Fishing Kayaks That Make Sense – For a Change
Fishing from kayaks is great in principle, but most kayak fishermen have realized by now that in practice sit-on-top (SOT) and sit-in kayaks (SIK) leave much to be desired in terms of comfort and performance. Our patented W Fishing Kayak solves these problems at their root, and offers you both optimal performance and the best fishing experience.
Stability: The Fundamental Factor
Your fishing kayak should offer you enough stability to fish and paddle standing in full confidence, even in saltwater – simply because fishing and standing go together.
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The key is the patented combination between the stabler catamaran design and the fact that your feet reach deep down to the bottom of the hulls, below waterline, and you use your legs for balance and control. For more information read our Fishing Kayak Stability article.
Comfort In Absolute Terms: Your Own
Can you imagine a less comfortable fishing position than the traditional, kayaking position a.k.a. ‘L position’?
It is so unusual and uncomfortable that it causes fatigue, circulation problems, leg numbness and back pains that no foot braces or cushioned kayak seat may eliminate.
Our W Fishing Kayak’s patented, high saddle and spacious cockpit offer you the freedom to switch anytime between numerous, comfortable fishing and paddling positions including standing, sitting, riding, kneeling and a variety of intermediary positions. To learn more visit our Ergonomics page, and this new blog about kayak fishing and back pain called ‘Painless Kayak Fishing’.
As Dry As In A Real Fishing Boat -
Sit-in and sit-on-top fishing kayaks hardly offer you enough protection from the elements, whether those are wind, waves or spray. Continuous exposure results in the infamous ‘wet ride’ or ‘soggy bottom’ experience, cold, itch and even skin inflammation a.k.a. ‘diaper rash’.
You shouldn’t get wet just because you’re fishing from a kayak: Our W Fishing Kayak protects a 200 lb user with 13 inches of free board. Furthermore, the W Fishing Kayak’s saddle is self draining in case some rain or spray get inside the cockpit. For additional info see: surf & ocean
From the riding position you get more power with casting or spinning, and you can throw to longer distances than ordinary fishing kayaks allow you:
Riding with your legs on both sides of the saddle and your feet positioned at the bottom of the deep hulls gives you a solid and confident feeling, and enables to put all your body legs included into the cast.
A Real, Full Size Cockpit and More Storage Than Any Kayak
The new W500 fishing kayak offers more storage than any kayak.
A sit-on-top (SOT) kayak is in fact a paddle board with a deck, but it features no real cockpit, while traditional, sit-in kayaks generally have small, low and uncomfortable cockpits.
Our W fishing kayak features the most spacious, versatile and snug cockpit.
Easy Tracking And Turning?
Problem solved: Traditional (monohull) kayaks need to be very long to track well and very short to turn well. If you want such a kayak to do both you need to equip it with a cumbersome rudder, which distracts and impedes you.
Our patented W Fishing Kayak tracks like a catamaran, and yet you can easily lean it into the turn and make sharp turns. This is why you’ll never need to use a rudder again.
Launch, Go & Beach Anywhere
Launching and beaching ordinary (monohull) fishing kayaks can often be too difficult, especially in the surf, moving water and/or in cold water. In addition, both sit-in and SOT kayaks are very limited in going over submerged and surface obstacles.
Practically, this often means that good fishing spots are inaccessible to you, and you need to paddle longer distances just because your fishing kayak isn’t mobile enough.
These problems and others are eliminated in our W Fishing Kayak by the fact that you can raise or lower its bow anytime you need to by simply moving fore and aft along its longitudinal saddle. Watch demo video
Unless you launch your W Fishing kayak in the surf you don’t need to step in water since you don’t have to enter its cockpit from the side, and you can always do it from the back or the front.
Big, Dry & Accessible Storage
Adequate storage (or lack thereof) in fishing kayaks is an annoying problem for many kayak anglers. Sit-in kayaks offer a very restricted storage space in the cockpit that’s accessible but not really dry, and little storage space in hatches that are neither accessible nor particularly dry. Sit-on-top (SOT) fishing kayak models have no real cockpit to speak of since they basically are paddle boards, which means that apart from hatches all a SOT offers in storage terms is its exposed deck, where any added weight increases your instability.
In comparison, our W Fishing Kayak offers over 10 cubic feet of dry and always accessible storage space in its cockpit and hulls. You can take plenty of gear on board and store heavy gear in the bottom of the hulls without creating any stability problem.
A Longer Fishing Season
Water and/or weather conditions are not always favorable for kayak fishing with a regular sit-in fishing kayak, and even less so with a sit-on-top fishing kayak. This is true not only in colder regions but in warmer climates as well.
With your W Fishing Kayak keeping you dry and well protected from the elements, and with the ability to launch, go and beach in more places than any kayak you can keep fishing as long as there’s some open water out there. You can also go fishing on windy days since our W Fishing Kayak tracks better than regular kayaks do.
The Surf? -Now It’s Fun!
Like most kayak fishermen and other paddlers you may think the surf is not a good place to be in with a kayak. This is true for sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks because of stability, maneuverability, exposure and seaworthiness issues.
However, with your W Fishing Kayak you’re likely to enjoy launching and going in the surf, and maybe even playing in it. More in the demo movies and surf & ocean sections.
Guests On Board
One of the joys of owning a fishing boat is having guests on board, but ordinary fishing kayaks are limited in this regard.
Our W Fishing Kayak cockpit offers enough room for up to two adults as long as none of them is too heavy. Children are not a problem even standing up!…
Is Your Kayak Really Portable?
Compared to other boats one of the main advantages of fishing kayaks is their portability, but an ordinary fishing kayak is in many cases too long to fit in the truck bed of a pickup truck, and if you want to attach it safely to your car top you’d need to invest in a ‘kayak rack’.
Our W Fishing Kayak is short enough to be attached in the truck bed of your pickup truck, and you can nest up to four of them on top of any regular car rack without needing a special kayak rack.
Why Is Speed Good For You?
The ordinary sit-in and sit-on-top fishing kayak is basically a wide, over hyped and expensive recreational kayak. Its extra width inevitably makes it slow, which is not a problem unless you want to paddle longer distances and/or in less than perfect water and weather conditions.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted us a utility patent for ergonomic and hydrodynamic innovations that we incorporated in our W Fishing Kayak design, so you can go faster and enjoy longer fishing trips.
You may be thinking about outfitting your fishing kayak with outriggers in order to improve its stability, so consider the following:
Short outriggers slow your kayak down considerably since they have to travel at several times their hull speed, thus creating high resistance.
Outriggers in the back of the kayak offer no support when you lean forward, and outriggers won’t solve your ergonomic problems, storage issues etc…
And of course, outriggers are notorious for getting your fishing lines entangled.
Anchoring a regular fishing kayak on its side might make it tip while anchoring it at the bow might make it dip. However, our W Fishing Kayak is stable enough to be anchored from its side, has a bow that’s high enough not to dip, and can also be anchored from between its hulls.
Other Small Fishing Boats
Unlike other small fishing boats such as wide canoes and dinghies, if you happen to lose your balance while standing up in the W Fishing Kayak you’re likely not to not fall overboard but rather find yourself seated in the stable Riding position – See demo movies and ergonomics In addition, you can easily motorize your fishing kayak and turn it into something that in may ways offers more than traditional motorboats, since it’s lighter, can be car topped, and offers a higher level of mobility.