Category Archives: Fishing Kayaks

Kayaks that are used for fishing.

High Performance, Ultralight Car-Top Portable Boat

When small boats are concerned, the term High Performance is complex, and it can mean a lot of things. These include stability, speed, payload capacity, comfort, and more.
It is assumed that high performance can be delivered only by a full-size and full-featured boat, and this inevitably means one that must be transported on a trailer, and therefore launched at boat ramps.

Car-top boats are not included in this category of high performance boats, except the 700 Series from Wavewalk, which is now joined by the new Series 4 (S4).
The difference between these two twin-hull (catamaran) designs is that the 700 is more of a ‘kayak’, namely a vessel that works well in a paddling mode, and the S4 is more of a ‘small boat’, namely a vessel powered by a powerful outboard gas motor.
But this distinction should not confuse the reader, since both designs work well in both the human and the power propulsion modes, and both are portable, even for one person who has to car-top them on their own. The difference is related to the degree of performance in each mode –
While the W700 is more lightweight and paddles better, the S4 offers increased stability, a bigger payload, more on-board storage, and the ability to go at higher speeds and in choppier waters, which also means that it is more seaworthy.

 

 

All the above listed qualities of the S4 are extensions of what the W700 already offers, but the S4 introduces a feature of its own – A stand-up casting platform at the bow. Such frontal casting platforms are typical to a class of shallow water fishing boats called skiff, or micro-skiff.

At 98 lbs (without motor and accessories), the S4 delivers the performance and comfort of a much bigger and heavier boat (e.g Jon boat), while the slanted sides of its cockpit offer its crew to paddle it effectively and comfortably both in a kayaking (dual blade paddles) and a canoeing (single blade paddles) style, whether in order to keep progressing in shallow water or in weed-infested water that do not allow for proper functioning of a motor’s propeller, or in no-motor zones (NMZ), all of which constitute much desirable fisheries.

Fishing Kayak, Motorized Kayak, or Portable Boat?

New York state offers a wide variety of fisheries, starting from the Atlantic ocean and the mighty Hudson river, to the huge Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, various big lakes such as the Finger lakes, Oneida lake and Lake Champlain, to countless smaller rivers, lakes, and ponds.

Fishing the smaller bodies of water doesn’t require more than a canoe or a kayak, if one can stand the instability, discomfort, and back pain associated with the latter. If such rudimentary vessels are beyond the angler’s threshold of tolerance, they can fish comfortably out of a Wavewalk 500 or a Wavewalk 700.  Kayaks from these two series easily lend themselves to motorizing, which makes them suitable for use as small fishing boats on bigger bodies of water, as well as on moving water.

The following playlist of videos shows various Wavewalk 500 kayak and 700 portable boat models outfitted with outboard gas motors ranging from 2 to 6 horsepower, driven in various water conditions including flat water, moving water, and choppy water at the beach, in the Atlantic ocean –

 

Some videos show the kayaks outfitted with inflatable detachable flotation, which adds secondary stability and flotation, and improves both performance and safety in choppy water, as well as offshore.

From motorized fishing kayak to car-top boat

Progress is rapid at Wavewalk. The company that started offering motorized kayaks (for real, with outboard motors…) a few years ago, is stepping up innovation and performance with its new WAVEWALK 700 Series, which offers performance that’s hard to conceive, even for those who’ve been using a W500:

 

 

Furthermore, now you can steer these new, two-person car-top fishing boats with a joystick system that makes driving more fun, both seated and standing:

 

 

As for paddling, nothing could be easier, since the W700 tracks better than any kayak out there, and it’s more stable than any kayak… In fact, it’s as stable as a boat, as these two demo video shows:

 

 

 

So, if you’re into fishing solo or with a fishing buddy, and you don’t like boat trailers and boat ramps, this is the boat for you. And as a bonus, you can fish in shallow water and lily pads, since you don’t depend solely on the outboard motor to propel you.

Read more about this tandem fishing kayak that’s a full-blown ultra-lightweight car-top skiff for fishing »

Your Actual Cost of Kayak Fishing

Many products have hidden costs that are left unacknowledged until the bottom line, and fishing kayaks are no exception.

Fishing kayaks are often expensive right off the bat, but when you factoring in the cost of all the accessories required you’ll find they actually cost much more.
This is true for all fishing kayaks except for the the W fishing kayak, on which you can save a lot of money (up to $1,350) just on accessories:

* Rudder: W kayaks track better than any other kayak, and require no rudder. You save $220 – $300
* Kayak Seat: W fishing Kayaks are yak-back free, and require no special seat added. You save another $80 – $200
* Kayak Rack: A W kayak is easy to car top and fit any car rack – No need for a special kayak rack. You’ll save between $50 – $500.
* Outriggers: The W500 kayaks series is more stable and safer than other fishing kayaks that are equipped with outriggers, so there’s no need for outfitting it with outriggers, even if the kayak is rigged with with an electric trolling motor. You save an extra $100 – $350.

Rudders are a pain to operate, they slow your kayak down, and get stuck in shallow water and weeds.

Kayak seats are bad for your back, and can turn your kayak fishing trip into an unpleasant experience. They are even likely to get you to quit kayak fishing in the long run, because of back pain and discomfort, like many kayak angers do.

Kayak racks need to be installed on your car rack, and when they’re there you can’t use your car rack to carry other things.

Outriggers are a pain to install, they slow you down, and they limit your fishing kayak’s mobility and maneuverability. In addition, outriggers are yet another heavy and bulky thing to carry.

In sum, rudders, yak racks and outriggers are annoying, and kayak seats are bad for you. When you’re looking for fishing kayaks, you shouldn’t forget the hidden cost of those accessories.

Outriggers are a pain to install, they slow you down, and they limit your fishing kayak’s mobility and maneuverability. In addition, outriggers are yet another heavy and bulky thing to carry.

In sum, rudders, yak racks and outriggers are annoying, and kayak seats are bad for you. When you’re looking for fishing kayaks, you shouldn’t forget the hidden cost of those accessories.