Bonding With My W Fishing Kayak – Initial Review By Gary Murray, New Mexico

So far, I've fished a couple of the small lakes in Northern New Mexico for fair sized rainbow trout, 1 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lakes are weedy, and most people use a float tube or pontoon boat. The technique is to use a fly rod and drag or strip streamers. The W kayak is highly effective for this, and I've had great success with the boat. I've kept things simple, using only one detachable rod holder and the kayak paddle. I paddle slowly through the area I want to fish, dragging the streamer. I'll stop occasionally and cast and strip, letting the boat drift. This works pretty well as long as conditions are calm - not uncommon for these lakes at this time of year.Regarding fishing technique, these fish often do not self hook, and you really need to be holding the rod at the time of the strike.

I’ve had it out a couple of times and am hoping for another day or two before winter sets in. Sorry – no pics. I’m wishing for a Hero HD for Christmas, and promise some action shots in the future.

So far, I’ve fished a couple of the small lakes in Northern New Mexico for fair sized rainbow trout, 1 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lakes are weedy, and most people use a float tube or pontoon boat. The technique is to use a fly rod and drag or strip streamers. The W kayak is highly effective for this, and I’ve had great success with the boat. I’ve kept things simple, using only one detachable rod holder and the kayak paddle. I paddle slowly through the area I want to fish, dragging the streamer. I’ll stop occasionally and cast and strip, letting the boat drift. This works pretty well as long as conditions are calm – not uncommon for these lakes at this time of year.

Regarding fishing technique, these fish often do not self hook, and you really need to be holding the rod at the time of the strike. This is an issue since you need two hands for the paddle, and then you have the need to stow the paddle when you have a strike. I am going to experiment with a steering oar(s) that I can use to position and maintain movement of the boat with one hand, while I hold the rod with the other. I’ve seen some of the lash-ups for rowing and steering on the website, and I’ll probably come up with a variation for a trial. I suppose a trolling motor might work also, but the weeds are heavy enough that you would end up spending quite a bit of time cleaning the prop. In general, I want to keep it all as simple as possible. I really like to be able to get on the water without a bunch of rigging and organization.

All in all, I love it, and the W and I are bonding. I use a small homemade trailer that works great.

Gary


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5 Comments

  1. W kayak

    Thanks Gary,
    Sounds like a motor won’t do much for you, but a rowing setup could be it…
    I hope all your wishes come true, especially the one about that camera 😀 –
    It would be great to have some pictures and action video from you!
    Yoav

  2. Paul Z

    This quick position adjustment issue keeps coming back, and maybe the solution is some kind of foot controlled oars system? I don’t mean one of the pedal drives that’s useless for steering, but a way to row and steer by using your legs… Some contraption using a pair of leg activated, independent paddle wheels, one on each side?

  3. Pete

    Paddle wheels harvest less weeds than propellers and flaps, and they’re easier to clean 🙂
    Maybe there’s a way to make such a thing that the passenger could be power either by using their arms or their legs, in an alternating mode…
    Pete

  4. W kayak

    Looks like a small, lightweight electric motor steered by hand or by foot could fit all these ‘quick draw’ requirements. If used for short periods of time it would harvest little weed, and if it does harvest too much, cleaning its propeller should be easy.

  5. Rox

    Congrats on your New W500.

    Sounds like an oar set-up may be the way to go.

    Having a trolling motor set-up on my W300, the only issues I’ve had were heavy weeds.
    It will drain the battery, even with quick forward and reverse will clear the prop.
    So I usually pull up the motor and paddle through weedy areas I fish.

    Tight lines and MoPaddle safe all.
    Rox

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