We had a few hours of spring weather this morning so I loaded the W500 and hit the Oconomowoc river. Fishing was slow but the birds and migrating waterfowl provided the opportunity for photos. My W500 makes a great platform for my photography hobby.
Jeanne and I headed out to a stretch of the Oconomowoc River that we have never paddled before. It’s always exciting to explore new areas with our Wavewalks. It was more of a exploration trip then a fishing trip but I took a rod along anyways. The water sure looked good as we went downstream. I was able to tie into some Smallmouth Bass. These small guys fight like big ones in the river current and this time of the year they get some air. One practically jumped into my Wavewalk. I always check satellite photos for waters we haven’t explored that are nearby. Amazingly these streams can make you feel like you are out in the boonies. Always take a rod…..you will be surprised what you can catch near urban areas. We watched a deer walking along with turkeys…
We decided to explore a part of the Oconomowoc River we have never been on before. Right from the start we had to cross over some logs. This was good…. I knew we would have this part of the river to ourselves.
Throughout this stretch traditional canoes and kayaks would not be able to navigate obstacles. With a Wavewalk kayak simply slide yourself to the rear of the kayak, paddle up on the partially submerged log, shimmy or paddle a bit until you feel you have centered the kayak, slide yourself to the front of the kayak and paddle or shimmy to the other side. WARNING: do not attempt this with a traditional kayak with a rounded hull… you will flip over. It was a fun day and made possible by Wavewalk kayaks. We saw three deer, all sorts of big birds, and had the entire stretch of the river to ourselves – on a Saturday! John
Touring previously inaccessible waters – John paddling his kayak through submerged and above-water obstacles
All-Water Touring – Jeanne paddling her W kayak over fallen trees
John goes through a part of the Oconomowoc river that’s inaccessible to other kayaks
Jeanne touring the Oconomowoc river in a W fishing kayak that happens to be the world’s best Touring kayak as well…
We decided to get some kayaking in today because the weather was perfect here in Wisconsin. Today we paddled the Kettle Moraine Loew lake unit – Oconomowoc river. We tried a little fishing and my brother caught his first fish in a Wavewalk. He said that these kayaks make pretty good fishing vessels… I said you don’t have to tell me that 😀 We also had to do the “limbo” today to get under a bridge. Don’t try this in a conventional kayak! It may be difficult to keep your balance laying down and getting up again.