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Anchor trolley for my Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak

anchor trolley for Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak

By Gary Rankel

I don’t normally like anchoring while fishing, much preferring the paddle-cast-paddle-cast technique. However, I’ll be fishing in a few tournaments this year in areas where anchoring for brief periods might be more productive.

So, I decided to install one of the readily available anchor trolley systems on one of my W500’s (the one from Yakgear) as well as an anchor pin. Installation instructions were easy to follow, and it works well. I prefer using the easy to deploy pin, but. of course, it won’t work on rocky bottoms, so I’ll also carry a small claw anchor along as well. None of the assembly gets in the way of paddling.

Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak outfitted with an anchor trolley and stake out pole
Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak outfitted with an anchor trolley and stake out pole

Gary is the founder of the Nature Coast Fishers Club, and the author of a kayak fishing guide to Citrus County, Florida.

Compact wheel set for transporting the Wavewalk S4

By Joe Stauder

HBBCO Stand Up Fishing Kayaks, PA

I got busy designing a compact wheel set-up for the S4.
The cool thing is that’s it’s designed to work on the front or the back of the S4, depending on the owner’s preference.
And it packs up and fits into one of the tunnel hulls, so it goes along for the ride.

Simple anchoring for Wavewalk fishing kayaks

By Gary Rankel

Nature Coast Kayak Fishers Club

 

A few years ago, not knowing any better, I submitted a short piece showing how to install an anchor trolley on my Wavewalk 500.
Having had 10 years experience and hundreds of fishing trips in my Wavewalk fishing machines, I’ve come up with a number of ideas to simplify rigging the W for fishing, one of which makes the anchor trolley idea obsolete.
While anchor trolleys are useful additions on mono hull yaks, the twin hull design of the W offers a much easier alternative.

All that is required are 2 holes drilled into the fore and aft cockpit rims (ignore the third middle hole in the photo used for another purpose), through which cords, knotted on each end, are attached.
Simply attach a plastic snap clip onto both the cord and anchor rope and “anchors away”. Deploy the anchor to the front or rear depending on which way the current is flowing. This is about as simple as it gets, with no banging of hardware on the W to spook fish.

This arrangement works with the W700 as well, however, the deck mount will prevent it from working on the front of the new S4.

Hope this helps Wavewalk users looking for a simple anchoring fix.

 

 

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