Retired businessman and county official starts a new career as kayak dealer and fishing and diving guide in southern Florida

For decades, Captain Larry Jarboe owned and ran sawmill in Maryland, and served as a county commissioner there, and all this time, his passion was fishing and diving.
When Larry retired in Key largo, his plan was to keep fishing out of a commercial fishing boat that he owns named the Line Dancer, and offer guided fishing and diving tours from this boat. At that time, Larry was already a fan of the Wavewalk 500, which he had used in Maryland, and he became a Wavewalk dealer.
Then came the Wavewalk 700 series, and Larry discovered the potential for using it for guided fishing tours in the mangroves and for diving tours on the reef. He also discovered motorized kayaking. Both discoveries led Larry to reassess the business potential of the Wavewalk 700, and put a greater emphasis on this small watercraft, in combination with the Line Dancer, serving as a mother ship.

 

The Line Dancer mother ship carrying three Wavewalk 700

 

Captain Larry Jarboe and a client on board the Line Dancer

 

 

 

Larry also discovered the option to use a motorized W700 for driving clients into the mangroves, and as the creek becomes narrower and tortuous, continue in a paddling mode.

 

 

The advent of the S4 changed things for Larry and his business. He found that he could use a motorized S4 to tow two Wavewalk 700 kayaks, each one attached to each side of this versatile boat. This innovative setup is extremely stable and comfortable, and it allows its passengers to chose between paddling autonomously or being towed by Larry’s S4 skiff.

 

 

Larry developed a climbing ladder for the S4, which allows practically anyone, including big and heavy clients, as well as elderly ones to get back into the boat easily.

 

Underwater view.

 

Wavewalk S4 with diving ladder.

 

Wavewalk S4 with ladder for divers.

 

In addition, Larry found that practically anyone could drive the S4 and fish out of it, and this includes people who simply cannot used any other kayak, and would feel uncomfortable in a conventional small boat such as a Jon boat or a skiff, such as this 330 lbs guy –

 

 

As Larry keeps finding new ways to use the Wavewalk S4 and 700 to better serve the clients of his burgeoning fishing and diving business, he’s very excited about advising others who may benefit from the versatility and high performance of these skiff-kayaks that practically anyone can use, including people with a sensitive back, back problems, back injuries, arthritis, sciatica, excess weight, and other limitations and disabilities.

 

 

And let’s not forget couples who just want to paddle in tandem, or go motorizing in the mangroves –

 

 

Larry driving an S4 with two passengers on board. This crew spent three hours touring the mangroves.

 

Visit Capn’ Larry’s website Florida Fishing Kayaks »

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Kickass Motorized Fishing Kayak

I just couldn’t resist it….
This video is so awesome! –

I could watch (and listen) all day, ha ha! –
A higher level indeed! – This motorized W500 kayak is a far cry from the traditional SOT or sit-in fishing kayak, rightfully perceived as a sluggish, wet, unpractical, uncomfortable and quite ridiculous fishing craft.
Much higher level!

All About Motorizing Your Fishing Kayak

Well, I can’t say I know much about motorizing fishing kayaks, but I do have some observations to make:

The first is that electric motors (AKA Trolling Motors) don’t seem to cut it. In other words, whether you carry a heavy deep cycle battery, or spend a ton of money on a high-tech system with a Li-On battery, you’re going to be limited to short fishing trips. I know some  kayak anglers who simply stopped using their electric trolling motor systems because of this.

The second observation is that American anglers are still in love with outboard gas motors, simply because they’ve learned to rely on them for long fishing trips. Nothing beats gasoline as far as storing energy is concerned, and also when it comes to firepower – literally: Gas delivers more horsepower than electric batteries do. Period.

Third, not too may people appreciate paddling long distances just to get to a fishing hole. Many prefer to get there faster than paddling or pedaling allows them, and they prefer spending time fishing than paddling… AND not too many people seem to like big motorboats that demand a trailer, and launching ramp, and lots of cash to spend on maintenance, fuel etc…

Ideally, there would be a motorboat that’s small and lightweight enough to car top, comfortable and dry enough for long hours of boating and fishing, stable enough for stand up fishing, mobile enough for launching anywhere… but I’m just wasting my time here, and my readers’ as well, since such thing DOES exist, as you, dear reader, are welcome to see for yourself:

Amazing, isn’t it?
It doesn’t necessarily mean that an outboard motor would fit your fishing kayak – It won’t, unless you own a W500. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that if you own a W500 you’d want to outfit it with an outboard gas engine – Chances are you’d be satisfied with an electric trolling motor, or just paddling! 🙂
Anyways, since you probably have many questions unanswered by this blog post, here’s a serious article on the subject of motorizing your fishing kayak >>

Best Kayak Fishing Movie, From Texas

Here’s a Texan kayak angler who knows how to have fun, and let other enjoy his movies too: Jesse Martinez a.k.a Texas Tarheel Yakker –

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Plus this angler is seen throwing a fish net standing in a kayak!
Cool stuff!
His kids are amazing anglers and yakkers too!

Net fishing out of a kayak, Texas

Boy and girl fishing out of dad's kayak, Texas

Fly Fishing From a Kayak

Yeah, sure – as if it was possible..

Some kayak manufacturers keep stating that their yaks are suitable for fly fishing, and by that they mean you can stand up and fish from them in confidence.

Bull!

I don’t buy that hype, and if you ask me, there should be a law against overt propagation of such nonsense (nice word, eh?)…

The the best of my knowledge, there is in fact only one yak that works for fly fishing, which means standing up without having to worry about falling over…

Here’s a blog that’s about fly fishing from kayaks, and it’s worth visiting and reading: It’s called Waiting to Fly Fish. And here’s a demo video featuring the fly angler who’s in charge of that blog: