Downsize and Upgrade – From Motorboat to Motor-Kayak

Many Australian anglers enjoy fishing from motor boats, but owning and operating such a boat comes with a price that an increasing number of anglers find to be a turnoff.

Storing a motorboat takes much space, and transporting it requires a trailer, which in its turn considerably reduces the number of available launching spots, and forces the owner to beach at the same place where they had previously launched.

For most of them, downsizing to a kayak is out of the question, and fishing kayak are notoriously unstable, uncomfortable, lack sufficient on board storage space, and do not offer a long enough range of travel. Outfitting a fishing kayak with an electric trolling motor doesn’t offer to solve the problem, really, and adding an outboard gas motor to a fishing kayak is impractical, unless it’s a W kayak, which from a boat owner’s perspective, offers the desired downsize, and at the same time an upgrade in performance, except when load capacity and the number of passengers on board are considered, which is a problem that can be easily address by using more than one motorized W kayak, or by using one motorized W kayak for towing a second, non-motorized W kayak.

The following video demonstrates in what way a W kayak outfitted with a 2 hp outboard motor enhances and improves the user experience for an angler who’s used to fishing from a small skiff. In the United States, the word skiff is commonly used to describe a small to medium size, flat bottom motorboat, used mainly for inland fishing, and fishing in estuaries, bays, and other protected offshore waters.
A microskiff is less known term encompassing the smallest of such skiffs.

With regards to this boat, “Downsize and Upgrade” refers to the ability to car top it instead of towing it on a trailer, carrying it over long distances, launching and beaching it anywhere, going and fishing in places that are not accessible to bigger craft – while staying stable, comfortable and dry, and traveling at a good speed (7.5 mph).

More info about these small-size micro skiffs, including a full comparison with other, traditional and bigger microskiffs can be found on >

Shaun’s South Australian Kayak Fishing Trip

I did get out in the surf the weekend before last, and managed a bit of stand-up action in some 1m  swell – only fell out once!

I did manage to get out on Saturday morning – the weather was good for autumn – the sea was flat and comfortable! I also used the anchor for the first time and that worked great.

fishing kayak on the beach - South Australia

I was happy to get 3 nice calamari squid in a short time. The largest is 35 cm total mantle length.
I’m still not that game to go too far offshore – about 500m is my limit so far.

Calamari squid caught in fishing kayak - South Australia

This weekend I’ve planned to give it a try in a local river, the Onkaparinga, and maybe flick a few bream lures around.

It can get a bit chilly here in mid winter . The coldest month is July, with a mean 9am temperature of 10.4 Celcius.

The piece of water I was catching dinner from is the Gulf St. Vincent.

If I’m any good, I’ll eventually be able to send you pics of yak-caught King George Whiting, Yellowfin Whiting, leatherjackets, Snook, Garfish, Salmon and Salmon trout, Bream, Tommy Ruff, and (fingers crossed) Snapper -All fantastic sport fish and great on the plate.

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