Florida Stand Up Fly Fishing Kayak Review: High and Dry

This is a fishing kayak review recently contributed by a kayak fly fisherman from Florida:

I bought my Wavewalk a couple of months ago and  I stood up my first time in less than five minutes.

I fly fish on the Indian River Lagoon in South East Florida where I live and the “W” fit my needs almost perfect, but at 64 years old I wanted more stability and such a higher vantage point when I needed it.

It really makes it a one man fishing machine and I absolutely love it.

I had labored over my decision to buy a stand up fishing Kayak for months reviewing almost everything including the [build-in outriggers kayak] line of boats that are sold at our local fly shop here in Stuart Florida.

I knew I wanted the stability of “W” and I wanted to be able to take a passenger on occasion.

I’m going to outfit my W kayak with the cockpit hooks and bungee as I don’t think there is a better more affordable way to keep my boat dry will it is sitting on the floating dock waiting for me to use it. Plus I love the idea that I can deploy it when caught out here in our rather numerous summer rain storms and hide under it until it lets up.

I paddle the boat standing on the platform, and use it that way a lot in the back creeks and small mangrove lagoons.

Thanks,

Ted

Pictures of my “W” outfitted with a leaning post and outrigger pontoon system:

fly fishing kayak with high standing platform for sight fishing

paddling a stand up fly fishing kayak with passenger on board

Read article and discussion about Ted’s stand up fly fishing kayak with outriggers >

Kayak Fishing On A South Korean Mountain

Here is more about the kayak fishing trip in the mountains of South Korea –

Sungjin is an avid kayak fisherman, and he distributes W fishing kayaks in South Korea. He and his wife went on a three day trip to the mountains. The trip included paddling, stand up kayak paddling and fishing, cooking, visiting local fish restaurants, trekking, and sight seeing:

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Pictures of fish you can catch in the mountains in South Korea:

fish caught by kayak fisherman in mountain trip, South Korea

fish caught by kayak fisherman in mountain trip, South Korea

fish caught by kayak fisherman in mountain trip, South Korea

fish cooking in a pot- kayak anglers' lunch in the mountains of South Korea
Cooking fish

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More about this great kayak fishing trip >

Californian Kayak Fishing Review By A Larger Guy

I took my kayak out for a test spin at the lower lake lagoon at Castaic Lake here in South California. It’s been raining off and on the last two weeks but I finally just went!

kayak fisherman at Castaic lake California

It took about 5 minutes of getting used to the balance of sitting up so high on the center saddle, but after getting used to it, I was fine! I weigh 265, now I can start working out a bit again, paddling.
It was a May Grey day and windy as heck, but I went all over the lagoon anyway. No problem at all except my large profile acts like a sail going straight into the wind, so I leaned forward and that helped a lot!

fisherman paddling his kayak at Castaic lake California

view from a fishing kayak Castaic lake California

I couldn’t stand up in the w kayak in the rough windy center of the lake, but when I got in the calmer waters near shore, I could! The fact is, I just don’t have that good of “sea legs!” I even had trouble standing on the back deck a big fishing boat in Alaska last year when the water got rough.

fisherman standing in twin hull kayak

I took most of these pics myself so angles are weird, especially standing shots as I could only shoot straight down, but right at the end of the day, I talked a guy on shore into taking a few pics of me doing a short spin out in the water. It had brightened and got calmer by then too!

I’m NOT a guy that likes to just paddle around for fun. Now that I know how easy this thing is to use, I’m going fishing from now on! The guys in the float tubes just drag 4 to 6-inch plastic worms while kicking along (I saw about 5 fish caught), one about three lbs.
I have the two built-in rod holders in my W kayak, but their angle seems better for holding spare rods then for trolling, so I’m going to try the clamp-on holders. I’m going to paddle around slowly dragging a worm myself, and fish!The bass are way bigger in this little lower lake lagoon than in the upper lake they said.

I’m back IN THE GAME NOW. That lower lake lagoon was off limits to me with my big bass boat. No power boats allowed except small boats powered by electric, and I intend to motorize my W fishing kayak. It’s only 30 minutes away…so with launching, it’s only about 45 minutes to world class bass fishing. I’m taking advantage.

Next time I’m going to fish!

Mike Hancock,  Simi Valley

Long Korean Kayak Fishing Trip Results In Success

This is a kayak fishing trip report contributed by Sungjin Kim, who distributes W fishing kayaks in Korea.

Sungjin and his wife took their W kayaks, and went to the mountains on a three day fishing and fun trip. The scenery was beautiful, and the fishing was pretty good too.
They took their time to cook real meals on the beach, and after the trip ended, they dined in a restaurant. Perfect!

Sungjin drove his motorized W outfitted with the 2 hp 4-cycle Honda outboard motor, which in fact was the first W fishing kayak with such a motor, and towed the second fishing kayak during parts of the trip.

kayak angler drinking coffee next to 2 car topped fishing kayaks
Two car topped fishing kayaks in South Korea
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Launching the two fishing kayaks at the boat ramp

motorized fishing kayak towing a second fishing kayak

beautiful scenic lake with 2 beached fishing kayaks

kayak angler paddling her kayak South Korea

stand up kayak fishing South Korean fishing trip
Sungjin Kim fishing standing in his kayak

Sungjin's wife fishing from her kayak

success in fishing from kayak - Korea

kayak angler resting in her kayak - Korea

Sungjin showing a fish he caught in his kayak

two beached fishing kayaks and picnic being prepared

the food looks very tasty!

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two fishing kayaks on car top in front of Korean restaurant

Legendary Florida Kayak Fisherman Gary Catching His 1st Pompano

Says Art, one of Gary’s fishing buddies:
-”Each time I’ve been out with Gary good things have happened: super snook; super trout; and now, Gary’s surprize…He never expected that the large “Red” he was fighting (and it did give him a fight) would turn out to be his first pompano…Gary’s comment:”that’s one more off the bucket list”…

Fisherman landing a pompano in his kayak

Fisherman taking a photo of a pompano he caught in his kayak

Fisherman taking a photo of a pompano he caught in his kayak

Photos: Art Myjack

In Gary’s own words:

-We had perfect conditions today so we paddled to the open Gulf and fished around a moored crabbing boat named the Viagra Express (we thought we better not peek through the window). We got some nice trout and I got my first pompano which was more amazing since I got him on topwater, which is really rare. What a great fighter for a not-so-big fish. We also ran into a school of rays, a couple of manatees hosting a bunch of remoras, and a disappointed osprey who crashed into the water near my W only to come up empty. What a great day!

Gary

Pompano fish caught in gary's kayakGary’s first pompano

Bob fishing standing in his W kayakBob fishing standing in his W fishing kayak

Trout caught in gary's kayak

crabbing boat