Using Your W Fishing Kayak In Shallow Water
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W fishing kayaks offer new opportunities for kayak
anglers who fish in shallow water.
You'll find that poling your W
is easy. We recommend that use use a
Wavewalk paddle that's longer and sturdier than kayak paddles.
Going Over Obstacles
When you feel or see a submerged
object (e.g. a
rock, or a tree trunk) that's preventing you from going forward you can
and go over it: Raise the bow as much as possible by
positioning yourself in the rear part of the cockpit and leaning
backward, and paddle and/or pole as hard as you can. When you
feel your boat can't go further 'up' move as forward as possible on the
saddle and try to tip your boat to the over side of the underwater
obstacle by pushing with your paddle.
Going Back In Case You Can't Turn Back
If you get stuck in a narrow
passage or in very shallow
water and you can neither keep going forward nor turn your boat around
you can simply turn inside the cockpit and face 'backward', and paddle
back in the direction you came from. The W Kayak is totally
symmetrical so you won't feel the difference.
all other fishing kayaks, the W500 series offers you the ability to easily and comfortably paddle
while standing, in full confidence, knowing
that in case you lose balance (stuff happens) you're likely to fall
into the Riding position on the 14 inch high saddle between your legs,
and instantly regain your balance, and the control of your kayak.
Paddling Through Grass
is particularly easy, as this W300 shot by Jeff McGovern in Florda
Stopping Your W Fishing Kayak In Place
you want to stop in a certain place, cast a few lines and go cast
somewhere else without having to drop the anchor and pull it back each
time you go to a new location. If you're sufficiently heavy and if the
water is shallow enough you can lower the stern of your W Fishing Kayak
and make the hulls' tips touch the bottom by sitting in the back of the
cockpit. This would make your kayak stay in its place unless
current and/or wind are too strong.
Thanks to Jeff McGovern for the tip - we call this trick 'Stop'n Go'
The W Kayak offers you the ability to throw to
longer distances, which presents two advantages:
1. Being able to cover more water from a stationary
position before you need to move your kayak
2. Some fish species can sense the presence of your kayak nearby
therefore are better caught from a distance.
The W Kayak offers three
basic throwing positions:
1. Sitting with your legs
This position is similar to the sitting position offered by canoes.
Since you're seated higher than in a kayak you enjoy more leverage on
the rod, which enables you to throw to longer distances.
2. Standing: This
is the classical angling position, which gives you even more leverage
than the seated positions. The difference between throwing
standing in a W Kayak and sitting in an ordinary kayak is considerable,
and may require some time for practicing.
This is the most powerful position a paddle craft can offer. It
with extra stability and control, and the ability to extract more power
the muscles in your legs. This results in a spectacular increase
in the range of your throws.
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