New Zealand is blessed with rivers and lakes, a very long shoreline, bountiful fisheries, and many avid anglers. No wonder kayak fishing has become popular there!
While many anglers in New Zealand fish from traditional sit-on-top kayaks and sit-in kayaks, a growing number of them is switching to the new W kayaks, and for a number of good reasons. The first being that these catamaran style kayaks are more comfortable than the traditional types. In other words, they don’t induce back pain, leg numbness or any other form of discomfort or injury, and this is important as it gets, considering the fact that fishing trips can take many hours.
Needless to say that many anglers are no longer are not necessarily young or fit, which turns the ergonomic factor into a critical one.
The second reason that makes W kayaks increasingly popular in New Zealand is the unrivaled stability they offer. In fact, these are the only kayaks that offer their users to paddle standing up in full confidence even in moving water, and to fish standing without paying much attention to balancing. The stability factor is indeed important, and the lack of stability in kayaks is one of the main reasons most people prefer to fish from shore or from bigger boats.
The ability to stay dry becomes even more important for those who fish offshore, and have to launch their kayaks in the surf.
Dennis Hodgetts has been a kayak fishing enthusiast for many years, and one of the first anglers in New Zealand to use a W kayak. His favorable experience with this kayak combined with his business experience drove him to become Wavewalk’s distributor in this country.
Dennis imports unfinished W kayaks from the United States, and he assembles them locally, in Hamilton, south of Auckland.
Dennis’ dealer in the Southern Island is Murray Buchanan, who’s located in Nelson.
Dennis and Murray offer to outfit their clients’ kayaks for fishing, and they also have plenty of good advice on motorizing, fishing techniques, local fish species, etc.
So, if you’re looking for information about kayak fishing in New Zealand, and you’d like to learn more about this new and better fishing kayak, contact Dennis or Murray!