The Kaku Wahoo 12.5 from Kaku Kayak will soon be released to dealers, and it has already gained a good deal of fanfare. I was recently given the opportunity to spend some time on the water with the Wahoo 12.5 with Kaku owner, Kevin Hawkins, to put the Kaku Wahoo 12.5 through the paces.
Kaku Wahoo 12.5
The Kaku Wahoo definitely catches your eye upon initial inspection. A distinct design to give the angler an array of rigging options, as well as a smooth and comfortable paddling experience. The features on the Wahoo 12.5 are endless, giving the angler a multitude of options. Many of the features of the Wahoo are designed with quality in mind, including the aluminum foot peg tracks, aluminum top load gear tracks from YakAttack, and the numerous inserts. According to Kaku Kayak owner Kevin Hawkins, “We began designing the Wahoo at the same time as the Kahuna, we decided to come out with the Kahuna first and really glad we did. The first designs of the Wahoo were a little more traditional, but after using the Kahuna and falling in love with the versatility of the open deck and being able to use many types of gear, it was a no brainer to make the Wahoo open deck as well. Both the Kahuna and the Wahoo have our Kaku modified V hull, which offers extreme stability, without compromising speed. No longer does the paddler have to choose between a yak that paddles effortlessly or one with stability. The Wahoo achieves both!! The Wahoo has an aggressive, anytime , anywhere attitude! Created and designed by Kayak fishermen born and raised on the waters of Florida!!
Paddling the Kaku Wahoo is amazingly smooth, like cutting through butter. Even with the width of the kayak being at 33″, the Wahoo is easily paddled without requiring the angler to dig to get up some speed. I was impressed with not only the ease of paddling the Wahoo, but also with how well it tracked, even in windy and choppy conditions. The new aluminum seat on the Wahoo is very comfortable and fits the angler very well. It’s sturdy, yet very comfortable giving plenty of support for all day fishing excursions.
The deck on the Wahoo is wide open giving the angler ample room to stand up, move around, and is even paddled easily while standing up. A unique feature of the Wahoo is the open area in front of the foot pegs, perfect for putting a small cooler or tackle bag. It also features inserts to add RAM balls for camera mounts, fish finder mounts, or rod holders. The Wahoo is also rudder ready with toe controlled foot pegs, which gives the angler a sturdy base, but also makes using a rudder much more easier.
The tank well of the Wahoo is expansive, providing plenty of room to use a YakAttack BlackPak, milk crate, or a kayak cooler. Another feature unique to the line from Kaku Kayak is the molded area built into the kayak for the Power Pole Micro Anchor. The base fits perfectly, and there are inserts built into the kayak making it extremely easy to install and is very user friendly. The Wahoo also features inserts along both sides of the yak. I asked Kevin the reasoning behind this, and loved the reply. Kevin worked with YakAttack, and the inserts are perfectly set up for the LeverLoc Anchor Trolley, which eliminates the need to drill into the kayak.
The bow of the Kaku Wahoo is also unique in its design. The bow redirects water from coming over the front of the kayak on windy and choppy days, keeping the paddler dry. It seems to push the water off to the sides, eliminating spray coming over and onto you while paddling. While paddling the Kaku Wahoo, there was one word which kept coming to mind… nimble! I was pleasantly amazed at how nimble the Kaku Wahoo was on the water. The Wahoo was super easy to turn and accelerate, change direction, and get up and go!
If you’re looking for a new kayak soon, I’d definitely recommend the new Kaku Wahoo 12.5 angler kayak. You’ll definitely not be disappointed with the quality of the kayak, as well as the rigging options that it provides, or the performance!
For more information on the Kaku Wahoo 12.5, visit www.kakukayak.com