Kayak Stakeout Pole

Kayak Stakeout Pole
At work the other day, I was thinking about some things that I wanted to do to my kayak to make it more fish friendly for me, and also, how to do it cheap.  The first thing I thought of was a stakeout pole.  I've been out in my kayak a few times where it would have really come in handy...I just didn't want to spend the money on something that looked easy to make.  I fish a lot of creeks that are from inches deep to about 4 or 5 feet deep with deeper drops every now and then.  Having to get out my anchor each time, drop it, and tie it off was getting on my nerves.  So, on my lunch break the other day, I decided to head up to Lowes to check out what all they had since it is right down the street from where I work.  I knew I could just use a broom handle and sharpen the tip, but I wanted something a little stronger.  I ended up purchasing a 1/2" conduit metal pipe that was 5' long, and a PVC type T handle.  That night, I got home and I used a marine glue to fit the t handle to the top of the pipe for a handle.  I also used a screw to hold it in place.  Then I found some "Great Stuff" expanding spray foam that I had laying around form another project, so I sprayed the pipe and handle full of it. I was hoping that it would help the pole float, as well as keep any dirt/mud out of the end once it gets jammed into the ground.  Once that dried, I cut off the excess that was hanging out of all the holes.  Then I cut a 45 degree angle into the bottom of the pipe to make it easier to puncture the ground.  The only thing I have left to do is paint it if I want, and to drill a hole into the top and use some rope to connect it to the kayak.  This should help me to anchor out in shallow water fast, and I can use it to push me towards tailing reds in the skinny water.  I will be testing it out in the weeks to come to see if it needs to be tweaked at all.  Total cost - under $5
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