Kayak Fishing That Is Smart For Your Pocket

While considering what kind of fishing kayak to purchase to fulfill your personal requirements, it is of high importance to your wallet to be conscious of the fact that the bottom-line price of a fishing kayak is almost always not limited to just the base cost of the kayak itself. When you factor in the additional cost of the countless accessories necessary to outfit a traditional kayak, you will find that the money piles up and that the add-ons can end up doubling your investment.
However, buying a Wavewalk fishing kayak eliminates much of these expenditures by eradicating the need for these hassling adjuncts.

  • Rudder: With superior tracking over competing traditional kayaks, the W kayak gets rid of the the need for a rudder. You save $220 – $300
  • Kayak Seat: W Kayaks do not contribute to yak-back, and thus do not necessitate any special seat. (Read more about that her) You save $80 – $200
  • Kayak Rack: W kayaks are easy to cartop and fit any car rack – No need to go out of your way for auxiliary kayak rack. You save $50 – $500.
  • Outriggers: The W500 kayak model is by far safer and more stable than traditional kayaks, even those equipped with outriggers. The W500 fishing kayak is so stable that their is zero need for outriggers, even with an attached electric trolling motor. You save $100 – $350.

Rudders are a hassle to use, they considerably slow you down, and get easily mired in shallow water and weeds.

Kayak seats are unhealthy for your back, and can turn a pleasant kayak fishing trip into an uncomfortable endeavor. It’s even possible that they will irritate you to the point that you quit kayak fishing in the long run, simply due to the mounting back pain and discomfort.

When using a traditional SOT or sit in kayak, you must place a kayak rack on top of your car rack, taking up a lot of space and disallowing you from carrying other things you may need on top of your car.

Outriggers, which are often necessary to establish adequate stability with the usage of a traditional kayak, are a pain to install, slow you down, and limit your kayak’s mobility and maneuverability. Out of the water, they’re just one more cumbersome thing to carry.

The bottom line is that the slew of accessories needed to utilize a traditional kayak: rudders, yak racks and outriggers, are annoying, expensive, and unwieldy.  The added cost of those accessories could top $1,000. Besides the financial investment, your health and peace of mind can be compromised by using these accessories in conjunction with a traditional yak.

In order to avoid endless hassle, discomfort, and a gaping hole in your wallet, go to Wavewalk’s website to find these fishing kayaks.

Guide To Choosing Your Fishing Kayak- Part 1

Part I

Your overall kayak fishing experience depends most heavily on your physical well being – You want consistent comfort irrespective of your location or duration of your trip.
Fishing kayaks can rival larger boats in regards to price, maneuverability, upkeep, ease of use, and in some cases mobility, but they come up short when it comes to comfort and other ‘fishability’ factors. The exception to this rule, however, is the patented, well tested Wavewalk fishing kayaks.
Comfort is multi-dimensional – like yourself, and it starts with stability and ergonomics. This article discusses fishing kayaks from a particular standpoint – yours.

What can you really expect from kayak fishing?

And is it what you really want?…
Native people have been using small, personal paddle craft for fishing out of necessity, as means for survival but this is probably not your case, so what is it that draws you to kayak fishing? Obviously, you like fishing as an outdoor, fun, both relaxing and exciting activity.  That makes you a candidate for traditional fishing from shore or from a motorboat, so why consider fishing kayaks in the first place?
Compared to bigger boats, fishing from a canoe or a kayak offers the following advantages:
Portability– unlike bigger and heavier boats, most canoes and kayaks can be car topped and do not require a towing trailer.
convenience the hassle of launching and beaching is considerably reduced.
Mobility- you can launch and beach kayaks in more locations, and access very shallow waters. However, motorized boats have a bigger range of operation.
Low Cost- both cost of purchase and cost of maintenance of fishing kayaks are minimal.
Physical Exercise –something you get from paddling but not from motor boating.

Why is it that some people prefer kayaks to canoes, and why choose a kayak over other, traditional fishing paddle crafts?

Good question indeed, considering most people who fish from paddle crafts still prefer canoes and other traditional boats for fishing since those are usually made bigger than kayaks… Nevertheless, fishing kayaks offer some advantages that most canoe and other traditional boats don’t:

Ease of use- speaking, paddling and controlling your boat with a double blade (‘kayak’) paddle is easier to learn than paddling and controlling it with a single blade (‘canoe’) paddle, especially if you’re paddling solo.
Less windage – Most canoe models are quite big and have an open cockpit stretching all the way from bow to stern, which tends to cause a windage problem: The user finds it difficult to progress and steer his/her boat under wind conditions.  Kayaks are generally less problematic when it comes to wind, unless they are very long and/or wide: Being long increases the wind’s leverage on the boat, and being wide makes it hard to propel it efficiently as well as track and maneuver.  Unfortunately, a reasonably good fishing kayak must be wider than recreational and touring kayaks in order to offer more stability and support.

Portability– sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks are smaller and lighter than the average fishing canoe models since canoes today are usually made for more than one person.

Are Hybridized Fishing Kayaks Truly What They Claim To Be?

Many experienced fishermen are searching for new and novel ideas to improve their user experience when kayak fishing. Some kayak manufacturers are attempting to meet this demand by selling a new variety of wide fishing kayaks dubbed Hybrid Kayaks. This kayak design is a mix of kayak, and canoe, or essentially a small, flat canoe.

Kayak fishing media are filled to the brim with reviews praising the stability and new canvas frame seats that some of these fishing kayaks feature. Some manufacturers claim that these hybrid kayaks offer the ability to fish standing up, which is arguably false, when it comes to the average Joe fishing in the real world.

What Is The Truth?

Are these hybrid fishing kayaks as stable as claimed, and are they better than the conventional SOT kayak and sit in kayaks? Read more in this comprehensive report on hybrid fishing kayaks .

Kayak Fishing – A Look To The Future

Kayak fishing is a potentially enjoyable and exciting prospect, but this emerging sport is facing many problems. These problems are mostly from an ergonomic standpoint, and have to do with lackluster performance and an uncomfortable user-experience. They can be solved only through moving away from traditional fishing kayak designs, such as SOT, sit-in and hybrid kayaks (small, flat canoes), to the twinhull W kayak.

Have a look at this excerpt from a recently published, very long article about the big picture in kayak fishing:

“Kayak fishing ceased to be a novelty, and it’s safe to say there’s hardly anyone in America who fishes that hasn’t been exposed to the notion of fishing out of kayaks, one way or another.
Still, for the huge majority of American anglers, the notion of fishing from a kayak is by far more appalling than appealing, and those who fish from shore and from all other watercraft outnumber kayak anglers by a thousand to one ratio -”

The numbers discussed in this article are revealing, especially in view of the fact that kayak fishing is over a decade old, in today’s form, which is promoted by nearly all kayak manufacturers and fishing gear industry, and media.

This article goes over the major issues that have crippled kayak fishing as a recreational activity and sport since its beginnings. These serious problems restrict limit the number of anglers who join the sport, and get many existing participants to drop out. These problems are listed here by their order importance: Very poor ergonomics, insufficient stability, poor tracking, a limited range of travel, a too small storage space, and restricted mobility.

Also interesting are the article’s conclusions, which come from a comparison of the effect the above listed problems have on kayak fishing, to the performance of the new class of W fishing kayaks – relatively to the other kayaks commonly used by anglers:

“Does kayak fishing have a long term future?
We think it does, but only as a sensible sport and outdoor activity that would attract many more anglers, and not as the kind of unrewarding experience it currently is, which repels new participants while expelling existing ones.
The only venue is through an increase in use of W fishing kayaks rather than SOT, sit-in and hybrid kayaks. This is because W kayaks offer the solutions to all the problems discussed in this article, and some others, and these are the problems that make kayak fishing that marginal activity it has been so far in the much broader world of fishing.
Simply, as soon as realize that they can fish out of a watercraft that’s as small, nimble and lightweight as a regular kayak (not even a huge ‘barge’ fishing kayak..), and yet is as stable, dry and comfortable as a regular motorboat, and even has a similar travel range as a motorboat – they would adopt kayak fishing in growing numbers, and stick with the sport. The watercraft that combines the advantages of kayaks and motorboats, while offering better mobility than both, is the W kayak.”

The article offers an optimistic perspective of the future. According to it, many anglers who are currently displeased with kayaks as well as small motorboats would opt for the advantages offered by either human powered or motorized W kayaks.

Expenditures Lurking In Your Fishing Kayaks Cost

I’ve learned that many product carry hidden costs, and fishing kayaks are not different.

Fishing kayaks can be expensive, and when you start adding the cost of all accessories you’ll find they actually cost much more.

Many purchases are embedded hidden costs, and buying a fishing kayak is no exception…

Factoring in the cost of accessories to an already pricey fishing kayak greatly elevates the price of the allegedly “cheap” product.

The cost of accessories, including kayak seats, rudders, racks, and outriggers, adds up to a sizable amount of money when heaped on even supposedly inexpensive kayaks:

• Kayak Seat: Spending $100–$200 on a kayak seat that won’t reduce kayak fishing back pain is a huge waste of money. Kayak seats can be so bad that many kayak anglers quit, due to extreme discomfort and chronic pain.

• Rudder: Why would you have to spend $200-$300 to be able to steer a fishing kayak when you should already be able to control it, as it is a vehicle? Rudders are annoying to use, slow, and are bogged down by weeds.

• Outriggers: Stability for $100 – $400, even when it should come automatically? Why would you spend money on that? Outriggers are an annoyance to install, slow you down, limit your fishing kayak’s mobility, and limit your fishing kayaks ability to maneuver. Also, outriggers are very heavy and cumbersome.

• Installing a rack that can cost upwards of Five Hundred Dollars, just to be able to transport your fishing kayak is ridiculous, and when mounted it takes up space that could be used for other utilities.

Rudders, racks, and outriggers are a nuisance to deal with, and kayak seats are lumbar killers. When you’re looking for fishing kayaks, don’t forget hidden costs of accessories.

So, why not buy a product that won’t have any of these hidden costs? A lack of a need for any of these extra products would lower the cost of a fishing kayak tremendously. The only fishing kayak that has no hidden costs is the W-500 fishing kayak, whose revolutionary new design get’s rid of any needs for extra accessories.