A fishing kayak review is a testimonial written by a kayak angler, in which they describe their experience with a particular fishing kayak model. In such a review, the author typically offers their observations regarding various features of the kayak as well as its performance. Some reviews tell the author’s initial impression from the kayak, and others are comprehensive and detailed articles composed after considerable time spent in fishing out of the kayak, and outfitting (‘rigging’) it to fit the author’s particular fishing style and needs, Any fishing kayak review that’s not signed by its author’s full name and state is worthless as a source of information, because it is suspected to be phony and created by either a person affiliated with that kayak’s manufacturer, or paid by them. therefore, most fishing kayak reviews found on the web lack credibility. Pictures attached to the review often make it more informative, as well as serve to increase its credibility. Wavewalk’s website features some 200 reviews that include their authors’ full name and state, as well as pictures, in most cases. Wavewalk also publishes reviews contributed by its dealers since they use W kayaks for their own personal use, and they neither sell nor use other kayaks. This fact is important, since Wavewalk is the only kayak company who has its fans act as its local dealers.
Norm Craig, a fisherman from Rhode Island, could no longer go in canoes because of his back problems. He got his W500 this morning, and became the first client to report his initial experience with it:
“Picked up the new 500 today, spent about 1hr and was standing up and doing some easy paddling after about 45 minutes of getting used to it. Little shaky for about 10 min. Really a different animal but fun and easy. I’m 60 yrs old and just had major lower back surgery and still recovering so I got to go easy.
Had a canoe but after back surgery this looks like the way to go. Never been in a kayak so I don’t have anything to compare it to. So far I love it and will be doing some fishing soon.
Here’s a pic of me about 45 min into my first go around… More coming!
Thanks for talking me into the good paddle – I love it! Norm”
Don Rainey is a seasoned kayak fisherman who decided to switch from traditional fishing kayaks to the Wavewalk kayak because his back and legs wouldn’t let him go on…
Don tells in his fishing kayak review that it took him some time to master his new W kayak, and he found out that not only was his back and legs feeling good, for a change (which he had expected), but he could in fact fish under conditions that would have previously forced him to stay home, including strong winds and chop:
“All fish were caught in extremely windy conditions with a good bit of a swell going on. I probably wouldn’t have ventured out in those conditions with my old kayak.”
It’s the third W fishing kayak review we get from Wisconsin, which strengthens the notion that while northern fishermen have never fully adopted traditional kayaks (sit-in and SOT) as fishing platforms, they can see the advantages offered by the W kayak over other popular fishing crafts, such as canoes, dinghies and Jon boats.
When you read John’s review, please notice that he remembered Wavewalk’s instructions for first timers, and that made his learning curve short and effortless.
Went out for the fourth time yesterday- getting my W outfitted for sight fishing carp with a fly rod in the flats. I stand almost the entire time now, great line of sight on the fish, and it’s easier to fight the fish standing also.
I have a stake out pole for anchoring in shallow water, and a 3 lb dumbell for dropping anchor.
Steering is easy, by dipping the paddle on the side I want to drift toward. And I installed a notched foam paddle seat on each side so I can quietly set down the paddle and make no noise or slippage.
Yesterday I caught a real nice Common Carp– about 26″ an 7- 8 lb. He ran me around for 15 minutes and was released healthy after pics!
I also hooked a monster bass (thought I was throwing to a carp) but I lost him when I got too much line slack.
The W is a delight- easy to load, my back is feeling good, and I’m catching fish!
W did it again, just back from two days (fished 4-8 thursday, and 8 hours Friday) at a 100 + acre spring fed lake in Pennsylvania. Beautiful weather and great fishing.
I’m really comfortable now in the W — changing at will from paddling standing across the lake, to sitting, drifting, casting in all positions. Caught 30+ large crappies, 10 bass, 10 bluegills, and most spectacular– has a hookup with a 20″ + northern pike who sliced off my tippet (need steel leader for them) in a flash while blasting out of the water! I was standing in the flats shallow end when I spotted him ahead in the clear water– I knew I would sacrifice my fly but it was worth it– one woolly bugger for a memory of nasty explosion in the water as he jumped the #12 nymph.
I also used a drift chute with the W in the afternoon as the wind rose to a blowy 15 mph or so— worked super, really slows your drift and keeps you on course much better. I worked the shoreline standing and casting to the crappies and bluegills. I’d recommend a drift chute if your water is prone to daily winds, as most lakes and ponds are.
I bought a small adjustable paddle to use when drifting shallows, helps me change course a little while holding the flyrod. My foam rod holder forward allows me to have the large paddle at the ready, and to be able to set it quietly without scaring the fish. I also added a tape marker for center of the large paddle so I can set it down and know it will be balanced on the W.
I’m loving the W– after 12 hours in it in a short period my back still feels good, although I suffer from chronic back issues. After 8 hours Friday I knew when to quit, when it started getting tired.
I’ll be getting back to chasing carp again next week, and I want to do a 5 mile float down my local creek now that the water level is easing and water clearing some.
I use my Wavewalk kayak about once a week now in NC’s coastal marshes and creeks. As I suspected, it is nice to have a dry boat when the water temps are in the low 50″s. I wear shin high rubber boots which simplifies launching with dry feet, although, with care, I could get away with rubber bottom shoes. I have friends with SOTs and am happy with my decision to go with the wavewalk. No boat is perfect for all conditions, but this one works for me. In my view, the key advantage is the ease of launch and landings. My SOT friends take about 15 minutes to rig up their boats and launch them, then do the same upon return. The wavewalk slips in and out of my S-10 bed in about 3 minutes and is ready to go. Loaded in the truck. Tying down takes 3 minutes and nothing needs to be removed from the boat, except things that might blow away. For long hauls or rainy weather, I have a cover for the hatch to keep out water. An amusing observation is that lots of folks will say, “I’ve never seen a kayak with wheels before”!… Another advantage is that I do not have to be so particular about storage of gear. The SOT folks have to have a particular spot for each item, often a plastic crate behind them, while I have lots of space inside that is much better protected.
January trout from Hadnot Creek
A picture shot by soldiers on vacation on the North Carolina coast
As simple as that: just toss’n go!
Beauty in simplicity: DIY fishing kayak wheels
A perfect match: Wheels design fits the ‘Keep It Simple’ W design