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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.

Review of the Wavewalk Kayak for Fly Fishing

Note: This is a review of the W300 kayak series that was discontinued in 2010.
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By Ben Ciliberto

Pennsylvania

Fly fisherman standing in kayak and casting

First Impressions:

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.

carp on kayak - close-up

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!

Fly fishing standing in a kayak

Performance Review:

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.

fly fishing kayak

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.

Fly fishing kayak

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.

 

Ben's fly fishing kayak in Neshaminy creek
Ben’s W fly fishing kayak in Neshaminy creek.  Read the story on Ben’s blog

kayak fisherman paddling standing in his kayak
Ben maneuvering his W kayak while  standing in it

mirror carp of W fishing kayak
First catch – at night

mirror carp on fishing kayak - close-up
Close-up on the first mirror carp Ben caught from his W kayak

interior of W fly fishing kayak cockpit
The interior of Ben’s W fishing kayak:
Note the foam modules that Ben made for both the full size paddle and the smaller paddle he uses for small adjustments

fly fishing kayak cockpit close-up
The rug on top of the saddle is useful for handling Ben’s slippery catch

view of fly fishing kayak cockpit - close-up
Another close-up on the interior of Ben’s fly fishing W kayak: Note the rugs glued to the bottom of the hulls – to minimize noise

Thanks– loving the product!

NEW: Ben’s stand up fishing device:  READ MORE ==>

kayak rigged for stand up fly fishing for carp

Photography: Ben Ciliberto and others

2008 W300 fishing kayak review, North Carolina

Note: This is a review of the W300 kayak series that was discontinued in 2010.
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By Fred Jelinek

W Kayak Fisherman, North Carolina

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.

Trout caught in fishing kayak, North Carolina, Hadnot Creek
January trout from Hadnot Creek

Fred fishing standing in his kayak, in the ocean
A picture shot by soldiers on vacation on the North Carolina coast

Fishing kayak on pickup truck truckbed
As simple as that: just toss’n go!

DIY trolley wheels for fishing kayak
Beauty in simplicity: DIY fishing kayak wheels

Fishing kayak with DIY trolley wheels, North Carolina
A perfect match: Wheels design fits the ‘Keep It Simple’ W design

One of Fred's favorite fishing spots
A favorite fishing spot

W300 Fishing Kayak Review – Minnesota

Note: This is a review of the smaller, W300 kayak series that was discontinued in 2010. Go to the updated list of recent, W500 fishing kayak reviews »

By Scott Johnson

Kayak Fisherman and Photographer, Minnesota

Last year Scott ordered his first W kayak, a 300 2007 model that he outfitted for bow hunting and fishing – Read more about it ».
This year Scott got himself a second W Kayak, a W300 2008 model.

Scott paddling his fishing kayak on the maple river
Scott on his Maple river trip

Sandy walking in the river

Sandy walking in the river

Inside fishing kayak cockpit

“…my Pepsi was riding securely in front of me along side my camera.”

The Maple river viewed from Scott's fishing kayak
The Maple river viewed from Scott’s Wavewalk 300 fishing kayak

Railroad bridge shot from fishing kayak
“I love bringing the camera along for a scenic picture. The railroad is gone but with the WW I can get to places that bring back the past.”
“I decided since now I have 3 paddles, 2 of the heavy duty, to leave one of the Mohawk paddle ends off of just for paddling the W kayak like a canoe. It’s kind of nice to have a blunt end to grab hold of. I am getting good at keeping my WW going pretty straight, paddling mostly on one side and doing some lean turning to keep it going straight.””When heading home I was amazingly not even tired or sore from my
excursion, can’t wait to hit another stretch.”

Fishing kayak on Maple river, Minnesota
Scott’s kayak on the Maple river

-“My nephew Justin and I were anxious to venture down the  Watonwan river.  We had to wait until the waters settle down and clear up a bit.  When we started out we were on a 45 degree muddy incline. I positioned my Wavewalk square to the water and told Justin “This is how you get started!”   A little thrust and I was on my way down – I hit the water and bounced the front end a little but easily maintained my balance. Justin was grinning, he also managed the water slide entry with no problem. Going with the current is lots of fun and no work. We had our fish poles but the river was so muddy that fishing seemed pointless. The important thing is we had a great time just cruising down the river. We are both impressed with the wavewalks, they are very versatile.”-“Bill thought the WW kayak was just perfect for fishing, light enough to easily drag and easy to handle, even for the first time out!  It’s nice to have people in the W crafts enjoying themselves.”

Photography: Scott Johnson

Two fishing kayaks - Minnesota river

-“I have outfitted my W300 kayaks with two Igloo slimline coolers each, they don’t slide up into the storage area but they fit in perfect and make a nice platform with drink holders either in front of you or beside you. Those and some colorful bungee cords have the WW’s looking pro! The slimline coolers work great in the WW. ”

Maple river photographed from Scott's fishing kayak
Scott’s scenic shot of the maple river
-“I find myself taking my Wavewalk down stretches of river with conditions that would usually keep me at home, when the going gets to shallow, I can easily step out and walk her through stretches of river with little effort.”

Scott walking in the river with his fishing kayak
“The WW kayak also makes a great pack mule with plenty of room in the catamarans for whatever I may find on my adventures.”

Scott posing with his two fishing kayaks

Left to right: Lucy, Scott’s 08′ W300, Lady, Scott himself, and his 07′ W300

-“Everyone who see’s the WW are very impressed with it, especially when they see me standing! I Really like both the kayaks!”

 

Bill sitting in kayak and catching a fish
-“Made it down a stretch of Blue Earth River with my old fishing friend Bill. It was a nice cool afternoon. He had never even been in a kayak before, but had no problems with handling the Wavewalk 300.”

Justin paddling W fishing kayak on the muddy river

-“My nephew Justin and I paddled down the Watownwan river for walleyes. It is a very scenic smaller river.”

Picture shot from fishing kayak - river bank erosion

“More major erosion has widened out the river. ”

Bill sitting in kayak and showing a fish he caught

-“Bill’s smile says it all, though we only had a few hours it was a lot of fun!  Spending times with friends and enjoying the outdoors is what the WW is all about! I’m so Glad I have them!”

River Scenery - picturec shot from W fishing kayak

-“The river has transformed into a shallow slow mover.  There are big sandbars and lots of stuff to see. The walleyes are holed up and easily being caught.”

Fishing kayak cockpit

-“I’ve been fishing many times on the lake I live by, and I also have a lot of fun just paddling standing around the edge of the lake, scouting for fish and seeing what’s on the bottom.
I brought home some nice driftwood I picked of the bottom for the flower gardens.”

Stand up fly fishing in cold water and streams

Note: This is a review of the W300 kayak series that was discontinued in 2010.

Go to the updated list of recent fishing kayak reviews »

By Andrew Kumler

Cold Water and Streams Wavewalk Kayak Fly Fisherman and Photographer
Springfield, Oregon

Fishing kayak on a lake, in winter, with snow in the background - Oregon

“This picture was taken by Scott Floyd at Smith Reservoir in the West Central Cascade Mountains of Oregon”

Watch Andrew fly fishing standing in his W300 kayak:

 

“I like my Wavewalk 300 a lot” Andrew says -“I have never flipped it. I find it very stable to fish from.  I
had a close call on my first river trip..I was not used to the boat yet and I caught a cross current ..I thought I was going to flip for sure..But when the boat reached a point it righted its self..I learned
a lot about it on that trip..”

Andrew's fishing kayak by the river

Andrew's W kayak beached

“…I do love the w-kayak.”

Andrew's fishing kayak

“That’s my Wavewalk 300 ..A great and stable twin hull kayak.”

Andrew's kayak cockpit cover

Andrew created this ingenious cockpit cover that’s attached to the spray deflector with Velcro.  It’s very useful for camping trips.

kayak cockpit cover

The cockpit cover can be turned into a half-skirt that helps keeping Andrew cozy and warm when temperatures drop and the wind is blowing.

kayak anchor system

This anchor system keeps Andrew’s W kayak in place in midstream

Kayak Seat
“I’m glad that those ideas are helping you and your customers out…I guess it’s a little pay back for you creating such a great boat”

Andrew's fishing kayak - front view

Andrew can take a lot of gear with him on his long fishing trips, and this is where he keeps some of it

Photos: Andrew Kumler

Reviews of W500 fishing kayaks »

Review of 2008 W300 fishing kayak

By Dennis Vircks

Saltwater Wavewalk Kayak Fisherman, California

-“Four months have passed since I received my Wavewalk.  I thought I would take some time to tell you how much I enjoy this fine little craft.  I now have it rigged to my satisfaction and to what I believe is the ultimate “individual fishing platform.”

Spotted bay bass in fishing kayak, California
A spotted bay bass posing for Dennis’ camera.

Fishing Kayak Newport Harbor, California

-“Ready to start the long haul to the launching beach at Newport Harbor Back Bay. I used Scotty rod holder bases and Cabela rod holders.  Installation was drilled holes with stainless steel screws, washers and cap lock nuts.”

Fishing kayak Huntington Beach, California
-“Returning to landing beach in Huntington Harbor.  I like the large hollow hulls because I can store my seven foot long rods, inflatable PFD,  tackle, everything I need in them for transporting.”

-“Much of the enjoyment was in the actual rigging process.  I wanted to get it right before I did any modifications and each decision took a lot of deliberation before fabrication and installation.  I knew that I wanted to power the craft, I had to have rod holders and a fish finder, I also learned that I needed a paddle keeper and a way to transport it fully loaded on long sandy beaches.  When I pull it fully loaded its gross weight is about 125 lbs.  All of my rigging modifications were installed with drilled holes and stainless steel screws, cap lock nuts and washers.”

Wheel for transporting fishing kayak

Close up on the wheel and part of the system that attaches it to the kayak.  Read more

-“The uniqueness of the craft and the comments I receive about it are also enjoyable.  Every time I take it out I get questions and comments.  “What is that?”  “Where did you get it”  “How much did it cost?”  I fish Newport Harbor and Huntington Harbor.  These are very active kayak fishing locations and most of them envy me as I maneuver under power.  One hard core “sit on
the topper” said to me, “That isn’t a Kayak.”  I responded, “Well, maybe not to you because when you look at me you see that my feet and butt are dry.”   I explained to him that after years of working and recreating in the sun I have become a melanoma farm and my skin can’t take long exposure to the sun or moist conditions.  (I wear a hat, long sleeve UV shirt and jeans.)   I switched topics to fishing techniques with our ultra light tackle.  Since then, we have had several friendly fishing encounters.  Last Saturday, as we were loading up to leave, I was astounded when he came over to me and said, “ya know buddy, I like your set up and I’m thinking about getting one.”

-“I needed a diversion from the stress of my occupation.  Now that I have this fine craft rigged, I get to spend a few hours just concentrating on something important; the challenging relaxation of FISHING!  This is what it is all about.”

Fishing kayak cockpit, Huntington Beach, California

-“I stern mounted a Minn Kota 30-30 trolling motor that is used for power assist during distance travel and exclusively for maneuvering when fishing.
My Minn Kota motor mount (I call it prototype #1) was fabricated out of one inch laminated hardwood.  I contoured the edges and attached it to the top with eight stainless screws, washers and cap nuts.  The lower portion of the mount is a laminated three inch by three inch cross member that is bolted through the hull with stainless steel lag bolts and neoprene washers on both sides.  I coated it with Krylon Non-Skid Coating rather than paint.
Sadly, the lamination glue was not equal to the task and it has started to crack at the joints.  It remains solid and functional but I will be replacing it after the fishing season.  I am researching various materials to use.”

Fish finder in kayak cockpit

-“I made a removable holder for my Humminbird Piranha Max fish finder out of ¼” hardwood.  I attached a scrap piece of one inch hardwood as a bottom extender.  To use simply force the one inch extender into the first saddle recess.  The friction holds it in place.”

Fish finder in kayak cockpit (2)

Foam cushioning for fishing kayak seat

A narrow foam mattress attached to small diameter tubes that fit in the saddle grooves – Dennis’ ingenious solution for extra comfort.

Paddle holder for fishing kayak
Dennis’ version of a ‘storm proof’ paddle holder.  Read more