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Big redfish on back to back casts

By Gary Rankel

Nature Coast Kayak Fishers Club

I just want to wish Wavewalkers everywhere, W500 and W700 users alike, a great Christmas and Happy New Year.

I had to send a snap of my outing today where, for the first time, I caught big reds on back to back casts. I was letting the smaller one (a 27 incher) bleed out between the front hulls (a gift for a neighbor in payment for a Xmas tray of scones), when I hooked the second one. The second one matched my biggest in 10 years of fishing here. I got nothing the rest of the day, but I’m not complaining.

I hope Santa is as good to you as he was to me today.

Gary

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My biggest redfish in ten years

 

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“Bonefish”, my customized, motorized Wavewalk 700

By Rem Seil

Florida

Completely satisfied with my W700, nicknamed “Bonefish”

I put an electric 46# thrust electric motor on my W700, which gives me just under 4 knots speed. Perfect for the short distance backwater fishing I do. Went a total of 14 knots the other day (measured by iPhone app Navionics which can give you speed, route, and total distance of trip), This was an extra long trip for me through the narrow backwater channels. The W700 performed like a charm.

Designed some aids that makes the W700 easier to move around on dry land and load. One is a two wheel apparatus that allows me to easy take the kayak from my Jeep to my garage where I store the W700 (see attached photo). Could also be used if had a long distance from Jeep to water’s edge, but have not needed to use this as can drive the Jeep right up to the water.

Also designed a “Catyak” (Catamaran Kayak) roof rack that enables the W700 to sit on top on my Jeep without sliding side to side (photos attached). Only need simple ties for forward an back. Load the kayak from the front end of the Jeep, using the hood as a “stepping stone”. Lay down little throw rugs on the hood and top of Jeep which enables me to simply push the W700 up the “ramp” sitting squarely on the Jeep’s modified roof rack. Can load and unload the Kayak in couple minutes without much effort.

Made some aids for the battery holder, fish pole holders (see photo attached), and other minor items that enable me to easily maneuver around and fish out of the W700. Each trip I learn a little more and when come back, I make the adjustments required to simplify matters enabling more effortless time fishing. But that is the beauty of the W700, she enables you to personalize your Kayak to exactly how you want and your needs. You just have to be a little creative in coming up with aids that allow you to do this. There is NO manual…

Overall, having a great time customizing “Bonefish” and catching lots of Reds and Snook in the process.

Thanks…

Remo “Captain Bonefish”

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Pole Holder

Tite-Lok rod holders with DIY base inserted in the saddle

 

Roo fRack

 

Roof Rack 2

 

Trolly 2

 

Trolly

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Poling the flats, casting, and catching one more redfish

By Kevin Eastman

I thought I’d send you another report from sunny Florida as the sun is setting for the Northern kayak fishing season. Our inshore waters remain high with continued unpredicted floods at high tide so I took advantage of one this morning before work. Again, this fish took some work to find, though the catching was easy. I poled to a couple of my not so secret secret spots only to find not enough water and no fish. I decided to leave since it didn’t look like the water was coming up and I hadn’t seen any fish on my way in. I figured that would be the end of it for the day since the tide was receding. There is little bait left in the grass after two weeks of twice daily flooding there are very few fish foraging now. I checked out one more small flat near the launch on the way back and did find one lonely fish to stalk. I was fortunate to get a couple of good casts and he was interested in my offering (spoon fly). It was a nice long fight thanks to the cooler waters as fall creeps in. So, not big numbers but at least there was no skunk today.

It’s been fun this year learning to use the fishing belt I made that holds my fly rod and push pole so I can cast from the poling platform an not have to put everything down, then wade after the fish. I think I’ve managed to get casts at fish that I would normally not have. An added bonus is staying dry for the whole trip.

 

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October flood tide fishing report

By Kevin Eastman

Well, I managed to squeak out a single fish again on my last trip of three for October’s flood tide period.
We actually had too much of a good thing. The floods were predicted higher and longer than normal and we had the addition of storms off shore that were keeping the water in the inlets for this period. That made for some difficult fishing. Water levels were about two feet above normal flood and flooding was occurring hours before predicted. Winds also made it difficult to pole the kayak. I had two unsuccessful trips earlier in the week and only saw a couple of fish that I couldn’t get set up to cast to. I had decided not to go out again because of the conditions but Sunday was sunny and the winds had subsided. At the last minute I decided to give it a go and packed the truck for a quick trip. I arrived a bit late but fortunately the tides were still fishable. I poled quite a distance and eventually found a lone fish that I could get a few casts too. Luck was with me and it was finally teased into going for my spoon fly.
Now another month of waiting for what will likely be the last decent flood to fish for the year. We usually have one in December too but the temps have dropped enough by then that there is little bait in the grass so the fish don’t feed heavily.

 

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