Tag Archive: fishing kayak

A fishing kayak is a small vessel designed and outfitted to be used typically by one angler for recreational fishing. In most cases, the angler propels their kayak with a dual blade paddle (kayak paddle), and in their cases, the kayak is motorized, typically with an electric (trolling) motor powered by a battery carried on board.
Most fishing kayaks are inadequate for fishing due to several reasons, including insufficient stability, poor ergonomics (lack of basic comfort), wetness, and lack of good storage space.
Some bigger fishing kayak models are too wide, heavy and slow for an average angler to paddle. Such kayaks are commonly known as ‘barges’. Their large size also makes them too hard to car top, and they often require to be transported by trailer, which defies the purpose of kayak fishing.
The only kayak that’s stable, comfortable and dry enough for an average person to fish from is the W kayak. It is also the only kayak offering adequate storage, as well as easy entrance into the cockpit and easy exit from it.

Jeff’s Kayak Fishing Report and Reflexions on Back Pain Improvement

This weekend Jeff McGovern wrote from Florida:

-“Aside from the fishing today the W was a great relief. A four hour flight from LA to Atlanta yesterday, then a short hop to Jacksonville was uncomfortable to say the least – That sciatic nerve issue has been pain.
However a few hours in the W today was almost a cure. It must be the upright position combined with the paddling that does it.
According to everything I’ve been reading from trainers and alike exercise is the key. I Don’t know why but I feel so much better after time in the W boat – the W is really something.

Got a few hours on the water today and it was beautiful. The weather was just a bit chilly starting out but warmed to T shirt temps around 9:30AM.
The W performed like a champ. Fishing wise it was a busy time. Nothing huge but loads of blue fish and smaller trout. Ended up for every trout I would get four or five blue fish.
This was one of those days being able to quickly stand helped quite a bit.
At one point I kept hearing splashing and thrashing in the water on the other side of an oyster bar.
I was able to peek over by standing and saw a pod of three dolphin tearing into schools of bait fish.
Seeing their path I was able to avoid them and still be able to catch a few more fish before heading home.
I’ve attached a few pictures.
The strange looking little rod in the shot with a blue fish on the seat is an Emmrod.
The little thing handles very well from a W thanks to the upright casting position the boat allows. For close in casting at short ranges the rod is lots of fun, especially with fish that pull as hard as those little blues.
I’ll have to review the rod itself for use in the W since it’s a nice combination.


Jeff caught a fish in his W kayak

Trout in Jeff's fishing kayak

fish caught by Jeff in his W kayak

Scott Swope, Florida Kayak Angler and Dad

I went in the Intercoastal Waterway this weekend. Saturday morning was my first time on open water and I was very nervous. Just grabbing a fishing pole from the rod holder was scary. I ran across an oyster bed and scratched the hulls.

Sunday morning was much better. I felt pretty comfortable moving around the cockpit to grab fishing poles, cast, etc. I was actually able to stand up and paddle when I got close to shore and knew I could stand up if I fell.
My son was able to instantly balance on the W kayak.

You should have seen the looks I got from the nearby paddlers/fishermen. One guy actually approached me after I pulled my W out of the water and asked to look at it more closely.

Thanks again for all your help and advice. Everyone I meet who has any interest in paddling thinks my W is very interesting.

Here’s a photo of my son with his first speckled trout caught on a Wavewalk near Caladesi Island in Clearwater, Florida

Scott's boy showing the first fish he caught in the W kayak

Arizona W Fishing Kayak (2)

It’s freezing here in Massachusetts, as it usually is this time of year, but it feels nice to get pictures from customers who take advantage of better weather in others parts of the country – whether they paddle of fish, or both.

This is a picture that Dennis sent me from Lake Bartlett, Arizona.

Dennis is planning to outfit his W Kayak and turn it into a high tech fishing machine.

Arizona fishing kayak, Lake Bartlett (2)

Due Diligence in Testing Kayaks

“Due Diligence” is a term you learn in business school. It’s used in the context of public accountants who must investigate a company’s situation seriously and responsibly before issuing a report on its situation.

In the world of kayaking and kayak fishing it would mean testing a new kayak with an open mind and a will to learn it thoroughly, while allocating sufficient time for the job. It means to distance oneself from possible preconceived ideas about the boat, its capabilities and the proper way to use it, and report one’s findings fairly and accurately.

On some occasions I’ve seen some professional paddlers and reporters express themselves in a way that showed overconfidence in their ability to learn, judge and evaluate the W kayak instantly or within a very short time – too short for due diligence.

The following pictures show Topher Reynolds (c), who took part in a series of tests for Paddler Magazine (see: Testing The W Kayak by paddling guru Ed Wesley). The reason I like these pictures is because they show Topher successfully performing tests that I’m incapable to perform myself, and that’s what I’d call a good example of due diligence.


Topher Reynolds testing the W kayak (2)Topher Reynolds testing the W kayak (1)