Shallow Water

W fishing kayaks offer new opportunities for kayak anglers who fish in shallow water.

 

PolingYou’ll find that poling your W fishing Kayak is easy. We recommend that use use a Wavewalk paddle that’s longer and sturdier than kayak paddles.

Going Over Obstacles

When you feel or see a submerged object (e.g. a rock, or a tree trunk) that’s preventing you from going forward you can try and go over it:   Raise the bow as much as possible by positioning yourself in the rear part of the cockpit and leaning backward, and paddle and/or pole as hard as you can.  When you feel your boat can’t go further ‘up’ move as forward as possible on the saddle and try to tip your boat to the over side of the underwater obstacle by pushing with your paddle.

Going Back In Case You Can’t Turn Back

If you get stuck in a narrow passage or in very shallow water and you can neither keep going forward nor turn your boat around you can simply turn inside the cockpit and face ‘backward’, and paddle back in the direction you came from.  The W Kayak is totally symmetrical so you won’t feel the difference.

Sight Fishing

Unlike all other fishing kayaks, the W500 series offers you the ability to easily and comfortably paddle while standing, in full confidence, knowing that in case you lose balance (stuff happens) you’re likely to fall into the Riding position on the 14 inch high saddle between your legs, and instantly regain your balance, and the control of your kayak.

Paddling Through Grass

This is particularly easy, as this W300 shot by Jeff McGovern in Florida shows:

Stopping Your W Fishing Kayak In Place

Sometimes you want to stop in a certain place, cast a few lines and go cast somewhere else without having to drop the anchor and pull it back each time you go to a new location. If you’re sufficiently heavy and if the water is shallow enough you can lower the stern of your W Fishing Kayak and make the hulls’ tips touch the bottom by sitting in the back of the cockpit.  This would make your kayak stay in its place unless current and/or wind are too strong.
Thanks to Jeff McGovern for the tip – we call this trick ‘Stop’n Go’

Casting

The W Kayak offers you the ability to throw to longer distances, which presents two advantages:
1.   Being able to cover more water from a stationary position before you need to move your kayak
2.   Some fish species can sense the presence of your kayak nearby and therefore are better caught from a distance.

The W Kayak offers three basic throwing positions:

1.   Sitting with your legs forward:  This position is similar to the sitting position offered by canoes. Since you’re seated higher than in a kayak you enjoy more leverage on the rod, which enables you to throw to longer distances.
2.   Standing: This is the classical angling position, which gives you even more leverage than the seated positions.  The difference between throwing standing in a W Kayak and sitting in an ordinary kayak is considerable, and may require some time for practicing.
3.   Riding:  This is the most powerful position a paddle craft can offer. It combines height with extra stability and control, and the ability to extract more power from the muscles in your legs.  This results in a spectacular increase in the range of your throws.

W Kayaking -Sitting Position - regular Kayak Fishing - Standing Position)- 1 side W Kayaking -Riding Position
Sitting (Legs Forward) Standing
Riding (Legs Sideways)

 

 

Please feel free to contact us if you need more information.



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