Four passengers on board a stable fishing kayak – Tasmania

As Australians are becoming more interested in fishing out of kayaks, so does their interest in kayak stability grow.
If you ever fished out of a kayak, even one designed for angling, you must have noticed the lack of both comfort and stability.
This Tasmanian grandfather took the time to do some research about these issues, and others, since at eighty years old, these things really matter to you, especially if you’re planning to take three of your grandchildren on board, as guests.

Four passengers on board a stable fishing kayak - Tasmania, Australia
Four passengers on board a stable fishing kayak – Tasmania

Bird Watching From the W Fishing Kayak in Australia

Due to back problems, conventional kayaks and canoes have become unusable for Russell, so he ordered a W500 fishing kayak for himself to paddle solo and in tandem with his wife Wendy:

It got a first run up the Canning River. Wendy & I got in straight up and pushed off – I must say it very stable and everything I expected it to be.

Paddling double up required some focus, as I am used to a Canadian Canoe which is what we used in Zimbabwe.

As a fishing and bird watching platform the W500 is certainly is a great unit. The bird watching from the kayak has been great.

Most of my focus has been directed towards sorting out a pulley harness to store the kayak in our garage roof and make it easy to load when we go out.

Also thinking about installing a forward mount electric trolling motor that’s foot controlled and leaves your hands free for other things – used to be great for bass fishing in Zimbabwe.

Everything is fine – have not used the kayak as much as I would have liked.

I am still taking things very slowly still.

Wendy and I have had 2 great trips on the sea out to Penguin Island and Seal Island just south of Rockingham which we loved. On the last trip I had a session standing and paddling on my own which certainly highlighted why I went for the W500, plus how much less drag there is opposed to carrying 2 up.

On Saturday I took a friend up the Canning which he loved.

Plans in April / May to go up to Denmark, 450kms south of Perth to test it on the inlets there & hopefully will get some photos for you.

The only photos I have taken to date are of mostly of birds and some of the seals and for that the W500 has proved to be wonderful – it gets you right into the zone. Within a year or 2 we should also get back up to the Ningaloo reef off Exmouth again which is what I really wanted the Kayak for – To get us out to the whales just on the edge of the reef and the fishing.

I have made up a roof extension frame to help load up the W500 onto our Grand Vitara roof – thanks to the good advice from your site and current project is to make some trolley wheels so I can manage on my own.

At least the w500 gets me into spots that are good for the soul.

Russell

Bird-Watching on the Canning River With Ofer

Ofer lives in Sydney, Australia, and he recently got his W500 fishing kayak:

I am very happy, as the W500 is exactly what I needed.

It is perfect for my needs. Very stable and easy to maneuver.

Since I am using W 500 for photography, and I carry around 20 grand worth of equipment, I need it to be very stable and safe. I am using it in lakes and in calm sea, and in very shallow water at times. Looks great and I love it!

I am hoping to take my wife and 4 years old son on the kayak on weekends.

I mounted a serious electric motor on it.

Sometimes I need to transport the W500 over long distances as I have to access remote locations for bird photography. Attached are photos of the transport system I have made. It’s a modification of John Putnam’s kayak wheel setup. Very simple, easy to make and works like a dream!

Ofer

Kayak rigged with wheel for easy transportation