Tag Archive: choosing a fishing kayak

Choosing the best fishing kayak is often an elaborate process involving reading many useless and often bogus kayak reviews, reading endless fake discussions on kayak fishing forums, watching unrealistic demo videos, talking to sales personnel that don’t know much more than what they read in manufacturers’ brochures, and testing various kayaks only to discover that they’re all basically the same, which means hardly suitable for fishing unless the prospecting client is young and fit, which most of us aren’t.

We ended an all day trip having caught over 100 fish…

By Captain Larry Jarboe

Florida Fishing Kayaks

The easterly trade wind has been blowing hard for more than a week.
This is Spring Break in South Florida. Many of the local tour, fishing and diving boats that take people to the reef and blue water have to turn away customers because of the 6-8′ waves that are pounding the reef line.
There has been some seriously lost business and most disappointed vacationers.

In Key Largo, we have had wonderfully productive trips fishing our Wavewalk W700 tandem kayaks in the narrow creeks that flow through the dense mangrove forest here in the heart of Pennekamp Park. Because of the tight quarters and many non-combustion zones where internal combustion motors are prohibited, many of these areas rarely see a fisherman.

This weekend, two groups booked Wavewalk kayak fishing adventures with me –

Issac brought Julio, Daniel, and Darren for a Good Friday afternoon trip. They caught about 30-40 lbs. of keeper fish (Mangrove Snappers, Bluestriped Grunts, and Sailors Choice). I filleted out and boxed enough fish for a panko fried fish platter with black beans and rice that they had cooked up at the Blackwater Siren Restaurant before leaving our island. And, they had a big bag of fish for a big fish fry in Miami.

April who was raised and worked in the Keys, brought her son Keith Jr. and crew Kevin and Joey on Easter Sunday. After a most slow start to the day, we found fish way up Smugglers Run (a creek named for the infamous Keys past when “Save the Bales” was the slogan of the day.).
Those new kayak Ricky Rods got a real workout dragging fish from beneath the mangrove roots. April caught the most fish but everyone got their share including the pelicans who got a bucketful.
We really had to travel some distance to find the calmest possible conditions but we ended an all day trip having caught over 100 fish.

 

 

Everyone who tours or fishes with me in the Wavewalk portable boats is amazed how comfortable and stable these vessels are compared to conventional kayaks.
It is not too hard being the best fishing kayak guide in South Florida with the best fishing kayaks that are available, anywhere.


Larry also offers guided fishing and diving trips in the Key Largo and the areas that surround it »

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Nature Coast Kayak Fishers Club recruiting new members

By Gary Rankel

 

Nature Coast Kayak Fishers Club

 

Our retirement community of about 2,300 people in Citrus Hills, Florida held its annual Activity Club Showcase yesterday where leaders of the many clubs and activities offered were provided tables on which to display handouts and other club materials. I drafted a handout on the Kayak Fishing Club I established last year and made it available along with other materials highlighting the fishery along Florida’s Nature Coast. I included handouts and pictures describing and depicting the Wavewalk, and answered questions about the sport and fishing kayak types.

While most of the old fogies attending congregated around the poker and bridge club tables, a few of the more adventurous ones stopped by expressing interest in the club. I offered “show-me” outings to a couple who wished to give my Wavewalk a try.

All in all, it was a good three hours spent. Hopefully, it will result in a few more club members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cap’n Larry Jarboe: The Boat That Does It All

Quite a few years ago, back in the mid-1970’s, I was fortunate to work as a mate then captain of a large passenger carrying boat that took people snorkeling on the shallow coral reefs of John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo, Florida.

I promoted our business with the phrase “If you can swim, you can snorkel.” Twice a day, we hauled up to 61 passengers a trip on a wooden Harkers Island-built boat to witness the amazing coral reefs and tropical fish that are found right here in the United States.

Today, the State Park concession that I worked from has about 4 multi-passenger snorkel boats that have evolved from that one vessel.

Like snorkeling, there are many marine sports that have sprouted over my lifetime.

Obviously, canoes have been with us for many years. But, who figured out that you could sit on top of a kayak or stand up to paddle a fat surfboard? These are relatively recent innovations that have attracted a huge following.

Then, there are those Wave Runners. When I grew up in the Fifties, we never figured you could have a motorcycle that flew across the water.

All of those sports are fun for those of us who swim but owning all four: a canoe, kayak, paddle board and Wave Runner is expensive, space consuming, and a major maintenance hassle.

What if one vessel did all this, and more?

The Wavewalk catamaran style skiff is the stable and portable boat that literally, does it all. A visit to the company website at wavewalk.com will show you the W500 and W700 solo and tandem twin hull kayaks that are easy on your back because they are straddled like a Wave Runner. Fishermen are especially fond of the Wavewalk design because they are so easy to stand up in order to spot or cast to their prey.

These magic boats can be paddled with kayak or canoe paddles or outfitted for gas outboard or electric trolling motor or both! And, they are lightweight enough to carry on top of your car without a special carrying rack or trailer.

I discovered the Wavewalk design while I was searching the Internet for the perfect kayak to establish a retirement rental business in Key Largo. My first Wavewalk was purchased at retail price. That little W500 was so good that I used it in my commercial fishing business in the Chesapeake region to supply Blue Catfish fillets to Linda’s Cafe in downtown Lexington Park and the Victorian Candle Bed and Breakfast in historic Hollywood, Maryland.

At present, in addition to two commercial fishing work boats, I have a fleet of Wavewalk kayaks for weekend Wavewalk Adventures in the State Parks and National Sanctuaries that surround Key Largo.

And, I am fortunate to be the exclusive Wavewalk distributor for all of South Florida. Contact me if you are in the Chesapeake region and I can arrange for you to have your own Wavewalk kayak.

On a nearly daily basis, I motor my green W700 skiff through mangrove creeks or out in the ocean to make my own adventures exploring places that are almost impossible to reach by any other method of marine conveyance. This Wavewalk lifestyle is a most wonderful and unexpected retirement pastime that I am most happy to share.

So, if you are tired of being cold this winter and want an excuse to visit the Florida Keys, you have one (as if you really need an excuse to visit paradise).

A trip to my website at floridafishingkayaks.com. will provide all the info you need to schedule a free Wavewalk Wednesday demo of this vessel. Or, a weekend rental with included guide service might be a way to enjoy a complete kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board package in a boat that “does it all.”

Who knows? You might drive home with one.

Welcome aboard.

Cap’n Larry Jarboe

 

 

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Wavewalk® 700 Reviews

Wavewalk launched the 700 series at the end of the 2015 season (in late August of 2015).
Currently, there are 19 full featured Wavewalk® 700 reviews listed on this page.
Per our company policy, each Wavewalk® 700 review includes the full name and state of the person who contributed it, as well as pictures. We consider anonymous kayak reviews and reviews posted under an alias to be worthless, and we disapprove of reviews authored by people who get paid to write them, such as journalists and website owners who depend on paid advertising.
We think a review is meaningful only if its author paid for the kayak they review, and they fully identify themselves as a regular client, or a reseller.
We accept reviews contributed by any Wavewalk reseller who bought a Wavewalk® 700 from us for their own, personal use, and does not resell other kayaks. Whether such person uses their W700 for paddling, fishing, hunting or motorized boating, as its user, they certainly have an interesting insight to share with us and with other users, and we are grateful to them for it, and for being a Wavewalk fan.

List of Wavewalk® 700 Reviews

 

Wavewalk 700 review by Canadian fishing & hunting guideWavewalk 700 review by Canadian fishing & hunting guide
By Russ Popp, Manitoba, Canada

 

Review of a Wavewalk 700 skiff with outboard motor and electric trolling motor, FLWavewalk 700 skiff with 5 HP Tohatsu outboard motor and electric trolling motor
By Captain Larry Jarboe, Florida

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 from MichiganPaddling and sailing the Great Lakes with my Wavewalk 700
By Forrest Henry, Michigan

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 with an outboard gas motor, and with an electric trolling motorWavewalk 700 with outboard gas motor, and with an electric trolling motor  By Joe Stauder, Pennsylvania

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 for cod fishing in the fjords of NorwayWavewalk 700 for fishing cod in Norway’s fjords   By Roine Ankarstrom, Sweden (and Norway)

 

 

Review of the tandem Wavewalk 700 on a Vermont camping tripReview of the Wavewalk 700 as tandem kayak for long camping trips   By Galina Slastenko, Massachusetts

 

 

Review of electric Wavewalk 700 in Key Largo snorkeling tourReview of electric Wavewalk 700 in Key Largo snorkeling tour   By Capn’ Larry Jarboe, Key Largo, Florida

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 with 2.3 hp Honda outboard motorMy motorized Wavewalk 700 with 2.3 hp Honda outboard   By Caleb Jenkins, Washington state

 

 

Review of electric Wavewalk 700 for two fishermen (video)Outstanding! Two fishermen motorizing standing in a Wavewalk 700 boat     Gene Andrews, Florida

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 and launching dockWavewalk 700 review and dock launching system     Jeff Goldstein, New York

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 as a fishing boat and tandem kayak for the family and children Family fishing day with the W700 serving various crews     Chris Henderson, Washington

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 fishing kayak from Melbourne, Australia One step at a time – initial review     Dario Lazaric, Australia

 

 

review of Wavewalk 700 kayak from Swedish angler The 700 – More than a surprise     Kent Johnsen, Sweden

 

 

review of Wavewalk 700 as tandem fishing kayak First impression from our Wavewalk 700     Jon Cohen, Massachusetts

 

 

First trip in my new Wavewalk 700 Wavewalk 700 paddling trip in Hilo bay, Hawaii      Jerry Wheeler, Hawaii

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 as a fishing kayak for a big and heavy fisherman For me it is the Wavewalk 700 or nothing        John Sealy, North Carolina

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 as a fishing and crabbing boat My initial observations on the Wavewalk 700      Captain Larry Jarboe, Florida

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 as a duck hunting boat Great duck hunting boat!        Chris Henderson, Washington

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 as tandem kayak A day on Lake Ouachita in our tandem W700      Scot and Mary Alice VanHorn, Arkansas

 

 

Review of W700 fishing and family kayak Wavewalk 700 fishing and family kayak     Jinsub Chung, New Hampshire

 

 

Review of W700 fishing kayak motorized with electric motor “Bonefish”, my customized, motorized Wavewalk 700     Rem Seil, Florida

 

 

Review of fly fishing kayak for heavy paddler Maiden voyage for my Wavewalk 700 fly fishing kayak    Jill Toler, North Carolina

 

 

Dog platform? I don’t think it’s necessary with the 700 Dog platform? I don’t think it’s necessary with the 700   Joe Stauder, Pennsylvania

 

 

300 lbs big guy paddling and fishing standing in a W700 300 lbs big guy paddling and fishing standing in a Wavewalk 700    Ernie Balch, New York

 

 

bass-caught-in-W700-08-26-2015 First fish caught in my new Wavewalk 700     Michael Chesloff, New York

 

 

elderly fisherman paddling standing in his W700 fishing kayak My Wavewalk 700    Scott Cargo, Colorado

 

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HBBCO Pennsylvania outdoor trade show schedule

By Joe Stauder

HBBCO

It’s Sport Show Season!   Stop by our booth and say Hi!

See Wavewalk’s All New 700 series, and check out our various fishing, hunting and motorizing options for the 500 series.

  • January 28th-31st  at the Early Bird Sports Expo at the Fair Grounds in Bloomsburg, PA.
  • February 25th-28th  at the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sports Show in Oaks, PA