Just wanted to drop a line and send some pictures of a recent day fishing. My oldest son and I went to a small local county lake and had a excellent day. We caught quite a few largemouth bass and panfish, nothing of any great size but just being there was enough.
It was also a good day for getting some more practice in the W500. Every time I go out in it I find something new I want to try. Standing and paddling took a little bit of work but I am becoming more confident each time I go out. Fishing from the W500 is almost effortless, it moves well and allows a high degree of stealth when moving in on cover or an area to fish.
I have kept the rigging so far to a minimum until I can spend more time experimenting to decide what is practical and most of all portable.
I plan on building some sort of bracket for a trolling motor for fishing on larger lakes. My kids bought a trolling motor for me on Father’s Day. I also have a wheel that I’m going to figure a way of using for portability. Dragging the W through the grass for a 100yds is a bit of a work out when your sixty something. But that is one of the reasons I decided to start this style of fishing especially when I discovered the W500. Get out and enjoy the thing I love most to do, fish with my sons and take in the beauty of this country that we live in.
My son had just taken first place in a kayak fishing tournament on the Ohio River, the day before this trip and we were both really enjoying the day. He currently uses a SOT kayak but I may be able to sway him over to the W500. I paddled past him a couple of times while standing up, and daring him to do the same.
My youngest son is starting to take more interest in this type of fishing and we may have him in a kayak soon.
I’ve shown my W500 to people and they are surprised to see the configuration of it. When I take it out fishing it seems to attract a lot of attention and questions. Paddle sports seem to be getting a lot of airtime and publicity in this area. The day after my son won the tournament on the Ohio River there was a paddle fest, that had a couple of thousand participants, held in the same area.
As you can probably tell, I really am enjoying my “W” and look forward to everyday that I can put it in the water. People at my work thought I had gone crazy until I started showing the pictures and sharing the stories. Now some of them are starting to ask questions that tell me they want to try my new “toy”. That’s what they called it when I first started telling them about it.
John L. King
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