Fishing in the ocean is practiced by some kayak anglers, although they rarely venture to distant fishing grounds, but prefer to fish in protected areas such as bays and estuaries. This is due mainly to the fact that human powered fishing vessels such as kayaks are no match for ocean currents, wind and waves, and neither are electric trolling motors.
This is our latest wave walking video (2 minutes long):
The ocean didn’t deliver big waves that day at Jenness Beach, NH, so we had to surf play using a more subtle technique. Anyway, there’s hardly ever a dull moment when you’re wave walking in the surf. You can always find new challenges that don’t necessarily involve surfing but rather measuring your skills against the waves in various angles, turning sharply, and more. Even staying in place while being battered by small breakers can be fun, if you know what you’re doing. If you don’t you lose balance and may end up swimming, but that’s no big deal, really.
Brandon Cutter and friends, from Cape Cod, Massachusetts play with Brandon’s 2008 W fishing kayak in the surf in Nantucket. They paddle in parallel to the beach – hopping on breaking waves. They launch, surf and beach. (1 minute)
One of them easily recovers his overturned boat, and then keeps paddling.
Brandon is a saltwater reel and fly Wavewalk kayak fisherman. Last year Brandon bought a 2007, F2 W300 fishing kayak for himself (Read more about that boat), and this year he got a yellow 2008 F2 W300 kayak for Katie, his wife.
Two W300 fishing kayaks and one big striper…
Brandon rigged Katie’s W kayak in an original way: First, he mounted a RAM-117 rod holder in the cockpit front. He used three stainless steel bolts to fix the ball mount to the cockpit rim (coaming). This is possible since the 2008 W300 kayak’s rim is sturdy enough to serve as base for the aluminum mount of a heavy-duty piece of equipment such as the RAM-117. Brandon and Katie are using the RAM-117 to hold reel rods as well as fly rods.
The 2008 W300 kayak fits upside down on top of Brandon’s SUV, which is equipped with Brandon’ patent pending invention – A user-friendly hitch mount cargo carrier
Since the RAM-117 has two rubber balls it can be made to point in any direction even when its deck mount is attached vertically
Brandon and friends surf playing (1 minute video)
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Brandon also used the 2008 W300 kayak’s standard cockpit cover bungee in a creative way – literally with a twist… He converted the bungee and lashing hooks into a paddle holder that secures the paddle in the ocean and the fast moving salty rivers that Brandon and Katie fish in.
General view of paddle holder
Paddle holder close-up. Note the twisted end of the bungee clip
Brandon standing by his green 2007 W300 fishing kayak
Katie paddling Brandon’s 07′ W300 kayak
Three stainless steel bolts and a sturdy aluminum deck mount firmly attach the rod holder to the 2008 W300 kayak’s cockpit rim.
Front view of RAM-117 with fly rod. Note the additional eyelet between the hulls – for the anchor line.
-“I uncrossed one end of the bungee cord and hooked it in the middle of the starboard side. I also bent the metal hook up to create a barrier for the lower cord to catch on. The paddle sits nicely when you pull the lower cord up over the metal hook.”