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Kayak fishing in Nova Scotia?

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.

Hudson River Striped Bass Fishing Derby – April 2014

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!

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:

Kayak Fishing at 8900 Feet

Went to Mammoth Lakes CA last few days. Took Electric Motor…but found out the small lakes I fished don’t allow motors. Will test out down here locally. I used Kayak and caught fish out of it. Forgot camera the day I caught most of the fish…but got some nice shots of bow out on the water and snow covered mountains. No problem with the kayak at on waters 8892 feet elevation.

Mike

Lake Mamie at 8898 feet elevation in Mammoth Lakes CA. Beautiful day!

Southern Cal. Wavewalk Kayaks

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fishing kayak in Mammoth lakes, N. California

fishing kayak in Mammoth lakes, N. California

fishing kayak in Mammoth lakes, N. California

fishing kayak in Mammoth lakes, N. California

The Return of Rox vs. Stripers – Another Epic Battle Between Kayak Angler and Big Fish

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…

kayak angler showing large size striper caught on Connecticut river

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 :D

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  :D

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!  :D

(Best viewed in full screen mode)

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Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.

Rox

motorized kayak for striper fishing on pickup truck

striper caught in stand up motorized fishing kayak - May 2012

Standing up in the W500 kayak, showing this big striper

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kayak angler showing large size striper caught on Connecticut river

kayak angler showing large size striper caught on Connecticut river