“The W500 Rules the Water!” Says Kayak Angler With Fibromyalgia and Sciatica

Neither the fibromyalgia nor the sciatica that Rox suffers from would stop her from fishing for stripers (striped bass) in her W fishing kayak, which she outfitted with an outboard motor, so that she could cover more distance. Rox fishes standing up most of the time, yet another thing she can do only from a W kayak:

Epic, That’s what this day was……Epic. 🙂

I took the W500 fishing kayak out for my first solo Striper fishing on the Connecticut River In Windsor Locks, CT.
My buddy Mike was already on the water, I launched at 12:00 noon. I took the 1.2hp Gamefisher outboard since I knew I could count on it running well. My first slam came at 12:25, but the fish came unbuttoned.
I was drifting and casting my top water lure and working it slowly back to the W500, when BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fish on, and it’s a big one………………..ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Off goes the drag, and the sleigh ride began. It was an awesome Battle, she circled me twice, and shot up river, still towing me ………….. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

I start to tire her, and get her yak side, went to grip the lip with my boga, and ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ she wasn’t ready.
Now she is tired, I get her yak side one more time, reach with the bogas ………… and SHE IS MINE!!!!!
You could here me hooting for miles I’m sure.

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

29” Fat and Healthy, 14 1/2 lbs of fighting fury.

Many more Battles happened after that.

Today was one of the Best Fishing Days of my LIFE!!
I landed 3 keepers, and 9 smaller Stripers.

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

I had some awesome blow ups, and Lost 4 Bigger Stripers, but That’s okay, that’s why its called fishing.  😀

I can’t Thank Wavewalk enough, for this wonderful yak, The W500 Rules the water.

Rox

kayak angler standing with big striper in stand up fishing kayak, Connecticut river
Ergonomic, stable, stand up fishing kayak

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

Kayak Fishing in The Midwest? You Bet!

Everyone knows that people living in the Midwest love to fish, and that the Midwest offers some the best fishing in America, and possibly in the world…

Yeah, but…

Midwest anglers haven’t fallen for the kayak fishing hype, and they still fish mostly out of motorboats. Dryness and comfort are important when both weather and water are not exactly as prescribed by those who manufacture and promote sit-in and sit-on-top fishing kayaks…right?  😀

And when you can’t step down from your yak into the shallow and lukewarm water to unkink, and relief to pain and fatigue in your legs, your back, and your butt, you’d better keep fishing from a real boat, and leave those extreme and experimental kayaks to others.

Yeah, but…

Having said that, kayak fishing doesn’t necessarily have to be such an appalling experience if you’re fishing out of the right kayak, and it seems like some anglers have begun to discover it, and realize there’s a third way that combines all advantages offered by the lightweight, nimble and inexpensive fishing kayak with the stability, dryness, and comfort or the traditional fishing boat , plus some new and refreshing things, such as super mobility, etc…

Here’s a section of US Fishing Kayak Magazine that talks about Kayak Fishing in The Midwest >>  The reader will there tons of info about kayak dealers, kayak fishing trip reports, rigging tips, kayak fishing movies, and fishing kayak reviews.

So, if you’re into fishing for bass, pike, salmon, muskie, trout, walleye, crappie etc. – go have a look…

Urban Kayak Fishing – Get The Lunker Lurking Nearby

John Fabina, from Brew City Kayaks, Wisconsin, found the formula for getting the big ones without traveling long distance for it. Says John:

-“Big bass like this lurk in lakes that receive little fishing pressure. Boats and regular kayaks are not able to reach these types of water that the Wavewalk can access. I am able to maneuver over objects such as bogs and logs and tight spots. Being able to stand also comes in handy while looking for fish and pockets in shallow water. I find these fish factories by checking satellite photos and maps. The Wavewalk kayak does the rest. It is not surprising that these lakes, ponds and streams hold quality fish. The amazing part is that they can be so close to urban areas.”

As simple as that!

First step: Intelligence and Reconnaissance,

Second step: Just owning the right fishing kayak, and knowing how to use it.

And if you think it’s just an urban myth, go to John’s blog, and watch the video of the big largemouth bass he caught this way!

John Fabina, from Brew City Kayaks, Wisconsin,  found the formula for getting the big ones without traveling long distance for it. Says John:

-“Big bass like this lurk in lakes that receive little fishing pressure. Boats and regular kayaks are not able to reach these types of water that the Wavewalk can access. I am able to maneuver over objects such as bogs and logs and tight spots. Being able to stand also comes in handy while looking for fish and pockets in shallow water. I find these fish factories by checking satellite photos and maps. The Wavewalk kayak does the rest. It is not surprising that these lakes, ponds and streams hold quality fish. The amazing part is that they can be so close to urban areas.”

As simple as that!

First step: Intelligence and Reconnaissance,

Second step: Just owning the right fishing kayak, and knowing how to use it.

And if you think it’s just an urban myth, go to John’s kayak fishing website, and watch the video of the big largemouth bass he caught this way!

Bassmaster Bass Fishing Tournament Commented by Florida Kayak Angler

This is an interesting perspective on the famous Bassmaster Bass Fishing Tournament: Jeff McGovern is a kayak fisherman from Florida who normally fishes in saltwater, but he also fishes in fresh water. Jeff joined some of the Bass Fishing Pros as a Bassmaster Marshall, and spend a few days with them on their fancy, super expensive, and very fast bass boats. He wrote a series of commentaries on his kayak fishing blog, named Jeff’s Tackle Box, and I’d like to recommend reading it.

This is an interesting perspective on the famous Bassmaster Bass Fishing Tournament: Jeff McGovern is a kayak fisherman from Florida who normally fishes in saltwater, but he also fishes in fresh water.

Jeff joined some of the Bass Fishing Pros as a Bassmaster Marshall, and spend a few days with them on their fancy, super expensive, and very fast bass boats.

He wrote a series of commentaries on his kayak fishing blog, named Jeff’s Tackle Box, and I’d like to recommend reading it, even if you’re not fishing for bass. While Jeff seems to have liked the experience, and he may start fishing for bass in the Saint John river, it seems he’s going to do it from his W500 fishing kayak, rather then from a bass boat.

Senior Florida Kayak Angler Lands Trophy Bass

Congratulations to Wayne Taylor on his catch! A lunker bass by any standard. Wayne was the first to outfit a W fishing kayaks with oars and outriggers.
Kayak angler shows huge bass he caught from his fishing kayak
Watch Wayne kayak fishing from his 2006 W300 fishing kayak: