After several requests, I decided to put the kayak camera monopod conversion on the blog. It is still available for free download in PDF form on the "Downloads" section of the Palmetto Kayak Fishing website. Here is the direct link if you prefer to download the instructions. - Paul
I’ve built quite a few different camera mounting poles over the years and thought I would share a very simple
design that doesn’t cost much to make. It will fit any 1½” commercial or PVC rod holder. An aluminum
Targus telescoping monopod is the main component of the build; specifically, the TG-MP6710 model that can be found at Walmart ($15) or Radio Shack ($12.99). Target sells one as well – the TG-MP7010 ($13.79) – that is silver in color and almost identical except for a narrower foam grip.
1. Targus TG-MP6710 Monopod ($12.99-$15.00)
2. Hacksaw (or Dremel Tool)3. Phillips Head Screwdriver
4. 9/32” Drill Bit
5. 1” Rubber Chair Tip (Ace Hardware, $0.83)
6. PKF decal available on the website (j/k-optional)
The beauty of this whole build is that you don’t need to purchase a bunch of different parts. Assuming you
have all the basic tools pictured, all that is needed is the monopod and the 1” rubber chair end cap.
STEP 1: Remove the lanyard and set aside. Slide the foam grip to uncover the 3 screws that hold the camera mounting base in place. Unscrew each of these 3 screws to remove the camera base from the pole.
STEP 2: On the opposite end of the pole, unscrew the rubber foot until it will go no further. Using a hacksawor Dremel tool, cut the threaded post as pictured leaving approximately 3/8” exposed. If you are using a
Dremel tool, it is easier to cut away the rubber foot and then cut the post. Discard the rubber foot as it is not
STEP 3: Flip the camera mounting head over and locate the center hole. Use a 9/32” drill bit, and bore theexisting hole out by hand approximately 1/8” deep. This will allow you to easily thread the mounting base onto the post you just cut at the opposite end of the monopod.
The material feels like graphite and the camera head will self-thread very securely to the post using this method. For extra security, add marine epoxy to the threads although this step is not necessarily needed.
STEP 4: Slide the 1” rubber chair tip cap onto the opposite end of the post.
Additional notes: I use this setup with a GoPro HD camera that has its own adjustable mount, eliminating the need for any sort of directional adjustment. If you are using another style of camera and/or need to add more adjustment capabilities, simply purchase a “mini tripod ball head”. This component is designed screw into the ¼“ bolt on the monopod and will allow you to adjust the angle of any camera. They cost around $10.
Get creative with it and add a screw in mount for your kayak light...one pole, multiple functions!
Enjoy! - Paul