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.

First striper trip in my Wavewalk 700

By Roxanne Davis

 

I took the Wavewalk 700 to the Connecticut River today in Windsor Locks.

Searching for stripers, I was able to get in 4 good drifts before I go off the water before dark.

Water levels are low, fish are hard to pinpoint, but I found a few takers.

Lost two good fish, then hooked up 3’ from the W700, and she threw the hook and it sailed right by my head!!!

Going to be hitting that area hard for the next few days, in hopes of beating my 38 1/2” PB Striper.

The 2hp motor did okay, but with strong currents I need at least a 4hp…..each time I tried to buy one it fell through
…………I’ll keep searching.

Here’s a short video and a couple pictures of the small stripers.

 

 

 

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Catching bass in the shallows

Mike standing in his Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak and catching bass in shallow water, in North Dakota

By Mike Moody

North Dakota

Here’s a video from yesterday. My son and I went out and caught over 100 bass. It’s just warming up here and they were all in the shallows getting ready to spawn! It was tons of fun and I couldn’t have gotten in the area without my Wavewalk 500! I think I’ve had it for 5 years now and it still works wonderfully! One advantage this time of year is that I can easily stand and search for bedding fish.

Have a great spring!

 

 

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From Wavewalk 500 kayak to Wavewalk S4 skiff

Dan VanMetre

Texas

I bought an S4 a few months ago and wanted to share what I’ve done with it and how I’m using it.
Couldn’t be happier with the boat.

I upgraded to an S4 skiff after owning an original Wavewalk for many years. I fish the Texas Gulf coast and have loved my new S4. Not only have I spent a lot of time on the water … I have spent a lot of time in the garage and at the hardware store customizing it for what I love to do. I wanted to share some of the ways I have configured my skiff. Thanks Yoav for making this boat!!

 

I know this won’t be for everybody, but I have been completely thrilled with how the S4 has performed with the motor configuration I used. I bought a 15 inch shaft 6 HP motor and ended up raising the transom so that the bottom of the motor’s skeg is only 6 inches below the hulls. I fish very shallow water and can run full speed in basically ankle-deep water. The prop is high enough that it would cut through the hull on a turn so I had to attach a carefully sized piece of polyethene to the motor to prevent the prop from getting to close to the hull. I am getting 13 mph top speed with this set-up.

 

Out-of-the-way spot to carry a full-sized bucket, cast net, and bait box.

 

I put a drain on both sides of the skiff. This has really worked out great. It makes it easy to get the water out of the hulls during clean-up and also gives me peace of mind when I haul it on top of my truck in heavy rain. I screw them in from the top so the bottom hulls remains a smooth surface.

 

I have had a blast customizing the S4 and there is so, so much you can do. Here is where I officially went overboard….I love the up-front storage for life jackets, wading boots, ice chest, etc. But I wanted that stuff to stay up front when I am driving on a plane and bouncing around. I put in some PVC twistable stoppers. A little much, but it works great!

 

The S4 has worked great for sight fishing redfish on the Texas gulf coast. I stand on the front deck and paddle a shallow shoreline. When I see the redfish, I put the oar in the front holder, twist and push the pole to anchor, grab the rod and make a cast. Quick, quiet, and efficient.

 

Chair works great. Less than $10. I attached a piece of PVC to the base so it stays secure and put some ethafoam for support. It can be moved to any hole in the saddle and it even swivels.

 

I installed 2 watertight portals into the saddle. One in front and one in back. I wedged a piece of ethafoam right behind the openings and also in the brackets so items stay within reach and don’t get stuck. I can store a lot of tackle and equipment.

 

 

Back from Florida vacation with a Wavewalk S4 on the roof rack

Wavewalk S4 kayak skiff attached on roof rack of pickup truck towing a mobile home

By David Peed

Georgia

Just purchased my S4 through David Hernandez of St Augustine paddle sports 2 weeks ago while on vacation at
St Joseph Peninsula State Park near Appalachicola…what a great guy and Wavewalk rep!!!

You’ll notice from my pics what looks like a Suzuki Burgman 650 motorcycle underneath the S4…actually that’s a super-secret hush-hush research project of mine for underwater power source for the S4😉

I’ll be ordering the Tohatsu 20” 6hp and a 9 pitch prop for it shortly…. also gonna experiment with a drop-in stand-up rowing rig a la Cajun jougs style

Will keep you posted!

The pics are of our traveling rig from our trip returning home.