More About John Zoltner’s Motorized W500 Fishing Kayak, and First Bass Caught…

Continued from John’s first review of his motorized W500 fishing kayak

-Just caught the second or third biggest bass I’ve ever caught (a little over 3 lbs). For me that’s a big bass! So maybe investing in a fishfinder was a good idea. Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera with me so no one’s going to believe me 🙂 I also caught it on a beat-up, 1950’s lure called a “Flatfish” that I resurrected from an my old tackle box. The action of the lure is so outstanding that I’m trying to buy more of these obsolete lures.
Also enclosed a few photos showing my new reel style trolling motor crank and fishfinder, my crossed cable TM steering system and a detail shot of the flip-over wheel attachment cable connector (uses existing carry handle screw) and of course, the Flatfish.

Motorized fishing kayak - rear view

Detail of motorized fishing kayak

Wheel detail of motorized fishing kayak

Old fish lure used in the 1950s

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5 thoughts on “More About John Zoltner’s Motorized W500 Fishing Kayak, and First Bass Caught…”

  1. Hi John,

    Your boat looks like a masterpiece – literally. Both a great design and craftsmanship job.
    Congratulations on your your first catch with it. Maybe that bass was bigger and you’re just being modest? 🙂


  2. Hey John, Flat fish and their cousins the Lazy Ikes or what we term “banana lures” are still available. Normally they can be found at bait shops in the western portion of the country. Let me know if you have issues finding them, I have sources.

  3. Thanks Jeff, but I wound up Googling ‘Helin Flatfish’ and found Bass Pro actually carries them under a different manufacturer’s name – but seems like the same Flatfish to me. I immediately ordered 4 in 2 different sizes. As a kid it always struck me as odd that the front treble hooks were so small and carried on a ‘spreader’ wire. Whenever you hooked a fish, you would have to pull as many as 3 treble hooks out of the fish. This bass had barbs of all 3 tiny trebles impaled. Took a lot of careful plier work to free this guy. The other negative is that the lure is very light and very hard to cast – especially in wind. Can’t beat that wobbling action though!Thanks again!

  4. Outstanding John. 🙂

    Congrats on landing your Personal Best Large Mouth Bass, I’m sure
    there will be more. 🙂
    Good old Flatfish, never lets you down. 🙂

    Thank you so much for the detailed pictures.

    I hate treble hooks, even though I own my share of hard baits,
    I prefer soft plastic baits.
    Not that I don’t care for hard baits, it’s those dang treble hooks I hate!! 🙂

    And I bring more Bass to hand using them, just a heads up for you.

    Wait till you guys see my September recap, coming soon to a Blog near you!!

    One question, your crank system for your motor, does it also allow you to
    lower it after raising it on the water?

    Again, Outstanding Job on your W500 John.

    Some day soon, I hope we can meet, and talk about the W’s, and Then Go Fishing!!!

    Tight Lines All

  5. Hi Rox!
    The motor crank allows me to both raise and lower the motor. If after raising the motor, I let go of the handle abruptly – the motor slams down fast and latches itself fully. I still have to add a sliding pin to the bearing bracket to keep the motor in a raised position for beaching the yak.
    I think we should definitely meet sometime and compare rides. I still can’t figure out how your foot operated steering system works. There’s also a lot about soft baits you could teach me. I’ve never been good with those things and another thing – the only time my lines are ever tight is when I’m snagged on something!

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