I like the comments above. That said, my suggestion to you would be to paddle without thinking of fishing a few times to get a feel for the boat. Then take along a rod and some minimal tackle without making any modifications to your boat and get a feel for where you put your elbows and feet and knees and what you do with your paddle while casting and retrieving - pay attention to these things. Then begin to modify. You'll want to, whether you do now or not. And besides, holes above the waterline are not a problem. Drill only just large enough to fit a bolt through and don't have real long bolts leftover to scratch yourself on. And if you are installing something that has multiple holes (like a Scotty rod mount, which you will definitely want if you troll more than a few times), then drill one hole at a time. Do not mark all four and drill all four. Drill one hole, put in the bolt loosely. Drill the next hole, etc. It's much slower, but ignore the advice once and you'll learn how I learned to do as I suggest.
Now, low tech approach is good. A one handed paddle stroke is nearly as useful as an anchor and doesn't require holes. You can jam the rod butt under your crotch as you paddle for trolling and BELIEVE ME you WILL feel a strike.
Have fun. Stay safe. Tight lines.
- Big D
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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