Fishing Kayak Review from Texas

This morning I decided to venture out into the nearby marshes with my W Fishing Kayak. Over the course of my trip I traversed around 6 miles in about 2 hours.

The wind was blowing about 8 mph when I started and picked up to 15 to 20 towards the last half of the trip. We had a thunder storm moving in with the usual increase in winds, cloudiness and slight drop in temperature. Literally “no sweat.”

This gave me a chance to compare how the WaveWalk handled the wind as compared to my experiences with both sit in and sit on top kayaks. I think that I can sum it up as WOW! All I had to do was shift my position to raise the bow or stern enough to give me enough weather vane effect to keep me pretty much on a straight course. It took a little experimentation, but I picked up on it pretty quick. I also think that the wind being channeled between the 2 hulls helped me stay on line to a degree. The main point is that I did NOT have to paddle just on one side to keep my heading in a quartering or broadside wind, even when crossing open water. Just scoot towards bow or stern and keep on truckin’.

I had a tug pushing a load of barges up the Neches River throw a pretty good wake at me when I was fixin’ to cross on my way back to the launch. I was pretty nervous, but I shifted my weight all the way to the back of the cockpit and took the 1.5 to 2 foot wake head on. No problems once I got over the initial “oh crap” moment, and the boat took the waves just fine.

I got caught in the rain for the last 40 minutes or so, but I was having so much fun that I decided that if Indians didn’t have ponchos then I didn’t need one either. I wonder if Hyawatha got as nervous as I did when the lightening started popping…

I had a great paddle.

Snuck up on birds, fish, a boat full of fisherman and the one small gator who wasn’t paying much attention. (choot ‘em, Lizabet) Got a few blisters and my muscles are a little sore (hey, I’m 60) but no yak back and my shoulder with arthritis feels pretty good. I was kind of surprised when I stepped out onto land at the end of the trip and staggered around for a few minutes. It’s true – you do use the muscles in your thighs when you paddle a WaveWalk, you just don’t notice it.

Being able to change positions while paddling also helped my knees tremendously. Years ago I shattered one knee cap twice (full of screws now) and tore cartilage in the other, so that was a big plus for me.

I only have one question – how come nobody thought of a catamaran hull concept for paddling craft a long time ago? Ok, so the Polynesians may have figured it out first on a larger scale. It needs less energy to paddle than a sit in, is much more stable than a SOT, your back doesn’t hurt and your butt stays dry! What more could you ask for?

I want to thank both of you for the amount of time that you spent giving me and my friend a test drive and a few tips. The only thing that I would suggest so far is a couple of tie downs inside the hull to tie a small dry box or whatever to securely keep your ID, cell phone, fishing license and maybe a few bucks from going swimming if you get swamped or capsize. Just a thought…

Anyway, thanks guys! I’m having a blast! I’m gonna infect my son with WaveWalk fever the first chance I get, as he is still using a SOT. I think Village Creek would be a good place to start him out.

Lee

Texas

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Kayaking in Peninsula State Park, WI

Jeanne and I hauled our W Fishing Kayaks to one of our preferred spots in Wisconsin, Door County.

The weather was phenomenal, however the wind was a nuisance for the first couple days. Wavewalk kayaks make windy days manageable, where as before we may have had to stick to hiking.

We decided to explore inland the first two days, paddling to the Mud Lake Wildlife area. It was a great area to view many varieties of birds and we had the whole area to ourselves! ( Maybe because of the high winds ). In the afternoon I fished some protected bays around the Peninsula State Park.

Day two we ventured out to the Mink River Estuary. We enjoyed beautiful skies and comfortable temps while viewing birds that were hunting for fish in the shallows, they had better success then me. We monitored weather conditions and decided to watch the sunset at Ephraim. The wind diminished slightly but we still had swells to deal with. We donned our life vests and had a spectacular evening. We had no problems with the occasional swells, the Wavewalk kayaks seemed to be in their element staying on top of the waves comfortably. Remember kayakers, always respect Lake Michigan and the Great lakes…safety first.

The last morning the seas cooperated and turned to glass. We were able to paddle out to Cave Point and enjoy what seemed to be the best water visibility we have ever had in this area.

It was a great vacation and it was made even more enjoyable by the views from our Wavewalks.

John

 

Door county kayak trip, Wisconsin

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Door county kayak trip, Wisconsin

Door county kayak fishing trip, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Lake Michigan

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Quality vs. Quantity…

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Stretching and relaxing after long hours of paddling

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Two fishing kayaks beached, Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip,Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county map

Kayak Exploring in Tampa

Fishing in the closer locales has been kind of slow so I’ve decided to explore a few places farther away with overnight stays.

I set up a kayak fishing tour of an area close to Tampa yesterday, and went down there on Tuesday to examine a few launch sites on my way. I didn’t take my W kayak with me.

While checking out a site near Bayport (about 30 miles south of me), I happened upon a fellow just returning from a morning of fishing, and loading his Wavewalk kayak into his car. I think his first name was Al but can’t recall his last name. He had a yellow W with a slick electric motor and rod holder assembly mounted in back. He recognized my name from my blog posts (see, you’ve made me famous!).

From Bayport, I proceeded down to Tampa and hooked up with the local kayak fishing guide yesterday, to explore a new area.

He supplied all the gear, and uses the [brand name of a 42″ wide, 80 lbs, hybrid kayak] kayak which is really a cross between a kayak and canoe.

So, I spent my first day in several years in a regular “L” posture kind of kayak, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be, since the seat was up off the floor a few inches… I was fine during the day, stayed in a motel down there last nite, and was supposed to go out with him again today to check out another area, but when I got up this a.m. the old back was tight and aching pretty good, so I decided to cancel the second day, and come home early.

I enjoyed my day fishing down there, and plan to hook up with the guide again to learn another new area, but next time my W kayak comes with me!

Moral of the story – the older you get, the more you need a W kayak.

Gary

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Poling and Kayak Fishing on Flat Water

Due to the north east winds we had some unanticipated flood tides this weekend-

I could already tell that the evening high tide would submerge one of my favorite spots.

I decided to go just before sunset and see if the winds were bringing the waters up faster and as luck would have it the flood was in early.

After hustling to the first flat I only saw one tail and got a couple of unsuccessful shots at it.

With the sun setting fast I poled to another flat and was about to give up when some tails popped up but not for long. Fortunately, the water was shallow enough that I could follow the wakes. I missed the first one but stuck the second one I saw. It was a solid 24″ and put up a nice fight.

When I got that one landed and unhooked the sun had set and I figured the show was over. I scanned the flat and could still see some fish feeding as the light was fading. I got another nice shot at a cruising wake and the fish inhaled the fly. This one fought a lot harder and longer, laying out at 26.”

I was hoping to get a crack at another fish as the dark settled in but they pretty much disappeared by the time I got the fish unhooked.

There were still fish there, just not tailing as the lights went out. I ran over a few while poling back home in the dark but didn’t see any tails. I noticed the same thing a few weeks ago with the evening flood and full moon when I was hoping to fish the flat in the moon light. As soon as darkness settled in, the tailing stopped and fish activity decreased, even with the light of the full moon. Poling home off the flats in the dark is a hoot and almost as enjoyable as the fishing.

I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end Father’s Day.

Kevin

The stand up fly fishing kayak at sunset Florida

Kevin’s fly fishing kayak rigged with a high platform for sight fishing, and poling – no outriggers

kayak fly fisherman showing big redfish caught in flood tide shallow water at night FL

kayak fly fisherman showing big redfish caught in flood tide shallow water FL

Red fish caught by fly fisherman in stand up kayak FL June 2012

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Tennessee Kayak Fishing Duo

We’d like to thank all of our customers- we’ve sold kayaks to people for many different reasons, from family leisure to photography. There’s no better means of family bonding than having a relaxing kayak outing in the sun. And, our last customer loved the fact she could set up her tripod in the Wavewalk and stand up to take pictures from the water. I have to say, they are very versatile, and we love talking with people to hear their ideas for the Wavewalks. We are considering starting a kayak club to give us a resource for staying in touch with our customers….

Clayton and Jeremy

Tennessee Fishing Kayaks

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