Lou is an angler from Pennsylvania, who got a new W500 fishing kayak, and this is his account on his experience with in the early, windy days of spring:
I’m having a blast with it, as you can see.
My standing confidence with the W is no problem. I sometimes use my body as a sail to propel the W boat in high winds for the no paddling experience!
It’s been very windy lately and it was raining the other day which made the catch excellent. Nobody on the lake but me. All the other boats were stored and docked. Oh, the lake was to myself. I had my rain gear on & was having a blast “paddle trolling” with the W 500. I was running one plug on the left side & another on the right using the rod holders in the front. I’m using the Ram “light speed” rod holders….just bought them. They are the best in my book. They are very easy to use…when there’s a fish on you just grab the rod and pull . Bam, the rod is in your hands and no fighting with the rod holder. Also there is a sense of security, meaning that the rod is not going to go in the drink when there is a fish on. It has an extra locking lever, but it is not needed unless you trying to catch sail fish . I have other ram holders but these are my favorite. I would definitely recommend these on your site as another option to pick from.
Conquering the wind and rain while paddling was a breeze. Tracking was excellent on the lake due to the design of the boat (dual hull). You’re right about not needing a rudder. The 20 to 25mph winds were no match for the W. My sit in would of been all over the place. I heard other boaters wouldn’t even attempt to go out in the weather I was in. Most of them said that there aluminum boats would be all over the place. Thanks to the W 500 this can be achieved if you have the right tooling….Then its the will power to go and do it, conquering the elements head on.