W500 Fishing Kayak Review by Shaun Wilkeson, Kayak Angler, South Australia

Most of the kayaks we ship are to customers in the continental US and Canada, naturally, but we do happen to ship to overseas clients, and this is the first review we got from Australia. Since Australians use the metric system, we added the info in US units.

Hi Yoav, it’s all good – I’m enjoying the W500.
I did get out in the surf the weekend before last, and managed a bit of stand-up action in some 1m [3’4″] swell – only fell out once!
I did manage to get out on Saturday morning – the weather was good for autumn [Australia is in the southern hemisphere, so the seasons there are reversed…] – the sea was flat and comfortable! I also used the anchor for the first time and that worked great.

fishing kayak on the beach - South Australia

Shaun’s W500 fishing kayak rigged for offshore fishing

I was happy to get 3 nice calamari squid in a short time. The largest is 35 cm [14″] total mantle length.
I’m still not that game to go too far offshore – about 500m [500 yards] is my limit so far.

Calamari squid caught in fishing kayak - South Australia

Close-up on the 3 calamari squid Shaun caught in his W500 fishing kayak

This weekend I’ve planned to give it a try in a local river, the Onkaparinga, and maybe flick a few bream lures around.
It can get a bit chilly here in mid winter . The coldest month is July, with a mean 9am temperature of 10.4 Celcius [50F]

The piece of water I was catching dinner from is the Gulf St. Vincent.

If I’m any good, I’ll eventually be able to send you pics of yak-caught King George Whiting, Yellowfin Whiting, leatherjackets, Snook, Garfish, Salmon and Salmon trout, Bream, Tommy Ruff, and (fingers crossed) Snapper -All fantastic sport fish and great on the plate.

Cheers,

Shaun


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12 Comments

  1. admin

    One more comment: We still don’t know if Shaun caught these squid in the Indian Ocean or the Southern Ocean – Geographers seem to be in disagreement about the name of the sea that borders Australia’s southern shores…

    Yoav

  2. Quebec Seakayaker

    Australia! What other countries has wavewalk been shipping kayaks to?
    QS

  3. admin

    We’ve sold a few boats to the United Kingdom, and got this unique review of a fishing kayak outfitted with a gas outboard engine: http://www.wavewalk.com/Motorized_Kayak_01.html (thanks Jim!)
    And we’ve sold boats in Norway, Alaska, Hawaii and Taiwan, and quite a few in New Zealand, but none of those places has produced a review, yet.
    We often get short email messages from clients reporting they like their W kayak, or asking a technical question, but not too many people like to write, or take pictures, and fewer like to do both… unfortunately, because so many others are interested in such real-life stories.

    To all our customers out there: Please don’t be shy, and send us your reviews and pictures. Don’t worry – We’ll correct spelling and grammar, if necessary, and improve the photographic quality of your pictures, in case they’re not perfect (they seldom are!) 🙂

    Yoav

  4. Moshiko

    Good looking yak! I guess those flotation noodles are pretty useful in the surf. The most important thing with squid is not to overcook it..
    Moshiko

  5. Jeff McGovern

    Very nice! I love seeing the world over taken by the Wavewalk revolution. No more wet buts down under, the dry butt express has arrived!

  6. Marco

    Well well, does this make WW a global company??

    😉

    Marco

    PS– Nice squid Shaun! I’m told some of these guys down there can measure up to 50 ft in length!

  7. Mike H

    WW in Oz! 🙂
    I imagine it must have been a tough decision for Shaun to mail a check to a small company on the other side of the globe…
    How do you ship a kayak that far?

    Mike H

  8. admin

    Customers from overseas usually prefer to pay by direct wire transfer, because it saves time: Clearing a check from a foreign bank can take weeks, unlike clearing a check within the US that normally takes one day.

    We ship the W kayaks that go by ocean freight in the same cardboard box we use for domestic shipments, except for some extra reinforcement with Styrofoam blocks.

    Yoav

  9. Shaun

    Hi Marco, not quiet 50ft, but this ones pretty big.
    http://museumvictoria.com.au/giantsquid

    Anyone got a decent Salt n Pepper squid recipe? To feed 500?

    cheers,

  10. Marco

    A real monster!
    (I’ll bet that’s what they think when they happen to see us…) 😀

    Marco

  11. Quebec Seakayaker

    I don’t understand much about fishing from kayaks (or about anything else, for that matter), but it seems to me that a squid this big would be too much – even for an angler in W500…

    QS

  12. Max

    The squid Shaun caught are delicious if prepared and cooked properly. A quick look at an atlas will confirm that if you travel south from where Shaun caught his calamari (squid) and detour around Kangaroo Island, you will be in the Southern Ocean. The fifty foot Giant squid mentioned can also be found in extremely deep water in most oceans. It is a ferocious hunter and has been known to take on the Blue Whale. Unfortunately these are inedible because of certain chemicals in their flesh.

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