So you want to be high?
They say that standing higher enables you to spot fish that otherwise you could miss…
Outfitting your W fishing kayak is easy if you use saddle brackets, and it’s already discussed in this article: The Saddle Bracket – How you can use it in your fishing kayak
Just bear in mind that the higher you stand the less stable you’ll be, and you’d also lose leverage on your paddle, which would make paddling much harder.
This is why we recommend that you paddle and fish standing on the bottom of your W kayak’s hulls, below waterline, and enjoy both unrivaled stability and the safety of falling on the 14″ high saddle (seat) between your legs, in the stable Riding position, in case you lose balance, which is likely to happen sooner or later in real world conditions.
This DIY stand up fishing and poling platform is 2ft long and 21″ wide (in average):
The top part of this platform is cut from 3/8″ plywood, and the longitudinal beams are made from 3/4″ plywood.
When you stand on it, your feet are 16″ higher than if you stood on the bottom of the hulls.
For example: A 200 lbs person drafts 4″ in a W500, so they stand 4″ below waterline in the normal position, but they’d stand 12″ above waterline if they stood on the platform.
This is to say that using this add-on isn’t for everyone or for every situation. If you’re heavy, tall, elderly, or suffering from balance issues – don’t even think about using it. The same is true if you paddle and fish in cold water and weather, which can turn an accidental swim into something far more unpleasant and potentially hazardous.
When this platform is inserted in its place in the rear part of the W kayak cockpit, you can sit on it with your legs in the hulls, and enjoy a new, comfortable paddling and fishing position between riding and standing.