Fishing in cold water and weather is challenging because cold is unpleasant and potentially hazardous. Staying dry is important in such conditions.
Wavewalk’s fishing kayaks and portable boats are particularly well suited for fishing in cold water and weather.
Cozy, Dry and Protecting Cockpit
Unlike SOT (sit-on-top) and sit-in kayaks, Wavewalk’s kayaks feature a boat style cockpit, namely one that protects the user and other passengers from waves, spray, and cold wind.
The cockpit features a long and tall personal watercraft (PWC) style saddle seat, which allows the user(s) to sit high above the water, and this is why some Wavewalk owners jokingly use the expression ‘High and Dry’ to describe their ride.
The front and sides of the cockpit are high enough to offer as much freeboard as one is used to get in a dinghy, Jon boat or a large size canoe. I other words, the boat offers a cozy and dry ride to its passengers, and unlike anglers who fish in cold water and weather out of other kayaks, Wavewalk anglers feel the need to wear neither dry suits nor wet suits. Given the choice, who would choose to wear such things?
Moreover, Wavewalk anglers who wish to fish in cold temperatures can easily and effectively cover the front part of the cockpit with a tarp, using the prep for cockpit cover, thus creating a space that’s fully protected from the elements, including wind, spray and even rain.
When driving a Wavewalk the user can outfit the front end of the cockpit with a detachable spray shield. This accessory takes only seconds to install, and it blocks much of the spray from getting into the cockpit while driving in choppy water. Such extra means of protection can be much appreciated when driving in cold and choppy water.
Launching and Beaching
The unique structure of the Wavewalk allows its passengers to enter its cockpit from the boat’s stern, by walking between the twin hulls and stepping directly into the cockpit. This rear-end entry effectively allows the passengers to enter the boat from dry land, instead of forcing them to step in water so that they could access the sitting area from the side, which is how kayakers and canoeists typically enter their boats.
In other words, Wavewalk anglers enjoy dry feet while they paddle, drive and fish, unlike other kayak anglers whose feet are often wet, unless they wear special rubber booties, but who would deliberately choose to wear such things given the choice to wear sneakers?…
Similarly, the user of a Wavewalk® kayak who prepares to beach can slide backward on the saddle seat, and by doing so lift the boat’s bow, so it could easily go up a sufficiently long stretch of beach before stopping. Typically, the front hulls tips go 2-3 feet out of the water.
With their Wavewalk beached optimally, that is with enough of the boat’s front resting on dry land, the user can simply step out from the cockpit into the space that’s between the front tips of the hulls, without having to step in water.
This is very different from the way other kayak anglers get out of their beached kayak, which typically involves a maneuver in which the user steps out of their kayak into the water, which sometimes results in them flipping their kayak, either because they’re not fit, or because of their kayak being hit by a wave and destabilized.
Whether you’re wet from the ride or you’ve managed to stay relatively dry, stepping in cold water, let alone falling into cold water is something you’d rather avoid, and indeed, if you ask a cold water Wavewalk angler they’d tell you that staying dry is priceless.
No one wants to flip their boat or kayak and fall into the water, and this is more true in cold water, where such accident is extremely hazardous. In this sense, a kayak’s stability becomes increasingly important the more discomfort is associated with falling into the water, and the higher the risk of hypothermia.
The Wavewalk® 500 is the world’s most stable fishing kayak, and the Wavewalk® is even more stable, to a point where the stability it delivers is comparable to the stability experienced in a regular size Jon boat.
This demo video shows what ‘Boat Stability’ looks like:
Fly fishermen like to stand in their boats in order to be able to spot fish from a bigger distance. Many cold water fly anglers are particularly concerned about stability, and Wavewalk is great news to them.
Photo courtesy of Fiskekajak, Sweden