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.
People sometime ask whether the W kayak offered a good solution for disabled people and people with severe problems in their legs who would like to go paddling and kayak fishing.
The answer is that the W Kayak is capable of offering unsurpassed stability due to the fact that it enables paddlers and fishermen to use the full potential of their legs for balancing. If a paddler or fisherman has a problem that prevents them from walking it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to use their legs for balancing their W kayaks, not only in the standing position but in all other positions as well. As its product info page states, the W may not even fit people with serious knee problems – for the same reason.
On the other hand, people who suffer from back problems that prevent them from using ordinary kayaks may find the W kayak easy to get into and out from, and they are likely to appreciate the comfort offered by its 14.5″ high saddle.
Here is Jeff’s latest fishing report from Florida, in case you’re interested to know what the fishing conditions are down in the sunshine state:
“I spent the morning and early afternoon paddling around in the W and fishing. No big fish to speak of but loads of little bluefish the largest just over 12 inches. At times they foamed the water chasing minnows and would just slam my lure the moment it hit the water. Loads of fun and it would have been one of those times kids would have had a ball because the action was nonstop. I looked around for larger fish but none were to be found in the area I was at today. The day started with me wearing a fleece top, long sleeve t-shirt, fishing shirt, and a rain parka. By mid morning it had warmed enough I was down to just the T-shirt. The water was very clear which may be why the large game fish were not in the area. Oddly enough I saw very few kayakers until about 2PM when I headed home. I guess most people were just waiting for it to warm up a bit.
“Due Diligence” is a term you learn in business school. It’s used in the context of public accountants who must investigate a company’s situation seriously and responsibly before issuing a report on its situation.
In the world of kayaking and kayak fishing it would mean testing a new kayak with an open mind and a will to learn it thoroughly, while allocating sufficient time for the job. It means to distance oneself from possible preconceived ideas about the boat, its capabilities and the proper way to use it, and report one’s findings fairly and accurately.
On some occasions I’ve seen some professional paddlers and reporters express themselves in a way that showed overconfidence in their ability to learn, judge and evaluate the W kayak instantly or within a very short time – too short for due diligence.
The following pictures show Topher Reynolds (c), who took part in a series of tests for Paddler Magazine (see: Testing The W Kayak by paddling guru Ed Wesley). The reason I like these pictures is because they show Topher successfully performing tests that I’m incapable to perform myself, and that’s what I’d call a good example of due diligence.
Sometime, on a fishing, paddling or camping trip you may have to leave your W Kayak outside overnight. Naturally, you’d like to secure it against theft, as much as possible. The easiest and most effective way to do it is by using a long chain and two padlocks: You take the chain and make a tight, vertical loop around the cockpit – between the hulls. You close the loop with one padlock, and tie the remaining part of the chain in a loop around a tree, a fence or your car rack, then secure it with the second padlock. Sometime you can secure both loops with a single padlock, or better – use both padlocks as double security for both loops.
Nothing can prevent determined thieves from cutting the chain or breaking the padlock, but this system would require some premeditated effort on their part.
It’s also recommended to detach all deck mounted rod holders and other removable gear, and keep it with you together with your paddle, fishing tackle and personal equipment.