fishing kayaks

Fishing kayaks are designed primarily to fish from. Such kayaks are rigged (outfitted) for fishing, usually by the anglers that own them.
A fishing kayak is required to offer better stability than other kayaks do.
The overall performance of a kayak in fishing terms is often called ‘fishability’.
Comfort (ergonomics) is as important as stability, since anglers spend long hours in their kayak during their fishing trips.
Storage space is important as well, since typically, kayak anglers carry a lot of fishing gear on board.

Most fishing kayaks are too wide and heavy to offer easy paddling, and the stability they offer leaves much to be desired. Like most kayaks, they’ve become synonym to back pain and other problems, due to the poor level of ergonomics they offer, which is why most anglers would still refuse to fish out of a kayak. Storage wise, an average angler isn’t likely to appreciate such kayaks.

The cockpit area is the part of the fishing kayak that’s most important to its user, since this is where they sit, paddle, and fish from.
Sit-in kayaks (SIK) feature a semi-closed space in their middles section that can be described as a cockpit, while sit-on-top kayaks and ‘hybrid’ kayaks do not have a real cockpit, and their users sit in the middle section of the kayak’s ‘deck’, which is essentially the top side of its hull.
These configurations offer the angler little room and even less comfort in handling their gear. Anglers who fish out of such kayaks have to land fish practically in their lap, which is neither practical nor comfortable. Typically, the cockpit of such kayaks is cluttered with accessories and gear, and offers too little fishability to appeal to a serious angler.
In comparison, W kayaks have a full-featured cockpit offering ample room for the user and their gear, and all the range of motion they need. An angler who lands fish in their W kayak can easily let the fish they caught at the bottom of their kayak’s deep hulls, and then handle them in full comfort and and safety.
Anglers who fish out of Wavewalk fishing kayaks consider this type of kayak to be the only one that an average, reasonable person can fish out of. Some of them who have owned several types of small boats consider this kayak to be the world’s best personal fishing boat.

Kayak outfitting and rigging page redesigned

We redesigned the ‘Kayak Outfitting and Rigging‘ page to better serve as a source of information, while reflecting how W kayak paddlers and fishermen have been outfitting and rigging their boats.

So, from a regular web page we turned it into a directory with links to customer reviews. In fact, in recent years our customers have taken the lead in outfitting and rigging (the fishing term) ideas and projects, which made us at Wavewalk less important, and we’re grateful for that…

We no longer offer information about seats since although some W kayak paddlers and fishermen have outfitted their boats with various types of seats, it seems like they hardly use them at all, as the paddling and fishing position of choice is riding (mounted), because in it the upper body is supported by the legs on both sides of the saddle.

Also, we no longer offer information an DIY flotation because all our kayak models feature one or two pairs of side flotation modules – standard.

We don’t offer information on electronics since basically there’s no difference between the way one would outfit his/her sit-inK or SOT kayak with a GPS system or fish-finder, and the way it’s done in W kayaks, except that with the latter it’s easier…

Anyway, we hope our visitors would find the changes useful, and we’re always interested to know what they think about both form and content of this page, and all other sections of our website.


Rox breaking the ice with her fishing kayak (movie)

Rox is a pioneer kayak fisherwoman from Connecticut, who already created an amazing electric kayak fishing machine

Now Rox is using her other W-kayak to paddle in ice covered ponds, lakes and rivers, and that’s how she’s extending her fishing season:

Rox: -“I’d like to see a SOT or a SIT do that!!”

Those who are familiar with ice would recognize the glaze that announces the absolute end of the paddling and fishing season, but not for everybody:

Rox' fishing kayak after she paddled through the ice
-“I was in my bare bones wavewalk, not the motored one, I was paddling through the ice.
It was a blast.”

More Rigging Solutions on Wayne’s Fishing Kayak

The Wavewalk kayak offers some 10 cubic feet of dry storage space inside its cockpit and hull tips. However, you can also use the space on top of the hull tips to store and attach additional gear.

Wayne Taylor, from Florida, outfitted his unique W-kayak with two surfaces – one on each side of the cockpit. He bolted them to the hulls, and added Nylon eyelets as attachment points.

The front panel serves among other things to support a fish finder display box:

The rear panel hosts Wayne’s watertight tackle box:

26 Inch Redfish – Jeff’s Latest Catch in His W Kayak

-“About that big red. The lure I used was a Gulp 3 inch shrimp on a 1/8oz jig head. The line was 10lb Fireline and had an 18 inch leader of 15lb fluorocarbon tied into it. The rod was one of my little custom sticks made by Chaos Rods in South Florida. That company makes a series of kids rods I find very handy in tight places. I had two with my yesterday I refer to them as the “twins”, two little 5′ spinning rods built on what the makers call NBU or “no break um” blanks. Very tough and in this case very pretty with gold and pink hand wrapped thread. The reel was a Daiwa 1300SS Tournament, my all time favorite light spinning reel. So far as working the lure I tossed it out and let it sit on the bottom for maybe five minute before moving it.At the first twitch it got clobbered very hard.

26 inch Redfish in Jeff's kayak

That fish ran me around an entire section of grass bed and then right through it. It took about 8 minutes or so of getting yanked around before net and fish met up.

Having the W’s narrow beam and vertical sides helped since I was able to get right above it and net it before it took off on another romp through the grass. Of course after landing it I just dropped it and the net into the hull and got the rod out of the way. Here is a place sometimes in a sit on top you might lose a rod or at least dunk it.

Having a fish in your lap is no where near as good as being able to drop it into a hull space. In this case I just put net and all down there until I got reorganized. “

Roxanne’s Motorized W Fishing Kayak – Movie

Here’s a movie that Roxanne Davis sent us from Connecticut. Rox shot it from the cockpit of her W-kayak that she rigged with an electric trolling motor and foot-activated steering system:

Isn’t it amazing?

And here is the full story about Rox and her Electric W Kayak Fishing Machine

This rigging job is a marvel, and Rox has some interesting tips to share on how to work with a motorized W fishing kayak: It’s no longer just about trolling – it’s actual combat technique.

NEW: read more about motorizing fishing kayaks >>