Stand Up Kayak Fishing – From Fantasy To Reality

Kayak fishing has widely been considered as an outlandish fantasy since the advent of the craft itself. Fishing kayak manufacturers know that their products are completely incapable of supporting this option, so they scoff at the idea and say it’s contradictory to ‘classic kayak fishing’.

Then, in view of a growing demand for stable fishing kayaks, fishing kayak manufacturers realized they had to come up with some kind of response, so they began offering increasingly wide sit-on-top (SOP) fishing kayaks that became almost impossible to paddle, but were promoted as being stable enough to allow stand up kayak fishing.

Some people fell for this hype, but they soon realized that although the new, extra-wide fishing kayaks were indeed stabler, they weren’t nearly as stable as would be required to fish standing up. This has to do with both lack of initial stability and secondary stability, as well as the fact that such kayaks do not offer a ‘Plan B’, that is a solution for dealing with situations where the angler has already been destabilized, as it often happens, and they are facing the unwanted possibility of falling overboard with their fishing gear and tackle following them.

Then, some manufacturers began offering solutions based on kayak outriggers. Those may have improved initial stability, but they could not solve the problem of ‘what if” – that is what should the angler do if and when they lose balance in their kayak, and are forced to fall overboard – an event usually described as ‘going swimming’.

So far, the only fishing kayaks to provide adequate initial and secondary stability, as well as a solution in case the standing kayak angler lose their stability are the kayaks made by Wavewalk Fishing Kayaks, due to the combination of optimal kayak stability and a saddle that the angler can fall on, and regain balance instantly.

Large Catch Made In A Florida Kayak Fishing Trip

“Bob Smaldone caught the fish of the day (maybe the fish of the year) out of Ozello this morning. I’m glad I was close to snap a few pictures.
I mostly just spooked redfish”
Gary

Bob standing in his kayak and fishing

Bob showing the big snook he caught in his kayak

Big snook caught in a fishing kayak

Bob standing on shore next to fishing kayaks

Bob is one of many fly fishermen who fishes standing in a W fishing kayak >>

Floridian Fishing Kayak Trip

Gary’s kayak anglers group is growing. says Gary: –

“We all stay in touch on the water via VHF radio, and conclude our trips with lunch at a local restaurant on the water where we trade fish stories, which makes for fun days –
More Ozello trout and redfish, and a few needle fish today fishing with fellow Wavewalkers Bob Smaldone and Dick Sherman along with a couple of other non-W friends. I happened to snap a picture of Bob taking a picture of me holding up a redfish.”

group of kayak fishermen fishing in Ozello, FLBob, the fly fisherman is paddling standing in his W fishing kayak, and sight fishing

red fish in kayak, Ozello, FL

trout in fishing kayak, Ozello, FL

Glynn’s Fishing Kayak Experience

The author of this fishing kayak review has been fishing out of a sit-in fishing kayak before he switched to a W500. Read more fishing kayak reviews >>

“I have been flyfishing around the world for 20 years, much of it in a kayak.
I found only two things were missing: a comfortable seating position and the ability to stand up for sighting fish.
After studying videos at Wavewalk, I ordered an inventory of Wavewalk kayaks without even seeing one.
Upon receipt I tested the Wavewalk… -I am 70 years old, weigh 230, have a bad back, need a knee replacement, and have constant vertigo from a chronic ear condition.
During my initial test I was able to stand up and paddle and really enjoyed the seating position called Riding.
IF I CAN DO IT, ANYONE CAN!!
The Wavewalk 500 is fast and runs straight.
Everything you read is correct.”

Glynn

 

Canadian Kayak Fishing

For decades now, kayak fishing has failed to appeal to Canadian anglers, since they fish in frigid water and cold weather, which are strong deterrents from entering an unstable watercraft like a traditional kayak. Needless to say, customary sit-in, hybrid  and sit-on-top (SOT) fishing kayaks don’t deliver when it comes to stability and the ability for the angler to remain dry, as well as failing to offer the option to confidently paddle standing up when you’re sight fishing and fly fishing.
Anglers who fish from W kayaks know they are different, and they fit cold climates as big, motorized fishing boats do.
Boyd Smith, from Hamilton, Ontario, discovered the benefits that W kayaks offer, and he decided he wanted to import them from the US.
Boyd founded Ontario Fishing Kayaks, and he offers Canadian anglers who are looking to downsize from motorboats or quit fishing from inadequate fishing kayaks to take a W kayak for a test ride, or a fishing trip. By doing so, these Canadian anglers will be able to experience the unrivaled stability, dryness, comfort and ease of use, which are synonym to W fishing kayaks: No wet butt, no yak back, and no leg numbness. In other words – the real deal.
W fishing kayak fans are known to say about it: “Nothing like it, nothing better”.

Those who want to enjoy both paddling and motorized driving can outfit their W kayak with an outboard gas engine, and thus be on par with anglers who fish from traditional motorboats. Learn more about motorized fishing kayaks >>