Long Fishing Trips Touring, Sea
Kayaking and Camping
Long fishing trips at sea, on fast
moving rivers and even on flat water are very demanding - both from you
and from your kayak, and you expect to enjoy them, obviously. This
article discusses the problems you're likely to encounter, and offers
ways to solve them.
Can you stand a long trip?
First, you'd better consider your own ability to withstand a
long kayak trip since ordinary (E.G. monohull) kayaks are notoriously
uncomfortable, and both paddling and fishing for long hours in the
traditional L kayaking position could prove to be an experience that
you may want to avoid altogether.
All fishing kayak models that are not using
the W design have only this paddling position to offer, and they don't
enable you to paddle while sitting in other positions or in the riding,
kneeling and standing positions. This is bad for the blood circulation
legs, and may cause fatigue and back
pains. If your fishing trip is meant to be
enjoyable then you
should feel comfortable both paddling and fishing.
Is your kayak safe to begin with?
The second thing you want to consider is not less important, and it's
your safety: You may decide to use a special, slender touring or sea
kayak that's designed for long trips, but if you're not an experienced
and well trained sea kayaker you may be looking for trouble since those
kayaks are very unstable, and are designed to make it easy for their
passenger to roll them on their side, which isn't something you're
likely to consider - let alone be able to accomplish
without extensive, constant training...
Is your kayak friendly to you?
The third issue to examine in detail would be the overall
'friendliness' of the kayak, or
in other words - is it designed for long trips?
As you may have noticed, in most
cases the term 'Fishing Kayak' is a glorified code name given by
an over hyped recreational kayak design to which various fishing
related accessories were added, and the term 'Recreational' is a
common codename for wide and sluggish kayaks that don't track
well (I.E. tend to zigzag).
The truth is that any monohull design can be either stable or fast, and
never both, and this is true for all types of vessels including kayaks.
And if you think that any long monohull kayak is also a fast one
including those very wide ones labeled 'Fishing Kayak' you'd probably
want to try paddling one for more than 20 minutes and see how it feels:
You're likely to find that in order to move such a big kayak in the
water for a long period of time you're required to provide a physical
effort that you're simply not prepared to make...
As for a rudder, it would add an element of complexity to your paddling
experience, and keeping things simple is always better. A
would also increase the
drag generated by your kayak by 10% in average, which in other
words means that whatever energy you'll manage to save by going
straight instead of zigzagging you're likely to waste because of your
And there's also the issue of exposure to consider: Are you willing to
be wet during most or all of your fishing trip? -Both sit-in
sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks eventually get you wet whether from spray or
scupper holes. Spending long hours wet and exposed even in
weather can become unpleasant after a while, and it can turn to be more
than just unpleasant in cold and windy weather: It's actually dangerous.
Storage space is key
The fourth issue you'd better evaluate carefully is storage, which is
problematic in both traditional, sit-in and sit-on-top (SOT)
Going on a long fishing trip means you need to take more gear with you,
and it also means this gear is more likely to get wet.
Hatches offer a poor storage solution since they are small, and in many
cases they're not totally watertight. You're also prevented from
accessing the gear
stored inside hatches while you're on the water paddling or fishing...
Technically speaking SOT kayaks are not boats but take more after the
paddle board from which they initially evolved, so they don't have a
real cockpit to speak of but rather an area on the deck that the
manufacturer labeled 'cockpit'... In other words, they don't offer any
serious storage solutions for long fishing trips.
Sit-in kayaks do feature a minimalist cockpit that may or may not be
enough to accommodate both you and your gear - especially if the
is a closed one and you're one of those who considers legroom and
freedom to stretch to be basic human rights...
The primary thing for you to consider would be the level of comfort and
ergonomic design of the fishing kayak you're planning to use for long
You cannot use a kayak that's too small since it won't go fast enough,
won't track well and you won't be able to take sufficient gear with you.
on a long fishing trip with your kayak requires different preparations
and a kayak that's good both for fishing and touring, which is
contradictory in some ways, unless you use a W-kayak.
Extended Fishing Trips in a
Of course! - Polynesians have
the vast Pacific and Indian Oceans for
millennia in their catamarans and outrigger
canoes. Our clients do it too, worldwide.
do you mean by 'Comfort'?
Since you're spending hours at
time paddling your kayak you
want to reduce fatigue and physical impact to a minimum, and eliminate
them when possible.
The W Kayak offers 6 different, comfortable kayaking
positions that you can switch
between, and thus minimize fatigue, back pain and other unwanted, short
and long term physical impact.
All these paddling positions are
more ergonomic than the traditional L
want a kayak that
keeps you dry
without forcing you into
a tight rubber skirt, and doesn't force you to sit for hours in a
With so much
free board, and the ability to
raise the bow by moving to the back of the cockpit and climb waves,
trip in the W Kayak is likely to be a dry one. If some spray
gets in it's drained to the bottom of the hulls, and the saddle
eliminates the need to marinate in a traveling puddle.
Easy Launching, Easy Beaching and Highest Mobility:
don't want to have
to drive more, or paddle more just because your kayak does not enable
you to launch or beach somewhere. The W Kayak assures that you'll
be able to find a location that's suitable for either launching or
beaching, and in most cases stay dry. In fresh water it's
rare that you even have to get your feet wet, and even ice is not
necessarily a problem anymore. At the beach you just
hop in or out of the boat.
W500 Movie: Launch anywhere, go anywhere, beach anywhere
And what about maneuvering?
a long Touring kayak is not easy in the surf or in rapids.
The W Kayak gives you the highest level of Control
in tough conditions. In fact, you can even use it for surfing
When kayaking in a group you
want to be able to keep up with the others who may have fast boats, but
want to struggle to keep your boat from capsizing, so you don't want to
sacrifice stability for speed. The W Kayak speed
comparable to that of 13 ft long touring kayaks in all water and
weather conditions, while it's stability is beyond anything offered by
any paddle sports boat. The W kayak is fast, stable and
comfortable enough to
enable you to tow another boat.
the W Kayak easy to carry and handle?
The W Kayak is molded from
resistant Polyethylene (PE), so you can simply grab a carrying handle
and drag it on the ground (soil, grass, bush, roots, sand, rocks etc.)
worrying much about it getting damaged. This enables you to
and take out in spots that are not necessarily a few yards from where
you park your car.
W Kayak weighs 56
and storage space:
Not all trips are the
same. In one
trip you may need to carry plenty
of gear and in another time take a child with you. You may
want to use a canoe paddle in such occasion. The W Kayak offers you
all possible choices. It has more storage space than any
and it keeps keeps the gear dry and within your reach
Your passenger can spend hours with you
in the cockpit and both of you will be comfortable.
Is the W kayak a good tracker or easy to maneuver?
It's the only kayak that excels in both: Catamarans
are known to track well, and the W Kayak shares the twinhull
design with them. But it's also very easy to maneuver a W
fishing kayak since you can
apply your weight on the hull that's 'inside' the turn and use it as a
powerful rudder. It's called leaning into the turn, and it
be done with ordinary (i.e. monohull) kayaks.
How to cope with side waves?
the wave is not
breaking on you it's likely to pass under the boat in most cases, even
if it's fairly big. You have to lean in its direction and
your balance as your boat tilts in one direction, and then in the
opposite direction after the wave passed. Watch DEMO
Dry suit, wet suit or neither?
really up to you to decide. In cold water and/or cold weather
suits are recommended regardless of the type of boat you're paddling.
Please always wear a PFD when W
outfit your W fishing Kayak for sea kayaking?
W-kayak models come with side flotation modules, and for paddling in
the ocean and on fast moving rivers we recommend double side flotation.
need a spray skirt?
don't, but in order to increase dryness you can cover the front part of
the cockpit with a
plastic sheet or some other watertight material attached to the cockpit
with the preparation for cockpit cover that comes standard with every
W-kayak - It works.
the W-Kayak better than a sea kayak?
kayaks are native hunting boats, which isn't necessarily a
good start for a sea touring boat for present days kayakers.
The W Kayak is not as fast as the longest and fastest sea kayaks, but
otherwise it can deliver a better experience in a long fishing trip,
and it's the best fishing kayak out there.