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Motorized Fishing Kayak or Versatile Personal Microskiff?

Northern anglers are not particularly fond of kayaks, to say the least. Due to climatic conditions, the idea of fishing out of a kayak is even less appealing to them then it is for southern anglers.

Northern anglers fish out of motorboats, period, and the overwhelming majority of them would not even consider fishing out of a kayak, because they perceive kayaks to be unstable, uncomfortable, wet, lacking sufficient dry storage, and not offering enough range of travel.  This is true for all fishing kayaks out there, whether SOT, sit-in, or hybrid (canoe-kayak), and it’s not true when W fishing kayaks are concerned, especially if you outfit one with a lightweight outboard gas motor.

But northern anglers don’t know much about the fundamental differences between W kayaks and other types of kayaks, and although a growing number of them are starting to use W kayaks, with or without a motor, the majority is still totally committed to traditional motorboats: skiffs, Jon boats,  bass boats, dinghies, etc.

But owning a fishing motorboat doesn’t come cheap, and handling one isn’t easy either. To begin with, you need to transport the boat with a trailer, and you need room to store the boat and the trailer. Then, you can launch only from boat ramps, and that might not be the most convenient thing to do. These boats don’t lend themselves to human powered propulsion, except maybe the smaller skiffs (a.k.a. ‘microskiff) that offer poling in shallow water. As far as mobility goes, bigger and heavier boats don’t travel well in shallow water, fast streams, seaweed infested water, or near rocky beaches… and obviously – you can’t use them in no-motor zones (NMZ).

A motorized W fishing kayak provides solutions to all the above problems, except the psychological and cultural one of its name: Kayak… For this reason, Wavewalk created the Personal Micro Skiff concept and website, which present the noticeable advantages that Northern anglers have to gain from using this craft for fishing: www.microskiff.us

And this is the demo video presenting this new fishing micro skiff:

A Fishing Kayak As a Symbol Of Hope In Ice Cold Scandinavia

Eric, from Walk on Waves, a fishing kayak distributor in Norway and Sweden, sold a W500 about a week ago.
Why would such small news be worth mentioning? Because Norway is a cold country, whose latitude is pretty much the same as Alaska’s, and there’s no navigable water to be found in there this time of year, unless you venture in a part of the Atlantic Ocean known as the North Sea, but that’s a totally different story, involving serious safety issues, hypothermia, etc…

Being situated that far North inevitably means that spring comes later in Norway, even in comparison to cold regions such as the US Northeast, Midwest and Northwest.
This is to say that Norwegian kayak anglers need much patience…

So why would a Norwegian angler buy a W kayak in January, or in February?
Assuming kayak anglers are sensible, and they don’t take a kayak in the ocean and fish in in extremely cold temperatures, the answer would probably be that it has to do with either some extensive rigging projects, or simply with hope: That person wants to sit in their home, surrounded by deep snow, look at their W fishing kayak, and imagine all the fun they’d have with it as soon as the snow goes away, and the ice covering the rivers and lakes melts; The fishing trips, the rigging, maybe camping, or even hunting?

Hope, Patience, Imagination, and the Love of Boating, Paddling, and Fishing – A simple story, yet a significant one.

Are SOT Kayaks Suitable For Fishing In The North Sea?…

They aren’t really, and any sensible angler would think so, simply because SOT kayaks don’t provide their operator with any protection from the cold water and weather that are typical to the North Sea, and to other regions where the climate is cold.

Here’s a recent article on this subject: Hvorfor Wavewalk og ikke S.O.T.(Sit on top) i nordiske strøk.
The author is Eric Overdijk, a Norwegian outdoorsman, kayaker and fisherman, ,who happens to be Wavewalk’s distributor in Norway and Sweden  :)

Coincidence? There are few real coincidences in life -
For many years, Eric used to paddle traditional sea kayaks and touring kayaks, until he realized his back wouldn’t let him do so anymore – The pain was no longer tolerable. Eric discovered the benefits of W kayaks first as a paddler and a camper, and then as a fisherman.

New, Cold Water and Weather Sections in Kayak Fishing Unlimited Magazine

Kayak Fishing Unlimited, our affiliate online kayak fishing magazine, features regional sections, some of which are dedicated to colder regions in the United States and elsewhere, such as Europe.

Kayak Fishing in the Northeastern United States

The Northeastern region of the United States offers both freshwater and saltwater opportunities, and it’s considered one of the best regions in the world as far as fishing is concerned. But since the northeastern climate is colder for the most part, it’s not as good for kayak fishing as the climate in the south. Therefore, you’d find less kayak anglers in this region.
When fishing out of W kayaks is concerned, many anglers in the Northeast have been switching from canoes, common fishing kayaks, and motorboats to this new type of kayak that offers more advantages than any of this watercraft, both inland and offshore.
This section features numerous trip reports, reviews, pictures and movies, rigging tips, and more, from the region’s finest kayak anglers.

Kayak Fishing In The Midwest – A Breakthrough

So far, Midwestern anglers have been reluctant to adopt kayaks as a fishing platform. The reasons for this are many, and they all seem to come down to one word – COLD.
Yes, the climate in the Midwest is not as warm and nice as it is in the southern states, where kayak fishing is the most popular, and sit-in, SOT and hybrid kayaks don’t offer much to protect their passengers from capsizing, or from cold weather and water.
But kayak fishing in cold water and weather now has a kayak that offers both much more stability than the other kayak types can, as well as better protection.
This magazine, Kayak Fishing Unlimited, has a permanent section dedicated to Kayak fishing in the Midwest – trip reports, fishing kayak reviews from Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio” Kayak Fishing in the Midwest. This section features trip reports and fishing kayak reviews from Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio, as well as reviews of rigged fishing kayaks, and even some information about hunting from kayaks, and stories about motorized fishing kayaks.

Developments in Kayak Fishing in Northern Europe

Many North Europeans like to fish, but unlike Americans and Canadian anglers, they fish predominantly from shore, as motorboats are relatively more expensive to purchase and maintain in Europe than they are in North America. Kayak fishing is still unknown to most European anglers, although some progress is being made in some European countries. However, when it comes to fishing from a boat, most European anglers still prefer the traditional platforms, such as motorboats, canoes, dinghies, or belly boats.
There are kayak fishing clubs in some European countries, but the participation is still small, especially when compared to the participation in the southern US states, and and in other warm regions, such as Australia and New Zealand.
Recently, W fishing kayaks have become available for sale in Norway. Anglers from other countries, such as the UK and Italy, still order these kayaks directly from the factory in the USA. The advent of new solution for motorizing fishing kayaks will certainly help many European anglers to switch from traditional boats to fishing kayaks.

Kayak Fishing in Canada

The climate in Canada is cold, and so is the water in this vast country. These climatic facts do not encourage anglers to venture on the water in kayaks for the purpose of using them for fishing. Canadian anglers still prefer canoes, dinghies, and motorboats, when it comes to fishing.
However, now that they are beginning to learn about W kayaks, and the advantages these special kayaks offer when fishing in cold water and weather is concerned, Canadian anglers are becoming increasingly conscious of the new possibilities they face. This is especially true in view of the fact that W kayaks can be easily outfitted with motors, and thus offer a much bigger range of exploration and fishing than non-motorized kayak offer.

Kayak Fishing in the Northwest

Kayak fishing has its fans in the Northwest, although it hasn’t been booming as in the warmer parts of the West Coast.

Netherlands Pike Fishing Star Tests the W500 Fishing Kayak

Renowned Pike angler Bertus Rozemeier is seen here taking the W500 fishing kayak for a test ride. He was impressed with the stability of the kayak, as well as with the comfort it provides, and the large workspace that pike anglers need when they fish.

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Pike fishing angler tests the W500 fishing kayak - Netherlands

Pike Fishing Kayak - Netherlands