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As one grows older, one usually grows wiser, and more cautious. Many elderly anglers who have fished from a kayak realize it’s a no go, because even the stablest sit-in, SOT or hybrid fishing kayak does not offer adequate comfort … Continue reading
A new article on Micronautical, the kayak design magazine, discusses the importance of stability in fishing kayaks, and how to design a kayak for greater stability. It’s an interesting read for elderly anglers, as well as for those who suffer … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
The picture shows two loggers having fun standing on a log in the middle of the river. It’s possible to imagine them casting a line too, but does it mean that logs are suitable to stand up fishing? I don’t think so. The problem is the same with all fishing kayaks, except the 500 model from Wavewalk:
You can make an effort and raise from your seat, and carefully stand up on your feet, and then what? You’re bound to make a constant effort to balance yourself, and get tired in a short time. And then, something will make you lose your balance, and you’ll fall overboard, for lack of any other option.
Sounds good? Not to me.
The w500 is different not just because it’s considerably more stable than all other fishing kayaks out there, but it’s also the only one that features a high seat that makes switching from the seated positions to standing up easy. It’s done naturally and effortless, and most important of all: If you’re standing up and losing your balance, you’ll fall on the high saddle between your legs, and re-stabilize yourself instantly and effortlessly. This means you have a Plan B, and a good one. Continue reading
With age, and sometimes as a result of medical issues, our sense of balance deteriorates. The implications for kayak fishing are clear – We either need to fish from a more stable kayak, or quit kayak fishing altogether. An impaired … Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Unlike kayaking, which involves being constantly on the move, kayak fishing is more stationary. This fact is important because when you paddle a kayak that’s partially filled with water it handles differently from a dry one, but the difference is hardly perceptible when you’re not paddling. That is to say that the chances of you detecting a leak in a SOT kayak’s hull while you’re fishing from it are smaller than if you paddled it, or if you fished from another kayak that does not feature a closed hull. Continue reading
In sum, SOT kayaks, and even sit-in kayaks offer too little stability, comfort and protection from the elements to serve as fishing kayaks in northern regions. These facts also imply less safety for the anglers, so it’s easy to understand why the number of kayak anglers in the north is much smaller than in the south. Continue reading