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WIN-SPR 2018

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Page 76 of 83 | 77 Revolution Evolution What began as a few of us wackos mixing kayaking with fishing turned into an all-out hashtag movement. It's been spreading like a bad rash. But in a good way. The Internet, with all of its Facetimes and Chatsnaps and InstaTwits, provided a source for endless streams of video to propel the Revolution into a frenzy. The growth of kayaking in all sectors from fishing to white water continues to rocket upward and now there's an Evolution within the Revolution. That is, the massive existing yak community is bent on modifying their boats with accessories from anything to everything. I have outfitted one of my kayaks with a leather La-Z-Boy recliner and a 42- inch flat screen TV powered by a satellite dish. Not really. But, don't be surprised if someone does it. The truth is, fishing kayaks are laden with gear, especially those set up to compete in tournaments. Electronics, live wells, GoPros, you name it. In recent years, putting electric motors on yaks has become an entire cottage industry. And, if the German company, Torqeedo, which is the leader in electric kayak motors, has anything to say about it, we'll all be motorizing our yaks. Not that I'm against it. If I'm stranded three miles from home facing a 10-knot wind, I'll vote for electric power 10 out of 10 times. Or if I'm fishing a river, paddling or pedaling upstream might make my heart explode. Unless I have a motor. Safety note to river kayakers: ALWAYS go upstream when you first launch, just in case of motor failure. You can float downstream if your motor tanks; but if your motor fails when you're five miles downriver, well, you know the expression of being up shit creek? Same thing except you're down shit creek. If you have any doubt about the feasibility and future of motorized kayaks, I shall inform you that the Kayak Bass Fishing tournament in March 2018 has a grand prize of $100,000. That is not a typo. One hundred grand, baby! And, my point is, the tournament explicitly allows electric motors on yaks. I cite the the official document called KBF Competition Rules Standard. Listed under Item 8.B. with the heading Watercraft & Propulsion, it clearly states that: "Watercraft propulsion is restricted to paddle, pedal, pole or electric motor." They slipped "electric motor" in at the end, but it's there. If I can win that much money and travel all the way to freaking Paris, um...oh, that's Paris, Tennessee, population 10,156, which claims to be home of the World's Biggest Fish Fry. Anyway, if I can win $100,000, you can bet I'm gonna mount a motor on my boat so I can cover more ground and focus on the cash rather than fighting with a paddle. Oh, they also have a 70-ft. replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Tennessee. If you Google "trolling motor on my kayak," you can spend hours seeing dudes retrofitting trolling motors on yaks with hardware-store supplies. That's one way to do it, Bubba. But there are a number of reputable companies selling mounts and motors specifically to fit your kayak. However, no company has been in the market as long or invested as much as Torqeedo (they put up a chunk of the $100K prize money) in electrifying yaks. They have seen the future and it has a propeller on it. So, if you're a kayaker or just haven't bought one yet, think about the motor evolution. We went from paddles to pedals, and it appears that electric power is the new choice for advanced primates. You can do the hardware store gig or power your craft with a quick shopping spree online.

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