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Are you a new Hobie Mirage Pedalboard Owner? Hobie QuickStart videos are intended to be a quick way to get you on the water with the basic info for setting up your pedalboard for the first time. Watch this video about the Eclipse ACX and the Eclipse Dura series boards. Learn how to properly install and adjust your handle, install your rudder, and several other tips on how to get you started.
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Hobie Mirage Tandem Island sailing and exploring a cliff area in Hawaii. This 18′ long tri-maran is a combination of everything great about a mutli-hull sailboat and also everything amazing about a pedal kayak. When the wind is up the Tandem Island is a fast and fun sailboat that is also very stable and easy to sail. When the wind dies down of when you’re coming into the beach the sail furls out of the way and each user can pedal the boat along easily and maneuver around any obstacle with ease. Once on the beach or at the boat ramp the amas/outriggers fold back and the mast can be easily removed and this whole boat can be transported with a simple beach cart or trailered with nearly any car.
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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.
Hobie’s bioengineered MirageDrive propulsion system for kayaks was revolutionary in its inception in 1997 and has been evolving ever since. Now comes the biggest evolution – so far. Introducing the patent-pending Hobie MirageDrive 180 forward-reverse propulsion system that will be integrated into all 2017 model year Mirage kayaks.
Weighing in at under eight pounds, the MirageDrive 180 produces full power in both directions and offers unprecedented maneuverability. The user can pull one of two shift cables to direct propulsion 180 degrees almost instantly from forward to reverse and back again.
Imagine the possibilities: backing fish out of cover; safely fishing closer to obstructions; or fishing downstream while holding in current. Hands-free propulsion in any direction means better control: to cast, to present baits, and to concentrate on landing bigger fish. And then pictures can be snapped or cold beverage enjoyed on the way back in without ever stopping.
There are two shifters, one marked in green for forward and a longer one in red for reverse, making them easy to identify. Pulling the appropriate cable pivots both MirageDrive fins 180 degrees, reversing the direction of the power output.
Although the forward-reverse capability is the most noticeable improvement to this new generation of the time-tested MirageDrive, it’s not the only significant advancement. The new fins are even more durable, with high strength nylon on the leading and trailing edges. Adjusting fin resistance has also been improved via an easy-access knob. The fin shape, altered to allow the fins to rotate from forward to reverse, provides the same efficient power as past models of ST Fins and ST Turbo fins respectively.
Can the MirageDrive 180 go shallow? Absolutely. Use partial pedal strokes to “flutter” the fins or push one crank arm forward so that both fins automatically fold up flat against the bottom of the hull. This same wing-like action excels for dodging obstacles, shedding weeds and gliding through the water with minimal resistance. It also facilitates landing on the beach or at the boat ramp. The MirageDrive 180 installs in seconds thanks to the Click and Go Mounting System, which also makes removing a snap.
The MirageDrive 180’s cranks adjust to comfortably fit the user’s height, from tall to child-size. Cleaning and maintenance is simple. A quick rinse at the end of the day and an occasional spray with Hobie Multi-Lube is all it takes.
Fishing Product Manager Morgan Promnitz took the MirageDrive 180 to remote and demanding Cedros Island in Baja, Mexico for intensive testing. “The shifters really shine. I found myself using them constantly,” Promnitz says.
Promnitz fished nose-in to a breakwall for powerful grouper. Every time he hooked up, he’d throw the MirageDrive 180 into reverse and back the fish out of the rocks. He also used the shifters while taking photos of friends connected with big fish, to get just close enough, backing away if the fish ran. But the most surprising use was trolling in reverse with live bait in front of him, where he could watch its every move.
“A bonito school came up chasing the live mackerel I had on for bait. I subtly guided it towards them to entice a bite. It was cool watching the action go down,” he says.
The uses of the shifters are endless. They are helpful, for instance, when you suddenly realize your Mirage Tandem Island mast isn’t going to clear a bridge. “I quickly pulled the reverse cable and backed my Island to safety,” Hobie engineer Jim Czarnowski recalls of his close call in the grueling Everglades Challenge endurance race.
When pinpoint navigation is necessary, Czarnowski shifts from forward to reverse and back again. When coming into or leaving a dock, he backs the Tandem Island in and out of its parking bay, just like a car in a parking lot.
The two shift cables are composed of braided Spectra line connected to high strength, snag-free nylon handles. They tuck into a Bungee® retainer when not needed.
The MirageDrive 180 will be standard with all 2017 model year Mirage kayaks, including the legendary Outback and award-winning Pro Anglers. 2017 model year kayaks are slated to begin shipping in October 2016. The MirageDrive 180 is retrofitable to existing MirageDrive kayaks and is expected to be available as a stand-alone accessory by mid-year 2017.
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
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!
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!
We’re ready to start off the 2015 Fishing with Friends Tournaments. We had some amazing fish take the jackpots last year, and this year will be no different.
The format is very simple: Entry fee is $10 with the largest legal fish taking all.No sharks, rays, skate’s, etc. Very simple format: no sponsors, no raffles, no prizes, no points, NO HASSLE. Starttime @ 7a.m. with weigh in @ 2p.m. Weigh in and post tournament potluck at Dana Point Jet Ski. Parking will be available for those early launchers. Gate to launch will open at 6:30 a.m., and will close at 7:30 a.m., but will re-open at 9:00 a.m. You can launch any other place you choose, just make sure you check-in and kicked in your ante. Sign-up for what you will be bringing to the potluck.
This is a great fishing opportunity for beginning and seasoned kayak fishermen who are not looking for the high stress competitive fishing scenes, but just want to fish and learn from other kayak fisherman.
Our Friend, Alan Ogata over at Bloody Jet Skis shared a report with us where they caught a 147 lb Opah! Check it out:
So, Ben Hyun of Corona, CA and I planned to make another run at the Point for tuna before the dwindling bite shut down all together. We baited up at the carrier with smallish sized sardis and “Big Macs” of up to the 10″ variety! The wave conditions were a little choppy and settled into some 2′ rollers with the occasional 3′ stacked wave with chop.
The water temp was upwards of 75 degrees when we reached the 267 FB and not a single paddy in site, none, nada, zippo! Ben wanted to head further South in search of paddies and we started off in that direction. Still nothing! We decided to hit some paddy’s that I had marked in prior trips. I resumed my route, no paddies in site, when my FF that hadn’t worked for the majority of the trip went off and I chunked in a big mac, Ben soon joined me and was able to mark fish 60 – 80′ down. Before I knew it Ben was hooked up on a “big un” that took 45 minutes to 1 hour to surface, it was a huge Opah, OMG! I raced over, gaff in hand and nailed em just behind the head. It was like trying to hold on to a freight train! It tried to tail dance away 3 times and I was as spent as Ben, trying to hold on to this monster!
We had no idea how to subdue this monster. The first thing that came to my mind was to hand off the gaff as it continued to thrash, “here Ben take the gaff”. My arms were like rubber by then. I had my wahoo killer knife which I used to perf it’s head and seemed to subdue him a bit. It was enough to where Ben was able to slip in a sport clip with the end barely visible outside its mouth. But no way was it going to hold the over a hundred pound beast. The next great idea was to tail wrap him, not an easy task for sure, but managed to do so after several attempts. Ben managed to hoist and tie him off to the tow bar and “that’s all she wrote”. Ben being the considerate feller that he is, asked, “want to fish some more?” I said, “I don’t think so.” I thought we got enough fish right here and we headed back to the launch “over the rail and in the pail”.
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