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.

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.

Kayak Fishing With A Motor

Electric trolling motors can be energy-saving on kayaking trips, but once the battery dies, a unfortunately common situation, you may find yourself stuck a sizable distance from your initial launching spot. When this occurs, you will have no other choice but to paddle your fishing kayak, with a cumbersome battery on board, all the way back the way you came, possibly against wind and/or current. In addition, the propeller of the electric trolling motor tends to become entangled in submerged fishing lines, seaweed, and other underwater obstacles, especially in shallow water, a common locale to go fishing with your kayak.

You may want to use a two cycle engine, but small, two cycle outboard gas motors have a propensity for unreliability, and are notoriously difficult to start. To add insult to injury, they are particularly stinky, and often irritatingly loud. Such motors can be especially problematic when taking your fishing kayak in shallow water.

It’s plain common sense that people don’t get stronger with age, and many senior anglers find they can’t go fishing from kayaks because they don’t have the strength necessary to paddle long distances and in inclement conditions, such as against the wind, or current.

Taking all of these problems into consideration, such senior kayak anglers may be interested by a new method of motorizing fishing kayaks and other small water craft, which involves utilizing a gas engine to create a powerful stream of air, rather than the traditional set up of a rotating propeller in the water. In addition, the motor used is a sleek, modern, 4-cycle (4 stroke) engine that is a cinch to start, easy to maintain,lacks the need for mixing oil and fuel, does not create odorous fumes, and is quieter. All of this superior performance is achieved without it being heavier than a 2 stroke engine of the same size:

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If you’re seeking to provide your kayak with even more power and speed you can also paddle while the motor is running. There’s no requisite to hold the tiller (steering handle) if going in a straight line, and you can simply steer with your paddle, making occasional adjustments in the tiller’s position.

The new motor setup is lightweight enough to allow you to place the outfitted kayak on your car top with no danger or hassle. Most importantly for your wallet however, this setup uses a converted backpack leaf blower that will run you a mere $200, so it wouldn’t be very pricey to rig your fishing kayak with one.

Kayak Fishing In Freezing Canada

The phrase “Kayak Fishing in Canada” is sure to send a chill down (or up) your spine, doesn’t it?
Think about the cold water (brrr…) and the cold wind blowing (brrr as well…), and if you’re sitting in a SOT kayak or Sit In kayak you’re freezing – literally. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be like that, and not all fishing kayaks are prone to send you home with a wet butt and a running nose.

The notion of kayak fishing in Canada, a relentlessly cold area, will immediately bring up images of uncomfortably frigid trips and an overall undesirable experience.

The combination of bitterly cold wind and the constant splashing of icy water makes fishing from a traditional fishing kayak in Canada sound preposterous at any time except summer.

However, this need not be the case. Even though most fishing kayaks leave you with a soaked behind and a cold the next day, a new type of fishing kayak, dubbed the Wavewalk Fishing Kayak, will let you stay high, dry and out of the cold. The saddle design elevates you high above the water level, while increasing your stability and decreasing or even eliminating the chance that you will tumble into the cold Canadian waters. Even when fitted with outriggers, no fishing kayak matches the stability of the W.

Also, around the cockpit of this fishing kayak is an elevated lip, or freeboard, that protects the angler from freezing spray, a necessity while kayak fishing in Canada and any other cold climate in general.

Read more about kayak fishing in cold water on the Wavewalk blog>>