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Why We Choose Hobie Kayaks as a Fishing Platform

April 8th, 2016 Posted by Customer Submission, Kayak Fishing, Local Events, Uncategorized 0 comments on “Why We Choose Hobie Kayaks as a Fishing Platform”

I’m asked all the time why I choose Hobie for kayak fishing. Well, it’s simple. If you have a paddle in your hands you’re not fishing. Also, I’m not kayak fishing for an extra workout. A
day of fishing alone is workout enough.  One of the most asked questions is how stable are they? The answer is they are incredibly stable. Another question I’m frequently asked is how far can you go and do they do well offshore. In my opinion you can utilize any of the Hobie fishing fleet to do almost anything you’d like. I say “almost” because this platform isn’t suited to catching a swordfish, for instance! Aside from that, it’s your preference.

As for going offshore, I’ve taken a Mirage Revolution 13 out and not only is it fast, but it’s very stable. This is because its adaptive design just rolls with the punches of the sea. But the
Mirage Outback and the Pro Anglers are a more suitable platform for fishing that requires carrying more gear such as a Live Well bait tank and it has greater stability.  The Mirage models drive and turbo fins are what separate the men from the boys in the kayak world. This is your “engine” and friend. It’s what makes kayak fishing hands-free. You can go greater distances with this mechanism. And now you can go backwards in your kayak by pulling out your drives and turning them around to either get you out of a tough spot, or to keep you where you want to stay when the current keeps moving you.

The rudder system is incredibly easy to figure out as well. Left is left, right is right. There is a slight learning curve on maneuvering your kayak, but it only takes about two minutes to
master. The only reason for this is because anglers are not used to turning left or right in avessel that is greater than ten feet. For those who love to accessorize, I have great news for you! Your Hobie fishing kayak is fully customizable. Anything from rod holders, fish finders, containers, motor mounts, etc. are available.

 

I refer all my friends and family to head to Dana Point Jet Ski and Kayak Center to speak with Tim about getting into a Hobie kayak. I also recommend trying before buying.
Sign up for a Hobie First Cast session. It’s your best bet in trying out the kayaks you’re interested in and learning how to fish off them. Your guide will get you some on-the-water
experience and is there to respond to any questions you may have.
So, get started by calling 949.661.4947 and ask for the First Cast experience!
Stay tuned for upcoming kayak fishing tips. Until then, keep your lines tight and stay fishy!

Tommy Ponce

Contributor

What to Wear When Kayak Fishing — Outfitting Matters

March 26th, 2016 Posted by Customer Submission, Kayak Fishing, Uncategorized 0 comments on “What to Wear When Kayak Fishing — Outfitting Matters”

Today’s topic is selecting clothing best suited for Southern California kayak fisherman.
There is no set style, look, or requirement when outfitting for kayak fishing. Everyone has their own preference. Some like to dress the part and just put on some old clothes that are ratty, torn, faded and plain old ugly! In my opinion, it’s time to roll with the changes and advances in clothing and utilize them to not only keep you cool and dry in the heat, but also to help protect you from the elements. Trust me, clothing won’t make you a better fisherman, but it will make a long day on the water a lot more comfortable.
Here in SoCal we don’t have much “weather” to speak of. Our year is made up of short cold snaps in the winter and the remainder of the year is primarily spring/summer weather. The only obvious difference with summer weather is that it’s hotter than spring. That being said, let me stress the importance of sunblock.
Sunblock is your friend. Make sure you apply it liberally. Sitting on a Hobie keeps you on top of fish, but also keeps you water level and closer to the glare of the sun from the ocean. It’s like a huge mirror reflecting sun rays onto your body. And this happens rather quickly. In summer months I suggest wearing cooler clothing–lighter colors, UPF shirts, or long sleeve shirts. UPF clothing is made of lightweight material that helps block harmful sun rays and help wick away sweat from your body. This alone will help you stay cooler.
Now, the dilemma is whether to wear pants or shorts. Actually, it’s up to you. I like to wear board shorts. They’re light, they can get wet and dry quickly and there are endless design options. Pants are a great option also but your legs will get hot quickly in warm weather. If you don’t have venting in your pants you’ll be stuck being uncomfortable all day while you’re fishing. A quick fix is to pack a pair of shorts in your dry bag and stow it in one of your storage hatches on your kayak. Or, better yet, buy a pair of pants that can convert into shorts.
As for footwear, again, it’s about preference. Sandals are king in SoCal. But we do wear the occasional water shoe or tennis shoes. I say to each his own.
Now that we have the feet, legs and upper torso covered, let’s talk headwear. A hat is a must. I prefer visors with black underlining on the bill. It helps absorb the rays from the water and sun and deflects them away from your face. I’d recommend getting a face shield. It’s basically a face sock. It is made of lightweight material similar to your UPF shirts and helps protect your face and neck that your hat does not cover.
Now, there is one more essential item. I recommend having sunglasses in your outfitting arsenal–preferably polarized. Why do I specify polarized? It’s simple. One, you can see clearer than just regular sunglasses, it helps remove glare from the water which makes vision clearer. Also, you can see farther and more deeply. If you look down into the water, you can see deeper and see what kind of structure you might be on top of or perhaps you’ll find you’re in deep water seeing bait balls below you. Polarized lenses can be a little pricey when choosing the best options of sunglasses, but everything in fishing is an investment.
Not only is your Hobie a fishing investment platform, so is everything you buy for your excursions. To begin, start locally with a visit to Dana Point Jet Ski and Kayak. Check out their offerings. Next, I like to shop at trade shows. Given the pricing, trade shows are generally your best bet to score clothing and accessories.
Here are some brands and companies I shop–Columbia PFG, AFTCO, Pelagic Outfitters and SPYS Optic. They have killer designs that suit my wants and needs for quality and fair prices.
I hope my outfitting tutorial will help you year round. Look cool, stay cool, stay fishy, and remember to keep your lines tight my friends!
Tommy Ponce, Contributor

Jet Ski Adventure Captured by One of our Customers

September 8th, 2014 Posted by Customer Submission, Jet Ski, Uncategorized 0 comments on “Jet Ski Adventure Captured by One of our Customers”

A couple of our customers went out on our Jet Skis last month and captured some amazing footage using the GoPro HERO3+ BLACK.  Check it out!