I recently visited a popular online kayak fishing forum serving kayak fishermen in a Southern state. One of the discussions in it was about the negative side of kayak fishing as the participants see them.
Most of the participants fish from SOTs and some from sit-in kayaks, but none of them fishes from a W Kayak.
These are the problematic points that the participants seemed to agree upon:
1. You really can’t do it [kayak fishing] right without getting wet and muddy. Either water will slosh into your cockpit or your scuppers will fill up. You’ll need to get about knee deep to launch comfortably, so you’ll probably encounter mud, grass, sand, or all of them (ergonomic problem)
2. You’ll have to get used to loading and unloading your boat and equipment. You’ll take 15 minutes to unload and you’ll take 15 minutes to load everything back into/onto your vehicle/trailer (storage problem).
3. You can’t take your kid fishing with you.
4. Paddling into the wind is difficult (‘windage’ problems).
5. It’s very hard to relief oneself (ergonomic problem).
6. No place to keep your catch when you paddle back in. You need to tie your stringer to the side and drag it, which can be difficult and attract predators, or use the fish-in-the-lap approach (storage problems).
7. Fishing in high winds makes it difficult to cast.
8. You can’t really fish standing. If you’re accustomed to casting in a standing position (power boat, shore or pier) you feel awkward casting from a low, seated position (ergonomic and biomechanical problems).
9. Since there’s little room on deck everything is close to you and you may unintentionally “snag” nearby items with your hook (ergonomic problem).
10. Not being able to stand up and stretch after being seated for a long time – discomfort in your legs (ergonomic problem)
11. Lower back and posterior pains (ergonomic problem).
12. It can get very cold onboard (ergonomic problem)
Compare this to the W Fishing Kayak, that:
1. Offers dry launching and beaching even in difficult spots, and its cockpit protects you against spray.
2. Is a ‘Toss and Go’ boat – you can leave your gear and tackle inside when transporting it.
3. Offers enough room onboard for a second passenger
4. Enables you to paddle in strong wind
5. Offers to stand up anytime and for any purpose…
6. Offers sufficient dry and protected storage space onboard for every possible need.
7. Offers powerful casting positions such as riding and standing
8. Enables fishing standing in confidence even in the presence of wind and eddies.
9. Features a full size, spacious and deep cockpit.
10. Offers to switch between various positions and stand up for fishing anytime.
11. Enables your legs to support your torso and back in a natural posture.
12. Puts you higher on the water and protects you from wind and spray.