Sometimes one just has to blend in to stand out…to sneak up on bass, to get a jump on birds or simply to make a statement. Introducing Hobie’s new Camo Series.
Hobie’s first-ever color blend will be available for the time-tested Mirage Pro Angler 14, Mirage Pro Angler 12 and the Mirage Outback, the three models in Hobie’s line-up most popular with anglers and bird enthusiasts worldwide.
The new camo will replace the olive green color on these three models, all equipped with the MirageDrive® 180. Each hull boasts a uniquely different camouflage pattern along with special camo graphics and pads to appeal to those Hobie fans that prefer a more subtle approach than the popular colors found throughout the company’s recreational line of kayaks.
The Camo version of the Mirage Outback also includes ST Turbo Fins as standard equipment.
“We wanted to create an earthy camo pattern specific to Hobie,” says Fishing Product Manager Morgan Promnitz. “We’ve done it using trademark Hobie colors Olive and Dune mixed with a new color, Midnight. The result will be enjoyed by the many Hobie fans that have requested camo boats.”
MSRP’s are coming soon. The Camo Series will be shipped to retailers starting in October, 2016.
First and foremost, let me say that the tips I’ll be sharing with you here are NOT a guarantee to win in kayak tournaments. These are observations I’ve made in my own tournament experience.
I have failed countless times- more than I’d like to admit. Everyone is a winner if you learn from your mistakes and simply enjoy the experience with your fellow anglers. If you’re not having fun, maybe fishing is not for you.
Let’s start by saying this. If you want to contend with tournament fisherman you’ll have to follow their successful path, but then make it your own. Do your homework.
Tournament fishing off a kayak can be challenging. One of the first questions you ask yourself is where am I going to go? Is live bait an option in this tournament? If so, what size is the bait and color? Knowing these things can really help you plan a better tournament experience.
When I said doing your homework, I meant to go out fishing that day fully prepared. Know what the tides are for the day. Is the current acting in your favor? If not, what is your experience telling you to do? Do that. Also, is it sunny or overcast? Understanding these factors gives you a greater chance of succeeding and a bigger edge against your competitors, but this is just the beginning.
I wouldn’t say the old bait and wait technique won’t work for kayak fishermen, but I also wouldn’t call it a tournament technique either. Know the species you’re targeting and understand what makes them tick. Bait selection is key; it is part of your success. This applies to artificial lures as well as live bait and learning all there is to know about all forms of bait. Fishing with artificial lures can be lucrative if you use them correctly. Assemble your tackle box based on the successful experience you had catching fish with those particular items. Don’t forget what the conditions were that day when you caught that particular species and what colors you were using.
So you caught that fish! Now what? Well, first determine if the fish is legal or not. Most tournaments set the size limit in place before you head out. If you don’t plan to kill your fish do your best to keep them alive and be humane. Some tourneys require you to practice catch and release. Others will penalize you for every dead fish you bring back subtracting from your total weight. This is not true with all tournaments.
Some of the best advice I’ve been given is to not throw back ANY LEGAL SIZE FISH. Other anglers could have had a terrible day, regardless of their winning reputation. I have personally made this mistake one too many times and I regret it. Also pay close attention to where your fellow anglers are fishing. Don’t get too close to them, they can be territorial during a tournament. But if you’re given the OK to be nearby, feel free to pick their brains on how they have been doing and how they have been catching fish. Some fisherman will give great advice. Always listen to other anglers and don’t discount your personal experiences catching fish and reciprocate in sharing your knowledge.
I wish you all great success in kayak tournament fishing! Never give up. Don’t let your friends’ smack talk ever get into your head. Always abide all state and tournament regulations.
It’s your responsibility to learn what they are.
Respect all anglers who decide to fish these tourneys as we all have one thing in common. We’re there to catch fish. We’ll weigh them in for a possible jackpot and of course, bragging rights!.
I hope this article is helpful in conveying understanding of what it takes to be successful in tournament kayak fishing. Again, this is not the be all and end all of tournament fishing. Trust the knowledge you are acquiring every time you go out.
Until next time fellow anglers, enjoy your kayak, stay fishy, and keep your lines tight!
We’re excited. This is going to be the SBS’s first kayak only tournament and we’re hosting!
• When > May 2nd
• Where > Dana Point Harbor
• Time > 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. (scales open at 1 p.m.)
• Check in > 3:30-5:30 no later!
• Cost per person / kayak > $50 basic entry
• Big Fish Option > $10
• Big Odd Fish Option (any fish besides bass) > $10
• Pay Out is 1 in 4 with 1st and 2nd Big Fish paid
• Artificials ONLY!!….scents and or attractants are ok to use (no squid strips or other bait as a trailer)
• Trolling is allowed
• There will be a shotgun start for each flight at the Harbor entrance. We will randomly draw a chip to determine starting kayak #. You must be back within the 5mph buoys before your flight time deadline to be considered “on time”, or be penalized 2 pounds, returning 15 minutes or later after your flight deadline will result in a DQ
• 3 fish 15 inch size limit > all species of bass count, if you weigh a short fish, it will not count toward your 3 fish limit
• There will be no dead fish penalty
• There are no boundaries (MLPA areas are off limits, anglers are responsible for knowing these areas)
• PFD’s must be readily available at all times
• BBQ is included in your entry
• We encourage carpooling as parking may be limited!