Fishing from my Wavewalk in the First Week of Summer – Part 1of 3

Until June 21st the weather and the fishing in my part of upstate New York were extremely challenging. Strong winds, even early in the morning, were unrelenting. And the bass I was catching were rarely over a pound. Then, almost magically, the first day of summer brought stunning changes. The mornings were calm and the fish put on some serious weight!

The action begins saturday morning at Rudd Pond, including a largemouth that is close to 4 pounds!

The Big Fish of the Day in the fish grippers
The Big Fish of the Day in the fish grippers
Big Fish of the Day- That's 17 inches+ from the gunnel and across the saddle.
Big Fish of the Day- That’s 17 inches+ from the gunnel and across the saddle.
The Big Fish of theDay, Open Wide!
The Big Fish of theDay, Open Wide!

For all you Wavewalk owners, the saddle itself is 12 inches wide… a handy reference for quick measurements.

A delicious plastic mouse!
A delicious plastic mouse!
Even the calicos were hitting a 6-inch wacky worm.
Even the calicos were hitting a 6-inch wacky worm.
Head shakin'
Head shakin’
Another 2-pounder
Another 2-pounder
Bug-eyed and about 3 pounds.
Bug-eyed and about 3 pounds.
Another deuce
Another deuce
Deuce #3
Deuce #3
Deuce, again
Deuce, again

 

These were all caught between 6:45 and 9:45 (I just look at the time-created on the jpg files).

Stay tuned, I’ll post PART 2, fishing with Al Lunn, in a day or so.

 

Quick video at Mudge Pond.

I was able to beat the wind for a couple of hours and catch a few fish at Mudge Pond.

 

 

 

 

 

2 New Rigging Ideas from Ernie Balch

Ernie and Diane are enthusiastic Wavewalk owners in upstate New York. Below are photos of two modifications they sent in that you may find useful.

The first one is very simple. Just cut a slit in a pool noodle section and slip it over your saddle bracket. Eliminates the hard edge and provides a nice headrest when you want to take a nap.   I immediately implemented this on my own W500. I cut the noodle a little longer than the cockpit is wide to secure it under the gunnels.

Balch Saddle Bracket Cushion

The other mod is this very clever rod-holder system which you can see in both photos. It moves them from their typical location on the rear hulls to being in front of the angler for easier and instant access. The platform can be installed permanently or with j-hooks and wing nuts to allow repositioning and removal when you don’t need them. It also provides a useful work platform to hold other gear. Nice work Ernie!

Balch Rod Holder

 

 

First Video of 2014

The spring weather in the Northeast has been challenging to say the least! It was once again, windy, windy, windy but still a beautiful day so out I went in my W500.

Here’s what happened, short but sweet.

Notice that, even though the camera is mounted directly to the Wavewalk’s gunnel, the shots are rock-steady. This was shot with my Nikon Coolpix AW100, no stabilizers and no stabilization added during editing or by YouTube.