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Brian Vickery’s W500 Fishing Kayak Electric Trolling Motor Setup, CA

Brian, from California, has an extraordinary talent for coming up with original outfitting ideas, and turning them into real life solutions.

Being a photographer, Brian needs to be able to troll at a steady pace, as well as stand up in full confidence.

Cockpit of fishing kayak rigged for photography

Note the two small-size batteries that fit perfectly at the bottom of the hulls.
The motor’s steering bar features a useful articulated extension, especially if you’re standing up.

Camera case in fishing kayak rigged for photography

Brian’s camera case

Battery box in motorized fishing kayak rigged for photography

Battery box at the bottom of Brian’s fishing kayak’s hull

Electric motor mount socket in motorized fishing kayak rigged for photography

Motor mount socket for the electric motor. The motor is located at the stern.

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Brian Vickery Riding on the Saddle: Kayak Fishing Western Style – California (Where Else?…)

Brian just got his W500 fishing kayak, and after he went wave walking with it he’s already implementing some creative outfitting ideas for it:

saddle for fishing kayak

The title for this picture should probably be ‘Motorized Fishing Sea Horse’, or ‘Western Yak Saddle’.

Some Basic, Practical Advice About Rigging Your Fishing Kayak

There’s a new article available on the exciting, complex, confusing, and often daunting subject of rigging your fishing kayak.

The article is called Rigging Your Fishing Kayak: Some Basic Practical Advice

The main message it conveys is that there’s no need to hurry and start outfitting your W kayak for fishing as soon as you take it out of the box in which it came, and it’s advisable to use it at least several times as is before you decide if and what type of rigging you’d like to add to it.

The article discusses typical rigging questions like rod holders, paddle holders, rudder, seat, outriggers, motor, anchor, milk crate etc.

We recommend that prospecting clients as well as new owners of W fishing kayaks read it.

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W300 Fishing Kayak Motorized With a 2.5 HP Outboard Gas Engine

I thought it may be interesting to revisit the subject of motorizing fishing kayaks with an outboard gas engine.

To the best of my knowledge, so far only one W kayak angler has used such an outboard motor: Jim McGilvray, from Norfolk, UK, who rigged his 2007 W300 fishing kayak with a 2.5, 4 stroke engine, and a pair of DIY outriggers.
This is the movie Jim sent us, over two years ago:

This rig allows for more than trolling, obviously. The speed and stability are remarkable.

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Rox’ W300 Motorized Fishing Kayak Trip – Movie

Here is a video clip of me motoring up the Farmington River from the Rainbow Reservoir launch on September 15 2009.
It would take me 2 1/2 hours to paddle this far, and I would be exhausted, paddling against the current.
But with the W300 and my hands free steering 30 lbs thrust minn kota trolling motor, it took me a little over 20 minutes to make the trip, that meant more time to fish!
Tight lines

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