Last year, Greg Parmes, a kayak fisherman, turned into a W fishing kayak fan, and now he decided it’s time for him to open a W fishing kayak in his hometown, Theresa, in Upstate New York.
Stripers are among anglers’ favorite fish species in the eastern regions of the United States. Eastern anglers simply love stripers, and there’s even an annual celebration in New England called “StriperFest” (Striper Festival), named after this venerated fish…
Well, after my first Connecticut River W500 kayak Striper trip, you know I had to get back out there. I Hit the river at 9:00am.
First drift, at 9:39am, the first Schoolie was in the boat.
The Bite wasn’t as good as my first trip, but with 2 stripers a 32″ and one at 32 1/2″ I’m one Happy Friggen Yaker
The best part of my day was having a striper hit the top water lure, sending in the air, then coming back and hitting it again with a tail slap, when I realized, it was 3 Stripers fighting over it.
When Finally it Happened, I Had a Double on, and it was 2 Good size Keepers, they were rolling and fighting when one popped off.
But the one I got in the boat was the 32 1/2″ fatty.
I ended up with 10 Stripers, ranging from 24″ to the 32 1/2″.
I headed for the ramp at 12:30, I was pooped out, didn’t think I could reel in another fish
Plus, I was soooooooooo tired from standing and fishing all morning.
That W500 fishing kayak is a work out machine, just as much as she is a FISHING MACHINE!!!!!!!
Notice, my GoPro Hero2 mounted and ready to record – Enjoy!
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Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.
Here is Rox Davis’ account of her recent kayak fishing trip:
Epic, That’s what this day was……Epic.
I took the W500 out for my first solo Striper fishing on the Connecticut River In Windsor Locks, CT.
My buddy Mike was already on the water, I launched at 12:00 noon.
I took the 1.2hp Gamefisher outboard since I knew I could count on it running well.
My first slam came at 12:25, but the fish came unbuttoned.
I was drifting and casting my top water lure and working it slowly back to the W500, when BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fish on, and it’s a big one………………..ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Off goes the drag, and the sleigh ride began.
It was an awesome Battle, she circled me twice, and shot up river, still towing me ………….. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
I start to tire her, and get her yak side, went to grip the lip with my boga, and ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ she wasn’t ready.
Now she is tired, I get her yak side one more time, reach with the bogas ………… and SHE IS MINE!!!!!
You could here me hooting for miles I’m sure.
29” Fat and Healthy, 14 1/2 lbs of fighting fury.
Many more Battles happened after that.
Today was one of the Best Fishing Days of my LIFE!!
I landed 3 keepers, and 9 smaller Stripers.
I had some awesome blow ups, and Lost 4 Bigger Stripers, but That’s okay, that’s why its called fishing.
The W500 Rules the water.
Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.
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I have already taken my W300 out of mothballs, but I still just don’t have “anything to write home about”.
While not impressive, the attached shows a recent bass caught with an emmrod pole.
I was hoping to get some decent pics to send along, but I have not gone out for more than a few hours, as work is keeping me busy…
Because there was not much ice this Winter, I made a few outings when the air was in the 40′s and water in the 30′s in March. Dry launch and landing in a W kayak make this possible.
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Russ, from Connecticut, got himself a W502 in the fall of 2011, and rigged it with a 2hp 4-cycle Honda outboard – Read the initial motorized kayak review .
During the winter, Russ worked on turning his kayak into a mean, high tech fishing machine:
“We cannot fish in Connecticut until 3rd week in April. I have done more work on W kayak: Some lakes and ponds in Connecticut are for electric motors only, so I have set the boat up to work with gas or electric.
I had to make piece to raise the height of the motor mount for the electric motor. I made it out of teak & s/s.
I installed Fish Finder, Compass, Radio. Racks to hold paddle & push pole. I put another bolt on each side of motor mount, it makes it more stable and rigid.
I also installed a very small seat from a rowing machine. It’s in the best place for me.
Also took an old plastic cutting board and made a platform for my jiggers. It’s overkill, but it’s what I want to fish.
I plot out the lakes before I fish them, marking the outline of the proper depth for my type of fishing with buoys on my GPS screen. Got a couple more local & one in MA to do in the next few weeks.
Cutting board used as platform – the batteries are in the kayak’s hull tips
Close up on batteries at the bottom of the hulls, for the trolling motor and jiggers
Front deck, depth finder, platform with fishing tackle attached on both sides
Fishmonger Junior, Russ’ fishing kayak, next to Fishmonger – his other boat
Preparation for the jiggers
Jiggers installed – rear view with electric motor, jointed tiller extension, and seat
Long shaft electric motor, transom mount with additional piece, and security cable
Rear view of Russ’ high tech fishing kayak. Note the motor shaft is secured with a bungee ‘W style’…
Fishmonger Junior viewed from another angle
Front view of Russ’ high tech fishing kayak. Note the eyelets on the hull sides are part of the 502 configuration, and that’s where it’s possible to attach XL flotation modules
Fishmonger Junior and Fishmonger. BTW, Jr. has a Honda motor too, although it’s much smaller… More on kayak fishing reviews >>>