.35″ exactly like the mount’s well. So a tight fit was assured. If you can’t get a tight fit, you may want to apply a layer of chalk under the mount before you secure it down.
To assist the hole saw, I first drilled a small 7/64″ pilot hole. Best to go slow with the hole saw and not apply heavy down pressure. Take your time. Once you finish the hole, marking the 4 holes for the rivets is a piece of cake. These holes need to be 3/16″, but starting with a small pilot is not a bad idea.
Scotty Flush Mounts are very popular with kayakers. They employ them to attach rod holders and other devices, including electronics. These mounts are inexpensive, and provide a fast, convenient anchor point. Furthermore they allow you to swivel objects 360 degrees to meet your specific needs. Nice.
Installing these mounts is not rocket science, but it pays to think things through. First you have to decide exactly where the mount belongs. ( Part 3 mentions places to avoid) As you can see in this photograph, I installed one in the gunnel, near the foot pegs. I use it to anchor a Scotty Fly Rod Holder attached to an extension arm. This places the rod roughly 18 ” above the cockpit floor, making it convenient to reach either while seated or standing. Later I’ll show how this looks.
My mount is on the left side since I’m a lefty, and far enough forward that when in use it does not hinder with entering or exiting the kayak. Also note that there is enough room on the far side of the mount for a paddle shaft to pass by.
Below, you’ll see the tools I used to install this mount. They included a 3/8″ drill with drill bits, including an 1 3/8″ hole saw. A rivet tool, with rivets. Painter’s tape. A measuring tape, and a pencil.
The rivets are 3/16″. Note that the body of the rivet (thick diameter portion) must be long enough to sandwich the mount and the deck. My rivets have a body length of 1″. Anything less than 3/4″ is probably cutting it close.
The Tools Needed
My friend Phil is in northern California right now. Recently he sent me some pictures of dead salmon he saw along a stream. I never realized Chinook had such wicked choppers? They look as bad as bluefish.
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
After our day with Captain Rhett Morris, my son and I did some fishing on our own. Under bright skies, we paddled north into the backcountry.
While working a shoreline from the Chupacabra, my son hooked a nice snook. It pulled him around a bit. Fun. Before the day was done, he had two more. The backcountry is a great place to explore.
Recently my son came down for a visit, and naturally we spent most of the time on the water. The first day we fished on our own. No reds or snook, but we had all the spotted sea trout action we could handle. At one point my son had 8 fish on 8 casts. They were not large fish; still we were hooked up for a good part of the day. Enjoyed it.
Nice Size Snook
The following day we went out with Captain Rhett Morris ( 941-505-8481) of Beyond Borders Outfitters.blogspot.com. Rhett did an excellent job for us. Chumming with live bait, he got snook and reds up, angry, and eating. Beside a few snook, including the one pictured about, my son had 7, I think, big redfish. I’m talking fat, upper slot reds that pulled like demons. Lotsa fun!
If clouds could speak, a story they could tell. Yes the sky is a future teller. And this morning, windswept clouds told of front to come.
If Clouds could Speak
Caught a boat ride out into Charlotte Harbor. The AM was calm. After noon the wind went SE and pushed back us toward shore. A few fish were brought aboard, although I landed none.
Fly fishing from a boat is great fun. And I like fly fishing from a kayak too. Still the most exciting saltwater fly fishing, in my opinion, happens right from the beach. Not sure I can fully explain why that is. Perhaps its the simplicity of it. Its just you the sea and the fish. It feels pure, and immediate.
Since I moved to Florida, I’ve not done much beach fishing. There isn’t that much access in my local area. I have traveled to Sanibel Island, and Pine Island, but yesterday I located a new spot that is very nice. Stump Pass Park on Manasota Key.
Stump Pass Park
The “Pass” itself is an inlet between Englewood Beach and Knight Island, which allows the Gulf to mix with Lemon Bay. It’s a pretty spot, as you can see. So what’s up with the dead trees? I believe they are an invasive species called Australian Pines. They were introducted to Florida many decades ago to stablize shorelines, but since efforts have been underway, at least on public lands, to remove these pines and return things to a natural state. And I think these dead trees are part of that program.
The weather is great and the fishing is good too. Reds, and trout dominate the catch, but other species are around. A couple of days ago I hooked a Jack Crevalle on the flats. Typically I find them in deeper places. Yes, they are extremely strong, one of the best. But this is the first one I can remember hooking in real skinny water.
Jack Crevalle on the Flats
When you hook a Jack in deep water, they dive and bulldog it out. Tough, tough customers. But on the flats, this Jack was forced to run. And run it did! It took off across the flat like a rocket. Granted this is not a big fish, but I was amazed by its speed and erratic zig-zag behavior. Jacks are wild!