Rox Test Drives Her 1.2hp Outboard Motorized Bass Fishing Kayak

Today was my maiden voyage in the W500 with my 1.2hp Gamefisher outboard motor.

It Was AWESOME, I had so much fun, the W500 handled like always – Stable, stable and yes Soooooooooo Stable. The motor made no difference in the balance, it was like the kayak was meant to be used with a gas outboard.
I was doing doughnuts, driving over my wakes, I felt like a Kid with a new Toy…………
I even stopped to fish a little, maybe 1/2 hour was spent on fishing.
All smallies came out of the channel in 10′ to 16′ of water. Rattle Trap was really the only lure I tried, time was short. Only 2 Smallies were picture worthy, lost a beast, and landed 6 that were cookie cutters, 13″.

Here is the test ride, it was awesome!!!!!
I had a late start today, didn’t hit the water until 2pm. Cloudy, windy and water temps were 53.
Today was my maiden voyage in the W500 with my 1.2hp Gamefisher outboard motor.

It Was AWESOME, I had so much fun, the W500 handled like always – Stable, stable and yes Soooooooooo Stable. The motor made no difference in the balance, it was like the kayak was meant to be used with a gas outboard.
I was doing doughnuts, driving over my wakes, I felt like a Kid with a new Toy…………happy bass angler
I even stopped to fish a little, maybe 1/2 hour was spent on fishing.
All smallies came out of the channel in 10′ to 16′ of water. Rattle Trap was really the only lure I tried, time was short. Only 2 Smallies were picture worthy, lost a beast, and landed 6 that were cookie cutters, 13″.

These 2 Big Girls hit the RT like a freight train. They both did circles under water putting a good bend in my Med/Hvy BPS rod before coming up and jumping like crazy even with the cold water temps.

LIFE IS GOOD!!!!!!!

Rox

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12 thoughts on “Rox Test Drives Her 1.2hp Outboard Motorized Bass Fishing Kayak”

  1. Not too shabby 😀 you bet!
    Rox, it looks (and sounds…) great!
    No need for a bigger motor, as far as I can tell,
    Yoav

  2. Looks perfect Rox, congratulations!
    You’ve created a Personal Bass Boat…
    Pate

  3. Great video, Rox – looks like you’ve got all the speed I’d ever need. I’ll try to find one of those 9 pounders somewhere – Yoav says they’re no longer made.

  4. Nice!
    80% of a bass boat performance and 200% of its convenience, @ 5% of the price… Not too bad of a deal

  5. Gary R, thats is correct, they are no longer made, but you can find them.

    Newspapers, search the web, E-Bay.

    There are 1.2hp , 2hp, 3hp, up to 15hp, you just have to search, this one is like new.

    The fellow I brought it from collects motors, and refurbishes them.
    He had to do very little to this motor it had less then 15 hours use.

    And the best part about the Gamefisher, it uses weed whacker oil, it’s smokeless.
    Tanaka pure fire oil, the same company that made the Gamefisher Outboards.

    And parts are easy to come by.

    Tight lines and MoPaddle safe all
    Rox

    If I find another, I will grab it for the New W500 I’m picking up this week. 🙂

  6. Rox, you are going to hate to see the snow fly now. Any idea how fast you were able to go with that motor? Also what year is it?

  7. Thanks, Rox. Sounds like you’re developing a fleet of motorized Wavewalks up there. Those smallmouths better watch out.

  8. Yes and no… 🙂
    1.2hp is certainly enough for one lightweight passenger going on flat water, with no noticeable currents.
    Add factors like a bigger load, an additional passenger, driving against a strong current etc, and you may want a 2hp outboard motor such as the one you’re already using in the ocean.
    As for motors over 2hp, it could be too risky, since the kayak would be overpowered.

  9. Actually Yoav, Rainbow Res is the Farmington river, and they were drawing down water, so I did have a fairly strong current, and wind in my face, the motor as you see, was doing just fine.

    This snow will put a damper on things, but it’s going to melt fast, and I’ll be out chasing those Smallies. 🙂

    I found a 1.75 hp Gamefisher, but it’s in Buxton Maine…..too far for me with the bad weather upon us.
    I’ll keep searching.

    But a 2hp would be a dream, and I will find one.
    Then the Ct River Spring Striper Run will never be the same.

    Oh Yeah!!

  10. Yep, the W500 and small outboards seem to be a good match…
    Revolutionizing kayak fishing, again 😉
    Yoav

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