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My Wavewalk kayak rigged for fishing

By Sid Perry

Idaho

Worked as advertised!  I was standing paddling in about an hour. Stayed on the lake about five hours. Can’t wait to get back out. Oh, and no wet feet!

I spent a lot of time looking at others’ rigging ideas and incorporated many.
Some photos attached include:

Oar holders fashioned from over the door hangers dipped in plastic coating.
A trolley system as described by one of the Wavewalk bloggers.
A top mount storage deck. I wanted flexibility in this so I made it pivot like a hatch door. That way I can still use the front or rear area to drop an anchor, stringer, etc., or fold it down for strapping on gear.
A Fishin Buddy mount. I already had the fish finder for use on my float tube. I wanted something lightweight and unobtrusive.
I added a couple of eye bolts in the center holes on the cockpit also dipped in plastic coat. Attached my net or whatever.
I added a top mount fly rod holder and lastly, built an anchor system like one of the bloggers using the pvc, noodle floats, and clips. I didn’t trust my ability to cut the j slot on the end so instead tied a rope tightener on.

Almost forgot. Built a double wheel dolly that works great.

Really like the looks of things,

Sid

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Idaho has so much diversity of water from desert to Alpine.

 

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Things are going great with my W500, by Mike Brown

Things are going great with my W500. I’ve had it out many times on local lakes.
Fishing is a whole new experience with my Wavewalk. I’ve had no issues with car-topping, launching or navigating on the water.

I attached some pictures of a couple homemade improvements. I’m pretty pleased with the rod holder. Found that I wanted at least three rods with me on the water. Came up with a way to mount four rods without intruding upon the interior hull space or penetrating the hull for mounting brackets. What I came up with also puts rods pretty close at hand without getting in the way.

I was looking for some kind of earth toned floatation modules. These appear to be very rare. Ultimately, I did find some brown pool noodles from Tundra Industrial Thermo Polymers Ltd. in Brampton, Ontario, Canada

I’m very pleased with my W500. I rarely take it out without getting questions from other anglers. I really get looks from other kayak anglers when I stand up to cast.
I also suffer from some pretty sever lower back issues (two surgeries in the last three years). My Wavewalk lets me enjoy a kayak experience that would never have been available to me otherwise.

Mike

Virginia

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Review of my W500 kayak, by Kai Roth

I’ve taken many photos from my new W kayak. Herons, turtles, dramatic sky and copious amounts of lake weed. (Ugh, our poor little lake is choked.) Unfortunately, they’re of “snapshot” quality at best. Nothing that stands out as, “Wow, that’s a nice picture!” yet. At high zoom, which I use for the wildlife, the colors get washed out, the depth of field flattens and the images are kinda grainy. But the good news is that I can’t believe how close I was able to get to the herons without spooking them.

It was a bit breezy yesterday afternoon — my first time paddling when it wasn’t dead calm. I was pleased at how easy it was to go both into the wind and cross-wise, and that when I wanted to stay still to take photos, it didn’t drift or spin much.
I’m glad I tied a length of twine to the paddle. It has tried to escape a couple of times when I’ve put it down to take pictures. I’ve gotten ideas from the web site for how to keep it in place but haven’t made/tried any yet. And I think I need to sit higher, like on a cushion or something because I keep scuffing my thumbs on the paddle holder clips that Joe installed.

My neighbor came over and tried the kayak out. I told him, “You’d like this for fishing.” And yeah, he did until he heard the price 🙂

I’m having fun with it. Maybe I’ll even take up fishing.

I’ve written down some notes of my first impressions and will send a proper review in a couple of months. I’ll try to come up with something more creative than “My first season as a complete newbie paddler.” In the mean time, here are a couple of shots of our local herons. Mr Heron standing on one foot on one side of the lake and Mrs Heron fishing on the other.

~Kai

Pennsylvania

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January 2015, second review of the Wavewalk Kayak

Well, it took 3+ years but I bit the bullet and bought a Wavewalk kayak last summer — and I wished I’d bought one years ago when I first learned about them. In a nutshell… I *LOVE* it!

It’s not a sit-on-top so I’m not always sitting in a puddle. It’s not a sit-inside, so I don’t have to struggle to get up and down as if in a bathtub. And because there’s a center hump to straddle, I’m not sitting in an “L” position so I don’t get “Yak Back.” But it helps to have a cushion to sit on. That seat gets hard.
It’s symmetrical left to right and front to back so it doesn’t matter which direction I face.
It’s ultra stable. It tracks well. It doesn’t drift around too much. And it’s PERFECT for lakes or bays, even many slow-moving rivers.
It draws very little water so it can be used in shallow areas like swamps too.
It can be used sitting or standing, paddling or poling.
The company owners love to see what we’ve done with them. Fishing, duck hunting, wildlife photography, paddling around or sunbathing/stargazing in the middle of the lake.

For a touring kayak, it’s a heavy one. ~60 pounds. I can slide it onto the roof racks of my Subaru by myself but it’s easier with help, just because it’s kinda unwieldy. (Should I point out that I’m a Grandma?)

Now that I’ve got one, it gets the double-thumbs up from me. If you are interested in one too, your local dealer will arrange for a test ride. Bring your wallet cos you’ll want one.

~Kai
Poconos of PA

Using Xtra Large Foam Noodles on the Wavewalk Kayak, by Gary Rankel

We had a nice day today so was able to take a few pictures showing how I use the Xtra large foam noodles. They are 4 inches in diameter with a 1 1/4 inch hole, and fit perfectly when the noodle is slit and pushed over the W rim as shown. They stay in place and won’t blow off even at highway speed in the back of my pickup. I don’t know what the floatation value of these noodles are compared to the smaller size noodles, but I assume it would be greater per given length. I continuously alternate between paddle and casting so I use them primarily because of their value in creating a stealthy approach (the sound of a paddle or rod being placed on the W rim would send shallow water redfish into the next county). All of my W friends down here now use them. Picture captions are as follows:

A cross-section of the large foam noodle on the kayak saddle

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How I’ve arranged six lengths of noodles on the front, back and sides. They can, of course, be cut to any size to provide more flotation, to correspond to fish size limits, or for other purposes.

2 noodles placed side to side with magic marker markings corresponding to size limits of the different fish I catch (thereby replacing a measuring board).

Stealthy paddle placement while casting, and one shows stealthy fishing rod placement while paddling.

The foam placement doesn’t interfere with near 90 degree paddling

How the foam noodles can serve to hold lures.

How the foam noodles can serve as cushioned rests for legs (and, of course, for feet, arms or head).

The towels on the bottom of the hulls serve as sponges, to keep bare feet warm during cool weather, to cool your head during warm weather, to wipe your hands or grab fish, and to wipe down your W after rinsing it off when you get back home.


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Bird photos shot from my W fishing kayak, by Harry Selsor

Beautiful morning on the Broward. Caught some fly-bys of a Black Crowned Night Heron, Juvenile Little Blue Heron, Wood Stork and Pelican.

After two days on my new Kayak I was sore, but I had so much fun. I got a few good photos too. Learning what works and what doesn’t as far as photography support and outfitting. Birds move fast and are never where the bow is pointed so a tripod arrangement does not work well for me.

Harry Selsor,
Jacksonville, Florida
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A Roseate Spoonbill liftoff – … It was a bit too bright and not optimum time to shoot but I was trying to see if I could sneak up on em’ – Not a problem with the wavewalk.

Here is how I rigged my Wavewalk.

Built a small platform in the bow with a plastic crate for my waterproof camera bag and other stuff (anchor, coast guard safety kit, gloves, etc).
I have a photographer’s Puffin Pad on the crate to help steady the camera for bow shots. Also installed some fishing rod holders fore and aft. For now I use a chair seat cushion also, getting a custom boat cushion made for it too.
I improvised my own paddle rack that also holds my Stickit anchor pole. I have plans to get a 2.3hp Honda engine later this week also. Been getting some good bird shots too, especially some of birds I have been trying to get for a while.

I wish the foam noodle came in duller colors though..birds can see the orange & yellow a mile away. Probably going to carry a small second canoe type paddle also for maneuvering in the tall marsh grass channels I go into..

Love my Wavewalk!

Harry

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