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Tarpon 120 Rigging
« on: February 09, 2012, 11:23:56 am »
Just got my new Tarpon 120 and am looking for options for rigging. I have already made a few mods and unfortunately had to leave to go to work for a few weeks. Was wondering if anyone had any recommendations as to whether rod holders are better placed on the slide trax or mounted center. I am mounting my fish finder on the bottom of the two center spots and a scotty flush mount on the top one with an arm extender so i can mount either my rod holder there or set it up for a camera.

Any ideas and tips (pics if possible) would be great. I am gonna try jims idea of mounting a box to the hull of my yak filled with water and foam to hold it in place.. Think I am gonna use a pelican case so it will seal and i don't have to keep adding water.

Look forward to hearing from anyone.
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012, 11:44:10 am »
Also.... and this is the big one....

Has anybody cut into the back well and installed a hatch... That is what I am thinking about doing for extra storage nd to be able to access the inside of the hull for different mounting options such as placing my battery in the aft.
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2012, 08:10:44 pm »
I have an older Tarpon 140, it has the extra hatch behind the seat, turns out I never use it.  I would wait a while to see if you really need the extra hatch before cutting.  My fishfinder and rodholder are set up the same as yours and it works out fine.  I ended up storing the battery just below it in the hull in a foam cut out.  Eagleeyesflash has the same setup for battery I think.  Happy Rigging
Dave

this is the link to Flash's battery, I used some velcro through the pad then gooped it in place, just one layer of foam.  I take the battery out for transport though
http://canadiankayakanglers.com/perception-kayaks/flash's-perception-search13/
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2012, 08:43:05 pm »
I was thinking more of a rectangle hatch in the well that i could store dry bags etc under and my battery box. That way the front hatch and middle hatch are free for lots of storage
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2012, 08:56:21 pm »
Maybe you'll win the Cuda.Tons of storage.
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2012, 09:02:41 pm »
I wish. Would rig it up with a motor. Lol
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2012, 09:40:54 pm »
  ;D
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2012, 10:15:34 pm »
Seriously. Put a minkota on the back with the hand held remote. Get the one that will follow gps tracks... Dear god. Every fly fishermans dream. A stand up kayak that follows the shoreline for yoy
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2012, 11:18:05 pm »
Lots of ways to rig you machine.It's only money gets in the way.Kinda thinking about it for the Cuda.
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2012, 07:32:18 pm »
I use the scotty rodholder mounted to the slidetrax as this allows me to adjust where the rod is in relation to my paddle. I just started using the new Ride 135 and I'm playing with the outfitting.
Also have you looked at the slidetrax sideboard and transducer arm?  http://www.harmonygear.com/product/441423/8023062/_/SlideTrax_Transducer_Deployment_Arm 

 I just set my FF up with this and used it on the lake the other day. Nicest thing is when I was done I unhooked the battery and with two thumbscrews I took the finder, transducer and mounting plate off the boat. Western Canoeing and Kayaking has these.
Here's a pict of my boat at a tradeshow the day before I put it on the water.

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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2012, 10:48:58 pm »
I spent the last 2 days not catching any fish from a Tarpon 120  ::), it had been a while since I was in one. Great Boat. I was actually able to stand in it, not confident enough to cast while standing but still pretty reasonable. I don't recommend it for bigger guys though but for my 170lbs it was great. Good cruising speed for a 12' and nibble as well. Sure is nice to lift it after moving around the bigger standing boats lately I have been trying.

I think you will enjoy your boat, I would look into the Slidetrax, doesn't get any easier than that.
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2012, 07:47:28 am »
Hey Ryan... do you guys stock the Scotty Camera mount?  if so I might need to get one from you guys.. cant seem to find one in Red Deer. Let me know as I might be able to get my brother pick it up and send it me..
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2012, 12:12:14 pm »
Yup we just got some in last week.

Let me know if your brother is going to come in and grab one so I can put it in hold for ya. If not, I can look at what shipping would be, its pretty small item so it can't won't be much, might be able to cover the freight to you.
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2012, 03:52:50 pm »
What am I looking at for price on Scotty Camera Mount and Scotty Triple... I am meeting my brother in Vernon May long so I can grab it there...
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Re: Tarpon 120 Rigging
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2012, 07:39:35 pm »
Kayak is 1 mount away from being rigged up... will have pictures of the mods with step by step on how I did it... Might just make it into a video as well... waiting to seal the deal on a Scotty Camera mount and Triple Mount.... then it is on like Donkey kong my friends... I saw a small open spot on the Red Deer River today... my guess is by the end of the month I will have my boat in the water and so so so happy
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