Monthly Archives: May, 2014

Hobie Mirage Islands:A New Way to Fish

May 3rd, 2014 Posted by Kayak Fishing, Uncategorized 0 comments on “Hobie Mirage Islands:A New Way to Fish”

Whoever said that sailing and hardcore offshore fishing are mutually exclusive sports? Hobie certainly did not. Enter the Hobie Mirage Tandem Island and Mirage Adventure Island.

Whoever said that sailing and hardcore offshore fishing are mutually exclusive sports? Hobie certainly did not. Enter the Hobie Mirage Tandem Island and Mirage Adventure Island. Pedal, paddle or sail them…they are human powered, no motor necessary. Marlin, tuna, dorado – offshore pelagic fishing of any kind – the Island’s are a “New Way to Fish.”

The combination of the MirageDrive pedal system, rudder, roller-furling main sail, retracting akas and amas on each side and the hull design ensure a stable and fast ride and enable anglers to cover long distances at trolling speeds. Both boats are proudly made in the U.S.A.

When Hobie Alter built the first Hobie Cat 16 in 1968, little did he envision that the powerful combo of wind and sail would later merge with Hobie’s human-powered MirageDrive pedal system to create a whole new category of watercraft.

Fast forward to 2013. Both forms of power are combined in the Island boats. They provide a demonstrable way to give offshore anglers a glimpse of the propulsion that can be achieved combining the MirageDrive with the power of wind in sails. Add the amas on each side that make it virtually impossible to flip over, built-in rod holders, the ability to troll with lures and large storage capacity on the trampolines, and these boats convert into fishing machines.


Hawaiian Kayak Angler Scores Record Solo 212-Pound Black Marlin

May 3rd, 2014 Posted by Kayak Fishing, Uncategorized 0 comments on “Hawaiian Kayak Angler Scores Record Solo 212-Pound Black Marlin”

Devin Hallingstad, man of the crazy 176-pound ahi, does the impossible again

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Incredible (again): Devin Hallingstad with the 212-pound black marlin he outlasted after an epic battle. Photo courtesy Hobie.

Stunner: Hawaiian Kayak Angler Scores Solo 212-Pound Black Marlin
Devin Hallingstad, man of the crazy 176-pound kayak ahi, does the impossible again
By Paul Lebowitz

Story updated at 3:00 pm, April 28

The black marlin was a big one, more than 200 pounds, and it was tail-walking like crazy. 60-pound test flew off the spool, right to the final few wraps. Devin Hallingstad, a Hobie fishing team member who calls Hawaii’s Big Island home, locked down the drag, spliced on another rod and reel, and tossed the first one overboard.

“I tied on my backup rig. It almost spooled that one too,” Hallingstad said. He never considered tying on a third – he doesn’t have one.

“It was nuts. A mean fight,” Hallingstad said in a Facebook post. It was the second of two competition days for the Plentypupule Kayaks Pelagic Pursuit. He was out of contention, and that’s when he decided to make a shallow water pass along the outside edge of a reef, a strategy that’s paid off in the past.

“This thing came up and grabbed the opelu I was dragging behind my kayak. I could see by the shoulders it was big. At first, it wasn’t doing anything. Then it woke up,” Hallingstad said.

The fish erupted, jumping wildly across the white-capped ocean. It was a sure winner if he could land it, and a no-doubt kayak fishing record, but that would be no mean feat. Hallingstad was riding a trusted chariot, a Hobie Revolution 13, the same model he used to catch a kayak record 176-pound ahi (yellowfin tuna) in 2011. Only this time he’d left the amas at home. The Revo 13 is rated for 350 pounds – that’s all.

Too big for his boat: Devin Hallingstad with his 212-pound black marlin.

Too big for his boat: Devin Hallingstad with his 212-pound black marlin. Photo courtesy Hobie.

Hallingstad kicked his Mirage Drive towards the beach. “I didn’t want the fish to drag me out to sea. They still pull you backwards,” he said of the fish.

After some indeterminate time – Hallingstad said he lost track, maybe an hour – he regained his original rod, the one he’d tossed into the sea. Eventually, he reeled the marlin within range.

“I gave it a couple shots to the dome with the kage (Japanese fish spear). The fish was done,” he said. Hallingstad grabbed the bill, held onto the gaff, and pulled the big black marlin alongside. Rather than load it aboard, he’d make the long kick in to shore with the fish literally in hand.

It should be all gravy from that point, right? Not quite.

“The hardest part was getting it up the rocks. It was crazy, three guys struggling inch by inch with a roped fish. We finally got her in the truck,” he said.

At the Honokohau Harbor certified weigh station, Hallingstad’s fish scaled out at 212 pounds, the largest solo paddle out and back black marlin and a scant 12.5 pounds smaller than the heaviest ever (all species), Andy Cho’s kayak record 225.5-pound blue marlin, also caught off the Big Island.

When Hallingstad pulled up at Plentypupule Kayaks for the Pelagic Pursuit Kayak Fishing Tournament weigh-in, he caused quite a stir.

“The fish was sticking out of this huge cooler in this truck, with the head and tail hanging out. He’s unbelievable,” said Plentypupule owner Kelly Harrison.

Hallingstad easily captured the Pelagic Pursuit tournament offshore division (and the grand prize Hobie Quest 11 kayak). Now that he holds two of the most impressive big game kayak fishing records, he’s arguably one of the sport’s greats. He’s far from done setting records.

“I think I could get a big blue. Maybe twice as big as this one. I’ve been baiting live skipjack. I guess we’ll find out if it can be done,” he said.

Socal Island Club Report

May 3rd, 2014 Posted by Local Events, Uncategorized 0 comments on “Socal Island Club Report”
The April 26 Dana Point Island club sail was a real blowout!  


What I mean is the wind was kicking up to 19 mph before we started out and was continuing to increase though out the afternoon sail.   So much fun!  First we enjoyed Dana Point Jet Ski barbeque ribs with potluck dishes provided by all.   We discussed safety and upcoming events.  


Then eleven Adventure Islands and Tandem Islands headed out for a loop round the harbor and then out to the red buoy to get the feel of high wind and swells.     With a strong westerly wind, the conditions in the harbor were perfect with the wind coming straight down the outside channel for the upwind leg and straight down the inside channel for the downwind leg.  


We were supposes to loop the harbor twice but only a few made the second loop because sailing around the harbor opening near the buoy was a blast with the wind and swells.  No one ventured further out to sea due to a westerly wind and a south swell that really mixed it up.  All in all it was a great day of food, fellowship, and sailing.   


Special thanks to DPJS for the terrific event support. 



Look forward to see you all next time!


Dave and Troy

Tackle Trade World Recognition of Hobie

May 1st, 2014 Posted by Kayak Fishing, Uncategorized 0 comments on “Tackle Trade World Recognition of Hobie”

Still unconvinced about whether to offer kayaks in your range? Tackle Trade World examines why you definitely need to consider it and work with the leading company in the field… Hobie.

1 – Kayak fishing is on a global growth curve.

What started off as a gimmick in the eyes of many has quickly become a very reputable and desirable fishing method – once people began to see the results it delivers. From something that was limited to the small coastal regions of the USA, kayak fishing is now a global phenomenon, practised across the USA, Europe, Australia and everywhere in between.

Fishing is often a fashion-driven industry and people buy what is current. You can’t get more current than kayaks in the present marketplace.

2 – The company has been around since 1950.

Hobie has been around for more than half a century and in that time it has acquired a huge level of knowledge and experience of being on the water. Since those early days, where it specialised in making wooden surfboards, Hobie forged its brand identity as one that looked to combine lifestyle and fun.

The company now makes watercraft of all kinds in a manner of different markets and also has wholly owned subsidiary companies in Europe and Australia. Its respect as a brand is second to none in its field.

3 – The Mirage Drive System.

Unique to Hobie, this revolutionary, hands-free propulsion system opened up a whole new world to anglers looking to fish from a kayak when it was launched. It allows kayaks to be quickly and easily manoeuvred across water without the use of your hands ­– freeing them up to fully concentrate on your fishing.

The Mirage Drive has gradually been developed the longer it has been around and can now be fully adjusted to match the height and proportions of the angler using it and is available with different styles of paddle to suit different situations. It is now a standard instalment on the majority of Hobie fishing kayaks.

4 – The company is supported by a growing international tournament.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have heard of the Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships. A tournament launched by the company in 2011, it attracts anglers from 17 different countries and is also supported by other major fishing-tackle brands such as Daiwa, Berkley, Strike Pro, Ecogear and Power-Pole.

The tournament, which was last held in Australia in November, attracts a huge amount of media interest, so is bound to help spike the interest in kayak fishing for anglers.

5 – The company’s kayaks are truly fishing specific.

Hobie is one of few kayak companies to have its own specific division aimed at the fishing market. It has an entire range of products with modifications that suit the needs of anglers – headed up by its flagship product the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14. With a larger width to support standing fishing as well as a host of accessories, including rod holders, a livewell, a special system to install a Lowrance fishfinder, a pivoting tackle-management system, a Vantage chair, which can be folded up to offer more standing deck space, and dual steering so that the kayak can be steered from both ends, this kayak has it all.

6 – The Hobie Kayak Fishing Team

In an effort to spread the joy of kayak fishing, Hobie has assembled a Kayak Fishing Team comprising some of the best kayak anglers in the world. They are ambassadors of the sport and experts in their local fishing arenas.

Members of the team do everything, from displaying their skills in kayak fishing tournaments to conducting seminars, and some of them even run their own kayak fishing guiding services.

The team currently comprises Ashley Rae, Brendan Bayard, Marty Wood, Michael Rischer and Rob Milam.

7 – Great media support

Due to the size of Hobie and the passion and emphasis it places on the fishing-tackle market, you can be sure that you’ll receive exceptional service from the company. Not only does it exhibit and take part in trade and consumer shows across the world, it also displays its brand prominently in both the trade and consumer press – giving it a strong brand profile right the way through the supply chain. This is imperative to having a successful product range and will ensure that the kayaks sell through.

8 – The IFA Kayak Fishing Tour

Another example of the popularity of kayak fishing is the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour, which Hobie is also heavily involved in. The IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing is for kayak anglers from Texas to Florida and beyond, who are seeking the opportunity to compete in any or all of the tour’s five different divisions.

Low entry fees for the one-day, regular-season tournaments allow anglers to fish close to home and minimise expenditure, while still being part of a premier inshore, catch-and-release tournament organisation.



Fishing the Pipe

May 1st, 2014 Posted by Kayak Fishing, Local Events, Uncategorized 0 comments on “Fishing the Pipe”

Fishing the pipeline


If you’ve kayak fished Dana Point very much, you’ve probably heard people talking about “the pipe”.  There’s a secondary waste water treatment plant in the San Juan Creek bed just upstream from Doheny State Beach.  The treated waste water is pumped off shore through a 10,550 foot pipe under Doheny State Beach.  The pipe runs in a SSW direction out to about a 100 foot depth and then the diffuser runs another 1272 feet in a NW direction. The majority of this pipe is buried in the seabed with a nice covering of boulders.


This long pile of rocks along with the kelp growing on it makes for a wonderful fish habitat.  Here you’ll find calico and sand bass, sculpin, rock fish, White Sea bass, and all the other fish that inhabit our local waters.  You might even find a nice halibut lurking on the edges of the boulders or a toothy ling cod at the deep limits.


I like to fish the pipe with live bait on a dropper loop using a torpedo weight.  I’m always rigged with spectra for the main line and a short length of fluorocarbon as a leader and will vary the size of the weight depending on the size of the bait and the amount of current and wind drift, but usually between 2 and 4 ounces.  I’ll also vary the rating on the fluorocarbon and because it’s easy to get hung up on the bottom, will usually use 30 pound test.


Unless you know where the pipe is, it can be very difficult to find and without a fish finder you won’t be able to stay over it.  In some places the rock pile may only rise a couple feet off the bottom and in others it may rise 12 feet.  Because of the amount of current and wind drift that can occur here, I always have a drift chute stowed on my kayak.  Here’s a screen shot of how the pipe will appear on your fish finder.




So, to get you started, here are a couple of my favorite spots along the pipe to catch fish.  The first one is in about 45 feet and the second around 65 foot depth.


N33.26.881 – W117.41.368

N33.26.354 – W117.41.580


With these two spots on your chart plotter, you’ll get a good indication of the direction the pipe runs and can add your own spots along this line.  Crisscross the pipe in an east-west direction and add another mark each time you see a significant change in the depth.  Pretty soon you’ll have a nice line of marks denoting where the pipe and the fish exist, like this:

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