Well, I can’t say I know much about motorizing fishing kayaks, but I do have some observations to make:
The first is that electric motors (AKA Trolling Motors) don’t seem to cut it. In other words, whether you carry a heavy deep cycle battery, or spend a ton of money on a high-tech system with a Li-On battery, you’re going to be limited to short fishing trips. I know some kayak anglers who simply stopped using their electric trolling motor systems because of this.
The second observation is that American anglers are still in love with outboard gas motors, simply because they’ve learned to rely on them for long fishing trips. Nothing beats gasoline as far as storing energy is concerned, and also when it comes to firepower – literally: Gas delivers more horsepower than electric batteries do. Period.
Third, not too may people appreciate paddling long distances just to get to a fishing hole. Many prefer to get there faster than paddling or pedaling allows them, and they prefer spending time fishing than paddling… AND not too many people seem to like big motorboats that demand a trailer, and launching ramp, and lots of cash to spend on maintenance, fuel etc…
Ideally, there would be a motorboat that’s small and lightweight enough to car top, comfortable and dry enough for long hours of boating and fishing, stable enough for stand up fishing, mobile enough for launching anywhere… but I’m just wasting my time here, and my readers’ as well, since such thing DOES exist, as you, dear reader, are welcome to see for yourself:
Amazing, isn’t it?
It doesn’t necessarily mean that an outboard motor would fit your fishing kayak – It won’t, unless you own a W500. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that if you own a W500 you’d want to outfit it with an outboard gas engine – Chances are you’d be satisfied with an electric trolling motor, or just paddling! 🙂
Anyways, since you probably have many questions unanswered by this blog post, here’s a serious article on the subject of motorizing your fishing kayak >>