When innovation is useful and exciting

Many kayak companies are trapped within the design limitations imposed by the mono-hull form. They strive to come up with exciting and useful innovations, but so far the results are lackluster, and the innovations are mostly repetitions of previously seen accessories that are not particularly useful, and tend to crowd the kayak’s deck and cockpit, and reduce both the angler’s range of motion and their comfort.
In other words, Innovation isn’t always exciting or useful, and it doesn’t necessarily make a kayak more fishable.

But some innovations are both exciting and useful, such as the new W570 INF 20-15 model from Wavewalk. This Motorized kayak doubles as a high performance microskiff that’s suitable for offshore fishing trips, even in choppy water. Its small size and light weight do not compromise the impressive stability it offers – enough for the user to drive it standing. The same attributes make it a car-top boat, thus freeing the owner from the use of a trailer, which has become a must-have accessory for the new generation of large-size and heavy fishing kayaks that other companies offer. No trailer means no need for a boat ramp, and in the case of the W570 INF 20-15, it also means you can launch it from any beach where it’s legal to do so – If the water is too shallow for motorizing or infested with obstacles such as rocks or vegetation, you can paddle this motor kayak out, and start motorizing in open water.

As far as the innovations presented in this new model, they include a transom motor mount that works for both short-shaft outboard motors as well as for long-shaft outboards. Practically, this means that you can use it for different types of motors that you have, or would like to use in the future.
Another useful innovation is the high-capacity inflatable side flotation. This accessory works to help the boat from flipping in case of an accident, and it keeps it afloat in case it capsized. The wide floats are detachable, and when they’re attached to the sides of the hulls they offer the user to paddle and pole, although not with the degree of freedom and comfort they would enjoy with smaller floats.
And last but not least, the new detachable spray shield helps preventing water from splashing into the cockpit’s front end when the kayak is driven in waves at high speed. It can be detached within seconds and stored standing flat in the rear end of one of the kayak’s hulls. Being able to detach it easily enables the user to keep casting and landing fish from the kayak’s front, and not just from its sides.

This promotional video shows this amazing little watercraft in action:

 

Note the ease of portaging this motorized craft through rough terrain – a truly important feature for anglers who like to beach and fish where others don’t.

Striper Fishing In A CN River

kayak angler showing large size striper caught on Connecticut river

By Rox Davis

Well, after my first Connecticut River W500 kayak Striper trip, you know I had to get back out there  🙂

I Hit the river at 9:00am. First drift, at 9:39am, the first Schoolie was in the boat. The Bite wasn’t as good as my first trip, but with 2 stripers a 32″ and one at 32 1/2″ I’m one Happy Friggen Yaker  🙂

The best part of my day was having a striper hit the top water lure, sending in the air, then coming back and hitting it again with a tail slap, when I realized, it was 3 Stripers fighting over it.

When Finally it Happened, I Had a Double on, and it was 2 Good size Keepers, they were rolling and fighting when one popped off.

But the one I got in the boat was the 32 1/2″ fatty. I ended up with 10 Stripers, ranging from 24″ to the 32 1/2″.

I headed for the ramp at 12:30, I was pooped out, didn’t think I could reel in another fish :)

Plus, I was soooooooooo tired from standing and fishing all morning.

That W500 is a work out machine, just as much as she is a FISHING MACHINE!!!!!!!

Notice, my GoPro Hero2 mounted and ready to record – Enjoy the porn ;)

(Best viewed in full screen mode)

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Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.

Rox

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Fishing kayak outfitted with an outboard motor, on top of pickup truck

striper caught in stand up motorized fishing kayak - May 2012

Standing up in the W500 kayak, showing this big striper

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kayak angler showing large size striper caught on Connecticut river

kayak angler showing large size striper caught on Connecticut river

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South Korean Tandem Fishing Kayak Trip

Sungjin Kim is the distributor of W fishing kayaks in South Korea, and a master in rigging fishing kayaks.

Sungjin created this outrigger system from foam boards and aluminum rods that he cut and assembled himself.

Outrigger for motorized tandem fishing kayak - South Korea

His goal: motorized tandem kayak fishing in the ocean, and he fully succeeded:

tandem motorized fishing kayak in ocean fishing trip - South Korea
Two South Korean anglers fishing form their kayak in the ocean

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The 2 hp 4-cycle outboard motor from Honda propels this W fishing kayak and its tandem crew at a fairly good speed:

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The two kayak fishermen get to fishing:

two stringed fish motorized tandem fishing kayak - South Korea

And here Sungjin’s fellow fisherman is filleting a fish on board their kayak, and preparing it for for their lunch on board:

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Lunch served on board a South Korea motorized tandem fishing kayak during an offshore fishing trip
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Time to beach the kayak, and get some rest – Kayak angler resting on the beach

And here is Sungjin’s outrigger tandem motorized fishing kayak, beached on this beautiful South Korean beach:

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Tandem motorized fishing kayak beached

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