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 – 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.

Pedal Drive Or Paddle: A New Look

We have found a piece about peddling a fishing kayak that follows conventional design(such as having a single hull, sit in or sit on top kayak) from various angles which include: What It Seems Like- What does using a pedal driven kayak feel like, and how does this affect your psyche when kayaking. Mechanics -How efficient are pedal drives’ pedaling systems. Hydrodynamics -How efficient are pedal drives’ propellers, and how effective is pedaling kayaks compared to paddling them. Real World Performance – How effective are pedal driven kayaks in applications such as fishing trips, stand up fishing, fishing in moving water, fishing in shallow water, launching, beaching, etc.

The Uncomfortable Truth About Fishing Kayaks

Whether you are paddling or even pedaling a kayak, any setup consisting of footrests with a backrest will cause you soreness of some sort in the end because you’re stuck sitting in the uncomfortable L position. Remaining confined in the L position can eventually result in a condition dubbed ‘yak back’, as well as a multitude of other ailments including leg pain, leg numbness, butt pain (a.k.a. ‘yakass’), and many others.

Irrespective of how you use your kayak, the constant pressure your legs apply on your lumbar spine is an unhealthy thing that should be refrained from. However, this problem cannot be circumvented in any kayak that’s either a sit-in or sit-on-top kayak, so what do manufacturers of such kayaks do? They can’t overlook the problem, obviously, since doing so could damage their sales. Instead, they fallaciously advertise their deficient products as being comfortable, ergonomic etc., and they suppose that even if you took one of those kayaks for a 15-20 minute test ride, it would be improbable that you would notice the problem, as it usually takes a longer duration than that for the passenger to start observing noticeable soreness.

They’ll advertise fake features such as ‘new ergonomic design’, ‘improved lumbar support’ and any other amalgamation of  buzz words that could relay a false sense of comfort, and deceive people into believing that their problem is solved.
Some kayak manufacturers go even further, and try to convince potential customers that their kayak is as comfortable as a real fishing boat, i.e. a motor boat, hoping that perhaps a few people would be tricked by their smoke and mirrors.
But since kayaking and kayak fishing trips almost always take substantially longer than average test rides, sooner rather than later you will find that the faux-comfort purported by the manufacturers of traditional kayaks is not real comfort, and you will experience serious ergonomic problems resultingly. In this case its very likely that you will give up relinquishing your kayak fishing hobby entirely, as many have done before, or suffer in silence as your kayak works against your very body. The only legitimate way to bypass this plethora of bodily ailments associated with kayak fishing is to switch to a W fishing kayak, as a growing number of kayak anglers have begun to do.

Midwestern W Kayak Angling Is Now Easier Than Ever

Insofar, Midwestern anglers have been hesitant to adopt kayaks as an accepted fishing platform. There is a long list of reasons that factor into this general reluctance, but they all seem to boil down to one genesis – the cold that is so intrinsic to this region.
It is indisputable that the climate in the Midwest is not nearly as nice and warm as in the southern states, where kayak fishing is the most prevalent, and sit-in, SOT and hybrid kayaks don’t offer much protection for their passengers from capsizing, or from cold weather and water.
But kayak fishing in cold water and weather now has a kayak that offers both much more stability than the other kayak types can, as well as better protection.
This magazine, Kayak Fishing Unlimited, has a permanent section dedicated to Kayak Fishing in the Midwest. This section features trip reports and fishing kayak reviews from Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio, as well as reviews of rigged fishing kayaks, and even some information about hunting from kayaks, and stories about motorized fishing kayaks.