How to Rig a Kayak Fishing Crate

How to Rig a Kayak Fishing Crate
Combine a love of paddling with the thrill of fishing and you have kayak fishing. A popular activity among many outdoor enthusiasts, kayak fishing allows an angler to access a wide variety of waters where game fish may be located. Although kayaks are typically limited in size and space, a solution is to construct a kayak fishing crate. With a few simple parts it is possible for most paddlers to assemble and install a fishing crate to hold all of their gear.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Milk crate
  • 2 inch PVC pipe
  • Saw
  • Zip ties
  • Scissors
  • U-shaped cleat
  • Silicon caulk
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill with bit
Step 1
Cut a 4-foot length of PVC pipe in half so that you have two lengths of pipe, each 2 feet long. Use a fine-tooth saw that is designed to cut PVC pipe for the best results. Attempt to cut the pipe as straight as possible.
Step 2
Place a plastic milk crate on a sturdy work surface. If the crate features only two handles, turn the crate so that the handles are on the sides.
Step 3
Place a length of PVC in the left rear corner from where you are positioned. Position the pipe so that it is upright, the bottom of the pipe resting on the bottom of the crate and secured against the corner.
Step 4
Attach the pipe to the crate with zip ties at the top, middle and bottom. Cut excess length from the ties with scissors. Repeat the steps to attach the second length of PVC in the right rear corner and secure with zip ties.
Step 5
Determine a location on your kayak, near the bow or stern, where the crate will be attached. Install a U-shaped cleat on either side of the kayak as a tie-down point. Drill a hole slightly smaller than the screws that will be used to attach the cleat.
Step 6
Apply a small amount of silicon caulk to the drilled holes, and install the U-shaped cleat with screws. Allow the silicon to cure before continuing.
Step 7
Position the fishing crate on the kayak. Secure the crate to the kayak by attaching bungee cords from the crate to the U-shaped cleats.

Tips & Warnings

The milk crate can be customized by cutting with a fine-tooth saw so that gear and other accessories can be easily attached or carried.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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