“I have caught more largemouth bass from my W500 kayak than in the previous 50 years+ combined…” By Michael Chesloff, NY

I'll add that I have had 7 previous boats but that this year I have caught more largemouth bass from my W500 kayak than in the previous 50 years+ combined due to the unlimited access it provides to launch in every and any size body of water.

I have been out in my W500 a lot, each time resisting making any permanent modifications as much as possible until I get the feel for the best way to rig it.
I am very pleased with the W.
I’ll add that I have had 7 previous boats but that this year I have caught more largemouth bass from my W500 kayak than in the previous 50 years+ combined due to the unlimited access it provides to launch in every and any size body of water.

I have outriggers as part of my W fishing kayak set-up. I had this hardware already as I used it on my square-ended canoe.  I use them when I deploy the Honda 2hp because of the need to turn sideways and make sudden, hard pulls on the starter rope. Hopefully they will prove to be nothing more than “training wheels” after a while. I should note that I use an aluminum mount, my pontoons are foam (lightweight), they are set to ride above the water and are only used with the motor. The bar is bolted to the W500 (just 2 tiny holes at the apex of the spray skirt) and the pontoons snap on/off in 5 seconds.
I encountered promotional videos for kayak outriggers that I believe serve as good advertisement for your amazing kayak.

I still haven’t had the opportunity to go out in the W500 in a bathing suit and test the “tipping point” (actually make the boat capsize). I think it would be very useful to see a video of someone deliberately and carefully tipping the W500 as another way (versus the dramatic, jumping and rocking videos) to show how far you can go. Maybe right next to typical SIT and SOT models of about the same length (with brand ids hidden!) to highlight the differences.

I’ll provide some pics of my “Banana Split” soon as I think I am done with the configuration. The boat is very deliberately named Banana Split partially because of the color I chose, but more due to its multiple personalities! I think people will find the solutions to my fishing requirements useful.

After seeing Sungjin assembling a meal on board his kayak, maybe I’ll try chao (stir-frying) something in the W500 at some point!

Best regards,
Michael

Upstate New York

3lb bass caught on Cape Cod kayak fishing trip


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3 Comments

  1. W kayak

    Thank you Chef Michael!
    I guess most our readers may ask themselves why you’re thinking about cooking a Chinese meal on board your W kayak. They may gain further insight into your culinary background by visiting your website http://www.cateringtoyourtaste.net/ , and those of them who live either in eastern New York, or in western Massachusetts, may even get a chance to benefit from your fine cuisine and catering services 🙂
    Yoav

  2. Paul Z

    I’d love to watch a video of a largemouth bass getting caught, cleaned, filleted, cooked and eaten on board a kayak. This is the kind of video that could go viral on Youtube!
    Paul

  3. Michael

    Last week I had a chance to do the “tip test” and was stunned to see how acute the angle before there was any risk of going over. I discovered that even when you sit with your legs over the gunnel and your feet in the water you have to lean much further out to even approach the tipping point!

    Then, yesterday, the day you published my letter, I took my Wavewalk out on Otis Reservoir in Massachusetts (3 miles long) for a no-training-wheels-trial with my Honda 2hp installed. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED FOR PONTOONS ON A WAVEWALK! I fished for 7 hours with complete confidence and of course, in complete comfort. The lake was fairly busy with water skiers and Jet skiers which at times subjected the Wavewalk to some dramatic wakes but never challenged my stability or safety. I also remained perfectly dry due to the unique combination of the Wavewalk’s buoyancy and generous freeboard.

    Warm regards,
    Michael

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