Are Hybridized Fishing Kayaks Truly What They Claim To Be?

Many experienced fishermen are searching for new and novel ideas to improve their user experience when kayak fishing. Some kayak manufacturers are attempting to meet this demand by selling a new variety of wide fishing kayaks dubbed Hybrid Kayaks. This kayak design is a mix of kayak, and canoe, or essentially a small, flat canoe.

Kayak fishing media are filled to the brim with reviews praising the stability and new canvas frame seats that some of these fishing kayaks feature. Some manufacturers claim that these hybrid kayaks offer the ability to fish standing up, which is arguably false, when it comes to the average Joe fishing in the real world.

What Is The Truth?

Are these hybrid fishing kayaks as stable as claimed, and are they better than the conventional SOT kayak and sit in kayaks? Read more in this comprehensive report on hybrid fishing kayaks .

Will Kayak Fishing Be An Extreme Sport In The Future?

Kayak fishing is viewed as an extreme sport by most people who fish from more traditional settings, i.e. motorboats and dry land. The factors that make kayak fishing relatively extreme are:

Compared to motorboats, fishing kayaks offer inadequate stability and they basic comfort. In addition, they fail to provide a real storage solution. Fishing kayaks are notoriously unstable, and are extremely uncomfortable, in comparison to motor boats.

The Unfulfilled Promise

Although tens of millions of Americans fish from motorboats, only one in a thousand fish out of a kayak. This is after more than a decade of hype about ‘kayak fishing being the fastest growing outdoors sport in America’. The fishing kayak’s promise was an inexpensive, easy to use, lightweight, car top boat. It also promised to deliver a sporty outdoor experience.  The huge majority of US anglers followed neither kayak anglers nor kayak vendors’ hype. The growth in kayak fishing participation is much slower in recent years than it was in the beginning of the century. It is possible that the market matured. This is the result of participants being less enthusiastic, and a high rate of participants dropping  out of the sport, which has been typical of kayak fishing since the beginning.

But kayak fishing is very uncomfortable if you’re fishing out of a sit-on-top (SOT) kayak, sit-in kayak, or a hybrid kayak. When you fish out of a W kayak, you experience a comfort that’s equal to that of fishing from a motorboat. Some W kayak fans may say it is more comfy.

The level of stability an angler benefits from when they fish out of a W500 kayak is equal to that offered by a typical small sized motorboat, namely that they don’t have to constantly balance the kayak. Fishing standing up is easy, and can be done with confidence, unlike all other fishing kayaks.

Only the W500 offers sufficient storage space that is dry and accessible, even for long fishing and camping trips that require carrying on board a lot of cumbersome gear that only canoes and small motorboats can carry.

Kayak Fishing In The Future

If kayak fishing has a future, it is not as an extreme sport. Kayak fishing’s future  depends on it becoming a popular leisure activity that is comfortable and easy, namely, the future of kayak fishing is W kayak fishing.


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 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>>

Kayak Fishing Pain With Jeff

Experienced kayak angler from Florida, Jeff McGovern has made some observations:

“Yet another problem in fishing kayaks is shoulder pain, as some of my common kayak friends have talked about- they often communicate that they need to get multiple shoulder problems fixed. Certain anglers have deformities on their shoulders which can be immediate threats. His main problem is casting from his sit on top kayak, which is very painful for his shoulder. The awkward casting angles are painful for my friend as well as others, so he is forced to fish by standing in the water and wade fishing. My friend is twenty five, and there should be no way a product is so painful to use, even for very young people. Whereas conventional kayaks limit your kayak fishing abilities, my Wavewalk fishing kayak offers a tremendous advantage when I power cast. I’ve never had to experience the described  pain in casting from the low L position, as my fishing kayak allows you to fish from a superior position.”

To get a better grasp of these problems, ask yourself these question:
Who in their right mind casts from docks or from large motorboats cast sitting with their legs perpendicular to their back? Who would subject themselves to this uncomfortable posture of their own volition, especially if less painful alternatives are available, like fishing standing up?

Of course no one fishes in the L posture while on land or in large boats, and no one has even considered it.

In different terms, this posture should never be considered suitable for kayak fishing, but conventional sit-in and sit-on fishing kayaks have no reasonable alternative. Anglers do not want to spend time and money with larger fishing boats, they must deal with this inconvenient hindrance to their enjoyment of kayak fishing, yo even be able to fish.”

As stated, conventional fishing kayaks all have this problem, so why not look towards the unconventional? The perfect fishing kayak would have an innovative new ability to use alternate postures. One such kayak comes to mind: The Wavewalk fishing kayak, mentioned in McGovern’s quote. This fishing kayak offers the ability to utilize new positions, like the riding and standing position, through its saddle, which allows for more powerful casting and a better overall experience when kayak fishing.

 Shoulder pain in kayak fishing while casting is discussed often in the kayak fishing world, and there are many articles written on it.