You naturally want your fishing kayak to be as stable as possible, because you want to feel comfortable sitting in it, and not have to worry about it flipping it over. Furthermore, you want to be able to stand up in it in full confidence, for paddling as well as for fishing, and no sit-in or SOT kayak out there can offer that in real life, no matter what vendors say, and try to show….
Outfitting your kayak with outriggers may help in achieving better stability, but at a price –
First, you need to understand what makes a fishing kayak stable (or unstable), and then what adding outriggers (a.k.a. stabilizers) to your fishing kayak can achieve >>
Many SOT and sit-in fishing kayaks feature a rudder, because most of these kayaks are so wide that they track poorly, and that’s a serious problem for you, the one sitting there and trying to direct your kayak where you want to go.
This unwanted increase in width was is the kayak manufacturers’ response the the demand for more stability, which is essential too.
Did you know that a rudder decreases your kayak’s speed by 10% in average?
Find more about why you should avoid getting a fishing kayak that features a rudder, and how you can get a fishing kayak that tracks better than any other fishing kayak, is stabler than any other fishing kayak, and yet no one ever outfitted it with a rudder because there’s no need for it.
We’re talking here about the W fishing kayak, which is not even wide – just 28.5″.
Most people consider kayak fishing to be an extreme sport or activity, because they view fishing out of a kayak as being an extremely uncomfortable experience, and fishing kayaks as rather impractical for that matter. This widespread notion is anchored in conventional wisdom, and it is true for most fishing kayaks out there.
But there’s another type of kayak fishing, which is perfectly sensible, and not a bit extreme in any sense: Anglers who practice this sensible version of kayak fishing fish out of W kayaks, and they experience neither instability nor wetness, or any other discomfort or inconvenience that are associated with the extreme, yet more common version of kayak fishing, involving fishing out of sit-in, sit-on-top (SOT) and hybrid kayaks.
This is a statistical, aberration of course, since typically, in most sports, the extreme version is practiced by the few, and the mild version is practiced by the majority.
The reason leading to this distorted situation is that Wavewalk is the only company who makes such patented W kayaks, and this company is still small, and has to introduce its superior product into a saturated market dominated by bigger companies that have established broad distribution channels and strong brand recognition.
But this unusual situation is temporary, and once Wavewalk puts in place more dealers, the kayak fishing market will gradually evolve to become one that features normal characteristics, in the sense that the extreme is no longer the norm. This would open kayak fishing to many more anglers, who may be attracted by the idea of fishing out of a small, lightweight and nimble watercraft, but won’t put up with the low performance level offered by fishing kayaks other than W kayaks.
The Zeepty Channel on YouTube is quite a phenomenon. It features over 130 kayak fishing related movies, and since it was founded it has already had over 750,000 views, of which over 280,000 in 2011. The videos feature mainly Wavewalk’s fishing kayaks of the now discontinued W300 series, and a bunch of movies featuring kayaks from the new W500 series.
You can spend literally hours on the Zeepty, and enjoy watching these fun videos.
Kayak Fishing 101 – New Online Magazine For Kayak Anglers
This new blog named Kayak Fishing 101 is about helping people decide whether kayak fishing is good for them, helping inexperienced and hesitating anglers choose the best kayak for themselves and for the type of fishing they’d like to practice, and helping kayak anglers with tips and advice on safety, rigging, fishing, tackle and every aspect of of the sport.