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New video, showing offshore motor kayak or microskiff?

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.

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:

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

Catching Stripers in a Motorized, Stand Up Fishing Kayak – Connecticut

Here is Rox Davis’ account of her recent kayak fishing trip:

Epic, That’s what this day was……Epic. :D
I took the W500 out for my first solo Striper fishing on the Connecticut River In Windsor Locks, CT.
My buddy Mike was already on the water, I launched at 12:00 noon.
I took the 1.2hp Gamefisher outboard since I knew I could count on it running well.
My first slam came at 12:25, but the fish came unbuttoned.
I was drifting and casting my top water lure and working it slowly back to the W500, when BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fish on, and it’s a big one………………..ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Off goes the drag, and the sleigh ride began.
It was an awesome Battle, she circled me twice, and shot up river, still towing me ………….. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
I start to tire her, and get her yak side, went to grip the lip with my boga, and ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ she wasn’t ready.
Now she is tired, I get her yak side one more time, reach with the bogas ………… and SHE IS MINE!!!!!
You could here me hooting for miles I’m sure.

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

29” Fat and Healthy, 14 1/2 lbs of fighting fury.
Many more Battles happened after that.

Today was one of the Best Fishing Days of my LIFE!!
I landed 3 keepers, and 9 smaller Stripers.

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

I had some awesome blow ups, and Lost 4 Bigger Stripers, but That’s okay, that’s why its called fishing. :D
The W500 Rules the water.
Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.
Rox

kayak angler standing with big striper in stand up fishing kayak, Connecticut river

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

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Good News For Kayak Fishing in Ontario, Canada

This magazine is dedicated to kayak fishing in colder climates, and Canada is a cold region by any standard. For this reason, kayak fishing hasn’t appealed to Canadian anglers as much as it has to southern ones.  After all, when you’re fishing in cold water and cold weather, you want to be stable, stay dry, and be protected from the cold wind and elements, as much as possible. Conventional sit-in, SOT and hybrid fishing kayaks simply don’t deliver an acceptable level of performance when these elementary requirements are concerned, and neither do they offer you to paddle standing in full confidence while scouting for fish, or when you’re fly fishing.
However, W fishing kayaks are different, and they fit the most rigorous climates as much as any big motorized fishing boat does.
Boyd Smith, from Hamilton, Ontario, is a Canadian kayaker and fisherman, who discovered the benefits that W kayaks present, and he decided to import them to Ontario.
He founded Ontario Fishing Kayaks, and he’s offering Canadian anglers looking to downsize from motorboats or quit fishing from inadequate conventional fishing kayaks to take a W kayak for a fishing trip, and experience the unrivaled stability, dryness, ease of use, and comfort for themselves: No wet butt, no back pain, no leg numbness, etc., I.E. the real deal.
As W fishing kayak fans say: “Nothing like it, nothing better”.