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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:

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

striper caught in motorized fishing kayak - May 2012.jpg

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”.

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.

Watch demo movies.

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 Ergonomicspage, and this new blog about kayak fishing and back pain called ‘Painless Kayak Fishing’.

As Dry As In A Real 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

Improved Casting

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 that our blog specializes in, 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 Your Kayak

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.

 

Kayak Outriggers, Anybody?…

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

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, I.E. ‘Real’ Motorboats

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 . And besides, you can motorize your fishing kayak, in and the case of the w500 and W502, the results outperform bigger motorboats, to some extent, in the sense that you’re not required to use a trailer, and the motorized W kayak offers a higher degree of mobility than bigger boats do.