Tag Archive: bass

Bass is one of the most popular group of fish among kayak anglers, and it includes both freshwater and marine species. Most popular bass species are largemeouth bass, striped bass (a.k.a. ‘striper’), and smallmouth bass (a.k.a, ‘smallie’) which in fact belongs to the sunfish family.
Bass fishing is often called ‘bassing’, or ‘bassin’. A bass boat is a type of motorboat designed to offer two or more anglers a wide, stable and comfortable platform to fish from, as well as the ability to travel fast over long distances, mainly on flat water.

A few of my favorite things and “the best money I ever spent”

By Jill Toler

 

Hello my Wavewalk friends! It’s been way too long since I posted a story about my most awesome W700 and how happy it makes me.

So, last October I traveled a little ways to a town called Vandemere, here in North Carolina. It’s actually not too far from me as the crow flies but, the crow didn’t build the roads. The town just prettied up the boat ramp and surrounding land to make a very nice area for the public’s pleasure. I really wanted to try a new technique and fly combination that my good friend, Capt. Gary Dubiel invented, to catch some fish. It’s called the Pop-n-Fly and although I didn’t catch anything on this particular day, I caught a bunch the day after Christmas fishing with Capt. Gary. The area was just beautiful and I really enjoyed fishing and paddling. What I didn’t enjoy was the skunk. I don’t care for getting skunked so, I had to come up with Plan B.

Plan B was to slide in at Lee Landing to fish the Upper Broad for redemption. Plan B was executed and yielded a great catch of sunnies. Sitting in my kayak tossing little poppers and catching sunnies is just about as close to perfect as you can get, as far as I’m concerned. My “happiness” meter pegs out every time.

On June 3rd of this year; yes, it was a looooooong time between kayak trips, I thought to myself: “Self, you should give Northwest Creek another try”. I have not had the most success in Northwest Creek; except for that awesome day after Christmas fishing with Capt. Gary, with catching much of anything. Fish are hard to come by in that area for some reason. Anyway, loaded up the kayak the evening before so that I could be on the water early and execute what I thought would be an outstanding time of fish catching. Yeah; not so much! I’m pretty sure I will NOT return to Northwest Creek until at least November or December.

Knowing how I feel about getting skunked, I bet you can guess what I did that afternoon? Yep. Lee landing and Upper Broad Creek kayak fishing time! After some lunch and a nap, I took the W700 back to it’s roots and commenced to redeem myself and the day in a fantastic manner. So much so, that my smartypants phone became overheated from taking pictures and being out in the sun that it refused to take the picture of that 3 pound bass that I caught. My thought of course was, “Seriously!” My words were more like “son of a biscuit eater!” Here I have been fishing with one little popper and catching a bunch of fish, when this big bass sucks that popper down like a grape slurpee and runs around that kayak like a dirt track racer and my smartypants phone suddenly becomes sensitive to Eastern North Carolina weather! It even displayed a bright red thermometer in case I didn’t quite understand the displayed message of, “phone must cool down before use”. Well, I considered dunking it in the relatively cool water to help with the hot flash but, my inner adult thought better and just politely tucked it inside of my new favorite bag that I found at Academy Sports.

The bag is actually a kayak fish keeping bag that I discovered held ALL of my stuff and sits just beautifully on the saddle in front of me. I do secure it with some cords that have a ball on one end and a securable hook on the other so if I flip the yak it will still be attached. I slide the ball up under the teeth of the saddle and it stays in there nice and tight.

Back to the epic afternoon of fish catching… I managed to catch a whole bunch of sunnies and some bass in a relatively short period of time. The time of day was just right and the barometric pressure was falling, putting those little fish tummies on chow down time. My adventure evidently caught the attention of some folks that live on the creek as well as a couple of fellas that were trying to duplicate my success. After explaining fly fishing everybody wanted to know about my ‘boat” so, I showed it off and answered all of their questions.

This past Saturday, the 10th, I slid out to Upper Broad Creek very early and paddled way up the creek to an area that I had not fished. The morning was just so beautiful and peaceful. At least until the Saturday bass fishing tournament guys came screaming up the creek. The fish were very picky that day and although the numbers of fish I caught were low, the size was impressive.

I still regard my Wavewalk kayak as “the best money I ever spent” and I am looking very forward to paddling and fishing this year. Y’all take care and keep the stories coming as I love to read all about your adventures.

 

 

 


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Catching smallmouth on the Allegheny river

By Dave Wayman

Pennsylvania

I went down the Allegheny River probably about 7-8 times this summer. Really enjoyed it.
We caught smallmouths mostly.
It wasn’t a banner year. You have to work hard for them. But it was fun.
Learning a lot about what to use and how to go about catching them.

I loaned my W500 kayak to two different guys and took them down the river (I used a standard kayak, which I hate). They love the WaveWalk and I’m trying to get them interested so they buy one. Also went down the river with another W500 owner who loves his WaveWalk.

My WaveWalk got pretty dirty from river water this summer. I need to try to clean it good before putting it up.

I was wondering if there is anything I should do to my WaveWalk as I get ready to put it up for the winter. Is there any dressing or wax that should be used to protect the material the kayak is molded from? So that it lasts longer?

This is a picture of a 15” er that I caught yesterday on the Allegheny.

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Thanks to Joe Stauder from HBBCO Stand Up Fishing Kayaks

Bassin at Saratoga lake

By Clint Miller

Photos: Nioca Miller

It’s been awhile but we are still enjoying the Wavewalk!
Been a slow fishing summer due to the fact that Nioca is having twin boys any day now! Looking forward to getting them on the Wavewalk asap 😀
These pics are from July bassin at Saratoga lake.

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More kayak bass fishing with Clint and Nioca »

Review of my Wavewalk 500 outfitted with an electric motor

By Samuel Ramirez

Arizona

I really like my W500 and have been using it a lot lately. I get a lot of comments on it and have let quite a few people ride it. Everyone loves it. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone has ordered one from you or will soon as a result of riding it.
I have it rigged up with an electric trolling motor and a smart lithium battery almost exactly like Gary Thorberg did.
I love bass fishing in it with the trolling motor, it really lets me creep up on the locations I want to cast to, and use the trolling motor to stay in my desired position. The only real difference from Gary’s is I have it mounted in the front, in the center space between the hulls. I am very careful not to run the motor so as to hit the hulls when lifting it out of the water. I have quick release plugs and usually unplug it so that cannot happen.
I keep forgetting to take photos of the entire setup but here is a photo that shows the front end of the W500 with the trolling motor at Parker Canyon Lake south of Tucson. Mostly I took the photo to show how beautiful the day was at the lake and caught a small portion of the W500 front end.

As much as I like the W500, being 230 lbs I wish I had the W700 instead, so I could take another person easier.

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