Installation for the Tallon Elite Mount is simple and only takes about 15 mins.
When you open your Tallon package, set out all the pieces in a place so you wont lose them. Pull the directions out and read over them a time or two. On the back of the directions there is a template for the three holes you will drill. I took the template and placed a pin hole to mark the center of each hole. Then I laid the template over the desired location of my Tallon Elite Mount. Using a sharpie I marked the center mark of the three holes on the kayak through the pin holes I had just made.
To assure accurate placement I measured my marks and checked them against the template.
I then took the leap of faith and drilled the 2 inch hole. Then using a 1 inch drill bit I drilled the two smaller holes. These two holes are larger than 1 inch and I had to use sand paper to get them to the exact dimensions.
Once the three holes are drilled simply place the face plate in the holes and from the underside, screw on the Tallon receiver. Once you have the face plate and receiver connected together you can drill your pilot holes for the three screws. Make sure on the top two screws that you drill the pilot hole all the way down in the Tallon receiver to ensure a tight fit. Screw in the three screws and you have completed the Tallon Mount installation.
Mounting my transducer I chose to place it inside the hull so that it wasn’t in the way when switching from rivers to big water.
First step was choosing the right spot. Following the bottom of the hull I place the transducer at the first flat spot from the bow. Once I had the spot chosen I washed and dried the area. Using a fine sand paper I roughed up the area and then followed up with an even finer sand paper. After roughing the area I washed it again with alcohol to rid the area of oils. Using Lexel glue I applied a large amount in the area that I had prepared. Pushing down hard I place the transducer in the glue and then using foam, braced the transducer. The glue needs two to four days to set.
Install your battery and enjoy simple fishing with your Tallon Elite Mount and Lowrance Elite.
Fishing on my birthday with Rob. Enjoy fellows! Another video coming this week!
The 2012 season is underway and the year looks promising!
Be sure to get signed up for the KBF challenges at kayakbassfishing.com!!!!
These online CPR tournaments are the real deal, fish your home waters and win big. The annual BassPass is just $150 dollars getting you into all the monthly challenges!
This 20.75 Smallie won me a brand new Ride 135 in the April Challenge
This 21 inch Smallmouth won Neal a $350 AT Paddle!
Some things to look forward to for KBF Unleashed WebTV series:
Kayak Tournament Fishing – A Day on the River
Ill focus on tactics to help anglers out on tournament day and simulate tournament fishing on the river I won the 2010 Riverbassin Knoxville stop. Focus will be on Riverbassin styler tournaments, KBF challenges, and Kayakwars.
Cobia Road Trip – Waiting on the Report
The famed Cobia run every year in Destin is one I dream about. After battling a 65lb Cobia two years ago I just can’t wait to hook up again. With gear packed and ready Ill document and weekend getaway to chase these beast.
Already met a new angler this year and tackled Boone. Looking to head out again tomorrow for Smallies.
February 11, 2012 – 25 degrees, 30mph winds, and snow flurries.
Headed out to Boone Lake looking for Stripes, Hybrids, and Brown Trout. I really wanted to catch a big Brown but went 0-2 on the Brownies with one jumping off behind the boat.
Came out of the boat ramp and saw Sea Gulls going nuts so head right to them. Get my three line spread set up with two planar boards and a free line. As I approached the birds I get a strike on the right board, fish on! Seconds later both the other lines get smashed! Three fish on!!!! I land two nice Hybrids and the other hung me up in the trees.
Decided to move and try and find some stripes or Brown Trout. With in minutes of putting out my spread at location number two I get smashed hybrid on! Fight him up to the boat and while taking a picture I hear by free line start screaming. Turn around grab the rod and set the hook. A nice Brown Trout launches from the water throwing the hook back at me.
I continue on working that area the rest of the morning picking up hybrids here and there and even missed another trout. Then as I let the boat drift in the wind I see my planar board jerk under water. Fish on! This one is fighting much harder and I could tell it was a stripe. Get him to the boat and take a quick picture before letting him go.
Wish the weather would have been more favorable, but had fun all in all 8 fish in the boat.
I bring in some friends from out of state to help catch some summer time stripers!
Every year anglers gather their gear in anticipation for the new seasons, fish, and challenges. This year I have dropped the challenge of tournaments and competition against other anglers to compete against myself. I am challenging myself to catch as many species and trophy fish as possible. Maybe I can break all my personally kayak fishing records…maybe not. The achievement of my goal wont be the grand prize, but rather the adventure and the quest.
KBF unleashed would like to extend the challenge to all our angler friends! If you want to take on this challenge we would be happy to make you a page to track your catches and records! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your past records and everytime you break one or catch a new species for the year we will update it for you (also we would love to post your trophy catch pictures on your personal page and maybe our trophy room page).
I sold my Humminbird 383C, and offered to install it on the person’s kayak that I sold it to. He took me up on the offer, and brought the kayak over yesterday. Rigging kayaks is something I really enjoy. I have a lot of confidence, and take pride in my work.
I used a Mad Frog Liberator Mini, Yak Attack Mighty Mount, (2) power plugs, 12V 7Ah SLA battery, 450mA battery charger, 3 Amp fuse, fuse holder, RAM pivoting/swiveling fish finder holder, and RAM bases. Most of the products that I used come from Hook1
Geoff brought the kayak over yesterday, and I asked him how he would like everything mounted then I just jumped in and offered my suggestions, and he seemed to be ok with them. Last night Sarah and I had plans, so after work today I started on it. The process took longer than expected due to tools being spread out, and the design of the Mojo being a little different than usual, but all in all I think it turned out pretty good, and functional. So here is the finished product. The transducer is completely removable with the use of the Mighty Mount.
This will allow Geoff to find underwater structure, and bait fish allowing him to locate game fish or bait easier, and letting him know what is underneath. The fish don’t have a chance.
List of products used from
Mad Frog Liberator Mini
Yak Attack Mighty Mount
1″ RAM Ball Mount
1″ RAM Base Ball
RAM Swiveling Mount
Well, I finished my research essay, took nearly two weeks, now I am able to write something more interesting than a Critical analysis on Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper.” I can write a full review on the Jackson Kayak Cuda!
The Jackson Kayak Cuda hit the market only s short two weeks ago. Many per-orders were placed, and many dealers were awaiting the arrival of the Cuda! I think some dealers were more excited to get the demo boats than the customers were excited to receive their boats. Never the less, everyone was awaiting the arrival of the Jackson Kayak Cuda! Dealers, customers, rival companies, and the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team Members, like me.
Jackson Kayak produced one of the, if not the, best fishing kayak ever in December of last year; this boat was the Coosa! A Drew Gergory creation that swept the market, selling over 2000 boats in under a year. As a fishing team member I knew that the 14ft version was in the works just a month after the Coosa went into production; it had no name, we just knew that the team working on it was going to stretch out he Coosa into a flat water fishing machine. So we sat back and watched as the boat began to take shape. I visited the factory to see the very first molded prototype. I knew from then on it could only get better.
What I saw was a whole new design, had nothing to do with the Coosa, but it was going to get rigged like a Coosa and I liked it. We received updates for months about what was going on, and we could not share them with the public it was hard not to click the share button on facebook, or copy and paste a picture to a forum. My only weapon was word of mouth, and I had to keep some of it quite also.
Then the day came where it was time to share it with the world, well what you could see of it through the brush around the lake. Once people saw that the boat was in fact 14ft long and that it was going to go into production the forums exploded! Every forum I frequented had a thread about the new Jackson boat, still a nameless creation. Between the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team Guys we had close to 30 names picked for the boat, and it needed a name quick before it hit the Outdoor Retail Show to be shown of at the Jackson booth. So Barracuda naturally was the name that it got stuck with, since a barracuda is one mean hunter, and goes after anything it can eat, it fit the boat that had the same attitude; but to stick with Coosa we shortened it to the Cuda!
The next day it was at the Outdoor Retail Show, it was instantly a success! Many people stopped bye and made videos of the prototype and talked with Drew Gregory. This was the first time the Jackson Kayak Cuda was exposed, and was not taken from behind a bush! This video was by Rapid Media, and rapid they were, quickly sharing the boat with 5000 views on YouTube! And again the forums erupted. And back to the front line went the JK Fishing Team, armed with proposed specs, weights, photos, and even the specs of the 2012 Coosa! So many new features were coming out we had our work cut out for us.
Then it was time for the Pre-orders, many were placed; so many in fact that there are still pre-ordered boats being molded.
I had the liberty of going the Jackson Factory to pick of my Cuda the Friday after they hit the market. If I am correct I was the second person to get the Cuda, and everyone wanted pictures! So I took many pictures and began showing them to the world!
Now, we make it to the Climax of my Novella where I shut up about the back story and actually get to the review of the boat. Since this what all of you want to hear right? I can let you read my analysis of “They Yellow Wallpaper,” if you wish? No? Okay. Review Time!
My boat spent the first night in my living room. Where I began to photograph and look over the kayak, and prepare to write this review.
First off, the boat only weighs around 75lbs. Not bad at all. When the boat is empty it is perfectly balanced at on the side handle and you can one hand carry the boat as far as you wish.
The hull of the boat mimics that of the Coosa. It has a slight V-hull with la slight pontoon effect. This gives you the best of both worlds: speed and stability. The scupper holes are again recessed a little bit into a channel keeping any frock from contacting them and causing damage. The bow and stern of the boat have a nice taper making this kayak a sword in the water. It is not nearly as tall as the Coosa, meaning it sits better in the water, and is less effected by the wind.
On to the topside, from bow to stern the layout is the best I have ever seen.
The bow handle, as well as the stern, are tightened by a bungee stopper combo; keeping the handles out of the way. The rod tip cover has a nice set of bungees over it to hold it in place and to store gear on top of it.
Coming back a mere six inches we find the front hatch. A large hatch and leads to a very spacious compartment.
Just behind the hatch we find two large flat spaces for mounting hardware. Then an awesome ridge with six rod stagers. And then two more large flat mounting spaces.
Right between your feet is a large center hatch that makes getting rods in and out a breeze, plus it is great way to access anything in the belly of the kayak; for example, cameras. The standing platform around the hatch has 6 scupper holes, plus two under the seat, this allows for maximum drainage when needed, plus the support needed to make a sturdy standing platform. The center hatch has some accessories coming out in the future, so be on the lookout for them.
Next comes the seat; the seat is the famed elite seat. It has two new pockets, one under the seat, and one across the back. There are three seating positions on the Cuda. Low, high, and Fly. The low position is the standard position, keeps you out of the wind. The high gets you up and where you can see, and so you can stand easier. Then comes fly, fly is a new creation and only available on the Cuda; the seat can be moved back to where it rest in the tank well giving you a large place to stand, and lay out your fly line.
The tank well is very spacious, and drains into the scupper holes under the seat. More flat spaces are available, but the coolest part is the two tackle stagers that are made to hold two boxes upright for easy no look access.
Then come the back hatch, it is a small circle hatch, but you can still stuff gear into it, but nothing special.
I opted out of the rudder system, I will pick one of those up soon. But I spend probably 10 minutes complaining that there was not a drain hole, then I say it! Located that the lowest point on the boat, just under where the rudder will mount, is the best placed drain plug and boat has ever had.
That is about all I have, give me more time in the boat, and we will have videos flying left and right!
Link to the Photo Album on Facebook.