End of rod behind ankle, other end across opposite shin, not tried this with a kayak paddle though. Works great in a canoe. Of cours in a tandem canoe you always have to put 35-50# of rocks in front to keep it down.
quote Richwon4: "End of rod behind ankle, other end across opposite shin, not tried this with a kayak paddle though. Works great in a canoe. Of cours in a tandem canoe you always have to put 35-50# of rocks in front to keep it down. "
That's pretty much my method too. I set the drag really lose. If I get snagged, or get nailed by a big fish, it sets quickly even with a really lose drag, and I don't snap off that way. I'm talking about setting the drag so loose, that it barely holds when you are paddling. It gives me a chance to set my paddle down, and grab the rod. I just finger the line while I'm setting the hook.
I had that dilemma last week. I ended up putting the end of the rod behind one ankle and pretty much stood the rod up, resting it on my collar bone. Wasn't as nice as the shin approach, but worked o.k. Seemed like the elevated rod made the lure run more shallow as well.
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I fish solo in my canoe all the time cause I don't have any friends but I will say this. If you plan on trolling when it is windy you need to find a rod holder that works for you. When it is windy I often find myself switching sides frequently and kneeling occasionally and I could not do that quickly or safely if I had to fiddle around with my rod constantly. If you are not going to fish in the wind then maybe using your own legs for a rod holder works, but I know I like to move my legs around a lot anyway.
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I troll solo several days each May fishing for lakers. Tandem canoe paddled "backwards" with weight in the front like was mentioned earlier. Have tried couple of different techniques but last few years have been using Rod Sentry rod holder and really like it. Easy to release pole out of rod holder and can watch my rod tip when paddling. Best $30 investment I have made in my canoe fishing setup. The photo below shows how I mount it while solo paddling with a canoe paddle (waiting out a windstorm at Argo last month).