In colder regions, motorboats outnumber kayaks buy a higher ratio than they do in warmer climates. Why is that? It’s because anglers in colder regions are naturally more reluctant to expose themselves to the elements in kayaks than they would be had the climate been warmer.
This new video shows the Wavewalk 570 INF 20-15 being deliberately driven in waves at high speed (high for such a small, lightweight craft, that is). Assuming it’s used in a normal way, that is cautiously, this new boat seems to bridge the gap between a motorized kayak and a microskiff, while keeping the advantages of both and offering some more:
The new, extra-buoyant side flotation works better in helping to prevent this boat from flipping, and in keeping it afloat in case it capsized.
The new spray shield stops most of the spray coming from the bow for entering the cockpit.
The video was shot at Horseneck beach, in Westport, Massachusetts.
The Wavewalk 500 kayak got a great review in a leading outdoors magazine in Norway.
Vilmarksliv magazine had tested the Wavewalk 500 over a long period.
They loved its stability, directional stability (tracking), good sitting position (ergonomics & comfort), and even it’s speed –
It’s been a busy summer from Mike, a bass fisherman from North Dakota who occasionally fishes for other species, and in Minnesota:
While Mike has complaints about the cold summer in North Dakota, but he has warm words for his Wavewalk kayak:
It’s been over a year since I bought my W and I have fished out of it numerous times so I thought I’d provide another review –
This yak is extremely stable. I have not had a single time on the water where I was worried. Not one. I am able to stand, sit in the riding position (by far the position I spend the most time in) or stretch out my legs with ease. This ability to change positions has helped me stay on the water longer than I would be able to in other yaks. I can’t tell you how good it feels to stand up and stretch after a couple hours of bass fishing. I also love to stand up to paddle around. It allows me to see weed lines, beds and other items that help me catch more fish.
I have to tell you that I own a 17 ft bass boat and it has sat a lot this summer. I really like being able to sneak up on fish with my W. I also enjoy the ability to get into skinny water without a concern about damaging a motor. I have 2 surface mount rod holders and I simply sit my tackle bag in front of me on the saddle but more on rigging in a moment. If anyone has a concern about stability when fighting a fish, don’t worry. I’ve caught some very large Northern Pike and the yak is very stable throughout the fight.
I transport the W in one of two ways; in the back of my truck or on top of my wife’s Subaru. The Subaru is equipped with some crossbars and I use bath rugs to protect the back of the car and just lift the W up onto the back of the trunk and then slid it up on the roof rack. From there I just strap it down. The design of the double hulls makes strapping the W very easy. When I use my truck it’s even easier. Just two straps and away I go. I haven’t used a cart much because where I fish, I just drag it 20-30 ft to the launch across sand.
The W has been a joy to operate. The W tracks very well without a rudder. While wind may grab you a bit more since you are up a bit more than a traditional yak, this seldom poses much of a problem. Once you get used to turning the W, you won’t even think about it. Frankly, I would rather have the solid tracking. Just a note here, I did have to go up and over a log in my W to retrieve one of my favorite lures. I just sat way back and paddled up to the log and then moved all the way forward and I went down the other side.
I have tried many things but found the minimalistic approach is best. I have 2 flush mount rod holders behind me, some rod holding hooks I made out of heavy wire, a collapsible oar and that’s about it. I do have a small tray that I sit on the saddle in front of me that I use to hold onto small items. It’s affixed to the saddle using a couple Velcro strips. I do use on inflatable pad so my butt doesn’t get too sore. I use Velcro to keep it secure.
I have beat the heck out of my W and there are no visible issues except some surface scratches on the bottom from me dragging it all over the north woods. I mean I abuse the poor thing. I weigh 255 and I did get one of those saddle bracket deals. Since mine didn’t come with one (I think they all come with them now), It was easy to install and I was good. Don’t get me wrong, there wasn’t any sign of stress or anything… Believe me, these things are tough.
Overall I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and will be buying another for my wife in the future.
When most people hear “kayak fishing” they imagine someone seated on a sit-on-top (SOT) kayak, which is the kayak design that has gained popularity in warmer regions. Not so in colder regions, where most anglers prefer to fish out of small or full size motorboats, and would not even consider fishing from kayaks.
So, until people in cold regions get used to the idea that they can fish comfortably from a W kayak even in cold water and weather, they’d still imagine kayak fishing as associated with SOT kayaks, and they’ll keep rejecting the notion that they could enjoy fishing out of a kayak.
Cold regions anglers who already fish out of a SOT kayak or are in the process of considering it could benefit from reading a new article about the design of SOT fishing kayaks >
The article explains the presence of scupper holes in the hulls of SOT kayaks. This most unique feature is particularly annoying for SOT anglers because of the tendency that scupper holes have to conduct water from below the kayak’s hull onto its deck as the kayak moves in the (cold) water, and even when it is motionless, such as when the passenger is casting fishing lines or fighting a fish.
If having water on your kayak’s deck and seat area is rather unpleasant in warm water and weather, it is not even an option when you fish in cold regions.
FYI, special scupper plugs are available from several vendors, but when you apply them the water that quite often gets on your SOT kayak’s deck has nowhere to go…
Again, if you want to fish in cold regions you want to stay dry and fish out of a dry kayak, and your only serious option is a W500.