Friday, 7 November 2014

The Next Best Fishing Kayak?

Escape Watersports was lucky enough last weekend to host a UK exclusive, the new Wilderness Systems Thresher 155.



The Thresher is already gaining plenty of interest and causing a few heads to turn, so it didn't take much convincing for our local kayak anglers to come and see what the hype is all about.


The trailer was loaded with the prototype Thresher, a Viking Kayaks Reload, and a Wilderness Systems Ride 115X featuring a funky fly fishing bar that boys couldn't wait to have a go on.

The venue was Newton Beach, Porthcawl, and the team was blessed with a spot of good weather.




The Thresher performed as expected and more.

Although it's quite a long boat, the Thresher 155 handled really well when paddling through breaking waves, and looks like even more fun surfing them in. The rudder system is excellent at keeping you on track once you've got a destination set, making life a whole lot easier between casts.



The Thresher is packed full of cool features that help you manage your gear on the water.

The large front hatch fits a C-Tug trolley perfectly, meaning no more strapping down or packing your trolley into a bag for safe keeping.
Next to this is a storage box for your fish finder kit. The battery can be stored inside, and the fish finder mounted on top. It's such a simple idea, but it's a cracker, and you simply unhook and take the box with you when you're done so that the contents stay safe and dry.



The Ride 115X is already a production boat, but the new Air Pro Max seat with multi-positioning and super comfortable padding really got us interested.
You can raise and tilt the Air Pro Max to find the best position for spotting, paddling, or just chilling on the water.





We also added a fly fishing bar, which although may not be used too often here on the South Wales coastline, seemed like a lot of fun.

Staff member Grant was straight on it, and off it! More practice needed.



After seeing and paddling the prototype, we can't wait to get our hands on the finished Wilderness Systems Thresher, due to arrive in the UK early 2015.

It's going to be a good year for kayak fishing!


3 comments:

  1. Great Post! Although I'm not quite as clueless as I've indicated, I do usually get consensus from the group as to the 'rules of fishing' and then most of the time am accompanied by another member of the group. Since this is mostly on island camping trips, the other members have a vested interest in eating fresh fish vs freeze dried crap so I'm tolerated fairly well. That being said, we hybrid fisher/tourers need to keep much more of a weather eye in my opinion
    Thanks!

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  2. The Thresher is really great kayak for fishing. Actually, I love fishing. My dad recently gift me a Thresher for fishing. And I enjoy my kayaking very much.
    Thanks for The Thresher kayak review.

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  3. Such wonderful place and an awesome place to fish. Great photos by the way, makes me want to go there.

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