Fishing kayaks are designed primarily to fish from. Such kayaks are rigged (outfitted) for fishing, usually by the anglers that own them. A fishing kayak is required to offer better stability than other kayaks do. The overall performance of a kayak in fishing terms is often called ‘fishability’. Comfort (ergonomics) is as important as stability, since anglers spend long hours in their kayak during their fishing trips. Storage space is important as well, since typically, kayak anglers carry a lot of fishing gear on board.
Most fishing kayaks are too wide and heavy to offer easy paddling, and the stability they offer leaves much to be desired. Like most kayaks, they’ve become synonym to back pain and other problems, due to the poor level of ergonomics they offer, which is why most anglers would still refuse to fish out of a kayak. Storage wise, an average angler isn’t likely to appreciate such kayaks.
The cockpit area is the part of the fishing kayak that’s most important to its user, since this is where they sit, paddle, and fish from. Sit-in kayaks (SIK) feature a semi-closed space in their middles section that can be described as a cockpit, while sit-on-top kayaks and ‘hybrid’ kayaks do not have a real cockpit, and their users sit in the middle section of the kayak’s ‘deck’, which is essentially the top side of its hull. These configurations offer the angler little room and even less comfort in handling their gear. Anglers who fish out of such kayaks have to land fish practically in their lap, which is neither practical nor comfortable. Typically, the cockpit of such kayaks is cluttered with accessories and gear, and offers too little fishability to appeal to a serious angler. In comparison, W kayaks have a full-featured cockpit offering ample room for the user and their gear, and all the range of motion they need. An angler who lands fish in their W kayak can easily let the fish they caught at the bottom of their kayak’s deep hulls, and then handle them in full comfort and and safety. Anglers who fish out of Wavewalk fishing kayaks consider this type of kayak to be the only one that an average, reasonable person can fish out of. Some of them who have owned several types of small boats consider this kayak to be the world’s best personal fishing boat.
I took it out this morning and I have to tell ya , I love this thing . Totally awesome . It handles very well and the Suzuki 2.5 hp four stroke is perfect for me to utilize when I’m exhausted from paddling . I think my son has decided to sell his [brand name SOT] kayak and is seriously considering a Wavewalk 🙂
Here’s a video from yesterday. My son and I went out and caught over 100 bass. It’s just warming up here and they were all in the shallows getting ready to spawn! It was tons of fun and I couldn’t have gotten in the area without my Wavewalk 500! I think I’ve had it for 5 years now and it still works wonderfully! One advantage this time of year is that I can easily stand and search for bedding fish.