It’s been a long wait for warmer weather, less wind and a break in the rain. I go out for the first time in 2016 to a nearby lake in Philmont, NY. The fishing was okay, but the feeling was fantastic.
I used a Sony video camera mounted to a baseball cap (hat cam) to capture a wider view of the experience of fishing from a W500.
The fish in this video were the only ones I caught during a 3+ hour fishing trip.
Maybe trip is the wrong word as this video was shot in Philmont, NY which is only 15 minutes from home.
Here is four hours condensed into four minutes.
There is just nothing like fishing from a Wavewalk when it comes to “going where the fish are” Hope you enjoy it.
The Columbia Land Conservancy maintains the fantastic Ooms Conservation Area near the northern end of the Taconic Parkway in upstate New York. It includes the beautiful Sutherland Pond where I was able to film some bass attacking in the lily pads:
The remainder of the first week was spent in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Cape is rich with small lakes and ponds which just don’t seem to get much fishing pressure, perhaps because most people are focused on the salt water.
I stayed inland and pursued the bass. All week I was catching 2, 3 and 4 pounders. The fishing was just astounding as the bass smashed Wacky Worms and Frog Imitations in water that was often less than 6 inches deep.
First, a few shots of the typical catch that week:
Then there were the 2 outstanding fish. First, the unusual:
Then came the fish of summer…
I estimate this monster weighed between 5 1/2 and 6 pounds. Best week of fishing I’ve ever had. All the bass were released unharmed.
I get a call from fellow Wavewalker Al Lunn: “Let’s go fishing!” The video tells the story.
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!
For all you Wavewalk owners, the saddle itself is 12 inches wide… a handy reference for quick measurements.
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.
I was able to beat the wind for a couple of hours and catch a few fish at Mudge Pond.
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.
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!