Some kayak anglers have the gift of being able to express themselves very clearly and thoroughly, and some do it exceptionally well. Some kayak fishermen have a sense for observing things in detail, and for drawing meaningful conclusions. Others suffer from various physical disabilities and problems, including severe ones.
This big and tall, elderly and disabled kayak fisherman from Texas belongs to these three categories, and he wrote a review of the Wavewalk 500 that’s classic in the sense that it’s encompassing and interesting, as well as painfully personal.
On top of this, the author of this review shows his W500 that he rigged intelligently.
This review is a highly recommended reading for anyone who likes to fish and suffers from back pain.
Fishing in the closer locales has been kind of slow so I’ve decided to explore a few places farther away with overnight stays.
I set up a kayak fishing tour of an area close to Tampa yesterday, and went down there on Tuesday to examine a few launch sites on my way. I didn’t take my W kayak with me.
While checking out a site near Bayport (about 30 miles south of me), I happened upon a fellow just returning from a morning of fishing, and loading his Wavewalk kayak into his car. I think his first name was Al but can’t recall his last name. He had a yellow W with a slick electric motor and rod holder assembly mounted in back. He recognized my name from my blog posts (see, you’ve made me famous!).
From Bayport, I proceeded down to Tampa and hooked up with the local kayak fishing guide yesterday, to explore a new area.
He supplied all the gear, and uses the [brand name of a 42″ wide, 80 lbs, hybrid kayak] kayak which is really a cross between a kayak and canoe.
So, I spent my first day in several years in a regular “L” posture kind of kayak, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be, since the seat was up off the floor a few inches… I was fine during the day, stayed in a motel down there last nite, and was supposed to go out with him again today to check out another area, but when I got up this a.m. the old back was tight and aching pretty good, so I decided to cancel the second day, and come home early.
I enjoyed my day fishing down there, and plan to hook up with the guide again to learn another new area, but next time my W kayak comes with me!
Moral of the story – the older you get, the more you need a W kayak.
More about how the W Fishing Kayak trumps traditional kayaks in ergonomics >
Steve Phillis, from Bendingo, in Victoria, Australia, is an avid kayak paddler. Steve explained what got him interested in the W kayak:
I am passionate about health and just recently have succumbed to back pain as a result of kayaking.
Kayaking from a traditional kayak caused me considerable pain, and at the end of last year I was out of action for 2 months and spent a lot of money on extensive physiotherapy and even had to take time off from work, not to mention that I could not sit in a car or seat for more than 10 minutes without considerable pain. Determined to find an alternative, I came across wavewalk fishing kayaks, and purchased one.
Guess what? No back pain. I am wrapped and I have taken up learning to sail using it.