I got out for a short while to a nearby lake. Overall, the fishing was just okay until I hooked into this beauty:
I took a potential customer to a nearby lake to test paddle a W5oo. A few yards away, 2 ladies were launching there new paddle boat for the first time.
As the customer was returning to shore we heard a cry for help from the middle of the lake. The pedal craft was in trouble; the drive mechanism on their new boat had failed and they were stranded. As soon as my kayak reached shore I got in, paddled out and towed the grateful castaways to safety. I captured a few moments of the event using the camera on my phone. Of course, the lake was small and I don’t think they were in any great danger, though they certainly were grateful for the tow.
He bought the Wavewalk.
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.
Windy days make it tougher to fish from almost any boat (even sailboats) but it is often just something that must be dealt with. The usual solution is to use an anchor, which I have been doing. Truth be told though, I wish there was something quicker and less involved.
Despite watching many YouTube videos where they were used I never thought to try one. Maybe this was because they were usually shown in clips about fishing in saltwater flats or bayous. I am usually in shallow water (less than 6 feet) because I primarily fish for bass but I never made the connection….duh!
Trial by Water
I made a quick prototype so I could experience the pros and cons. Suffice it to say, I was impressed! Here is a picture of the pole holding my W500. This was the same day I caught those 3 huge fish in my previous post.
The wind wasn’t too strong and it worked very well, even though it was only jammed about 6 inches into the mud. The real test came when I went to remove it from the lake bottom; it wasn’t easy! It took some effort, pulling straight up, to remove it. This told me it should work well in almost any wind that I would choose to fish in.
The pole is made of only 3 pieces:
- A heavy-duty, fiberglass driveway marker, 1/2 inch diameter and 4 1/2 feet long.
- A 3 1/2 foot section of a wooden dowel, 1 inch in diameter
- A PVC pipe T-connector
Here is a picture of the fiberglass driveway marker-
- Remove the cap from the fiberglass pole
- Drill a 3 inch deep hole in one end of the dowel
- Insert the fiberglass pole into the hole with a generous amount of epoxy
- Attach the T-connector to the other end of the dowel
The finished project with a piece of pool noodle, a tether and a carabiner attached-
Why did I wait so long? 🙂
Easy to make, inexpensive and effective. Using it is much easier, quicker and quieter then any anchor, conditions permitting. I highly recommend you make or buy 🙁 one ASAP.
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.