STABLE FISHING KAYAKS

The Wavewalk S4 is the most stable kayak that anglers can fish from.
Like all Wavewalk kayaks, the S4 features a patented catamaran twin-hull. The S4 can carry up to three full size anglers on board, and its unrivaled stability enables all of them to fish standing.
As a motor kayak, the S4 can be powered by any electric motor, and by outboard motors up to 10 HP.
Next in size comes the Wavewalk 700, a most stable tandem fishing kayak that works as a motor kayak with outboard up to 4.5 HP
The Wavewalk 500 is extremely lightweight, and the most stable for its size.
All Wavewalk kayaks are back pain free.

Anchor trolley for my Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak

anchor trolley for Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak

By Gary Rankel

I don’t normally like anchoring while fishing, much preferring the paddle-cast-paddle-cast technique. However, I’ll be fishing in a few tournaments this year in areas where anchoring for brief periods might be more productive.

So, I decided to install one of the readily available anchor trolley systems on one of my W500’s (the one from Yakgear) as well as an anchor pin. Installation instructions were easy to follow, and it works well. I prefer using the easy to deploy pin, but. of course, it won’t work on rocky bottoms, so I’ll also carry a small claw anchor along as well. None of the assembly gets in the way of paddling.

Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak outfitted with an anchor trolley and stake out pole
Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak outfitted with an anchor trolley and stake out pole

Gary is the founder of the Nature Coast Fishers Club, and the author of a kayak fishing guide to Citrus County, Florida.

S4 kayak updates – rigging it for offshore fishing

DIY heavy duty rod holder for motor fishing kayak

By Terry Wilkison

Hawaii

The weather has been uncooperative for fishing lately so I’ve been working on some projects. Pretty happy with them and its nice that they don’t take long.

I’m off to the mainland for a month but excited to fish when I get back in late April.

Heavy duty DIY rod holder for 4 rods
Heavy duty DIY rod holder for 4 rods
Heavy duty reel for big game fishing
Heavy duty reel for big game fishing
Soft anti-skid mats on the bottom of the kayak hulls
Soft anti-skid mats on the bottom of the kayak hulls
Battery stored inside a DIY watertight hatch in the saddle seat
Battery stored inside a DIY watertight hatch in the saddle seat
watertight storage hatch in the kayak's saddle seat
DIY watertight storage hatch in the kayak’s saddle seat

I’m not a fan of cutting holes in a boat. I use 3M 5200 Marine Adhesive Sealant and roughen and clean the surfaces. It gives a good watertight bond for about a year, then I just redo it. I try to be mindful of stress points “hard edges” so to speak.

I’m going to glass over the mdf on the transom and braces at some point for extra protection, and I’ve placed a fish bag on order that should fit perfectly. 

Carry wheels for sandy beaches
Carry wheels for sandy beaches

First fishing trip in my S4

fish on the bottom of the hull of a Wavewalk S4 motor kayak - Hawaii

By Terry Wilkison

Hawaii

Was able to go fishing today. Left the house at 4 and was out in the water before first light. I made my way from the west side of the island out to a point that I’m very familiar with and a good first fishing run as I’m getting my routine together and used to the new setup. On top of a new boat I’m changing my fishing style from trolling to catching and using live bait. We get large mackerel scad locally called “opelu” which I have never fished for before so it was all new to me.

I installed a Garmin 64cv and boy I’m glad I did. Not only was it great for marking bait I could see the depth of my damishi used to catch them.

Garmin fish finder in a motorized fishing kayak Wavewalk S4 - Hawaii

I was able to get 4 of them which isn’t bad for my first try (figuring out what colors and hook size). They are large bait, nearly a foot and fight hard while having a fragile mouth…. I bridled up the first one and 5 minutes later I noticed he was running along the surface which I thought odd, all of the sudden the water exploded and I saw the flash of a big ono (similar to king mackerel) my reel started screaming and the drag froze on the run….. ugh!!! That got my heart going. I had 2 more bite offs (using wire) and caught the cuda fly lining a piece of opelu that got sliced in half, there were 3 cuda taking turns with it. Right when he picked it up 3 mahi swam right by, if id just had waited a minute! The water clarity was about 80 feet so I could see straight below the boat for the action.

Also had a humpback come by and check out the S4, he gave me quite a show with a couple large tail slaps before making his way up the coast.

It was a choppy confused sea today. There was a large north and a northwest ground swell of medium period that rolled by like hills, the south wind started driving a 1 to 2 foot chop on top directly opposing that made it snotty. I didn’t win any speed records but cruised along at a leisurely 6 knots and riding it comfortably on the saddle seat. The boat did terrific, and the stability and safety I felt with it were great.
Catching bait, fighting fish, messing with the fishfinder and re tying cut off lines, I never had to worry about stability. Looking forward to next weekend! Getting my go pro mounted this week is a high priority!