The Future Of Kayak Fishing Is Not As An Extreme Sport

For most anglers, kayak fishing is an extreme sport. Extreme in the sense that an angler fishing from a kayak is compelled to give up the two essential things that any regular fishing motorboat provides, which are adequate stability and elementary comfort. The third requirement, storage space is important as well, but less than the first ‘must have’ two. Indeed, fishing kayaks are not stable enough, and they are extremely uncomfortable, when compared to regular size boats. As for storage in fishing kayaks, the situation is as dire as it is with regards to stability and ergonomics.

The Promise vs. Reality

Kayak fishing promised a cheaper, hassle free, low maintenance, lightweight, car top form of fishing craft, and a direct, sporty experience. However, today, out of tens of millions of Americans who fish from boats, merely one in every thousand fishes from a kayak, and this is after a decade of promises that ‘kayak fishing is the fastest growing outdoors sport’, etc.  The bulk of US anglers have followed neither the kayak fishing pioneers nor the fishing kayak manufacturers’ hype, and since growth in kayak fishing participation is no longer as fast as it had been several years ago, it is safe to say that the US kayak fishing market has matured. This is partly a result of decreasing enthusiasm from new participants, as well as a high dropout rate that has been typical to this sport since its early beginnings.

Yes, but…

But kayak fishing feels extremely uncomfortable only if you’re fishing from the old fashion, sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks and sit-in kayaks. In contrast, when you fish from a W kayak, you experience a level of comfort that’s equivalent to that of fishing from a regular size boat, and some W fans would argue that you feel even better.

When stability is concerned, the level of stability an angler experiences while fishing from a W500 kayak is on par with what they’d feel fishing in a regular size fishing boat, in the sense that they are not required to constantly address the issue of balancing, and they can fish standing up with ease, comfort and confidence that are outside the world of fishing kayaks.

The W500 is the only kayak offering storage space that’s dry and accessible any time, and as much as any kayak angler may need, even if their fishing trip includes camping, and therefore carrying on board numerous and bulky items that so far only canoes and regular size boats could carry.

The Future Of Kayak Fishing

This is to say that kayak fishing has a future, and a bright one, but not as the extreme sport it’s been for most kayak anglers so far. The future of kayak fishing as a broad base sport and leisure activity depends on the participation of regular people, who care about their personal comfort, and demand a performance level in stability and storage that is not sub-minimal.  In other words, the future of kayak fishing is W kayak fishing.


Motorizing Your Fishing Kayak – A New Approach

Electric trolling motors are not always useful, especially when the battery goes flat, and you find yourself a long way from your launching spot, and having to paddle your fishing kayak back against wind and/or current, with a heavy batter on board. On top of that, a propeller tends to get entangled in fishing lines and seaweed, as well as get stuck in underwater obstacles, especially in shallow water, where you happen to like to go fishing with your kayak…

Small, 2 cycle outboard gas motors tend to be unreliable, and difficult to start, and they are particularly stinky, and often excessively noisy. Such motors are problematic as well, when taking your fishing kayak in shallow water is concerned.

Needless to say that one doesn’t get stronger with age, and many elderly anglers find they can’t go fishing from kayaks because they lack the strength needed to paddle long distances and in adverse conditions, such as against the wind, or current.

Such senior kayak anglers may be interested by a new approach to motorizing fishing kayaks and other small craft, which involves a gas engine producing a powerful stream of air, rather than rotating a propeller in the water. In addition, the motor used is a modern, 4-cycle (4 stroke) engine that’s easy to start, easy to maintain, requires no mixing of oil and fuel, does not create stinky and nauseating fumes, and is quieter – all of this without being heavier than a 2 stroke engine of the same size:

You can keep paddling while this motor is running, and providing your fishing kayak with extra power. There’s no need to hold the tiller (steering handle) if you’re going forward, and you can use your paddle for steering, and make occasional adjustments in the tiller’s position.

The new motor setup is lightweight enough to allow for you to cartop your fishing kayak, and most importantly, this setup is using a converted backpack leaf blower that costs $200, so it wouldn’t be very expensive to rig your fishing kayak with one.

Senior Moments in Kayak Fishing

If you’ve been in a kayak, especially if you’ve tried fishing from one, you would have probably felt restricted by the small space offered to you, as well as by the craft’s limited stability. Such initial conditions are not recommended for fishing, for obvious reasons, and they are particularly challenging for people above a certain age, who need to be more comfortable and safer in more than one sense.

If you’ve been in a kayak, especially if you’ve tried fishing from one, you would have probably felt restricted by the small space offered to you, as well as by the craft’s limited stability.

Such initial conditions are not recommended for fishing, for obvious reasons, and they are particularly challenging for people above a certain age, who need to be more comfortable and safer in more than one sense.

A significant proportion of kayak fishing capsize accidents happens while the kayak is stationary, and the angler inside, or on top of it is fishing, and loses balance, often while trying to get hold of some piece of fishing equipment stored in a hatch that’s too difficult to access, or fell on board or inside the kayak.

You can capsize a fishing kayak simply by turning around to talk to another person, or observe something on the water, or on shore.

Sitting peacefully in a common fishing kayak and being hit by a sudden wake sent by a motorboat you didn’t notice can result in an overturned kayak, especially if the kayak is not super-stable, and your own reactions are a bit too slow, or excessive.

In other cases, the angler is standing in his kayak, or on the deck of their SOT kayak, believing the kayak is suitable for stand up fishing, just to discover, a bit too late, that there’s no ‘Plan B’ option in case they lose balance, which can be caused by a variety of things, including being distracted by external events, or by one’s own wandering thoughts…

There are over forty million people who fish in the United States alone, and many of them are seniors. There are also over seventeen million leisure boats in the country, most of which are motorboats, and many that are used for fishing, including by many elderly people. In comparison, the number of people who fish from kayaks is dismal, and the proportion of senior kayak anglers out of the entire kayak fishing population is small. This basically means two things: That when fishing is concerned, the overwhelming majority of anglers prefer motorboats to kayaks, and that kayak fishing isn’t particularly appealing to senior anglers, and for good reasons.

CONCLUSION

In order for fishing kayaks to accommodate the needs of senior anglers, such craft should offer more comfort, stability and accessible storage than all sit-in and SOT fishing kayaks offer,  as well as easy access into the kayak, getting out easily, and an overall level of usability and safety that seniors can find only in W fishing kayaks – for normal conditions as well as for those ‘senior moments’ that can happen to anyone.

The Senior Kayak Angler

When kayak fishing is considered, more people like you realize that it’s a nice idea, in theory, but when people like yourself are considering it – it’s a no go, because there are too many problems associated with it, as well as risks. This blog is meant to be your voice – The voice of the senior kayak angler who likes the idea of fishing from kayaks, abut won’t accept the risks, discomfort and pain that come with it.
This blog will address both problems and solutions presented by fishing kayaks today, as experienced and perceived by elderly anglers who’s been there and done that, and won’t buy the hype.

We’re all seniors, or hope to become seniors when the time comes, and we all want to lead a healthy and active life, without compromising our comfort and safety.

Comes a certain age, when you realize that you have the right and obligation to think for yourself, as well as the capability to do so. That’s also when you begin to think like a wise person, which usually means being more careful (or simply less careless…) and take into consideration questions like “What If?”, and “Says Who?”.

You don’t get excited that easily, and you’re more skeptical, and critical.

When kayak fishing is considered, more people like you realize that it’s a nice idea, in theory, but when people like yourself are considering it – it’s a no go, because there are too many problems associated with it, as well as risks.

This blog is meant to be your voice – The voice of the senior kayak angler who likes the idea of fishing from kayaks, abut won’t accept the risks, discomfort and pain that come with it.

This blog will address both problems and solutions presented by fishing kayaks today, as experienced and perceived by elderly anglers who’s been there and done that, and won’t buy the hype.

When you’re ten years old, overturning your kayak is an achievement, and when you’re twenty years old, it’s fun. When you’re thirty years old it’s no big deal, and when you’re forty years old it something you’re rather avoid, but it’s still acceptable.  When you’re fifty years old, it’s an unpleasant accident, and when you’re over sixty years old it’s something that should not happen. Period.

As for leg numbness, back pain, wet butt, yak ass and other physical problems, minor or major – younger people may accept them and tolerate them as part of the sport of kayak fishing, but elderly anglers simply reject them, and rightfully so.

Kayak fishing is meant to be fun, and not some hazardous outdoor torture, and this is a notion that does not require to be proven, or justified – It’s axiomatic, meaning that it goes without saying.

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