Fishing from a kayak. Anglers fish out of kayaks in saltwater and freshwater, but this outdoor activity is more popular in warmer regions than in cold ones, due to the fact that typically, kayaks offer the angler less comfort and protection from the elements than motorboats do, and this factor is more of a problem in cold weather and water. Most anglers still view kayak fishing as too hard and uncomfortable for them to practice, and they prefer to fish out of larger motorboats that are stabler and more comfortable than fishing kayaks typically are. Such fishing boats also offer a much longer range of travel than kayaks do.
The patented twin-hull W kayaks revolutionized kayak fishing in more than one way – It eliminated the back pain and leg numbness associated with fishing out of mono-hull kayaks that force the angler to fish while seated in the uncomfortable L position. This opened kayak fishing to middle aged and elderly anglers, as well as to people who suffer from back pain and back sensitivities, and other disabilities. The W kayak’s increased stability offers practically anyone the option to fish standing in full confidence, in real-world conditions, even if they’re not small, young, or physically fit. In addition, fishing out of a W kayak is more comfortable in the sense that the angler is better protected from the elements (wind, waves, spray, etc.) than they would be if they fished out of other types of kayaks. In ‘fishability’ terms, the new W kayak also outperforms other types of kayaks when storage is concerned, since it offers several times more storage space for the angler’s fishing tackle and other gear.
In sum, the W kayak offers to transform kayak fishing from an extreme sport or outdoor activity, to a pleasant and comfortable one – for everyone, and not just for the young and athletic angler.
I thought you might like to see a couple of shots of me that the publisher of my kayak fishing book took the other day. The shot with the rainbow in the background while I was playing a fish is pretty neat.
We’re hoping to get the book out by the end of the year.
I am building my Suburban into an Overlander. My first step was to build the roof rack so I can take either two S4s, an S4 and a W700 or of course 2 W700s. The rack is not complete until it gets a floor (perforated steel) and ladders (one on each side). We will have a roof top tent.
My church does an annual church campout. This year we went to Alta Lake which is on the East side of the state. I was able to sneak out in the mornings and in-between activities to do a bit of fishing. The wind was a constant and irregular companion. One moment it would be dead calm and the next moment whipping 15 mph through the canyon. But that is no problem for the ole W700. Kokanee were quality fish 15-16 inches. Now I need to go back for just a fishing trip!
Well it was time for the Annual Family Fishing Day. Once again we went to Lake Devereaux and the trout were plentiful and willing. However, the weather was not so nice! We had squalls blowing through all day long. At times it was brutal wet and cold, and then 15 min. later it was sunny and warm! Crazy spring weather which is typical around here but this is the first time we have had it show up on family fishing day.
Used the S4 this year and the sheer ability to fish more people made it invaluable. I was in it all day. No motorized vessels on this lake so I just paddled which was fine even though the wind made it a challenge at times.
We went out on the jetty for a bit and I shot a couple nice snapper. Candy cooked up the fillets.
I made this spray shield from Lexan. Before I bend it around I wanted to see how it does out wide like this.
I also finished my two tank holder for scuba diving. It just slipped right in. I painted plastic dip on top and on the bottom to keep it from sliding around, and cut a groove for the saddle bracket. It fits right in.
We tested the spray shield today.
Candy: -“I’m near the front and this is my current view. Jesse did an amazing job on the spray shield. Pretty much dry!” –
I ended up bending it around, and it works really good –
It’s June 1st, and I got a call from buddy Mike that he and his Father were taking the canoe striper fishing.
So I loaded up my gear and met them at the launch.
They were having some motor starting troubles, so I set out ahead of them.
Ran up river and started my drift back down, casting some top water, with no interest, then a single paddle tail on a 3/8oz gotcha jig head……nothing, not even a follow.
I picked up the rod with my hot lure for Stripers this season, first cast, nothing, second cast third or forth crank of the reel and BAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!
Fish on, and the tow ride down river begins.
She was digging down hard, shaking her head and up and rolling on the surface trying to get away.
As I got here closer to the W700, she dove right under it.
Good thing I fight these standing up, or she would have broke my rod if I was sitting, I wouldn’t have got the rod down in the water in time.
Rod tip in the water, fighting the fish back out from under the W700.
I get her boat side again, I reach from my lip grippers and got her mouth on the first try.
Then I realize I forgot my pliers!!!!!
Lucky for me she didn’t fight me as I removed the two hooks in her mouth.
Now Mike and his Dad got the motor running and we head up river, I stayed behind them for fear of causing a wake and tipping them over……it wasn’t pretty, but they got it done.
Start drifting back down river and my lure gets slammed as soon as it hits the water!!!!
Fish On…………………………off…………what the heck…….my rig broke, and she’s gone.
Still fishable, I cast out again and BAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!
She hit it hard, rod doubled over…..then POP…she was gone….the rig broke again and now will be put to rest. (Till I make a new one)
It was time to end the trip, skies were looking mean and the wind was starting to kick up.
My buddy and his Dad were already back at the launch when I headed in.
Still a Great day in my book, just being on the water is good enough, the fish I catch are just a Bonus.
I Love my W700, she getting way more love then the W500’s lately, but summer is here and and they will get tons of use with my Daughter, Lisa, and my Grand Daughter, those trips I will take video’s of.