Decided to bring the kayak to Mammoth Lakes, CA for a few days. I also hauled along my electric trolling motor, only to discover that motors are not allowed on the lake I was fishing in. Will test out down here locally. I used Kayak and caught fish out of it. Forgot camera the day I caught most of the fish…but got some nice shots of bow out on the water and snow covered mountains. No problem with the kayak at on waters 8892 feet elevation.
Lake Mamie at 8898 feet elevation in Mammoth Lakes CA. Beautiful day!
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Finally managed to get into the water this weekend! Saturday was a solo venture but on Sunday I brought my daughter with me. It is all you told me it was. Given my lack of experience, I was shocked at how easy it was to get around. Even with my 5’7″ fourteen year old daughter with me it was VERY stable. She wants one of her own now. I told her she could practice with mine and if she wanted to get into it, we’d talk.
I also built a prototype dolly. Water is about 200 yards from my house and needed a way to role it over. See pics. Making revisions and will make the final build this weekend. Is just swings up out of the way when you get to the water. Going to go with some lighter wheels and get rid of the metal eye hooks, but the concept works great. Kinda heavy at this point, but the revisions should knock a few pounds off. It got me to the water, which is the point of a dolly.
Also started working on a “roof.” Its coming along great and will forward pics. I think it will be a nice way to keep the sun off me when our fishing.
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This Saturday, June 2, 2012, Susie and I offered our W Fishing Kayaks and help to the “Castaway Kids” end of year jubilee in honor of scholarship students. Castaway Kids is the name of a nonprofit organization consisting of American, Canadian, and Mexican volunteers and donors from San Carlos/ Guaymas, Sonora-Mexico, helping bestow scholarships for kids from families that can’t afford additional education and have shown initiative and commitment to continue with schooling. Approximately 70 kids 14-20 yrs of age participated in the celebration.
The beach party was held at “Zorro Beach” (Mask of Zorro 1998 movie was filmed here), and the kayak activity was coordinated by Ian Vowles who heads up our “Seafarin Kayakers” group.
Hope you enjoy the pics.
Sonora Fishing Kayaks
Zorro Beach, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
We decided do a bit of kayaking today because the weather was amazing here in Wisconsin. Today we kayaked along the Kettle Moraine Loew lake unit – Oconomowoc river.
We tried a little fishing and my brother caught his first fish in a Wavewalk.
He said that these kayaks make pretty good fishing vessels…
I said you don’t have to tell me that!
We also had to do the “limbo” today to get under a bridge. Don’t try this in a conventional kayak! It may be difficult to keep your balance laying down and getting up again.
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These women were experienced kayakers, who came to try out the W Fishing Kayak –
They’ve been renting sit-on-tops for several years now, and almost took the final step to purchase two for their own, but decided they’d test a W kayak first, to see for themselves if the product lived up to the descriptions on the website.
They both stood-up and paddled around standing up. They both loved the comfort and stability of the plastic chair sitting over the saddle too! They both said it was just as stable with the chair. I sure think it is! They also said that sit-on-tops, no matter what you do, you’re wet after about 10 minutes… just from wave and paddle splash. But not in these W kayaks – they keep you dry!
They tested holding onto the chain fence railing beside the dock and could NOT get the hull they were standing in to go below the waterline and take on water, even standing on one leg with the other up in the air. They both said what I thought: if you get that far out of balance (without the fence to hold to) you’ll fall out before you ever take on water over the side.
They loved the kayaks… and after the test drive, they bought both of the ones I had on hand on the spot – They followed me to Simi, loaded their news kayaks up on top of their car, and off they went. They live in Huntington Beach about 2 hours from here. They were very knowledgeable about how to haul and tie down two kayaks on top of a car too.
After they had tested the W, these two experienced kayakers sure thought the W website hype was true!
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Lem, hailing from Richland Center Wisconsin caught his first fish, a native bluegill, in his new Wavewalk fishing kayak . He was kind enough to share the pictures of the bluegills and walleyes he caught…
Lem says: – “Some pics from the kayak…. haven’t had time to use it a bunch yet but it’s been fun so far.”