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.
In Newfoundland, this Swiss family spent a great vacation with their new Wavewalk kayak:
Robert from New Brunswick sent a review and pictures of his Wavewalk fishing kayak that he’s outfitted with an outboard motor (pictures from before):
Says Robert: -“It does not take long to get used to using the kayak. This is going to be great for what I bought it for and that is fishing. I can carry all my equipment and move around and change hooks and lures easily.
Had to paddle into a little wind on the way back on Friday. No problem as the kayak cut through the waves and no bouncing over the waves.
I am happy with my purchase and plan on getting out even more now.”
Nova Scotia is a province in Eastern Canada, on the North Atlantic coast. It’s located at an equal distance from the equator and the North Pole… Together with the province of New Brunswick, it forms the region known as Atlantic Canada.
Both freshwater and offshore fisheries in this wind swept region are famous worldwide, but it doesn’t exactly fit in the image of kayak fishing as a sport or outdoors activity, which evolved in warmer regions, and so far gained few followers in Northern regions characterized by a colder climate.
But the Wavewalk kayak changes this picture, since it offers far better protection to the angler on board, and it can be easily motorized, even with a gas outboard motor, which is more suitable for moving water and for ocean kayak fishing than electric trolling motors are.
Anglers living in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have probably never imagined they’d be considering fishing out of a kayak, and those who wish to take a W500 for a test ride can do so at Wavewalk kayaks’ dealership in Atlantic Canada, located in Eastern Passage, a town near Halifax.
Visitors to the recent Halifax International Boat Show could see there a W500 kayak rigged for fishing and outfitted with a 2.6 HP outboard motor from APS. This dealership offers other small outboard motors for sale as well as inflatable boats.
The annual Hudson River Striped Bass Fishing Derby has been taking place for years, and it has become a local much talked about institution. It is organized by the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association (HRFA), and attracts striper fans from the Northeastern United States, from New England to as far south as North Carolina. This time the tournament will be headquartered in Newburgh, NY.
Participants have two days to fish the cold water of the Hudson, and present their catch to several weighing stations along the river. Proceeds from this striper fishing competition benefit The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association and its’ Youth Angler Programs.
Being a large river where many fast motorboats go, and located in a cold region, the Hudson isn’t a place where you’d expect to see many anglers who fish out of kayaks. In fact, local anglers are far more likely to use traditional motorboats for this purpose, starting from big and powerful vessels such as bass boats and center console boats to smaller craft such as jon boats. However, this year the tournament organizers have decided to offer a Wavewalk 500 F2 fishing kayak as first prize, because it is a good platform for striper fishing in such conditions: It is stable, dry and comfortable like no other fishing kayak is, and it offers good protection from cold weather as well as from motorboats’ wakes.
Interestingly, when the W500 is outfitted with an outboard motor, it can travel dozens of miles a day at speeds going up to 8-10 mph, and thus offer a fairly good range of travel to anglers who get impatient with fishing in one spot and want to try fishing in other locations along the river.
Native Americans who lived along the Hudson river called it “the river that flows both ways” due the the presence of strong tidal currents in it. These currents can flow in and out at the same time in different parts of the river – yet another reason to consider using a motorized kayak.
We look forward to this popular fishing contest that attracts hundreds of striper fishing fans every year!
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: