Recently, I was asked to join the Power Pole Pro Staff with the new Power Pole Micro. I received the Micro and was itching to get it rigged up on my kayak. The only conundrum I had was exactly how to rig it up. I knew exactly where I wanted to mount the Power Pole, the issue was simply how to mount it. I wanted the Micro to be mounted on the rear of my yak, the only issue was how to get it set up.
The yak in question was my Old Town Predator MX. I chose this kayak in particular for the majority of my fishing excursions mainly due to its rigging ability and clean deck. Where the issues arose is with the fact that the Predator MX really doesn’t have any rear access. The only access into the kayak itself is the front hatch, a good 12 feet from where I wanted to mount the Micro. In came the great folks at YakAttack, Luther Cifers & Dan Smullen. They’ve come up with a great idea to attach accessories where you have no access. After a few emails and phone calls, it was decided that I would rig the Micro on the Predator MX using a mounting plate, a couple of 8″ tracks (GT175), backing plates, and some rigging bullets. The rigging bullets would allow me to bring the backing plates to the rear of the kayak and line up the backing plates for attachment. The backing plates would give the tracks the stability and strength to maintain and hold the Micro. The GT175 tracks would provide the surface attachment, and also allow me to easily remove the Micro when storing and transportation.
Once we’d decided on the best approach, I ordered the goodies from YakAttack. Once they arrived, I quickly went to work getting it all set up and ready for rigging. First I put the mounting plate on the GT175 tracks so I could get everything centered and adjusted, as well as mark where I would need to drill the holes for the tracks. Once that was accomplished, I drilled the holes for the tracks. The GT 175 track is 8″ long and requires 8 holes drilled for each track. Now, I’ve never been one of those who has ever shied away from drilling holes into my kayaks, but I have to admit that I was a little hesitant. My thought process was, I certainly hope this works or I’ve got to plug 16 small holes in the rear of my kayak! After my little moment of hesitation, I pulled out the cordless drill and went to work. Once I had the holes drilled, I set up the rigging bullets. If you’ve never seen or tried the “rigging bullets” from YakAttack, these are a simple yet very amazing rigging accessory to have. The rigging bullet is a small threaded stud with a hollow center. You run a string through the rigging bullet, tie a knot so the strings stays attached, then drop the rigging bullet into the hole that you just drilled. The rigging bullet can then slide down the inside of the kayak towards your inside access area. Once you’ve retrieve the bullet from your access area, you simply screw the rigging bullet into your backing plate. I learned quickly that it best to use 2 rigging bullets per backing plate on diagonal opposites of each other, so the backing plate lines up correctly. Then, after attaching the rigging bullets, you simply pull the strings back up through your drilled holes, and the bullets will come up where you can attach the other 2 screws for your backing plate and track. Then you simply unscrew the rigging bullets and attach the other two screws.In theory this is a pretty simple concept. I will admit that a certain degree of patience is required when using these items. If you’re anything like me, then snags are going to happen when retrieving the rigging bullets and backing plates. Snags could be supports in the kayak or scupper supports, which I seemed to find each time. Luckily for me, my wife was able to assist and impart a little more patience for me. We used 2 backing plates for each GT175 track for a total of 4 backing plates. Once we had the tracks and backing plates all secured, we were past the proverbial “hard part”. Now we attached the mounting plate onto the tracks, and tightened down the track nuts. We then attached the Power Pole mount to our mounting plate, then attached the Power Pole Micro Driver Unit to the mount. We were then just about finished with the install. A few minor adjustments were made, we hooked up our battery source, inserted the Power Pole 8.5′ Micro Spike, and got our Micro Driver Unit calibrated.
The Power Pole Micro was finally finished, and it’s a very clean and sharp looking install. We’re ready to head to our favorite fishing spot to test out the Power Pole Micro and get on the fish!