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Wavewalk 700 review and dock launching system

By Jeff Goldstein

New York

I added bridles to the front and rear of each boat to ease launching.
I bring the Wavewalk to the ladder, hold the rope around the ladder and climb down. The boat is so stable that it’s very easy for me to get in and out without any fear of tipping.
I had my son and son in law in the boat, both close to 240lbs each.

Attached are photos of how I set up my dock.
I purchased the roller which is about 5′ long from a dock roller company called Ryano. The hardware is all galvanized and the roller is 6″ diameter. I got 20′ long Python locks (made by Master Lock) and screwed a stainless eye hook into each pole which are 8′ on center apart.
The cable lock secures the Wavewalk so it can’t move in the wind and is theft resistant.

 

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“Combat” and “Sunshine” W700 on the dock

 

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John & Jeanne’s Anniversary Kayak Fishing Trip, Wisconsin

How else would Jeanne and I spend our anniversary on such a beautiful fall day, kayaking of course.
The temps hit sixties so we decided to go out on a little lake that is only accessible by smaller craft.
This lake can be a challenge to get to sometimes because of the bogs that have to be crossed.

The Wavewalk is the perfect answer for this challenge. We crossed several obstacles easily with the Wavewalk technique. Again, the dry entry that’s made possible by the W’s design is so important this time of year.

The reward was that we had the entire lake to ourselves all day. I thought I would go after some crappies, but the bass kept hitting. The water was 47 degrees with very light South winds. I tried to locate crappie in deeper water and started to get light hits that turned out to be small perch. I started getting action in 15 to 20 feet of water from the largemouth so I continued to fish that depth for a couple of hours and had a fun day. The bass really fought hard for this time of the year. But maybe they always did I don’t know because I have never fished for bass this time of year. the only reason I had this opportunity is because of the great weather and Wavewalk kayaks. The W’s have really lengthened my fishing season.

John

 

Dry entry - Seal launching fishing kayak in cold water, November, Wisconsin

John getting ready to launch his camo W500 into the cold water

Dry entry - Seal launching fishing kayak in cold water, November, Wisconsin

John launching his camo W500 into the cold water

Dry entry - Seal launching fishing kayak in cold water, November, Wisconsin

John after launching his camo W500 into the cold water

Paddling a fishing kayak over obstacles in shallow water

Jeanne paddling over obstacles in her camo kayak

Resting and taking a nap in a fishing kayak

Jeanne taking a nap in her tiger camo W500

John fishing for bass in his camo fishing kayak, November, Wisconsin

John fishing for bass in his camo fishing kayak, November, Wisconsin

John fishing for bass in his camo fishing kayak, November, Wisconsin

John fishing for bass in his camo fishing kayak, November, Wisconsin

John fishing for bass in his camo fishing kayak, November, Wisconsin

John fishing for bass in his camo fishing kayak, November, Wisconsin

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More kayak fishing stories from John >

Rox Makes a Big Splash in Rainbow Reservoir, CT – Kayak Fishing Trip Report

First of all, here’s a must see video that Rox shot from the cockpit of her fishing kayak while she’s seal launching it:

And for all of Rox’ fans, here is her latest kayak fishing trip report, a must read for any bass yak angler:

I went to Rainbow Res Sept 18th from 1pm till 4:30pm.
They are drawing it down again, to fix the repairs they did last Year when they drew it down in Oct, 2009.
I am praying they get it right this time.

Water temps were 67 to 70 degrees. Wind was on and off, partly to mostly cloudy.

Fished cranks, spinner baits, never threw my dingers at all. Picked up the Drop Shot rod, and it was off to the races.
Not sure how many fish were caught today. Lots of Perch, and Sunnies,  smallmouth bass and a few largemouth bass.

Funny thing, I was hooking smallies and right in the middle of them, I got slammed………….But the fish would not come up.
Kept digging in until it pooped out. Turned out to be a largemouth bass, but it felt so strange on the end of my line.
I was only in 6′ of water.
I had anchored up in 5 1/2′ of water, then the next thing I knew, I was in 3′ of water, but never moved.
And a new Island rose up to my left, that wasn’t there earlier???
That’s when I realized, they were drawing water down some more!!!
Time to leave then………………………… I get back to were I slide in………………. And it was new Fresh mud, 2′ of it.

So I paddled at full speed and was able to get the tips of my yak up on the mud, and walked out above the worst of the mud.
Then a voice behind me said… “need a Hand”
I thanked the fellow for helping pull the yak up to my launching point.
The fish Gods will repay him for that Muddy good deed.

Fishing kayak on the bank of Rainbow reservoir, ConnecticutI took a video of my slide in, but it still doesn’t show just how steep the bank is, that is until I hit the water…. It Was Cool!

Life is Good!

Tight Lines and Paddle safe all.
Rox

Bass caught in fishing kayak, ConnecticutBass caught angler in kayak, Connecticut


More from Rox bass fishing from her kayak >

Kayak Seal Launching Demo – Launch Closer to Where the Fish Are…

This movie shows an 8 year old kid launching his old W300 fishing kayak from a steep bank – maybe too steep for an adult kayak angler carrying a lot of gear and tackle on board…
But at least it demonstrates the principle: