New article by Gary Rankel

Gary, a retired biologist who specialized in fisheries management, has been a Wavewalk kayaks fisherman for over a decade, and he is the author of the much acclaimed book Kayak Fishing Citrus County. Gary recently published a new article, and this time in the Safe Boating section of the September-October issue of the popular Florida Sport Fishing magazine (page 128).

Gary’s partly serious partly humoristic article is entitled “Kayaking Codgers – Confirming Age is Just a Number”. In this article, Gary describes his experience fishing from a Wavewalk 500, and the benefits that people who use it enjoy, in particular those who are not very athletic, and/or suffer from physical limitations and disabilities, such as back problems, old age, excessive weight, etc.

Gary himself, who’s in his late seventies, still paddles his W500 regularly, but he’s already doing some preliminary studying of electric trolling motors, just in case he feels like motorizing, sometime in the future.

Gary’s new article brings forward an interesting point, which is that the vast majority of potential kayak anglers are ill served by Sit-In and SOT kayaks, in the sense that all these kayaks work only for people who are both young and physically fit. The patented Wavewalk is the exception in this field, since it is back pain free, and does not create other negative effects such as leg numbness.

Over the years, Gary has given dozens of lectures on kayak fishing, and he has met hundreds, if not thousands of kayak anglers, as well as people who simply can’t fish out of common kayak, so his observations on these subjects carry a lot of weight.

Visit Gary’s website Nature Coast Kayak Fishers

Wavewalk kayaks at the US Masters National Rowing Regatta

By Ken Dollhopf

We just got back fromt he US Masters National Rowing Regatta in Grand Rapids, MI. It is the largest race regatta this year. It was 4 days of racing with each day starting around 8am and concluding between 7p and 8p. Races were every 4 minutes!

We used 6 of the yellow Wavewalk 500 boats as starting line boats for aligning the rowing shells at the start of the race and then 2 of the S4’s for installation (6 days) and removal of the race course. The race course was composed of seven mile long cables with over 1.200 lane marking buoys.

Here is the youtube link to the regatta for Saturday:
https://youtu.be/b0uGgisolMU

Overall a big success…

W500 kayak serving as starting a line boat for aligning rowing shells at the start of the race.

Wavewalk 500 kayaks as starting line boats for aligning the rowing shells at the start of the race

Wavewalk 500 kayaks as starting line boats for aligning the rowing shells at the start of the race. Photo shot from a Wavewalk S4 motor catamaran kayak

Wavewalk 500 kayaks as starting line boats for aligning the rowing shells at the start of the race

Wavewalk 500 kayaks as starting line boats for aligning the rowing shells at the start of the race

Wavewalk 500 kayaks as starting line boats for aligning the rowing shells at the start of the race  Wavewalk 500 kayaks as starting line boats for aligning the rowing shells at the start of the race  Wavewalk S4 motor catamaran kayak. In the background Wavewalk 500 kayaks as starting line boats for aligning the rowing shells at the start of the race

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The S4 truly is a battle wagon of a kayak

By Chris Henderson

Lake Chelan Fishing Vacation –

I have been a fishing fool getting out a lot and making a lot of videos. Last week we had our church family camp and Susan and I stayed out camping for an extra 4 days. Since it was Susan and I and the dogs, I rigged the S4 with the down riggers and we fished out of it. It truly is a battle wagon of a kayak. I would have benefited from a small motor when I had the three passengers, but we managed alright. Caught some great fish and had a great vacation.

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Oahu fishing trip

By Terry Wilkison

Aloha,

A good afternoon on the water despite the reports calling for poor fishing. The current was running straight towards shore today which pushed the mackerel scad against the drop at 180′. Pretty deep dropping damishi when I only had 3 ounce lead (needed 5 or 6 ounces) but thanks to the maneuverability of the S4 I could compensate and stay on top of the ball to make bait (ended up with 2 dozen).

I caught 2 giant needlefish and had more of them kill about 4 of my live baits. They are the biggest pain live bait fishing. Once they get on the scad the small ones will just keep grabbing them and carrying them for a bit, a lot of times it’s hard to tell if the bait is swimming or if they’ve been picked up by one. They cost me a lot of bait and time….

Despite the a’ha (needlefish) I made out well. I’ve been trying to target wahoo and it finally paid off today, about 30min of bump trolling a live scad across the 40 fathom ledge and my penn ssv8500ll started screaming.

I dropped the lever off the liveliner drag and when the main drag came in he just kept smoking line off the reel. He did 3 big runs, on the second something failed with the drag and it alternated between locked up and nearly no drag. For the next 10 minutes I brought him up to the boat very carefully and got a good gaff shot in front of his pec fin on the first go and boated him without hesitation.

After him I hooked up on a amberjack that gave me a good workout, I let him go and crossed my fingers for a mahi but no such luck. I did get another kawakawa (bonita) which I’ll give to some guys who like them.

The only problem I’m having right now is I believe my outboard is losing power. I need to do a compression check to verify. If so I’ll have to tear down hone the cylinder and re-ring. I think the head gasket has leaked water into the cylinder due appearance looking in thru the spark plug hole. An excuse to buy a new tool I’ve wanted for awhile!

The photos from Wavewalk’s new production site look great.

I will be relocating to Jacksonville Florida in December. Looking forward to making use of the shallow draft there fishing for reds and sea trout!

Giant needlefish on deck
Two more large size on the front deck of my Wavewalk S4

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