Fishing Kayak Review by Bruce Parks, Ontario, Canada

I’ve had the W500 out for 3 short paddles. All 3 have been extremely enjoyable. No issues at all other than operator error. It paddles well, tracks well, launches and beaches well. Its stability is awesome! All as advertised!

I’ve had the W500 out for 3 short paddles. All 3 have been extremely enjoyable. No issues at all other than operator error. It paddles well, tracks well, launches and beaches well. Its stability is awesome!
All as advertised!
My only issue (minor!) was at first, when water dripped from the “up” paddle blade into the passenger compartment.
When I get another paddle it will be the longer one, this might help with drippage, and with the width of the W500 the added length will be useful for my style of paddling too.
On my last trip I noticed less water dripping into the cockpit, and I realized that on my first trip I was paddling like I was in a canoe – wrong!
I have a bad knee and can’t get my right leg bent for the riding position so have to use the sitting position. This has diminished with usage, maybe I’m learning the paddling technique.
The quiet and relaxing time spent in the ‘yak was really enjoyable. In our louder, faster, multi-tasking world the slower, quiet approach is truly therapeutic.

I haven’t had the fishing gear out in it yet, didn’t want to get side tracked. I quietly paddled up to several spawning carp, would have liked to have my bowfishing equipment with me but I don’t see that working out of a ‘yak!

I’m definitely not ready for standing yet. More practice needed, but yes, I did consider shooting the bow from the W500 would be possible. Would have to sit down if I got connected to a feisty 25 pound carp!!

Pictures will be forthcoming. I took videos with a GoPro camera mounted on my head, and as technically impressive as they are, they are not what I would want to see on your site. If I ever master standing, a GoPro bowfishing video might be in order.

Thanks for the experience, no regrets!

Bruce


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3 Comments

  1. W kayak

    Thanks Bruce,
    The dripping issue would go away after a couple more trips – Sometimes old habits die hard, and canoeing is a one such habit 🙂
    I hope you’ll carry out the plan to bow fish from your W500 yak – That would be great! 🙂

    Yoav

  2. CJ

    That’s an interesting review, but I wonder how come you published it although it has no pictures?
    CJ

  3. W kayak

    CJ,
    Most customer feedback we get is too short to publish (e.g. “Enjoying my W500, thanks for a great product!”) and isn’t followed by any pictures.
    In the past, we emphasized technical innovation, and focused mainly on outfitting projects, such as trolling motors, special rod holders, etc… This is why we often avoided publishing reviews that didn’t include rigging pictures.
    With time, we’ve come to realize that many visitors to our website and blog are not necessarily focused on technical issues and rigging, and just feel like reading about what other people are doing with their W kayaks, their problems, successes, and other experience. In a way, we’ve become part of the paddling and fishing media 😀
    Needless to say that we still prefer to get reviews accompanied by some pictures 🙂
    Yoav

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