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Fishing for trout, surrounded by storms

By Steve Lucas

 

I really wanted to go to Flamingo for Fathers Day but when I woke up and checked the weather I saw conflicting wind forecasts. Then the radar showed some early small storms in Florida Bay. I checked Choko and it looked clear as a bell so that’s where I went.
Once I got on SR 29 heading south naturally I was greeted with huge flashes of lightning coming from the coast. “Oh well” I thought to myself “maybe it’s not over the bay”. I’m glad I kept going because it was a beautiful morning although the wind was higher than forecast.

I stayed close because there were storms all around. I stand up paddled the W 500 and caught a load of nice size trout. I did spot and hook a nice size Snook but lost him because of an inconsiderate Googan in a microskiff. I have most of the trout on Go Pro film and will post that later.
I took so many pictures of the clouds that I ran my battery out on the still machine.

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Riding Tropical Storm Irene In The Stand Up Kayak

Earlier today we took the W500 kayak to the beach at lake Massapoag, a 1 square mile lake in eastern Massachusetts, on the path of Irene – a tropical storm at that point in time.
The wind was blowing at 35 mph, with long gusts of up to 55 mph, beating the waters of this small lake to waves between 1 and 2 ft high.
Such waves are almost unnoticed when you’re paddling the W500, but paddling standing up against such powerful headwind isn’t easy, as you’ll see in this movie:

Can you jump up and down, and from side to side in the W500? -Absolutely!
Can you fall down with all your weight without losing balance at all, and rise to your feet instantly and with zero effort? -Absolutely!
-Watch this classic video and see for yourself:

The paddler in both videos is middle aged, non athletic, 6 ft tall (1.84 m), and weighs 200 lbs (90.7 kg)- He’s neither a small sized, lightweight guy, nor an athlete who just graduated from college.

The 28.5″ wide W kayak offers unrivaled stability – Much more than any other kayak, including extra wide ones, and even kayaks outfitted with outriggers.
What’s the technical explanation behind such unrivaled stability? –
Read more about stability in fishing kayaks, and the patented invention enabling this super stability >>

True stand up paddling requires a kayak that fulfills a number of basic requirements. The W kayak is the only kayak offering true stand up paddling – Interested to learn more about stand up paddling? – Continue reading >>