Tag Archive: fish net

Usually, a fish net refers to a small net attached to a handle. Such fish net serves to drop the fish in after the angler got it close enough to their boat, or kayak. When the fish is in the net, it cannot escape, and it’s easier for the angler to handle.
A fish net (fishnet) can also refer to a large size net the the fisher throws in the water in order to catch fish.

Review of the Wavewalk S4 as a shrimping boat

By Fin Gold

North Carolina

The stability and closeness to the water make the Wavewalk S4 a perfect shrimping platform.
We go out on our S4 boat, named “The Dub”, with 2 or 3 people. One person in the back to operate the Tohatsu 3.5 hp motor, the shrimper in the front standing up with the cast net, and maybe a shrimp processor/sorter in the middle.
We recently harvested 40 lbs (heads off) of green-tail shrimp in 4 days of outings.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Plug-in flush mount fishing rod holder for Wavewalk® 700

Cut off the bottom of a flush mount rod holder, and insert the rod holder into one of the vertical columns in the saddle of your Wavewalk® 700. It fits in perfectly – easy to insert, easy to rotate, no wobble, and easy to pull out when you no longer want it there.

Those versatile columns can serve for holding players, fish grips, a fish net, etc., and they also accommodate the base of the W700 Joystick.

 

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Removable flush mount rod holder for W700 saddle

 

 

Saltwater Gear Maintenance

By Jeff McGovern

Kayaks are king in saltwater flats fishing. You can get into places that even the finest flats boats have trouble accessing. You have no fuel expense and the maintenance on the kayak is far less than any motor powered craft. However, saltwater is not kind to equipment of any type, so unless your gear is properly cleaned up after every trip, it will wear out quickly and be ruined.

Cleaning equipment for fishing gear

The process begins on the water in the way gear is handled.  Lures should never be replaced in the tackle box directly after use.  They need to be placed in a separate plastic container that is for used baits only.  The small amounts of saltwater on the lure can be transferred into your tackle box as baits are changed out and that small amount ruins a box of lures in very short order.
Once you arrive home, the baits in the plastic container need to be cleaned.  My own method for taking care of this is to add a squirt of baby shampoo to the container and fill it with tap water.  A few shakes, a simple brush off with an old tooth brush to get the crud, a tap water rinse and the lures are finally hung to dry before replacing in the tackle box.  The reason for the recommendation of baby shampoo is that it rinses fully in cooler water and it has no other substances in it other than simple soaps.  It won’t harm your tackle and it’s inexpensive.

Washing off saltwater from the deck gear

All equipment from the day should be cleaned up as soon as you get home.  The boat is easy: some people just spray it off and put it up.  I take a few extra minutes with mine and use a soapy water wash down with one of the all-in-one car wash products.  My paddles, net, anchor, and other on board gear is done at the same time and allowed to dry before being stored.  Stainless rigging such as on my anchor trolley will rust in time with continued saltwater use if I don’t clean it each time.

Hand washing the lures

Rod and reel are ruined if they are not thoroughly cleaned after saltwater use.   There are different ideas for this process, but the one I use has kept my gear in working order for years.  I have rods and reels pushing 40 years old that are still fine, work great and I owe it to my cleanup methods.  I start by clipping the line and removing the leaders.  The line is then secured to the spool clips or, in the case of bait casters, to the reel frame.  Reels are removed from the rods before cleaning.  The rods are wet down and washed off using the car wash cleaner and mesh scrubby.  It’s light cleaning not a harsh scrub and will not damage the guides or wraps on the rods.  Once rinsed, the rods are put aside to dry.

Cleaning the plug

The reels are washed off using the baby shampoo on a wet wash cloth.  The idea is to just wash the reel off, not soak it.  Rinsing is done with another wash cloth and tap water.  Do not spray off the reel – it forces salty material into the reel and destroys it from the inside.  Once the reel is rinsed off it gets a spray of furniture polish.  It won’t hurt anything (including the line.)  After the spray down of furniture polish it is wiped clean.  At this point, lubrication of the parts (like the level wind worm gear on the bait casting reel) can be done before storage.

Take care of your gear after every trip and it will last for years.  Put it up without cleaning and you’ll be the tackle store’s best customer..

Jeff

 

Copyright (C) Jeff McGovern, 2007-2015

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More Kokanee in American Lake

By Chris Henderson

One of the things I like about the Wavewalk is the ability to load it up and go. No fuss, no trailer just can’t be beat.
I had an afternoon birthday party to go to but rather than watch football I decided to hit American Lake for a couple of hours in the morning and try for some Kokanee (landlocked sockeye salmon). They are starting to change into fall spawning form and are basically as big as they are going to get.

Got there by 8:45 and in the water by 9. Couldn’t seem to find the fish, thought maybe something was wrong with my depth finder. But it was working I just wasn’t where they were.
Finally found some that were interested. 58 feet of water with the downrigger at 24′. Picked up these two and lost one that I had only briefly. The buck (17.5 inches) put up the best fight I have ever experienced with a Kokanee. 4+ reel screaming runs. It was awesome. The hen (15.5 inches) was a jumper. Got them around 11am, and had to hit the road by 12:45. Quick but fun!

The Northwest downriggin configuration we created allowed me to fish two poles trolling one deep and one shallow. Net is easy to get to and with the fish finder and the ease of paddling means I can troll with the best of them. Great way to rig your boat.

Enjoying the Wavewalk!

Chris

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My Wavewalk kayak, by Judson Bibb

I’m a fresh and saltwater fisherman on the West Coast of Florida, working on expanding his range. I’ve been a Wavewalk follower for 3 years and Wavewalk kayak owner for 1 year.

At the end of February I’ll be participating in the Everglades Paddle-In. Depending on the weather, as many as 150 yakkers will leave Chokoloskee and paddle six miles with the tide to a sandy deserted island, have a catered lunch (conch chowder, of course, among other things) and then paddle back to the launch site to enjoy a barbecue with live music at a restaurant nearby. For all I know, I may be the only one paddling a Wavewalk kayak.

To get there I’m going to have to car top my yak for a couple of hours on the Interstate at speeds of up to 60 mph or more. In that regard, I thought I would share what I’m learning with the rest of the blog members.

I have a 2013 Chevy Equinox SUV. As a car topping system, I chose a Rhino Rack T-Load Hitch Mount and Thule roof racks

I will be loading and unloading by myself, so I bought something with a tilting arm that enables me to walk the kayak up and down to the roof racks (Unfortunately, I can’t show pictures of the operation because I’m a one man band) I looked seriously at the Yakima Slide-out Roof System with the slide out rack and roller. Unfortunately, the rack didn’t extend out far enough over the rear view window for me to use it effectively.

That said, I like the Rhino System, however, I’m not sold on the back strap the kayak rests on. The Wavewalk slides easily on it and the strap makes the system very light, but I think with Rhino would be sturdier with a roller like Yakima uses. Please note: I haven’t had a problem with the cross arm or steel post which slides into the trailer hitch.

I experimented with car topping the Wavewalk upside down (thinking it might be more aerodynamic at 60 mph), however, doing it right side up is infinitely easier to load and unload.

Strapping the rear of the yak to the Rhino should not be a problem. I have a rope cleat on the yak that should help ensure it stays put

The problem I now have to face is tying down the front of the yak to the front of the SUV. If I run a strap through the carrying handles, will they hold at 60 mph? Otherwise, I may be faced with having to run something around the length of the saddle and back out to the front.

The likely solution will be to put the Walkwalk in stern first, so the cleat will be at the front and then run something through the handles at the rear of the SUV where I assume the yak will be subject to less lift.

Another issue I’ve had to face is that on the Equinox, the hood doesn’t slope toward front bumper. It angles down slightly forward and then plunges down. The metal part of the bumper is not easily accessible and it’s surrounded in plastic, so vibrating rope or straps will likely cause damage at high speeds. Fortunately, I’ve found straps that attach to bolts under the hood. (I’ll show how they work in a follow-up post) so I can tie off to them.

Any thoughts or experience anyone would like to share would be appreciated. And, yes, I need to power wash the yak.

Judson Bibb

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Added in October 2014 –

Now I’ve owned a W500 for the past couple of years. No complaints.
I use it in lakes, rivers and out on the flats. It tracks well. You can paddle through whitecaps and swells. Want to carry 2 adults? You can do it. Best of all it’s very stable. I can easily stand up and cast a fly rod, throw a cast net or just pole or paddle.
Sitting more upright than leaning back in an L position is much easier on the back than traditional kayaks.
My longest trip was 14 miles in the out of Chokoloskee.  I only started getting stiff and sore after about 8 hours (I’m 57).
There’s lots of storage in the front and back of the two hulls. It’s highly adaptable. I’ve seen people add small outboards or poling platforms.
It’s not as fast as some of the longer thinner yaks and it rides a little higher in the water so it catches more wind.  I don’t take it offshore.
At 60 pounds, it can be cartopped.  I have an SUV and travel a lot by myself. The best one man loading device I’ve found: the Rhino-Rack. For travel from car to water I use a C-Tug, but there are a lot of other ways to add wheels.

Judson Bibb

October 2014