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Fishing with Friends Kayak Tournaments – 2019 Schedule

June 16th, 2019 Posted by Events, Fishing With Friends, Hobie Fishing, Kayak Fishing, Local Events, Tournaments 0 comments on “Fishing with Friends Kayak Tournaments – 2019 Schedule”

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

Catch Your First Calico Bass!

February 2nd, 2016 Posted by Kayak Fishing, Local Events, News, Uncategorized 0 comments on “Catch Your First Calico Bass!”

Today we will cover the basics of catching Calico Bass on your Hobie kayak.

 

First, Calico Bass can be finicky. This characteristic in itself makes catching them tricky. Understanding where Calico Bass live, feed and hide are only part of being successful in catching them. Catching this fish is not an exact science, but we’ll give you a better understanding of how Calico Bass live and to lead you in the direction to catch them. After you purchase your first Hobie kayak, there is no greater reward than to self-guide into open water and landing your first fish!

 

Bass love to hide in structure. By structure, I mean floating kelp, anchored kelp, boiler rocks, sea grass, etc. My advice to you is to look for obstruction in the water; whether it’s kelp or rocks and hopefully a little current in the mix as well. In this article we will only be focusing on the little guys. It gets more technical hunting for the bigger boys. We will cover this topic in a future installment.

 

In whatever structure pile you decide to fish, give yourself about a 20+ foot buffer. This is for a variety of reasons. Here are a few.

 

You want to give yourself plenty of room to cast toward your structure. Try fly-lining a live bait. A Google search or YouTube video will demonstrate this. Also, a simple dropper loop rig with bait will work as well if you’re into the whole bait-and-wait technique. I personally prefer to use plastic swimbaits and spinnerbaits. Also, if you’re not anchored, the current will eventually push you too close to the structure and it may scare away the fish. And, even worse, you might get stuck. Always keep that in mind.

 

If open water scares you or it’s just too rough, stay within your own personal boundaries. You’ll get increasingly comfortable as you get to know your Hobie kayak and how it reacts to rough and calm water. It won’t take long to figure out.

 

Calico Bass is an incredibly tough species. Given their size, they are heavily sought for the fight. They are ambush predators. When they are in the 1-3 pound range they will be attacking the lower tail region of your choice of bait, such as live bait, (i.e. sardines, anchovies and squid.) Even with artificial lures, they will bite the tails to stun its prey and then bite the head or hook.

 

So you’ve found the structure I’ve described, now what? It’s simple. I love to cast my bait just because I feel more productive vs. the bait-and-wait technique. One technique is not better than the other. It’s a matter of personal choice. Now, pick a spot you feel is optimal in your structure and cast toward it. Now it’s time to retrieve it.

 

Retrieve it at medium speed. Keep it steady while retrieving it back to you. Pause to allow the bait to sink or swim. Just let the bait do its job. With lures, you have to provide the action by mimicking a bait fish. Alright, did you catch anything? Chances are you haven’t.

 

So send that bait out again. But this time I want you to do what we call fan casting. Position your kayak so you’re facing the structure, or, to the best of your ability, given what the area allows. Now, fan cast in between the 9 & 2 o’clock positions, starting at 9 o’clock, retrieve it, then at 10 o’clock, and so forth. This gives you more water coverage in your structure and will increase your odds of landing a fish.

 

If this doesn’t work, adjust the position of your HOBIE. Go to a different side of your structure which may be either straight ahead, opposite of where you just were, or, to the left or right. Then continue fan casting in the same fan pattern as previously described. Try this method first before making the decision to find new grounds. Chances are with this semi-top water method you will NOT catch a monster, but, it will get you fishing like a kayak fisherman! You will slowly begin to understand how Calico Bass react to your lure or bait and it will be up to you as to how you can perfect your method and increase your success rate!

 

In my next installment, we’ll cover the more technical aspects of fishing for these crafty fish.

 

Until next time, keep your lines tight and stay fishy my friends!

 

Tommy Ponce, contributor

2015 Mothership Trips Scheduled

May 2nd, 2015 Posted by Kayak Fishing, Local Events, Mothership Trip, Uncategorized 0 comments on “2015 Mothership Trips Scheduled”

Dana Point Jet Ski and Fish Village teamed up this year to bring SoCal kayak anglers another
opportunity at big island fish on a limited load 2.5 day kayak mothership trips aboard the
Islander. This trip targets nearshore favorites such as calico bass, sand bass, halibut, sheephead,
leopard shark and sometimes even yellowtail.
The Islander begins loading kayaks and gear at around 5:00 PM and will leave Fisherman’s
Landing in Point Loma around 7pm. From there we fuel and bait up and make a slow and steady
course for San Clemente Island. We fish for two full days and begin the journey home the last
evening returning to dock early in the morning at about 6am. The price includes live bait, food
and sodas. Not included are beers and tips. Because of space limitations, no Hobie Pro Anglers
will be allowed.
What: 2.5 day trip
How much: $625
Depart: Friday June 5th @ 5:00 PM
Arrive Back to Dock: Monday June 8th @ 6:00 AM
Where: Boat leaves Point Loma, San Diego, bound for San Clemente Island (conditions
permitting).
What: 2.5 day trip
How much: $625
Depart: Thursday June 18th @ 5:00 PM
Arrive Back to Dock: Sunday June 21st @ 6:00 AM
Where: Boat leaves Point Loma, San Diego, bound for San Clemente Island (conditions
permitting).
If you’ve been on these trips before, you know that there is no better way to fish from a kayak.
The maximum amount of kayakers on this trip is limited to 18 spots. Trips fill up fast. A $200
non refundable deposit (cash, debit, credit and checks) will hold your spot with the balance due 6
weeks before the departure date. Once paid, the fare is non-refundable, unless we have someone
waiting to take your spot.
Get your deposit in early to guarantee your spot.
If you’re not familiar with the Islander, check out their website. I can speak from experience, the
boat and crew are exceptional and have the reputation as the finest mothership boat on the west
coast.
Come on kayak anglers, jump on this!

Contact Mike Ponce for details (714) 658-4089 or email me at mike.ponce@fishvillage.com.

 

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Hobie First Cast

April 7th, 2015 Posted by Kayak Fishing, Local Events, News, Uncategorized 0 comments on “Hobie First Cast”

First cast, first fish, first kayak, the first fishing experience. Three Belles Outfitters wants to create new fishing moments for anglers of all ages and skill levels in the new Hobie® First Cast program. Don’t have a kayak? No problem! Dana Point Jet Ski will provide each participant with a Hobie Mirage® kayak and an experienced kayak fishing guide to get you jumpstarted into kayak fishing.

The best part of fishing on a Hobie Mirage? Your hands are free to tend to your line. Hobie’s patented MirageDrive® system allows you to pedal your kayak instead of paddling it. To quote Bass Fishing Hall of Famer, Hank Parker: “If you’ve got a paddle in your hand, you aren’t fishing!”

Give us a Call today to find out how you can get involved!

949-661-4947

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