Kayak Fishing In The South

By Jeremy Knight,
Tennessee Fishing Kayaks

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!

Tennesse fishing trip: Striped bass in kayak

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.

stand up fishing kayak, TennesseeThe 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…

Tennessee fishing trip - beached kayaks

Floridian Fishing Kayak Trip

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.”

group of kayak fishermen fishing in Ozello, FLBob, the fly fisherman is paddling standing in his W fishing kayak, and sight fishing

red fish in kayak, Ozello, FL

trout in fishing kayak, Ozello, FL

Pompano Kayak Fishing With Gary

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”…

Fisherman landing a pompano in his kayak

Fisherman taking a photo of a pompano he caught in his kayak

Fisherman taking a photo of a pompano he caught in his kayak

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!

Gary

Pompano fish caught in gary's kayakGary’s first pompano

Bob fishing standing in his W kayakBob fishing standing in his W fishing kayak

Trout caught in gary's kayak

crabbing boat

Catching Fish While Test Driving A New Fishing Kayak

This picture was contributed by Gene Andrews, from High and Dry – Wavewalk fishing kayaks’ dealer in Palm Coast, Florida:

Fisherman testing the W kayak, and showing the fish he caughtIt shows one of his clients testing a W fishing kayak, with obvious success!

Southeastern US Is The Fishing Kayak Capital Of the World

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.