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The kayak that’s useful for fishing in waters around here, by Paul Malm

Iowa kayak fishing guide holding a bear bubI have recently purchased a new type of fishing kayak called the WaveWalk 500 that’s very useful in the waters around here. I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying the W. I wish I would have bought one sooner!
I’m also offering kayak trips for those who just want to get out for the day and enjoy the experience. This particular design is more stable on the water than any other kayak I have seen. Plus the amount of storage of these unique kayaks blows them all away, too. Fishing while standing is no problem at all, and they are very comfortable to spend extended time in. You can actually lay down in this one!
This has been one the most unusual years I have ever been witness to as far as the weather and the fishing goes. In Northwest Iowa the rains seemed never-ending for a while, especially on weekends. Waters are high all over the area, with levels that have not been seen in a few seasons.
As far as the rivers go, these heavy rains have caused a lot of flooding, and as for fishing, it depends on where you live and what you are fishing for. Because of the unstable rivers and muddy waters, the musky and pike bite has been off and on from day to day. Nothing that you can predict with the crazy barometer this year. The bass, crappie, and big bluegills, on the other hand, have been great this year!

I have been fishing out of my new WaveWalk 500 fishing kayak and it has been giving me access to waters that others are not able to get to. As a result, I am able to target fish that are not pressured, and it is working very well. It is amazing how much you can see and learn from such a silent , low-profile craft. Fish swim right under you without spooking. Awesome to see! I am now offering kayak trips and kayak fishing through my guide service. Right now I am only able to take one person at a time for kayak bookings, but I am hoping to change that shortly.

I am also offering bow-fishing trips. You would be surprised how much fun it is to get a 20 pound carp on the end of an arrow. You can’t stop the smile on your face! Once again, from the kayak I can only do one at a time, but there are other options, too.

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I am also offering fishing lessons and classes for small parties or large groups. I have been certified by the State of Iowa DNR as an official “Fish Iowa” Instructor. So not only do I get the honor and privilege of introducing many people to the sport, but this also gives me access to many of the materials the DNR makes available for young or new fishermen, promoting our great fishing in the State of Iowa!

I am proud to introduce the latest in my line of terminal tackle. It is another leader, but geared towards finer fishing. This product came up as a result of a day of walleye fishing where the big pike were biting me off every other cast. Not a major problem, but I was after walleye that day, not pike. But walleye will not take to the sight of a heavy leader and it seems a little silly to cast a curly-tail jig on one too. So I went home that night and came up with what I will use from now on when casting for walleye during aggressive feeding.  The snap is of my own design again, with nothing to open or close, changing lures in an instant. Whether you fish for bullheads or musky, it is great just to get out and enjoy a little of what nature has to offer.

Paul Malm, the Musky guy

Malm Fishing Services, Northwestern Iowa

Biggest bluegill caught in Iowa – unofficial state record. I caught this fish from my W kayak.

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Fishing Kayak Review by Bruce Parks, Ontario, Canada

I’ve had the W500 out for 3 short paddles. All 3 have been extremely enjoyable. No issues at all other than operator error. It paddles well, tracks well, launches and beaches well. Its stability is awesome!
All as advertised!
My only issue (minor!) was at first, when water dripped from the “up” paddle blade into the passenger compartment.
When I get another paddle it will be the longer one, this might help with drippage, and with the width of the W500 the added length will be useful for my style of paddling too.
On my last trip I noticed less water dripping into the cockpit, and I realized that on my first trip I was paddling like I was in a canoe – wrong!
I have a bad knee and can’t get my right leg bent for the riding position so have to use the sitting position. This has diminished with usage, maybe I’m learning the paddling technique.
The quiet and relaxing time spent in the ‘yak was really enjoyable. In our louder, faster, multi-tasking world the slower, quiet approach is truly therapeutic.

I haven’t had the fishing gear out in it yet, didn’t want to get side tracked. I quietly paddled up to several spawning carp, would have liked to have my bowfishing equipment with me but I don’t see that working out of a ‘yak!

I’m definitely not ready for standing yet. More practice needed, but yes, I did consider shooting the bow from the W500 would be possible. Would have to sit down if I got connected to a feisty 25 pound carp!!

Pictures will be forthcoming. I took videos with a GoPro camera mounted on my head, and as technically impressive as they are, they are not what I would want to see on your site. If I ever master standing, a GoPro bowfishing video might be in order.

Thanks for the experience, no regrets!


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Bow Fishing and Spear Fishing From a W Kayak

It sounds really exciting – the closest you can get to a hunting experience such as the Inuit must have felt when they hunted animals and birds with their skin-on-frame kayaks. This type of fishing is popular worldwide – not necessarily from kayaks but usually from other small boats that native people have traditionally used in different places.

It also sounds quite simple: You stand or ride in your W Kayak, scout the water, spot a fish, aim and try hitting it with your spear, trident or arrow.

There are however some issues to consider:
First of all, in some places it’s not legal to fish this way.
Second, the water conditions might not be suitable for this type of fishing: Murky water, vegetation and waves can prevent you from seeing anything even if you’re standing and looking down right near your kayak, where visibility is usually better.
Third, spear and arrow wounds are bigger and more serious than injuries caused by fishing hooks, which means that catching a fish this way and releasing it will most likely result in its death, and this defies the purpose of the ‘Catch and Release’ idea.
Fourth, some fish won’t just wait for you to come near them with your kayak, and some are too cautious and won’t get near you when you’re anchored somewhere and waiting for them.

Conclusion? It looks like it’s worth trying…

Bow and arrows on W kayakThis is Scott Johnson’s W kayak (MN). Scott hunts from it.