Walleye Boat Project
|Last summer we decided to get back into
walleye fishing, but first we need to a find a nice, used boat. Our
criteria for choosing a boat were:
1. A solid aluminum hull,
2. An outboard motor,
3. Plenty of room to fish,
4. A fairly unmodified boat that would allow us to set it up the
way we wanted.
Our search didn't last long. The second boat we viewed turned out
to be just what we were looking for. We found an 18-foot Starcraft
Mainer with a 85 horse Johnson outboard. The boat was amazingly
clean and stored inside with no add-ons. It came with a working
Marine Radio, an Eagle LCD fish finder, a live well and a trolling
board that attaches to the boat with Eagle Feet.
|Before we made any decisions on rigging
the boat for the 2012 season, we decided to do a couple of test trips
on Saginaw Bay. To do this we added four in-line planners as well
as a couple of rod holders and four, six-foot, medium-action, one-piece
rods with line counter reels. After these two trips we had a better
understanding of how we would want to fish this boat.
|3-17-12 - List of upcoming projects include,
replacing the Marine Radio antenna mound with a rail mounted stainless
steel mount. Adding a planer board mast that we pick up off of Craig's
List. Adding tracks on the gunnels to mount rod holders. Replace the
existing graph with a updated unit that includes GPS mapping. Replace
the existing rod holders on the console with smaller units that will
hold the rods when running at top speed. Future projects will include
upgrading the trolling board and adding a pair of downriggers.
|Project #1 Install
Tracks of the gunnels.
There are many tracks of the market and they can be purchased at
larger tackle or boating retailers or the internet. We choose this
brand because we have some of this manufacturers product on our
salmon fishing boat and like the quality and it is readily available
The gunnels on this boat are so long we choose the longest stock
units we could find, four footers, this will give us the ability
to adjust rod holders to where they are required and more space
for other accessories as needed.
The gunnels on this boat are thin and flexible, to get the solid
mounting that we required we added a backer at each set of attachment
points. For the backer we just used extra plywood that was in the
shop. Each was painted with a coat of exterior primer and exterior
We then located where the tracks where to be mounted length ways
on the gunnels. Drilled a set of holes at one end of the track,
mounted the backer board with stainless steel screws, ny loc nuts
and fender washers and tightened, while making sure that the track
stayed in alignment along the gunnels. When we were satisfied that
the alignment was correct we then finished installing the rest of
the hardware and backer boards. The tracks are solid and should
hold all the rod holders that we are planning on using.
5-20-2012 - We put the walleye boat on the water for the first time
We had a couple of extra hours this morning to see how the additions
we had put on it this past winter work. As expected everything worked
as planned. The mounting process we used for the mast and tracks
is solid and positioned correctly. The rod holders proved to be
easy to adjust to the conditions.
Come back soon to follow more up-grades.
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