DIY High Tech Fishing Kayak, Connecticut

Russ, from Connecticut, got himself a W502 in the fall of 2011, and rigged it with a 2hp 4-cycle Honda outboard – Read the initial motorized kayak review .
During the winter, Russ worked on turning his kayak into a mean, 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.

work platform on top of fishing kayak saddleCutting board used as platform – the batteries are in the kayak’s hull tips

batteries at the bottom of fishing kayak hullsClose up on batteries at the bottom of the hulls, for the trolling motor and jiggers

fishing kayak cockpit with front deck and fish finderFront deck, depth finder, platform with fishing tackle attached on both sides

fishing kayak next to fishing motorboatFishmonger Junior, Russ’ fishing kayak, next to Fishmonger – his other boat

stand for electric jiggers in fishing kayakPreparation for the jiggers

electric jiggers installed in fishing kayakJiggers installed – rear view with electric motor, jointed tiller extension, and seat

electric trolling motor mounted on fishing kayak transom mountLong shaft electric motor, transom mount with additional piece, and security cable

rear view of high tech fishing kayakRear view of Russ’ high tech fishing kayak. Note the motor shaft is secured with a bungee ‘W style’…

rear view of high tech fishing kayakFishmonger Junior viewed from another angle

front view of high tech fishing kayakFront 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

fishing kayak on trailer with fishing motorboat in backgroundFishmonger Junior and Fishmonger. BTW, Jr. has a Honda motor too, although it’s much smaller… More on kayak fishing reviews >>>