Australia’s Kayak Fishing Revolution

Wavewalk sells its fishing kayaks directly to clients in Australia. This means that Australian clients can import their W kayak individually, all by themselves.

Australia, which is the world’s second biggest market for fishing kayaks, after the United States is also a fast growing market.

Australians love the outdoors, and they love water as well, which is why they spend as much time as they can sailing, boating, fishing, kayaking… and even kayak fishing.

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.

Should You Or Should You Not Rig A Fishing Kayak With A Crate

Appending a crate to the rear of your fishing kayak’s cockpit has been standard procedure among kayak anglers for years.

When you own a sit on top fishing kayak, attaching a crate rig is usually an unavoidable hassle in order to surmount the lack of available storage space. Because most sit on top fishing kayaks are very similar to paddle boards, storage is limited, and the cockpit room is very small. Sit in kayaks have slightly more space, but lack the amount necessary to make not using a crate a viable option.

So far the only fishing kayak on the market that lacks the need for installation of external storage is called the W Fishing Kayak.

The problems that arise from installing a crate on your kayak are numerous. Strong winds create heavy drag on protruding objects like crates, which is not ideal when you have to paddle back to shore after a long trip. Attaching a crate on a fishing kayak will make you more tired, quicker. Wind creates tracking problems for paddlers. Although the W fishing kayak has better tracking capabilities then typical sit on top and sit in fishing kayak, wind drag is still a problem to consider and its effects on navigation are serious.

The W fishing kayak offers ample room in its spacious hulls, which are located in front of the angler, and are more easily accessed then a rear crate. This problem can be compared to that of whether to put your luggage int the farthest point of your car, or putting it where it is easily accessible, like the trunk or rear passengers seats. The W fishing kayak has about fourteen cubic feet of hull storage, much more than any sit in or sit on top fishing kayak could ever have, and probably more than a kayak angler will ever need.

Storage crates also add the hindrance of increased weight in your fishing kayak. Weight is not a huge issue when paddling, but is a major problem when transporting your fishing kayak to and from your car to the launching point, (which is pretty much anywhere in the W fishing kayak). One may argue that it is not that much weight, but factor in your soreness and fatigue from just spending hours in the water fishing. Car topping your kayak with sore arms will make you hate every extra pound in your fishing kayak.

Almost all sit on top and sit-in fishing kayaks have a deck that is below water level. If you are a salt water kayak angler you want your reels as far away from the corrosive effects of salt water, so you usually put tubular rod holders onto your fishing kayaks crate. These further you from your lines by about an extra foot, causing serious issues when attempting to fish. However, W fishing kayak’s hulls are higher than that of the average fishing kayak, creating the opportunity to store your rods away, safe from harm while launching, further decreasing the need for a mounted crate. W fishing kayaks have the option to be mounted with rod holders on the stern, that swivel in a large range, as well as place your fishing rods high above the water.

By eliminating the need to augment your kayak with a crate, the W kayak saves you time, money, and the hassle of being perpetually weighed down by an unnecessary attachment like a crate.

Fulfilling The Wish For A Stand Up Fishing Kayak

Fishing standing up in a kayak, a notoriously unstable contraption, has often been disregarded as an impractical idea, and thus does not elicit much serious attention in the fishing kayak community. Fishing kayak manufacturers, understanding that they can’t effectively offer this as an option with their traditional designs, deemphasize the idea as ‘unnecessary’ and fallaciously claim it conflicted with the idea of ‘classic kayak fishing’.

However, in view of an expanding demand for stable fishing kayaks, fishing kayak manufacturers realized that they somehow needed to think up some kind of response. They began selling increasingly wide sit-on-top (SOT) fishing kayaks that became increasingly cumbersome and difficult to paddle, a very impractical approach. Nevertheless, these ludicrous designs were promoted as being stable enough to allow stand up kayak fishing.

Some anglers fell for this hype, but they soon came to the realization that although the new, ridiculously wide, fishing kayaks were indeed more stable to an extent, they still weren’t nearly stable enough to allow for fishing while standing up. This had to do with the dual lack of initial stability and secondary stability, as well as the deficiency of such kayaks in offering a ‘Plan B’ solution for dealing with situations in which the angler has already been destabilized, as often occurs, and they are facing the undesirable and potentially dangerous possibility of falling overboard with their fishing gear and tackle in tow.

To try and remedy the probelm, some manufacturers began offering solutions that involved the utilization of kayak outriggers. Those may have moderately improved initial stability, but they still failed to solve the problem of “what if?” – that is what should the angler do if they suddenly lose balance in their kayak, and are forced to fall overboard – an event sarcastically referred to as ‘going swimming’.

Insofar, Wavewalk Fishing Kayaks are the only fishing kayaks that provide satisfactory initial and secondary stability, as well as a solution in case the standing kayak angler loses their stability. This effective stand-up stability is achieved through a combination of optimal ergonomic design that maximizes kayak stability as well as the incorporation of a saddle that the angler can fall on if necessary, and regain balance instantly.

With the advent of this solution, anglers finally have a fishing kayak from which they can fish standing up comfortably, easily, and with the peace of mind that they are safe in case anything goes wrong. The Wavewalk Kayak has made stand-up fishing not only much more practically and easy to do, but also an enjoyable activity that can be done by even an amateur angler.

Tandem Kayak Paddling

Sometime it’s fun to bring passengers along with you on your fishing kayak when paddling. Paddling in tandem in combination with fishing, camping or bird watching can augment the fun, although obviously paddling your fishing kayak in tandem can complicate some activities.

The W kayak’s spacious hull tips virtually eliminate the problem of lack of storage space, and attaching additional gear on top of its hulls is a breeze, even when accommodating two passengers. When going on a tandem trip, canoe-style paddling is often advantageous over paddling in the kayaking style, since the stouter, single blade paddles are less likely to hit each other.

Three passengers in fishing kayak

When paddling in tandem, it is important to explicitly assign rules to those on-board in order to track smoothly. The paddler at the stern should be in charge of steering and tracking, since they have a clear line of sight of the two others, as well as using long J strokes (canoeing style) that facilitate both steering and tracking. In case an extra blade is needed on the other side of the kayak, the paddler in the front can more easily switch sides than the two others.
It is important that the front paddler set the pace when using kayak (dual blade) paddles, and the other paddlers to mimic his/her strokes in parallel to avoid hitting each other’s paddles. Paddling in tandem has a significant learning curve, but practice makes perfect.This movie shows two paddlers paddling their W500 fishing kayak in tandem, using dual blade paddles.

It is important to realized that standard kayak paddles are too short for paddling a W500 fishing kayak.

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Unlike canoes, kayaks are designed mainly for solo paddling, and tandem paddling should only be for secure, confident paddlers. Therefore, you must be well accustomed with your fishing kayak before bringing an additional person along. Your passenger should ideally also be experienced with paddling your kayak solo, in order to let you both get the hang of tandem paddling more quickly.

Once you master the skills needed to successfully paddle in tandem, you can fully enjoy the fun of paddling with a partner, or even two if you’re up for it.