Where to get the best fishing kayak in New Zealand?
New Zealand has a lot to offer as far as fishing is concerned. The country has many lakes and rivers that abound with fish. Kayak fishing has been gaining in popularity in New Zealand, although many local anglers are not particularly enthusiastic about fishing from such notoriously unstable and uncomfortable boats. But this situation is now changing, as W kayaks are available locally for testing and purchase.
If you want to learn more about kayak fishing in New Zealand, or if you’ve already decided that you want to get yourself a fishing kayak, you’d probably want to visit Dennis’ fishing kayak dealership. The store is located in Hamilton, in the Northern Island, within a short short driving distance from Auckland.
W fishing kayaks are available the southern island as well, at Murray’s dealership in Nelson.
Dennis and Murray are seasoned kayak fishermen with considerable experience both in freshwater and offshore fishing, and they outfit the kayaks locally, so you can purchase a customized kayak from them or take advantage of their expertise and outfit your own kayak by yourself.
John Fabina, from Wisconsin had a hearty laugh when he came across ads by a well known, nationwide, catalog and online distributor of outdoor apparel and gear for high-end (dubbed “deluxe”) sit-in angling kayaks, and they declared the following (quote):
“For outings of a few hours in calm to light winds on lakes, ponds and protected bays” and –
“For outings of a few hours in calm to light winds”
So why did John laugh about these fishing kayaks ads?…
Simply, because John has been paddling kayaks and fishing from them for many years, and he immediately understood what the advertisers really meant to say, which was:
“This kayak would make your back hurt within a short time, and sooner than later, you’d want to end your misery, and paddle back home. Besides, don’t even think to fish from it when the wind blows, or in moving water, because eddies would fill its low cockpit with water in no time, and you’d find your butt marinating in a floating pool… On top of this, you’d find it really hard to control this kayak and paddle it, because such kayaks don’t track well, and sooner or later you’d find yourself struggling to paddle back to your launching spot, pretty much at the mercy of the wind. In other words, our “deluxe” sit-in fishing yak is just a flat water craft, and essentially, a fair-weather friend – It’s not a reliable piece of gear. And since we’re a respectable and cautious outdoor gear and apparel company, we said something about it, so don’t say we didn’t warn ya!”
And from his own experience, John knows that paddling while you’re wet and your back is sore is no fun at all, and it should be avoided.
John also knows that there’s no such thing as guaranteed fair-weather and mirror flat water doesn’t stay that flat for long, and he knows the weather has a tendency to change without consulting with kayakers, or anglers, and the wind has a nasty tendency to blow from where it comes, and not necessarily where you’d want it to go…
So why does that particular outdoor gear and apparel vendor tell its clients something about the limitations of those sit-in angling kayaks? It has to do with the terms of purchase that company offers, which include an unconditional return policy, with no questions asked. In other words, the vendor expects to have issues with unsatisfied clients wanting to return the lemons they had purchased, which is why somehow limiting the buyers’ expectations before they buy would be a reasonable measure to take.
Our article’s intention is not to criticize that particular kayak vendor, but rather the opposite (well, sort of): This vendor at least tries to warn their clients about potential issues. They don’t make blatantly false claims such as “this kayak is so stable that you can fish standing in it”, which is a common, misleading statement that both kayak manufacturers and vendors often use. This particular vendor doesn’t claim that the angling kayak they offer for sale is ‘ergonomic’, which is yet another ridiculous claim that practically all kayak manufacturers and vendors make, one way or another… Etc.
Are These “Deluxe” Fishing Kayaks Different?
No, they’re not. Those are wide, sit-in kayaks, featuring rod holders. They are no different from any other sit-in fishing kayak, and they’re not different from sit-on-top fishing kayaks, or ‘hybrid’ fishing kayaks (low canoes), in the sense that SOTs and hybrid kayaks too force their users into the notorious L posture that hurts their back, they too get their users wet as soon as there’s some wind blowing, and they also become hard to control and paddle when the wind picks up. They’re all the same, as far as sensible anglers are concerned.
Fishing Kayaks As Fair-Weather Friends
Stay away from fair-weather friends, because they’re unreliable, and they won’t be there for you when you need them. Any boat, or kayak, must be dependable, and a kayak that’s not dependable cannot properly serve sensible anglers.
We would argue that fishing kayaks are not even friendly to begin with, as far as nearly all anglers in this country are concerned, and rightfully so. Here is an article that discusses how fishing kayaks are perceived by most anglers >
The Only Fishing Kayak That’s both Friendly and Dependable:
The W is the only kayak worthy of being called a fishing kayak. This is a broad and far reaching statement, and here is some in-depth information to back it:
- This article explains how you can easily and effectively paddle, steer, and control your W fishing kayak in strong wind, without using a rudder >
- There is no need to say much about how W kayaks offer more free board, and provide more protection to their users than any other kayak out there, but here’s some information about how you can stay dry in your W kayak in waves, rain, etc >
- As for how long anglers use their W kayaks in single fishing trips, you can find plenty of testimonies from actual clients, in our website’s fishing kayaks reviews section > You’d find we have elderly clients who suffer from a variety of back problems and other physical limitation that spend long hours in their W kayaks, even when the weather is less than perfect
- ‘Ergonomics’ is a word that everyone uses, and rather loosely, but if you’re interested to know why kayaks are synonym to back pain (a.k.a. ‘yak back’), have a look at this article about fishing kayaks’ ergonomics > The article also explains why W kayaks are known as the ‘No-Back-Pain’ kayaks
- Stability is recognized as being a key factor when kayak fishing is concerned, and W kayaks are far more stable than other fishing kayaks, including ones that feature various stabilizers – Here’s an article discussing fishing kayaks’ stability >
This summarizes the difference between all those fair-weather yaks, and yaks for fishing in the real world, known as Wavewalk™ kayaks: The only kayaks worthy of being called fishing kayaks, because they actually solve problems that other kayaks merely address.
Decided to bring the kayak to Mammoth Lakes, CA for a few days. I also hauled along my electric trolling motor, only to discover that motors are not allowed on the lake I was fishing in. Will test out down here locally. I used Kayak and caught fish out of it. Forgot camera the day I caught most of the fish…but got some nice shots of bow out on the water and snow covered mountains. No problem with the kayak at on waters 8892 feet elevation.
Lake Mamie at 8898 feet elevation in Mammoth Lakes CA. Beautiful day!
More about motorized kayak fishing >
This photo shows a W Fishing Kayak client from Tennessee who’s an enthusiastic wildlife photographer.
She was looking for the most stable kayak, since like many photographers, she needs to shoot pictures without having to balance her kayak at the same time, or even worry about doing so. Pointing the camera and shooting is hard enough, without adding such problems.
On top of this, many wildlife photographers want to be able to paddle standing up, since it gives them a broader field of view, and needless to say that they want to shoot photos from the standing position as well.
Photographers carry very expensive photographic equipment with them. Sometimes the value of this equipment is in the tens of thousands of dollars, and that’s another reason for wanting a kayak that’s super stable, but also one that offer adequate protection from the elements, both in terms of free board, and in terms of a big, protected storage space. In other words, wildlife photographers need a dry kayak, which is why neither sit-in, nor SOT and hybrid kayaks would do for them, and only the W kayak fulfills their requirement in realistic terms.
And let’s not forget the fact that similarly to kayak anglers, wildlife photographers spend long hours in their kayaks, and they need it to be comfortable, which rules out the non-ergonomic L posture that all kayaks except the W force their passengers into.