Paddling is important for fishing, yet under-utilized
The overwhelming majority of people who don’t fish from shore fish out of a motorboat, and only a tiny fraction of anglers afloat fish out of paddle craft, be it a canoe or a kayak. -Why is that? This website features dozens of articles explaining the shortcomings of canoes and common fishing kayaks from every possible angle, including poor stability, poor tracking, limited range of travel and too small load capacity, dysfunctional storage, wetness and bad ergonomics. And let’s not forget the inability to go in shallow water that’s specific to another mode of human powered propulsion, namely pedal craft.
But paddling offers many advantages to anglers who fish from boats, due to various reasons – What would you gain from fishing out of a motorboat that you can easily paddle?
Common fishing boats are too wide and heavy to allow for paddling to any meaningful distance, and this fact limits their use to deeper water than the shallow water accessible to craft that are typically propelled with paddles. In addition, the absolute reliance on the motor’s propeller inhibits movement in another type of productive fisheries characterized by the abundance of seaweed and grass. If you could paddle your motorboat as easily as you paddle a canoe or a kayak, you’d gain a lot in fishing terms, a.k.a. fishability: Being able to paddle your fishing boat would open new places for you to launch from and beach in. This would be no less than a strategic advantage, since it would reduce your dependence on boat ramps, and save your precious fishing time from being wasted in driving to boat ramps that are few and far between, waiting for other boaters to launch and beach there, and performing difficult and lengthy maneuvers with your own boat and trailer. But all this discussion about launching a motorboat just anywhere you feel like is moot, of course, unless your motorboat is lightweight enough to eliminate to need for transportation by trailer.
Is paddling a motorboat even an option?
It isn’t an option when typical motorboats are concerned, since even the smallest and lightest ones are too heavy and too wide to allow for effective paddling. But the upcoming Wavewalk™ fishing boat from the 700 Series is different – It will weigh just 80 lbs, which is a fraction of the weight of a small boat, and in fact, it’s even less than the weight of most large-size SOT and sit-in kayaks out there (a.k.a. barges), some of which weigh around 200 lbs without a motor… Furthermore, the W700 will be just 31″ wide, which is not wide compared to canoes or typical fishing kayaks, some of which reach up to 41″ at their waistline, a fact that prohibits anything remotely close to effective paddling, while delivering mediocre stability. Its patented twinhull form will make the W700 stable enough for motorizing with a powerful outboard and for stand up fishing in tandem, and yet, it will be narrow enough to allow for a good paddling experience. Without ever requiring the use of a rudder, the W700 will track better than traditional kayaks do, and better than canoes, which track even worse than kayaks.
As far as serving as a microskiff (shallow water, flats fishing boat) the W700 will outperform other small microskiff who offer just motorizing and poling as means of propulsion – Being able to paddle this new craft would greatly increase your mobility in every dimension, from launching to moving in shallow water over long distances, getting over underwater obstacles and going through thick vegetation, as well as dealing with low tides and swift currents.
The best of both worlds, and some more –
The upcoming W700 Series is not just about enjoying the best of both worlds, I.E. motorboats and paddle craft. It will allow you to benefit from the combination of the most important features of these two classes of watercraft while adding new benefits that only Wavewalk™ kayaks can deliver – It will be the Best Of Breed in the world of kayak fishing, both as a solo and two-person fishing kayak, and it will distinguish itself as the only trailer-free fishing boat that you can paddle and car-top easily and effectively either solo or with a two person crew – A trailer-free fishing boat that you can paddle and pole easily together with a fishing buddy or just by yourself.
Legal restrictions on motorizing
And let’s not forget that some of the most productive fisheries in your state may be Non Motor Zones (NMZ), namely restricted to non-motorized fishing – Yet another reason to appreciate a boat that you can easily car-top and paddle by yourself, and together with a fishing buddy.
Checkout the new Wavewalk® Series 4 (S4) » The new, highest standard in small craft: A 98 lbs twin-hull super skiff that delivers full-size boat stability, speed and seaworthiness, plus great paddling capabilities and hassle-free car-top transportation. Read more »
The Wavewalk® 700
The popular, two-angler kayak and portable boat that you can launch, drive, paddle and beach everywhere, and easily car-top by yourself.
The W700 is a portable boat and kayak like which the world has never seen before.
With a design based on Wavewalk’s patented invention, the W700 delivers to you the best of both boating and paddling worlds, and more, with across the board top performance.
The popular W700 boat is stabler than the classic 500 kayak series, which is the world’s stablest kayak. This stability, eclipsed only by the S4, is especially noticeable at heavier loads and higher speed (motorized). Practically speaking, the stability of the W700 is comparable to that of a regular fishing boat –
This video shows what sets the W700 apart from kayaks, and makes it a boat as far as stability is concerned:
Motorizing and Driving
This YouTube video is best viewed in high-quality HD 720p on a wide screen
With a load capacity of 550 lbs, the W700 can serve as a boat tender, and for touring:
The W700 passengers ride its 7’8″ long ergonomic saddle, which is similar to the saddles of jet-skis, all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and snowmobiles, and they can stand up anytime. The cockpit has enough room for three average size adult passengers, or two large size ones.
Preparation for mounting plate. Order the S4 mounting plate separately
Transparent Spray Shield
no. order a spray shield separately
no. order a spray shield separately
Joystick Steering System
no. order joystick steering system separately
no. order joystick steering system separately
Max Payload = Passengers + Gear + Motor
2 adult paddlers in full comfort + child
3 adult paddlers in full comfort
2 adult anglers in full comfort + outboard motor
2 big and heavy anglers in full comfort + outboard motor
Driving With Electric Trolling Motor
yes, requires a motor mount
yes, requires installing an S4 mounting plate
Driving With 20″ Long (L) Outboard Gas Motor
yes, max 4.5 hp. TMM 700 HD motor mount required
yes, max 6 hp. mounting plate required
Driving With 15″ Short (S) Outboard Gas Motor
Motor mounts and mounting plates are shipped non-installed. Installation is easy and takes 5 minutes.
Spray shields are shipped non-attached.
Inflatable tubes can be easily inflated without a pump. Note that the presence of such tubes on the kayak’s sides makes paddling les effective.
Our kayak and boat prices include free shipping to continental US addresses (48 states). We ship each kayak in a custom cardboard box. All our shipments are insured and include call before delivery.)
HOW TO ORDER A WAVEWALK® BOAT?
Simply, send us an email to email@example.com and tell us which model, color and accessories you’re ordering, and we’ll process your order immediately, without waiting for your check to arrive and clear. By the time we receive your check, your order will be either ready for shipping or close to being completed. In your order please include your full name, the address where you want us to ship the boat, and a telephone number for the carriers to call to set the appointment for delivery. Please make your check payable to Wavewalk, Inc. Our address: Wavewalk, Inc., 3 Nicole Road, Mansfield, MA 02048 Call us 774 315-6009
Our kayak and boat prices include free shipping to continental US addresses (48 states). We ship each kayak in a custom cardboard box. All our shipments are insured and include call before delivery.
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Total Length: 154″ 12’10” (391 cm) Total Width: 31″ (79 cm) Total Height: 17″ Total Weight: 80 lbs (36 kg) without accessories
Cockpit Length 91″ 7’7″ (231 cm)
Hull Width: 9″ (23 cm) x 2 hulls Hull Height Below The Saddle: 9″ (23 cm) Hull Tip Length From Cockpit To End: 30″ 2’6″ (76 cm)
Saddle Dimensions Total Saddle Height: 15″ up from the bottom of the hulls (38 cm) Total Saddle Length: 90″ (228 cm) Total Volume: 24 gallons (3 cubic ft / 90 liters) for the closed-wall part Total Positive Buoyancy: (Net Flotation Capacity) 180 lbs (81 kg)
W700 Carrying Capacity (Payload) and Draft
The average US adult male weighs 200 lbs, and the average US adult female weighs 165 lbs. This means that with a maximal recommended payload of 500 lbs, a W700 boat can carry two big guys and their fishing gear, plus a motor. Alternatively, it can carry 3 average-size adult paddlers (male and female) together with their fishing and camping gear.
Max Recommended Load: 500 lbs (227 kg)
Draft: 7.25″ at 500 lbs load (18.5 cm at 227 kg load)
Draft: 2.5″ at 200 lbs load
SHALLOWEST DRAFT IN REAL-WORLD TERMS The W700 is the only shallow-draft fishing boat (skiff) that offers its crew to paddle easily, effectively and comfortably in water that’s too shallow for an outboard motor’s propeller to work. Poling over long distances is not an option for most people, which is why the W700’s full paddling alternative to motorizing makes it the most practical boat for fishing in shallow water, as well as in places where aquatic vegetation and underwater structures limit the use of a motor. The full-fledged paddling option also makes it possible to launch and beach the W700 practically anywhere.
W700 Internal Storage
Total internal volume for storage and passengers: 20.5 cubic ft (153 gallons, 580 liters). This volume does not include the space inside of the watertight Saddle, which should not be used for storage, since it is designated to serve as flotation.
The W700 saddle is a large-volume watertight compartment that provides 180 lbs (81 kg) of positive buoyancy, which works as flotation in case of capsize. Therefore, models from this new series are offered without foam flotation modules. Outfitting a W700 with a pair of inflatable detachable flotation modules can increase the amount of flotation by 146 lbs of positive buoyancy (Total 326 lbs of positive buoyancy)
Paddling mode: Compared to the 500 series, the W700 is considerably faster when powered by a tandem crew or a strong paddler, and noticeably faster for an average solo paddler. Motorized: The W700 is much faster than the W500, for which the speed record is 13 mph. This is due mainly to the fact that the W700’s increased stability makes it easier to drive at high speed.
W700 Construction – How It’s Built
This product is assembled from two parts molded separately –
The Saddle, which is closed from all directions and watertight. These attributes makes it effective as flotation for the boat.
The Twinhull, which includes the two hulls, the Spray Deflector that goes around the cockpit, and a base for the Saddle part that’s dubbed the Central Platform.
The Twinhull is protected by seven molded-in plastic brackets integrated with the Saddle, plus one MDO (wood and polymer resin composite) heavy duty bracket installed behind the saddle, in a special compartment. This 3D animation video shows how the W700’s Twinhull and Saddle parts are assembled:
The saddle part is watertight, and serves as flotation. It features seven integrated (molded-in) plastic brackets (see above video) which keep the boat rigid.
Heavy Duty (HD) wooden saddle bracket at the saddle’s rear
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The above video doesn’t show the MDO (composite of wood and polymer resin) bracket installed behind the saddle, in a special compartment. This additional bracket reinforces the boat’s structure in the area where the load created by the combined weight of a heavy passenger and a heavy outboard motor requires it.
Hull: Rotationally Molded High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Saddle: Rotationally Molded High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Heavy Duty (HD) Saddle Bracket: Medium Density Overlay (MDO).
Our boats are made from 100% recyclable materials
W700 Country of Origin:
Our kayaks, boats, paddles and accessories are 100% Made in USA
W700 Color Options
Since this product line is assembled from two separately molded parts, it can feature two colors. The color combinations we offer are –
Twinhull: Yellow, Saddle: Orange
Tandem Fishing, Tandem Touring
Twinhull: White, Saddle: White
Microskiff color combo. This unit is outfitted with a Spray Shield and a TMM 700 HD motor mount.
We don’t ship Wavewalk® paddles separately from Wavewalk® kayaks and boats, since any item that’s over 8 ft long requires shipping by freight truck.
Common kayak paddles are shorter than our paddles, and they won’t suit adults paddling our kayaks and boats. Other long paddles might be too ‘soft’ (flexible: slow, and waste your energy ), and/or not sturdy enough. Our composite paddles are extra rigid and durable, so that you can use them for launching and beaching in difficult spots, for stand up paddling, and even for poling in shallow water. We don’t ship Wavewalk® paddles separately from Wavewalk® kayaks and boats. Learn more about the Wavewalk® paddles »
Price: $230. Tube Length: 6ft, Tube Diameter: 6″ If outfitted with a second pair of inflatable flotation modules (total of 4 tubes), the W700 F and W700 SU function as a full-fledged Rigid-Inflatable Boat (RIB), and as such it works best for high speed motorizing and rough waters, offshore work, and diving, and it can still be effectively rowed if outfitted with rowing oarlocks. However, due to the extra width added by the inflatable tubes, this model is no longer easy to paddle. Note that it is advisable to detach the front pair of inflatable flotation tubes in case you want to use this model for angling.
Price: $270. If you’re looking to drive your W700 F or W700 SU in optimal comfort, and have more fun driving over long distances, the plug-and-play Joystick Steering System is what you need. Learn more »
W700 Transportation and Carrying
Car topping a W700 is easy and quick, even for one person –
Carrying a W700 can be as easy as dragging it on the ground:
Wavewalk Boats – Users and Applications
Big guys. These users can enjoy increased stability, a roomier cockpit, and a slightly higher saddle. The Wavewalk 700 is better for big and heavy guys than the 500 series. Read review »
Tandem paddlers. Typically, a middle aged or elderly couple looking to paddle together in a stable, comfortable, dry, and easy to paddle craft that they could car-top without problems. The W700 is the Best of Breed compared to both canoes and tandem kayaks. With two average size paddlers on board, the new model can accommodate a third paddler, or large-size dog. Recommended model: 700 R (kayak)
Tandem anglers. Typically, two big guys who fish out of a small microskiff, motorized dinghy, jon boat, large-size canoe, and other, heavier craft that require a trailer for transportation. Recommended models: 700 R, S4 – depending on propulsion (paddle or motor), and type of water (e.g. flat water, bays, offshore).
Hunters. There is enough room on board a W700 for a large-size hunter, plenty of gear, a motor, and a large-size dog. Recommended models: 700 R – depending on propulsion (paddle or motor).
Tandem hunters. Typically, duck and other waterfowl hunters, and their gear. Recommended models: 700 R, S4.
Families. The W700 is suitable for a couple paddling together with two young children. Recommended models: 700 R, S4 – depending on main propulsion (paddle or motor).
Boaters. The 700 and S4 are perfect tenders for a big boat or a yacht – as a paddle craft or rowing craft (“dinghy”), and motorized. Recommended models: 700 R, 700 RIB, S4 – depending on propulsion (paddle or motor). Watch movie »
Kayak anglers. The only drawback the 700 has compared to the 500 series is its 20 lbs of additional weight. As far as everything else, it is a perfect car-top boat, while being lighter and much more stable than any high-end fishing kayak out there. Recommended models: 700 R (kayak), S4 – depending on propulsion (paddle or motor) and type of water (e.g. flat water, bays, offshore). Watch movies »
Flats fishermen. Typically, these anglers fish out of a Jon boat, a microskiff or skiff, which is a name given to a broad range of small, shallow-draft, stable motorboats that are too heavy to car-top, and can’t be paddled. As a microskiff, the 700 is easy to car top even for one person, and unrivaled as a mobile and stable paddle craft. Recommended model: 700 R, S4, depending on the number of anglers on board. More microskiff info »
Offshore fishermen. S4
Offshore technical crews. People working on offshore scientific, engineering and maintenance projects that typically involve the use of Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) or RIB (Rigid-Inflatable Boat). Recommended model: W700 RIB, S4.
Catamaran-dinghy sailors. For a 1-2 crew. Recommended model: W700 RIB and S4.
Speed, fun and adventure seekers. For a 1-2 crew. Recommended model: W700 RIB, S4.
Wavewalk’s unique plug-in Joystick Steering Kit ». Steering with the joystick makes driving easier and more fun in long trips and in rough water.
W500 or W700?
This is a question that each client would have to answer by themselves. Most people who fish out of a W500 will tell you it’s the world’s best one-person fishing kayak, and we designed the W700 to be the world’s best two-person fishing kayak and the world’s best car-top fishing boat, and indeed it is both, according to its users »
In quantitative terms, we think that the main factors worth consideration (except dollars) are Weight vs. Load Capacity. The models from the 700 series start at 80 lbs, which is 20 lbs (9 kg) more than the similar models from the 500 series. And while the 700 series offers unrivaled performance across the board compared to other tandem fishing kayaks (including its being lighter than them), 20 lbs can be noticeable weight difference if you don’t really need a bigger Wavewalk® kayak. But if you’re a big guy who wants to fish with a fishing buddy on board, or paddle in tandem with one (or more) paddling partners, you’d better get a W700.
Having said that, at 80 lbs, and with its flat twin hulls, the 700 is still a car top boat, even for one person, and transporting it is easy.
As far as motorizing is concerned, being bigger and stabler, the 700 series models is suitable for more powerful outboards than comparable models from the 500 series. 700 models can go faster, carry more load including passengers, and handle more difficult waters. If these factors are important to you, you should get a 700, and if they aren’t, get a 500. Read more and Watch movie » In general, we’ve decided to offer all W500 models in the Kayak Section , together with the W700 R, while we offer all other W700 models under in this Boats Section. The difference being that while W500 and W700 R models work very well with motors, their main mode of propulsion is paddling.
Wavewalk® 700 Microskiff vs Other Skiffs
The W700 is an ultralight microskiff that you can car top easily and quickly, even if you have to do it by yourself, without help. It offers full tandem fishing capabilities when motorized, paddled or poled, as well as offshore capabilities. There is no other microskiff, dinghy, tandem fishing kayak or other small craft on the market that offers a similar combination of advantages, except the new Series 4 from Wavewalk » Comfort wise, the 700 offers you to spend an entire day on the water without getting back to shore – as you’d expect from a full size fishing boat, and as a bonus, you stay dry. The front and rear ends of the W700 cockpit’s spray deflector are designed in a way that allows for a transom motor mount to fit tightly, with no gap. This feature makes it even easier and more convenient to access an outboard motor’s controls, as well as to steer.
W700 or S4?
W700 advantages over the S4: Solo kayaking, solo canoeing, tandem kayaking, tandem canoeing, portability.
S4 advantages over the W700: Motorizing, tandem motorizing, tandem fishing, stability, offshore trips, load capacity (big guys, heavy gear).
Shallow water – The S4 drafts less than the W700, and it features a skiff stand up casting platform, but the W700 paddles better, in general.
Offshore – Being more of a boat than the W700, the S4 is more seaworthy, and performs better when driving in the chop.
Do you feel unsure? Please don’t hesitate to call or email us. We’re always happy to answer questions about our products and the best ways to use them, and offer more details about performance, outfitting, etc.
Ocean kayak fishing means fishing out of a kayak, in the ocean. The kayak can be it a sit-in, sit-in-top (SOT) or a Wavewalk® kayak. Since kayaks are small vessels and in most cases they’re human-powered, namely under powered, and since kayaks expose their users to the elements, this kind of fishing typically involves some hazards and discomfort.
Mike Silva from Massachusetts fishing for Albacore Tuna (click images to enlarge)
Hazards related to ocean kayak fishing
Fishing in the ocean is different from fishing in flat water in many ways. To begin with, the ocean is practically limitless, and unlike small bodies of water, it presents the danger of being lost at sea as a result of the action of waves, ocean currents, tidal currents, wind and darkness, or a combination of these factors. In addition, the large distances facing the angler and their kayak could be more than it is practically possible for them to go. Depending on circumstances, the angler paddling their kayak faces the dangers of capsizing, dehydration, sun stroke, hypothermia, exhaustion and disorientation. Anglers who fish out of motorized kayaks are mauch less exposed to these hazards, but they can capsize their kayak while driving it too fast.
The surf – a challenging part of the ocean kayak fishing trip
Unless kayak anglers launch and beach at a dock in a protected harbor, the surf is where they typically make the transition from land to sea, and vice versa. The surf is characterized by various hazards related to the presence of waves – from water getting into your kayak while you’re launching or beaching, to capsizing, getting your fishing tackle sprayed with corrosive saltwater, losing fishing gear, and just getting soaked and uncomfortable during the rest of your trip. Strong waves can even pin your kayak in parallel to the shoreline, in a situation known as ‘broaching’, without you being able to either get to shore or go into the ocean.
Launching any kayak in the ocean surf isn’t easy, and launching a kayak loaded with fishing gear and tackle is likely to be harder. However, launching a W fishing kayak is considerably easier, and it can be fun: You just get the kayak in the water and hop inside – as you can see in the demo movie below.
If you prefer to surf launch in a more relaxed way, you can just launch regularly from dry land, as shown in the first part of this video:
Tip for easier surf launching: When you ride the saddle seat at the rear of the cockpit, you raise your Wavewalk kayak’s bow, and by doing so you make it easy for the kayak to go over the incoming waves instead of going through them. This can make a big difference as far as the efforts required, the chances of succeeding, and the probability that you’ll get wet. This maneuver is possible only with a W fishing kayak, thanks to its long saddle, which offers its user to relocate fore and aft, and by that move the kayak’s center of gravity (CG) with them.
How to prevent your Wavewalk kayak from broaching –
If the waves drive your kayak to a fixed position that’s parallel to the shoreline (a.k.a. ‘broaching’), and your kayak happens to be a regular one (I.E. sit-in or SOT), then you’re broached, and your best bet is to try to get out of your kayak without capsizing it, and depending on what your plans are, either drag it out to the beach, or drag it in the water so it would face the ocean. But if you’re lucky enough to be in a W kayak, you’re not broached, since you can slide to the front of the cockpit, thus lowering the bow and making the stern go up. The bow will act as a pivot while the waves hit the stern and make your kayak face the ocean again. When this happens, you can swiftly reposition yourself at the back of the cockpit, and paddle out to the ocean. The reason why you want to do it from the cockpit’s rear is that it would make it easier for you to go over the incoming waves instead of having to go through them.
When this is done, you go back to paddling forward from a position in the middle of the cockpit, and most importantly: in the Riding position. Remember – the riding position is your position of choice in rough waters. Standing up is less stable, and sitting with your knees forward isn’t recommended at all in such conditions.
If you need to go pass big incoming waves, you should ride the saddle from the back of the cockpit. This makes your kayak’s bow go up, so you can go over the wave crests rather than have to go through them.
Important: Before entering the water make sure you’re wearing a PFD (Personal Flotation Device), and that all your fishing tackle and gear are secured to your kayak.
How to cope with lateral (side) waves?
Lateral waves can be a big problem if you’re paddling a sit-in or SOT kayak, but if you’re paddling a Wavewalk kayak they can be a source of fun if you’re surf playing – You paddle your W kayak in parallel to the beach, and let the side waves roll under you. You’d need to learn how to lean your kayak into the wave just enough to prevent it from being overturned, but don’t lean too strongly or else you might roll to the other side once the wave has passed under your kayak.
Tip: You should practice with your Wavewalk kayak in smaller waves before you tackle bigger ones.
The following videos show the Wavewalk S4 going in choppy sea and handling big wakes from a fast motorboat:
Capsizing your ocean fishing kayak
Some people believe that SOT kayaks are watertight, which in fact they aren’t, and some believe these kayaks are self-bailing, which they aren’t either. The ‘scupper’ holes are in fact structural elements that were introduced in the SOT hull to prevent it from collapsing as passengers sit on its top side (a.k.a. ‘deck’). These holes do not drain water out of the hull (yes, water does get inside, and when it does you can’t see it..) – they drain water only from its top side – the deck.
There is ample evidence to suggest that SOT kayaks can be hazardous to fish out of in the ocean. Read more on this subject » As for capsizing your Wavewalk kayak (it is possible to do so!) – If you bail out swiftly enough the W kayak is likely to stay right. In such case you can hop back in from the side (if you’re athletic enough) or slowly crawl inside from the back, with your legs balancing you and the kayak. If the Wavewalk 500 kayak is just laying on its side, chances are the side flotation would prevent it from overturning, and with some luck the kayak may even right itself back. Read more about side flotation ».
Both the Wavewalk 700 and Wavewalk S4 feature built-in flotation: Their saddle is a sealed compartment that provides 180 lbs of positive buoyancy.
Reentering a Wavewalk 700 is much easier than getting back into a W500, and getting back into an S4 is very easy. The following video shows a user reentering a DIY Wavewalk that’s comparable to a W700 –
Reentering a Wavewalk S4 is easier than this, and it’s most convenient to do so from the front.
If your Wavewalk Kayak gets overturned close to shore, the easiest and most sensible thing for you to do would be to let the waves wash it to shore. Once it’s there, pull it out to the beach, and drain it by simply overturning it. It’s easy and takes little time, and you can be back paddling immediately after you’re done. If your W Kayak is overturned far from shore, you can turn it back but when you do so one of the hulls will scoop some water in, and you’d want to pump or scoop it out (or at least part of it).
Remember the water at the bottom of one hull can be useful to counter-balance you as you reenter the boat from the other side. Once you’re back in the cockpit you can start draining it. Keeping a hand bucket or manual bilge pump on board is highly recommended.
Important: Capsizing your ocean fishing kayak in deep water can be extremely hazardous, and therefore it is strongly recommended never to go fishing offshore by yourself. Always fish in the ocean in the company of other boaters or anglers that could help you in case of an emergency, well as call for help, if possible.
Protection I: How to keep the kayak’s cockpit dry?
Spray isn’t that much of a problem when you’re a Wavewalk fishing kayak: The W kayak features a real cockpit and higher free board, which other kayaks don’t have. When you launch or go back to sea you can “climb” even big waves by standing or riding in the back of the cockpit and leaning backward -This way you’re lifting your W kayak’s bow in a steep angle and the waves normally pass under you. When paddling a W kayak in waves you get relatively little water in, and it is drained to the bottom of the hulls, where even a couple gallons might be unnoticed by you. You can also outfit your W kayak with a cockpit cover that will protect you and your fishing gear from spray. You can use a small tarp or any waterproof fabric or plastic sheet to cover the front of your W kayak’s cockpit.
Protection II: Do you need a dry suit, or a wet suit?
Anglers who fish in warm waters and hot climates may scoff at this question -Why would they care about getting wet? But anglers who fish in colder regions should be aware of the dangers of hypothermia, which can result not just from falling overboard, but also from being exposed to the wind while wearing wet clothes. This is to say that neither sit-in nor SOT kayak offer their users adequate protection from wetness, wind and cold, which is why people who fish from them in colder regions should wear either a dry suit or a wet suit. As for anglers who fish out of W kayaks, they are far better protected, and therefore their need to wear such protective clothing is reduced. Remember that a kayak angler suffering from hypothermia is basically helpless, and may not even be able to call for help using their cell phone when they’re offshore. Read more to learn about the danger presented to kayakers by hypothermia
Ocean Etiquette: Please be courteous
Beaches are sometime crowded. In many cases board surfers have no paddle, so they are both less protected and less mobile than you. A collision between you and a surfer may be harmless to you but it could be painful to the surfer. Always leave surfers enough space for surfing and maneuvering, even it means you’re losing a nice, big wave… -Don’t worry, there will be others, and you can always paddle around and do other fun stuff with your Wavewalk kayak…
If you cross paths with surfers let them pass before you.
When surf launching, make sure that no surfer is being thrown against your W kayak by an incoming wave.
If you’re driving a motorized Wavewalk, you need to extremely cautious about the presence of people in the water, as well as kayakers, board surfers and SUP paddlers who aren’t motorized, and might capsize when hit by the wake from your motorized Wavewalk.
Paddling your ocean fishing kayak in strong wind
Nearly all kayaks used for fishing in the ocean feature a rudder, since without it paddling in strong wind is practically impossible, as the wind deflects the kayak from its course. Sit-in and SOT kayaks track poorly to begin with, and they are prone to windage issues, but rudders are not necessary with Wavewalk kayaks, which track remarkably well even in strong wind, due to the fact that they offer their users the ability to harness the wind as a factor that helps them track. This effect is achieved simply by the user relocating themselves fore or fat along the kayak’s saddle – By doing so they relocate the kayak’s center of gravity (CG), and direct it either into the wind or away from it, depending on the course they want to take and on the direction from which the wind blows.
If you’re not an experienced or strong paddler, you would benefit from motorizing your kayak.
Paddling your ocean fishing kayak in strong current
Strong (fast) currents in are particularly dangerous, because they can carry you away from shore, into the ocean. Anglers whose kayaks aren’t outfitted with a motor are particularly exposed to this danger, because a current can be faster than the maximum speed they can achieve with their kayak just by paddling it, and because they may be exhausted after some time trying to paddle against the current.
If you’re not an experienced or strong paddler, you would benefit from motorizing your kayak.
Motorizing your ocean fishing kayak
A motorized fishing kayak is safer to use in the ocean since it offers the angler a chance to deal with strong wind, fast currents, and the long distances they may need to go in order to return safely to their launching spot, or to shore. Although motorized kayaks are heavier than non-motorized ones, driving a motorized kayak is certainly easier than paddling a non-motorized one. This is especially true after a long day of fishing and paddling, when the angler is tired, and it’s even more relevant for middle aged and elderly kayak anglers.
As far as deciding between an electric motor and an outboard gas engine, the latter is pretty much impossible to use with any type of fishing kayak except the W500. If you own a W kayak, you may want to read more about the advantages and disadvantages of electric motors and outboard gas engines in this article about motorized kayaks »
All Wavewalk kayaks can be easily motorized and used for offshore fishing. The S4 is the most suitable for this purpose, and so does the the Wavewalk 700, to some extent:
The following movie demostrates the capabilities of the Wavewalk 500 when motorized –
Ocean kayak fishing trips can be long, and you’d need to take plenty of gear on board, as well as carry fish you caught back to shore. Therefore, having plenty of dry storage space is a real necessity, and needless to say that you should be able to easily access everything you store on board, anytime you need to.
Other fishing kayaks feature hatches, which are small and in many cases hard to reach while you’re sitting on board. Unless the ocean is perfectly calm, waves splashing on your kayak would get water into the hatches. In contrast, the W500 kayak offers over 8 cubic ft (60 gallons) of dry, protected storage space, and all of it is fully accessible to you when your out there on the water. The W700 offers an even bigger storage, and the storage space on board the S4 is comparable to the storage space in a motorboat.
What makes it possible for you in the real world, and why SHOULD it matter to you?
This article examines what makes stand up fishing so important, and why an increasing number of kayak fishermen are disappointed by kayak designs that fail to deliver adequate stability, comfort and safety. These anglers end up standing and fishing in a Wavewalk® 500 Kayak, often despite potentially problematic factors such as their body size, old age, and even certain disabilities.
Kayak fishing for Albacore standing in a Wavewalk S4
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Three big guys fishing standing in the new Wavewalk S4 –
Before going further, please watch this video that shows what we call ‘boat stability’:
The above video shows that the stability offered by the W700 is comparable to the stability offered by boats such as Jon-boats and dinghies, namely that although the W700 paddles better than any fishing kayak or canoe out there, it is no longer a kayak when stability is concerned – It is a boat. This is why this article about kayak fishing standing is mainly about the super-stable Wavewalk® 500 kayaks in comparison to other fishing kayaks out there.
People all around the world have been fishing from small boats for millennia. Interestingly, many native fishermen like to stand up in their boats when they propel them and fish from them. After all, what could be more natural? If possible, standing is both a powerful and comfortable position for a person making a continuous physical effort. It is good for our blood circulation, less strenuous on our back and it enables us to make a good use of our legs, which happen to have the most powerful set of muscles in our body. It is worth noting that wade fishermen, people who fish from shore and people who fish from bigger boats also like to fish standing, if not all the time at least for a great part of the time. Standing makes is easy to cast a line or throw a net, and certainly makes it easier to scout for fish and better stops to fish in. When the native people of the arctic circle developed their kayaks the L position was natural to them and they were not particularly concerned with comfort but rather with stealth, as their kayaks were designed mainly as hunting boats enabling the hunter to get close to its prey without getting noticed. However, when these people went fishing or whaling they usually preferred to use Umiaks – a type of big, wide and stable multi-passenger seaworthy canoe that offered them the possibility to stand up.
Casting a fishing or a shrimping net standing in a boat requires more stability than angling does. Read the article »
2. What about stand up fishing from sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks?
Stand up kayak fishing sounds like an oxymoron since most people find it difficult enough to sit it inside or on top of a kayak, especially when it involves fishing. Some fishing kayak manufactures advertise that their most stable models may enable a person to stand in or on top and cast but there is no real proof to support such claims. At best, those very wide SOT kayaks may enable a child or a very small and lightweight adult to stand on but certainly not with enough confidence to enable casting and landing fish. No traditional SIK or SOT kayak manufacturer ever claimed they offer a kayak that may enable a person to paddle standing… The reality with regards to traditional SIK and more recent SOT kayaks is that these small and lightweight crafts offer good mobility at a low price and for a low cost of maintenance, but at a price of diminished comfort and the inability to do anything standing up.
3. Why is standing in your fishing kayak important?
Besides the fact that standing up improves your chances of catching fish there’s a more important fact related to it: Your ability to stand up goes directly to your comfort and well being, and to your overall fishing experience. After all, catching fish is fun but not as much when it comes at a price of unnecessary fatigue, serious physical discomfort and even pain resulting from being limited to a single, uncomfortable sitting position, without being able to do anything to change positions and relieve pressure on your lower back. When fishing comfort is key to both success and fun, and neither leg numbness nor back pain may contribute to either although you’re most likely to experience at least one of them after sitting for a while in the traditional kayaking position. And don’t let yourself develop hopes in ‘improved kayak seats’…- Adding some cushioning and changing the shape of the seat can’t change the basic physiological facts: You’re stuck in a sitting position to which you’re not used, and your legs are pushing you backwards and creating a pressure point in your lower back. Even today, most fishing boats are big and stable enough to enable their passengers to stand up while fishing. So why shouldn’t you stand up in your small, inexpensive and portable fishing kayak? The patented Wavewalk® 500 twinhull Fishing Kayak offers you to do that, as well as many other things without giving up any of the regular fishing kayak advantages. In fact, when it comes to the known advantages of fishing kayaks over bigger fishing boats the Wavewalk® 500 Kayak offers you some real, additional advantages such as better protection against wind, spray and waves, better mobility when it comes to ease of launching and take-out, better handling of the surf, better tracking, more dry storage space, and overall a much higher level of seaworthiness. Kayak fishing may be a sport, but since you’re doing it for fun you may as well have fun doing it. Kayak fishing is a good idea if indeed it’s done properly, that is without reducing your fishing experience. The W Kayak can unleash the full potential of kayak fishing and upgrade it to what it’s really meant to be: a challenging, full sport activity that you can practice without constantly thinking of the comfort that bigger fishing boats have to offer.
The Wavewalk™ kayak is the only kayak that was developed for high performance stand up paddling and stand up fishing in moving water, and it’s the only kayak that fits both these extreme applications in terms of safety and comfort. Here are the facts we recommend you know about stand up padding and fishing from kayaks and other small craft –
4. Demo movies
These two demo movies are extreme, but they show what stability you actually need to get from your kayak when you’re out there in the real world, where stuff happens is the rule, and not a rare exception:
BTW, the new Wavewalk® 700 is more stable than the W500, and the stability is offers is comparable to the stability that one experiences in a Jon boat. We call it ‘Boat Stability’.
5. Are other kayaks safe enough for stand up fishing and paddling?
Since many things can and will cause you to lose balance if you choose to stand up in or on top of a kayak, you must be able to react effectively and regain balance even in adverse conditions, and our W-kayak enables you that while no other kayak does. Our patented twinhull Wavewalk® kayak is the only kayak that offers each of your legs to stand in a hull of its own, and it is the only kayak created especially for stand up paddling and stand up fishing. Sooner or later you will lose balance (stuff happens – you can be sure about that!), and for such cases you need to have a ‘Plan B’, which would be to fall down on something that’s high enough to stop your fall as well as support you. You don’t want to fall all the way down on your kayak’s deck since it will cause you to fall overboard. You definitely don’t want to slip either, and therefore your feet must be secure where you stand. Our Wavewalk® 500 twinhull kayak is the only kayak featuring a 14″ high saddle that you can fall down on at will, swiftly, and when you choose. The W-saddle has a hull on each side, and you ride it with each of your legs supported by its own hull, and your feet planted at the bottom, several inches below waterline. Being positioned that low is what makes your feet really effective for stabilization and control. For these reasons you’ll never be truly confident or comfortable standing on top of any sit-on-top (SOT) kayak, even if staged pictures and movies may show you people standing on their SOT kayaks and fishing. You must remember that neither sit-in nor SOT kayaks were invented for stand up paddling or fishing in the first place. Some people are capable of pedaling a unicycle while juggling oranges, and others can hop between wooden logs floating on a river. Does it mean you can do it? Would you even like to try? -What’s the point in taking the risk of falling overboard anytime you go fishing? -Would you feel confident standing up on an unstable platform?
6. What about very wide SOT kayaks?
SOT kayaks with very wide hulls track poorly and are hard to paddle, and they may be stabler than narrow ones, but definitely not stable enough when it comes to paddling and fishing in confidence. This is because most of a SOT kayak’s buoyancy (that’s what actually supports your weight) is distributed along its hull’s center line, where it is useless for effective stabilization. If you want a kayak that’s stable you need to design it with all its buoyancy on its sides – exactly as it is in the Wavewalk® 500 twinhull kayak. In fact, the W-kayak has no buoyancy wasted along its center line since 100% of its buoyancy is located on its two sides – as far as possible from the center line.
7. And what about SOT kayaks with outriggers? (stabilizers)
The use of outriggers, whether as add-ons or integrated into the hull can improve your kayak’s stability, but not enough for stand up paddling and fishing in full confidence, which is what you really need. This is because kayak outriggers are located in the back part of your kayak’s hull, and therefore may support extra weight and pressure only if you apply them towards the back. Such outriggers are nothing more than a gimmick if you’re applying your weight forward and sideways, and you can be certain that when you’re standing up you’ll have to do that often. Remember: stuff happens in real life, and water is always wet, and sometimes it can be cold, and deep. Between attached and integrated outriggers the latter offer reduced stability because of the fact that their center of buoyancy isn’t located as far away from the kayak’s center line, where it would offer more support. It’s simply a bad idea when stability is concerned, and traditional outriggers offer a better support. Furthermore, integrated outriggers coming out of the main hull form a Y shaped hull which is probably the most ineffective form ever created when it comes to paddling, or any other form of propulsion. In other words don’t count on such design for paddling.
8. Differences between kayaks for stand up paddling and stand up fishing
Both need to be extremely stable, but there are differences in requirements. A stand up paddling kayak is required to be narrow as possible, since it makes it easier to move the paddle efficiently and ergonomically, as it is in regular (seated) paddling. A kayak that’s too wide would under perform in stand up paddling, as it would in seated paddling. A stand up fishing kayak needs to be even more stable than a stand up paddling one because the paddle may help you balance yourself, while a fishing rod would be ineffective for this purpose. This is where the location of the kayak’s buoyancy becomes critical, as does the location of your legs and feet. The Wavewalk® 500 is only 29″ wide, and yet, due to its revolutionary design that was granted a US utility patent, it is the stablest fishing kayak out there. This means that once you’ve learned to properly operate the W-kayak, you’ll benefit from its unique features, while other kayaks simply don’t have such a broad performance envelope to begin with, and would never offer you anything that even comes close. Again, we recommend the you watch our demo movies for a start, and judge for yourself.
9. What happens when you catch a fish standing up in a kayak?
After casting for some time you’ll probably hook up a fish. If that fish doesn’t manage to make you lose your balance and fall overboard you’d need to land it in or on top of your kayak… and then what? If getting up from the seated position and going back down to it is hard to begin with, how does it feel when you have sit down while holding a fishing rod in one hand or both hands, and there’s a good size fish dangling at the end of your line? Obviously, this doesn’t make much sense, and it’s another example that shows how important it is to have something to fall back on easily and intuitively (a ‘Plan B’), which in this case means (again) safely and comfortably. This is where the W-saddle comes into action: It’s 14″ high, and it’s waiting for you to sit down and drop the fish in one of the hulls, where it has nowhere to go, and won’t cause you any problem. In comparison, other fishing kayaks feature a seat that’s as low as possible – practically at deck level, and nowhere to park the struggling fish except in your lap…
If you’re interested in learning more about kayak design for better stability, we recommend the following article ». Never judge a kayak by stand up pictures or movies shot under regular conditions – It may look nice and cool but it’s meaningless for you since it doesn’t show performance in ‘what if’ conditions. Many things can and will destabilize you, including fish, wind, eddies, waves, wind and your own, inevitable moments of inattention. What you need to be able to judge is the ‘what if’ performance, and our demo movies will prove to you that no other kayak compares to our Wavewalk® 500 twinhull kayak.
This article would be incomplete without providing more information about what people who fish standing in their Wavewalk® 500 kayak have to say about their real-life experience with it. Our website offers over 200 Wavewalk Fishing Kayak reviews contributed by such people, including full name and state, and in most cases pictures too.
11. Stand up Wavewalk® 500 fishing kayak pictures, and what they could mean for you
Pictures of young, lightweight and athletic fishermen standing in their kayak look nice, but they don’t necessarily mean that you can do it too, and feel confident and safe while you fish. More about the stability in fishing kayaks »
Bob Smaldone – Standing carefree in full stability and confidence in his Wavewalk® 500, at 70
Jeff McGovern – Stand up with no balancing act in the Wavewalk® 500, even if you’re 6’3″ tall, 245 lbs heavy, and middle aged
The Sellards – Multiple passengers can stand in the Wavewalk® 500 kayak too
Bill Davenport – 6’3″ tall, sixty something, and with an artificial knee – Standing and fly fishing in saltwater in his camouflaged Wavewalk® 500
Ken Short – 70 y/o – Any fisherman should be able to stand up in their kayak
Stand up paddling is an essential part of kayak fishing standing
Rox Davis standing in her Wavewalk® 500 – You should be standing on the bottom of the kayak’s hulls, below waterline, and not on top of its deck
Gary Thorberg is a big guy whose passion is fly fishing standing in his Wavewalk® 500 kayak. His favorite species are musky, carp and bass
Norm Craig – Being elderly, heavy and suffering from a bad back isn’t a problem when you fish out of a Wavewalk® 500
Standing up is an essential part of fly fishing
6’3″ 250 lbs John Fabina fishing standing out of his Wavewalk® 500 – Big and tall anglers need to be able to cast freely, and enjoy the same range of motion and stability they are used to when fishing from big boats
Jeff McGovern standing in his Wavewalk® 500 and retrieving a fishing lure stuck up a tree Standing up in a kayak means having the capability to focus on things that are important to you, and not having to pay attention to keeping your balance
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Since 2004, we’ve been selling our kayaks factory direct to clients in the US and in other countries. We also try to improve distribution in some areas by reselling through local dealers. Our distribution includes factory direct sales, and exclusive local dealerships. The rapid transition from a single product line (W500) in 2015 to three product lines in 2017 (W500, W700, and S4) has changed our distribution program. We welcome inquiries from individuals and businesses who are interested in reselling our products locally in the United States and in other countries. Learn more about our new dealership program »
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