Russ, from Connecticut, got himself a W502 fishing kayak in the fall of 2011, and rigged it with a 2hp 4-cycle Honda outboard – Read his initial motorized kayak review .
During the winter, Russ transformed his kayak into this high tech fishing machine:
“We cannot fish in Connecticut until 3rd week in April. I have done more work on W kayak: Some lakes and ponds in Connecticut are for electric motors only, so I have set the boat up to work with gas or electric.
I had to make piece to raise the height of the motor mount for the electric motor. I made it out of teak & s/s.
I installed Fish Finder, Compass, Radio. Racks to hold paddle & push pole. I put another bolt on each side of motor mount, it makes it more stable and rigid.
I also installed a very small seat from a rowing machine. It’s in the best place for me.
Also took an old plastic cutting board and made a platform for my jiggers. It’s overkill, but it’s what I want to fish.
I plot out the lakes before I fish them, marking the outline of the proper depth for my type of fishing with buoys on my GPS screen. Got a couple more local & one in MA to do in the next few weeks.
Cutting board used as platform – the batteries are in the kayak’s hull tips
Close up on batteries at the bottom of the hulls, for the trolling motor and jiggers
Front deck, depth finder, platform with fishing tackle attached on both sides
Fishmonger Junior, Russ’ fishing kayak, next to Fishmonger – his other boat
Preparation for the jiggers
Jiggers installed – rear view with electric motor, jointed tiller extension, and seat
Long shaft electric motor, transom mount with additional piece, and security cable
Rear view of Russ’ high tech fishing kayak. Note the motor shaft is secured with a bungee ‘W style’…
Fishmonger Junior viewed from another angle
Front view of Russ’ high tech fishing kayak. Note the eyelets on the hull sides are part of the 502 configuration, and that’s where it’s possible to attach XL flotation modules
Fishmonger Junior and Fishmonger. BTW, Jr. has a Honda motor too, although it’s much smaller…