The W500 goes into the wind much easier than any kayak or canoe I’ve used in the past. A steady good walking clip can be attained and kept up for as long as it takes to reach your destination. When heading in there was another kayak I overtook on the way, a [tandem SOT fishing kayak] with two folks paddling. Didn’t start the camera until I was just about past them so I missed getting them on screen. I was up the ramp and to my truck before they made it to the camp. The W500 is very easy into the wind, it’s just a matter of keeping the strokes a little shorter and lower. Progress is easy and you’re not worn out at all.
How easy is this. The W500 acts like a very stable sled on land so it a piece of cake to get where you need it to hit the water. This boat is fully loaded for the day – one trip from the truck to the launch. No wheels, carts, pulleys or having the carry it. When I fish with other anglers if we all arrive a the same time I’m normally on the water on the way by the time they even get rigged up. I still believe the best plan is one trip from the truck to the water Simple as can be and no lifting involved.
No talking in this one… I had the Replay XD1080P camera going when I hooked up to a small ladyfish just before the wind was pushing my kayak into an oyster bar. Moving quick as you can see the fish was dumped into the hull to be controlled and the paddle quickly deployed to get out of trouble. Working with an Emmrod made it easier of course. I was standing when the fish was hooked so it required sitting down, controlling the fish then getting the paddle into play quickly. Never touched that bar – missed it by inches. Went on the catch a ton of the darn things all morning. Ladyfish are fun to catch but not good for much besides cutting up as bait for redfish. The largest will be about 3 feet long.