Shallow Water Fishing

S4 microskiff in shallow water, Ohio

The optimal solution for shallow water anglers

Shallow water is challenging if you own a motorboat, since although the boat itself may draft just a few inches, the outboard’s propeller must operate several inches below the lowest point in the boat’s hull, and practically speaking, you need to drive in water that’s at least one foot deep. This leaves you with an alternative mode of propulsion, namely poling, and since poling is slow and hard to practice, at least for most people, it doesn’t really solve your problem.

Mud motors are an effective solution for this problem, and they are fun to operate.
The following movie shows the new Wavewalk S4 outfitted with a 6.5 HP motor and a Twister drive from Mud Skipper:

Another alternative to conventional motorizing is paddling, but motorboats, even small ones such as Jon boats, are too wide for their crew to paddle effectively, so paddling doesn’t really work over significant distances – unless you own a Wavewalk® 700 or S4 car-top skiff.  The special thing about these patented multihull boats is that thanks to Wavewalk’s patented invention, they are extremely stable and comfortable, and offer easy and effective paddling, whether with single blade (canoe) paddles or dual-blade (kayak) paddles, solo and tandem. These boats is ultralight (80 lbs and 98 lbs without the motor), and thanks to their patented twin hull (a.k.a. catamaran) they track better than kayaks and other microskiffs out there. The cockpit of these versatile and portable boats can accommodate a crew of up to three small to average size adults, or two big guys. The S4 is more stable than the W700, buy even the W700 is so stable that anyone, including big and heavy guys can drive it standing, paddle it standing, and fish standing in it in full comfort and confidence.
Even one person can car-top their W700 or S4 without help from a fishing buddy, so you don’t need to launch it in boat ramps, and you’re free to launch it anywhere – beaches, docks, etc –

When you launch at a shallow water beach, you keep the outboard’s propeller raised (no problem even if it’s a rocky beach), paddle and/or pole until you reach deeper water, lower the propeller into the water, and start the motor comfortably while facing it. Once the motor is on, you just turn around and face forward, so you can drive in the position that’s the most comfortable for you to drive in. It’s easy to do, and it takes barely a couple of seconds.

PADDLING IN Aquatic vegetation – not a problem

The same is true for going in water with abundant seaweed and grass, where propellers tend to get entangled: You turn off the motor, easily and swiftly raise the propeller (as seen in the last few seconds of the above video), and you just keep paddling anywhere you want. Thanks to their unrivaled stability, the W700 and S4 offer you to go across obstacles that are absolute barriers for other kayaks and canoes.

Unrivaled Stability & Mobility for Shallow Water Anglers

Although shallow water is a popular fishing ground for many kayak anglers, fishing, paddling and motorizing in it aren’t necessarily easy, and they can be quite a challenge.
Whether you want to fish in flats or marshes, flooded grass, shallow streams, rivers obstructed by rocks and logs, or near oyster bars and rocky beaches – our W700 fishing kayak and S4 microskiff offer you unrivaled mobility and stability, and the overall performance allowing you to go and fish optimally in all types of shallow water.  Wavewalk kayak anglers have dubbed it the All-Terrain Kayak for good reasons.

Wavewalk S4 flats boat
Wavewalk S4 all-Terrain and all-water shallow water flats boat

These are facts and not just words, and watching the next short video is a good way to start thinking about going fishing in places that you may have previously thought were inaccessible or ‘unfishable’:

When you feel or see a submerged object (e.g. a rock, or a tree trunk) that’s preventing you from going forward you can try and go over it:  Raise the bow as much as possible by positioning yourself in the rear part of the cockpit and leaning backward, and paddle and/or pole as hard as you can.  When you feel your boat can’t go further ‘up’ move as forward as possible on the saddle and try to tip your boat to the over side of the underwater obstacle by pushing with your paddle.

Poling in Shallow Water

We recommend to use a Wavewalk paddle that’s longer and sturdier than kayak paddles. The advantage of using our extra-long and sturdy paddles is that you don’t need to carry a poling pole on board.
Some shallow water Wavewalk kayak anglers use a poling platform. Although such platform is easy both to make and install, we don’t recommend using one, since it is stabler, safer and more convenient to pole while standing on the bottom of the Wavewalk’s hulls.

This said, paddling is much easier than poling, and driving is easier than paddling…

Going Back In Case You Can’t Turn Back

If you get stuck in a narrow passage or in very shallow water and you can neither keep going forward nor turn your Wavewalk kayak around, you can simply turn inside the cockpit and face ‘backward’, and then simply paddle back in the direction you came from.  The W700 Kayak is totally symmetrical front-back, so you won’t feel the difference. This simple maneuver can be executed even if the kayak is outfitted with an outboard motor – just remember to lift the propeller out of the water!…

The next video shows that you can fish with the S4 in narrow mangrove creeks and tunnels, where no other microskiff can go:

Sight Fishing

Sight fishing requires that you can stand up easily and confidently in your kayak, including switching instantly and effortlessly from a seated position of a standing one, as well as cast and land fish comfortably and safely, and paddle easily and swiftly over long distances.
Wavewalk’s W700 kayak and S4 microskiff offer you unrivaled stability, and fishing out of them is the equivalent of fishing from a full size flats boat.
Unlike all other fishing kayaks, both the W700 and S4 offer you the ability to easily and comfortably paddle while standing, in full confidence, knowing that in case you lose balance (stuff happens!) you’re likely to fall into the Riding position on the 15 inch high saddle between your legs, and instantly regain your balance, and the control of your kayak.
More about stand up kayak fishing »

Powerful and Easy Casting

Wavewalk’s W700 and S4 offer you the ability to throw to longer distances, which presents two advantages:
1.   Being able to cover more water from a stationary position before you need to move your kayak
2.   Some fish species can sense the presence of your kayak nearby and therefore are better caught from a distance.

The W700 Kayak and S4 Microskiff offer several casting positions:

  1. Sitting with your legs forward:  This position is similar to the sitting position offered by canoes. Since you’re seated higher than in a kayak you enjoy more leverage on the rod, which enables you to throw to longer distances.
  2. Standing: This is the classical angling position, which gives you even more leverage than the seated positions.  The difference between casting standing in a Wavewalk kayak and casting sitting in an ordinary kayak is considerable, both in terms of distance and accuracy.
  3. Riding:  This is the more powerful position than any other kayak or canoe can offer. It combines height with extra stability and control, and the ability to extract more power from the muscles in your legs.  This results in a spectacular increase in the range of your throws.
  4. Side Saddle: The S4 features hulls that are 13″ wide each. This allows for sitting side-saddle, with both feet in one hull, and casting while facing the broadside.