Tag Archive: rigging fishing kayaks

New method for attaching a deck for fishing gear to the W700

By Chris Henderson

Fishing Kayaks of Gig Harbor

The versatility of the W700 means that it gets used for multiple things from having fun at the lake to seriously pursuing fish. Being able to attach and detach features is definitely a plus. In that light people have been using the holes located in the saddle of the W700. Here is an idea that I had that may help and further such innovation.

Try using PVC test plug fitting, (about $4.50 any place that carries pvc fittings) or some other mechanical plug. As you tighten the wing nut the two sides are compressed forcing the rubber o-ring to squish against the sides of tube. Just one will provide some grip but I wanted a much tighter stronger connection from deeper into the hole. I have seen some other more industrial plugs which I have no real source for but might even be superior to what I have. But I went with what was at hand and purchased four at my local big box hardware store and a longer 5/16 carriage bolt. Simply insert them into the hole and tighten it down. Once tightened down it was secure enough to lift the boat.

In this instance it is for a small deck that will host a Scotty rod holder for my downrigger. I have industrial strength Velcro on the front to prevent any lateral movement. If one really wanted to prevent that, or if you wanted to make a larger deck you could expand it to cover two of the holes. I could also imagine a small piece of plywood spanning two of the holes might be an ideal way to attach a seat or a pot puller for shrimp or crabbing.

Wavewalk owners are innovators, so I hope this would allow them to go a step further with their innovations.

Tight lines,

Chris

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My W500 DIY electric fishing kayak

By Ricky Bruni

Alabama

I fabricated this mount from easily sourced items… 3/4″ plywood, misc plumbing parts, and wire from Lowes. The mount is held to the boat frame by 2″ by 1/2″ plastic nipples and faucet nuts. The battery box is just light gauge steel from Lowes and bent over a 4X4.

I bought a light weight gel cell battery (UB 12350) which weighs only 23 lbs. I did a barrel test and the motor ran just shy of 3 hours straight at speed level 3 of 4. Not bad. The motor is a 30 lb trust Minn Kota.

The tiller swivel was $12 from duckworksbbs.com plus shipping (racelite tiller extension swivel).

 

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HBBCO Pennsylvania outdoor trade show schedule

By Joe Stauder

HBBCO

It’s Sport Show Season!   Stop by our booth and say Hi!

See Wavewalk’s All New 700 series, and check out our various fishing, hunting and motorizing options for the 500 series.

  • January 28th-31st  at the Early Bird Sports Expo at the Fair Grounds in Bloomsburg, PA.
  • February 25th-28th  at the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sports Show in Oaks, PA

 

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

 

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Saddle rigging

By Paul Harrison

Thought I would share a rigging idea that’s working well for me. I used the familiar shoelace style deck rigging on the front third or so of the Wavewalk saddle. Works great securing items you want close at hand. You see as examples a fish lipper and that’s a spare paddle on the left. It’s very versatile. The Styrofoam board is not ideal but not bad either, a piece of foam rubber would be quieter. If you are going to take a passenger you could cover the rigging with a towel or other padding. The bungee can also be taken off in two or three minutes if needed. Obvious piece of advice is to keep the pad eyes and hooks well above the waterline.

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