My dad and I decided to take our W fishing kayaks out on Tims Ford Lake.
I never imagined it could be so much fun! We were able to get the Wavewalks in places we can’t take our other boat.
We fished with small yellow and white jigs using the trolling method. We threw our lines out and paddled the Wavewalks so the line would trail behind the kayaks. We caught over a dozen fish in a very short amount of time!
We decided to race back to the dock on our way in. I took the lead but eventually looked up to see Dad passing me up. He had the long W paddle with him which allows you to stand up while paddling the W fishing kayak. I couldn’t believe he won! Of course, I had to take my kayak back out for a second just to see what an advantage paddling while standing up would give a person.
The Wavewalk kayaks are very easy to load/unload, and maneuver in the water.
I was very comfortable while fishing, and I loved the fact I could stand up if I needed to.
I can’t wait for some more adventures…
Gary’s kayak anglers group is growing. says Gary: –
“We all stay in touch on the water via VHF radio, and conclude our trips with lunch at a local restaurant on the water where we trade fish stories, which makes for fun days –
More Ozello trout and redfish, and a few needle fish today fishing with fellow Wavewalkers Bob Smaldone and Dick Sherman along with a couple of other non-W friends. I happened to snap a picture of Bob taking a picture of me holding up a redfish.”
Bob, the fly fisherman is paddling standing in his W fishing kayak, and sight fishing
Says Art, one of Gary’s fishing buddies:
-“Each time I’ve been out with Gary good things have happened: super snook; super trout; and now, Gary’s surprize…He never expected that the large “Red” he was fighting (and it did give him a fight) would turn out to be his first pompano…Gary’s comment: “that’s one more off the bucket list”…
Photos: Art Myjack
In Gary’s own words:
-We had perfect conditions today so we paddled to the open Gulf and fished around a moored crabbing boat named the Viagra Express (we thought we better not peek through the window). We got some nice trout and I got my first pompano which was more amazing since I got him on topwater, which is really rare. What a great fighter for a not-so-big fish. We also ran into a school of rays, a couple of manatees hosting a bunch of remoras, and a disappointed osprey who crashed into the water near my W only to come up empty. What a great day!
Florida is recognized as the informal fishing capital of the world, and the Southeast in general, which encompasses this state, is the largest market for fishing related products and services, as well as kayak fishing.
It was a Floridian who bought the first W kayak ever, despite not being a kayak fisherman.
Florida has more kayak fishing clubs than any other state, or country, and the biggest kayak fishing event worldwide, the Jacksonville Classic kayak tournament, with some 400 participants, takes place in Florida.
This magazine has a special section reserved for kayak fishing in Florida and the Southeast >>
It includes kayak reviews and kayak fishing trips reports from Florida and other southeastern states, such as Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, etc.
This section also features reviews of rigged fishing kayaks, including some used for fly fishing in the flats.