The W Fishing Kayak: Unrivaled Stability & Mobility for Shallow Water Anglers
shallow water is a popular fishing ground for many kayak anglers, fishing,
paddling and motorizing in it aren't necessarily easy, and they can be quite a challenge.
Whether you want to fish in flats or marshes, flooded grass, shallow
streams, rivers obstructed by rocks and logs, or near oyster bars and
beaches - our W fishing kayaks offer you unrivaled mobility and
stability, and the overall performance allowing you to go and fish
optimally in all
types of shallow water - W kayak anglers have dubbed it the All-Terrain
Kayak for good reasons.
These are facts and not just words, and watching this short video is a good way
to start thinking about going fishing in places that you may have previously thought were
inaccessible or 'unfishable':
Going Over Obstacles
When you feel or see a submerged
object (e.g. a
rock, or a tree trunk) that's preventing you from going forward you can
and go over it: Raise the bow as much as possible by
positioning yourself in the rear part of the cockpit and leaning
backward, and paddle and/or pole as hard as you can. When you
feel your boat can't go further 'up' move as forward as possible on the
saddle and try to tip your boat to the over side of the underwater
obstacle by pushing with your paddle.
Poling in Shallow Water
You'll find that poling your W
is easy. We recommend that use use a
Wavewalk paddle that's longer and sturdier than kayak paddles. The
advantage of using our extra-long and sturdy paddles is that you don't
need to carry a poling pole on board.
Some shallow water W kayak anglers use a poling platform.
Although such platform is easy both to make and install, we don't
recommend using one, since it is stabler, safer and more convenient to
pole while standing on the bottom of the kayak's hulls.
Going Back In Case You Can't Turn Back
If you get stuck in a narrow
passage or in very shallow
water and you can neither keep going forward nor turn your W kayak around,
you can simply turn inside the cockpit and face 'backward', and ten simply paddle
back in the direction you came from. The W Kayak is totally
symmetrical front-back, so you won't feel the difference. This simple maneuver can
be executed even if the kayak is outfitted with an outboard - just remember to lift the propeller out of the water!...
The 'Stability video in the Sight Fishing section below shows how its done -
It's important to understand that being able to get up and stand on a
kayak doesn't necessarily mean you can actually fish standing on it with
confidence, or even in minimal comfort or acceptable safety.
Furthermore, being able to stand on a kayak doesn't mean you can paddle
it at a reasonable pace (and distance) if it's either very wide and
therefore slow, and/or features outriggers and a rudder that further
slow it down.
This is especially true if the water and weather conditions are less than perfect, which is pretty normal, unfortunately.
This is to say that sight fishing requires that you can stand up easily
and confidently in your kayak, including switching instantly and
effortlessly from a seated position of a standing one, as well as cast
and land fish comfortably and safely, and paddle easily and swiftly over
The W kayak is only kayak that offers you to do all of the above.
all other fishing kayaks, the W500 series offers you the ability to easily and comfortably paddle
while standing, in full confidence, knowing
that in case you lose balance (stuff happens!) you're likely to fall
into the Riding position on the 14 inch high saddle between your legs,
and instantly regain your balance, and the control of your kayak. More about stand up kayak fishing >
This movie demonstrates the stability level that the W kayak offers.
Note the ease and speed of switching positions, and how natural and
intuitive everything is, even for the big, middle aged guy featuring in it:
Paddling Through Grass
This is particularly easy, even in tall and thick grass, as this video shows:
Stopping Your W Fishing Kayak In Place
you want to stop in a certain place, cast a few lines and go cast
somewhere else without having to drop the anchor and pull it back each
time you go to a new location. If you're sufficiently heavy and if the
water is shallow enough you can lower the stern of your W Fishing Kayak
and make the hulls' tips touch the bottom by sitting in the back of the
cockpit. This would make your kayak stay in its place unless
current and/or wind are too strong.
Thanks to Jeff McGovern for the tip - we call this trick 'Stop'n Go'
The W Kayak offers you the ability to throw to
longer distances, which presents two advantages:
1. Being able to cover more water from a stationary
position before you need to move your kayak
2. Some fish species can sense the presence of your kayak nearby
therefore are better caught from a distance.
The W Kayak offers three
basic casting positions:
1. Sitting with your legs
This position is similar to the sitting position offered by canoes.
Since you're seated higher than in a kayak you enjoy more leverage on
the rod, which enables you to throw to longer distances.
2. Standing: This
is the classical angling position, which gives you even more leverage
than the seated positions. The difference between throwing
standing in a W Kayak and sitting in an ordinary kayak is considerable,
and may require some time for practicing.
This is the most powerful position a paddle craft can offer. It
with extra stability and control, and the ability to extract more power
the muscles in your legs. This results in a spectacular increase
in the range of your throws.
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This video from 2006 featuring the smaller, now
discontinued W300 kayak shows some more going over obstacles, even while