Kayak bass fishing

Stand-up assist for kayak bass fishing

We made a stand-up assist rope that doubles for dragging the yak for about $10. Materials are a 3/8-inch nylon rope (which dries fast), a 12-inch piece of 1-inch tubing and a stainless-steel carabiner. Heat-shrink tubing added before tying knots makes the assist strap neater.
Photo: Dave Mull - We made a stand-up assist rope that doubles for dragging the yak for about $10. Materials are a 3/8-inch nylon rope (which dries fast), a 12-inch piece of 1-inch tubing and a stainless-steel carabiner. Heat-shrink tubing added before tying knots makes the assist strap neater.
Tie a small, figure-eight loop knot for the carabiner.
Photo: Dave Mull - Tie a small, figure-eight loop knot for the carabiner.
Pull the knot tight with the carabiner in place.
Photo: Dave Mull - Pull the knot tight with the carabiner in place.
Clip the carabiner to your yak’s front handle (my Old Town Predator’s thick, molded-in handle needed an extra rope loop for the carabiner) and, while sitting in the yak, adjust the tube handle on the rope so you must bend forward to reach it, which keeps your weight over the spot you will stand.
Photo: Dave Mull - Clip the carabiner to your yak’s front handle (my Old Town Predator’s thick, molded-in handle needed an extra rope loop for the carabiner) and, while sitting in the yak, adjust the tube handle on the rope so you must bend forward to reach it, which keeps your weight over the spot you will stand.
Another figure-eight knot keeps the handle in place.
Photo: Dave Mull - Another figure-eight knot keeps the handle in place.
Your rope is ready to assist you to stand and fish.
Photo: Dave Mull - Your rope is ready to assist you to stand and fish.