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Rox’ October Kayak Bass Fishing Adventure

I Went fishing at Congamond Lake, on the Connecticut – Massachusetts border.
Oct 12th, I was pre-fishing, for my up coming Open Bass tourney Sat 17th.
My partner was sick, can you believe that!!! He called out sick for work and Fishing!!
So I went out in my W500. 🙂

big large mouth bass caught in Rox' fishing kayak

Got on the water I think it was 10:30 or close to 11am.
Water temps were 56 to 60 degrees.
Water was cloudy, (turn over time has come) with tons of bait fish every where.
Cloudy/partly sunny, with a chill in the air.
Fished 2 feet to 26 feet.

Fished slow and on the bottom.
Weightless Texas rigged plastic worms were the ticket.

nice large mouth bass caught in Rox' fishing kayak

Casting it up into the pads, and let it sink slowly, waiting for the line to move, or to feel that tap.
Gave it a twitch after a count to 10, and Bam fish on.
After a short battle I got her in the net.

All of a sudden I hear “Way to Go Rox”
Two fellows I know from my Fishing site had been watching me fish, and I didn’t even know they were coming up behind me in their boat.

They were kind enough to snap a picture for me.
I wish I had gotten the weight, but in all the excitement I forgot, DOH!!!!!!!!!

She was well over 3lbs, maybe even close to 3.5lbs, and her Belly was Full!!!
Great way to start my trip. 🙂

Caught a number of 12″, 2-14″ then a solid 2.10lb and a 2.14lb large mouth bass.
Which I weighed, and was even more sure that first Bass had to be way over 3lbs.
Landed tooooooooo many snakes (pickerel) today, had to keep re-tying due to line nicks.

Wind had picked up a little more then the weatherman had said, so in 19′ of water I had to drop anchor to fish some wood down deep.

Hooked a real Nice Bass that wrapped itself up around a branch, near the surface.
Soooooooooooooo I started to paddle to retrieve the Bass keeping my line tight when my yak stopped………………I forgot to pull up my anchor………….resulting in a lost Bass……….. Oh Well!

I did get a limit, so I was happy with that, was off the water at 5pm.
Did not snap any pictures of the smaller Bass, only picture worthy Bass today over 2lbs were taken.
I should have taken a picture of my last snake, it was big long and fat.

Tight Lines and Safe Paddling All. 🙂

3 lb large mouth bass caught in Rox' fishing kayak

2.14 lb large mouth bass caught in Rox' fishing kayak

More from Rox bass fishing from her kayak >

Craig Masterman’s Rigged 2008 W300 Fly Fishing Kayak

Note: This is a review of the smaller, W300 kayak series that was discontinued in 2010.
Go to the updated list of recent fishing kayak reviews »

Upadate from May 2010:
New Rigging Solutions for Craig’s Fly Fishing Kayak »

Update from March 2009:
Craig’s amazing kayak fly fishing trip to Florida with the W attached to his cartop »

Craig Masterman is a fly fisherman from central Massachusetts.
After having tested various fishing kayaks for over a year he decided to get himself a W because it was the only fishing kayak he found to be stable and comfortable enough for standup fly fishing and paddling, which was what he had been looking for to begin with.

Fly fishing kayak - side view
Craig’s 2008 W300 Fly Fishing Kayak


About himself:
“I do a bit of inland fresh water fishing, I am primarily a saltwater fly fisherman.  I fish mostly on Cape Cod, but I also plan to car top the W kayak to SW Florida to fish the beaches and mangroves for a couple of weeks in March most years.  The great thing about the W is that I can fish virtually any kind of water, fresh or salt, almost anywhere!”

Craig’s approach to rigging was “keep it simple” and “travel light”, with an emphasis on original and effective solutions:
-“I used two pair of the standard rubber paddle clips to mount the fly rod on one side of the boat and the paddle on the other.  I used one-inch 18 gage self drilling screws to mount the clips 1/4 inch below the nearest fore and aft rigging loops on each side.  That keeps them well out of the way of the paddling stroke.  I cut about 1/4 inch off the upper tab on the paddle clips that hold the paddle to allow for easy insertion of the paddle from the cockpit.  I improvised a light duty paddle leash from a small coiled key chain and a velcro loop from Ace Hardware.  This results in the clips holding the paddle just firmly enough to preclude it falling out while on the water, with the paddle leash for extra insurance.”

-“To carry the fly rod, I mounted the paddle clips just as they come.  To put the rod into the clips I hold the rod so the handle and reel are just aft of the rear clip, so the narrower rod shaft slips easily into the opening.  Then I slide the rod forward until the cork handle is inside the clip, all the way until the reel is up against the clip as pictured.  The cork handle is thick enough to be held securely in the rear clip.  The tip is simply swung into the forward clip and is secured by a very small bungee loop as pictured.  Again, this set up holds the fly rod very securely while paddling, well out of the way of the paddling stroke.  When I get to my spot, I put the paddle in the clips on the port side [i.e. left side], retrieve the rod from the starboard side [i.e. right side], stand, and cast.  It’s pretty slick.”

-“I bought a couple of stainless carabiners for the anchoring system.  I tied the tail end of the anchor line to one and clipped it to one of the two eyelets between the hulls on one end of the boat.  I clipped the other carabiner to the eyelet between the hulls on the other end of the boat.  I plan to mount a small cleat on the first end right over the W logo to tie off the anchor line to any desired length.  If I want to anchor off the opposite end of the boat, I simply run the anchor line under the rigging hooks along the cockpit rim and through the carabiner on the opposite end of the boat.  I then have the option of anchoring between the hulls, or off either port or starboard quarter [i.e. left or right side] as needed. ”


Update from September 2008:

-“I have taken the W out in Pleasant Bay twice and on the Brewster flats in Cape Cod bay once, and I caught fish on each outing with the fly rod.  The rigging for the rod and paddle worked out really well. I did add a small cleat on one end of the boat right over the W logo to tie off the anchor line as I had planned.  The first trip on Pleasant Bay found me paddling up onto a beautiful white sand shallow flat next to a deeper trough of water on a falling tide.  I was able to stand and slowly pole/paddle along the edge and sight cast to visible stripers edging onto the flat to feed.  I hooked a 26 inch fat fish on the third cast!  Just perfect! I love the boat.”

Rigged fly fishing kayak - fornt view
Front view of Craig’s W300 fly fishing kayak

Paddle holder - Craig's fly fishing kayak
Close up on modified rubber paddle holder, and paddle leash.

Kayak paddle holder - close up
Top view of paddle holder

Fly rod holder - fly fishing kayak
Close up on fly rod holder rigged using rubber paddle holders.

Fly rod holder (detail) - Fly fishing kayak
Close up on fly rod securing device

fly rod holder and anchor clip - rigged fly fishing kayak

Fly rod securing device, and anchor carabiner


Photography: Craig Masterman


More kayak fly fishing and rigging from Craig »

DIY W Fishing Kayak One Wheel Trolley

John Putnam is a kayak fisherman from eastern Massachusetts who likes to fish the beaches and small lakes in the southeastern part of the state, where few other fishermen venture.  The access to those places is sometimes very difficult, and therefore requires an all-terrain solution for portaging.

A kayak or canoe trolley would be expensive and bulky to carry on board, and might not be up to the task in particularly hard to access spots.

John’s DIY solution is simple and brilliant: Use the W kayak as a wheelbarrow, with a wide wheel attached in the space below the hull tips. The wheel is mounted on a lightweight, plastic tube frame, which itself can be attached to the boat with just one strap going between the hulls.

Says John: -“The W paddle is fantastic. I used it last night in the sea and it makes me wonder whether a trolling motor has that much advantage over it.”

Update from John -“I have moved to what I hope will be a better fishing area in Vermont and expect to show off the W to many of the locals very soon. ”

John’s ‘all terrain’ 2007 W Fishing Kayak:

Portaging solution for W fishing kayak

Trolley for W fishing kayak

Wheel for W fishing kayak