What is the one accessory item you can always find in the tankwell of a kayak fisherman? If your answer was, ‘A milk crate!’ then you are 100% correct. Kayak fishermen use them to house all of their gear and even turn to some creative rigging to make their crates suit their style of fishing or needs. Let’s face the facts though. Not everyone out there who buys a milk crate wants to have to go and get extravagant with their crate designs. The typical modification that you find is the standard PVC pipe that is zip-tied into the corners of the crate to act as rod holders. Outside that, the standard milk crate is fairly plain in design. Now, with ACK introducing the ACKessories Milk Crate with Slide Trax Crate Rails, ANYONE can have a well thought out milk crate design that goes past just having some PVC strapped in.
This kit comes with everything you need to turn a 19″ x 13″ milk crate into a multi-functional kayak fishing accessory. With tapped holes to allow for the attachment of after market gear tracks, slots cut out to house pliers or fish grips, and even a slot that allows for a 5 gallon bucket to fit snug in the center of the crate that can be used as a live bait container. For the fisherman who enjoys having his PVC rod holders in his crate, there are four holes cut out in the corners to slide some PCV in to cure that itch.
The days of having to think out a milk crate design are over!
Below, Jerron Wosel, an ACK Buyer, demonstrates how to install the ACKessories Milk Crate with Slide Trax Crate Rails onto a kayak.
Cliff from ACK Houston shares his personal perspective after replacing his milk crate with a Watertrail Fishing Buddy and using it for the past 6 months.
I purchased the Watertrail Fishing Buddy w/ Rod Holders because it gave me a lot more features than the conventional milk crate that I had previously used. I was able to use it for multiple applications. The Watertrail Fishing Buddy performs very well as a food/drink cooler, which is a great tool in the Texas heat. I usually put two or three frozen water bottles in the Fishing Buddy along with the rest of my food and drinks and it does a good job keeping everything cool while I’m on the water all day.
Whenever I venture offshore, I use the Watertrail Fishing Buddy as a storage container for my tackle boxes, video cameras, and cell phone. The velcro that the Fishing Buddy uses to secure to the top part is very strong, and I trust that it won’t open up in the event that I flip over offshore. I trust the velcro’s strength enough that I store two video cameras, my wallet with my fishing license, and my cell phone in it while offshore.
Overall the Fishing Buddy is a great tool for any kayaker. The ability to pack up to six rods on it, and use the side storage pockets for anything you prefer are also big benefits of the product. I’ve used it numerous times on both the river and offshore and it has held up great, and hasn’t shown any signs of wear or tear. There’s really nothing I would change about the product even if I could, since it’s met all of my expectations so far.