Gary Thorberg and the MinnYaks Team will be exhibiting the world’s best fishing kayak at the 80th Annual Northwest Sportshow, March 28-April 1st, in Minneapolis Minnesota.
Gary is a lifelong fisherman:
-“Being a native Minnesotan, I was exposed to boating and fishing at an early age. My first experience sailing was at age 8, and it has been my passion ever since. I have captained many a charter on large catamarans in the Caribbean. Fishing has also been a large part of my life. I lived in the Florida Keys for a while, where I was a commercial fisherman and diver. Our families are fortunate to have owned lake cabins in northern Minnesota for 50 years, so fresh water fishing and boating is also in my blood. Many boats have come and gone in my life, and I am so very pleased to have added the W500 to my fleet. It possibly will be the last boat I will own (unless I buy another W500 for my wife!).”
Gary is an expert on outfitting fishing kayaks, including with powerful outboard gas engines, and he loves to fish out of his kayak >>
For many longtime anglers retirement sounds like a golden chance to have as much free time as they want to follow their passion of fishing, boats, etc…
While this relaxed life appeases some retirees, for others it seems like their life is lacking some action – they want to do something extra that would add some more fun and excitement to their lives, and even bolster their income.
Here’s a few life long anglers who upon retirement opened their very own fishing kayak dealership:
Gene Andrews, High and Dry Kayaks – Florida
Gene Andrews, who retired several years ago, moved to Palm Coast, in Northeastern Florida, south of Jacksonville – the kayak fishing capital of the world, in order to pursue his passion of kayak fishing.
Due to the ubiquitous yak-back problem that afflicts many older anglers, Gene bought himself a W500, the only back pain free kayak out there. Gene fished from it contentedly and free of back pain, and eventually realized he could further his love of the Wavewalk Kayak by starting his own dealership where he could resell this fishing kayak locally.
Visit Gene’s website, High and Dry Kayaks, which sells W fishing kayaks in Palm Coast >>
Here are some things to consider regarding motorizing your fishing kayak:
1.) Many kayak anglers greatly dislike paddling a large distance to get to a good spot because it’s too tiring. Spending time kayak fishing is preferable to pedaling or paddling. Large, expensive motorboats that require trailers, ramps, and maintenance are commonly disliked, ruling out the option of large motorboats.
2.) Electric Trolling Motors also do not make the cut. Whether you carry a heavy battery, or an expensive lithium battery, your fishing trips are going to be limited in length by the battery life. Some kayak anglers I know quit using their trolling motors altogether for these reasons.
3.) Long fishing trips, made possible by gas outboard engines are loved by kayak anglers. This is because where storage is concerned, gasoline is king, as well as in the power category.
In a perfect world, there would be a car-toppable, small, ergonomic and stable motorboat that would enable the ability for long hours of fishing as well as the capability to fish standing up. Surprisingly, such a product exists- As illustrated below:
Outboard motors won’t usually fit a fishing kayak, but they do on this W500 model. Owning this unique fishing kayak may not necessarily entail gas motorizing it, as paddling and electric trolling are still viable options. Motorization is explained in detail in multiple fishing kayak blog posts, and is a common topic among kayak anglers.