Howie walks you through the installation process of getting a full featured fish finder outfitted on a Hobie iSeries inflatable kayak. He used the i11S in this video but the kit will install on any Hobie inflatable kayak with the new Vantage seat. The head unit mounts onto an adjustable arm that attached to either of the Vantage seatbacks legs. The transducer mounts to the rudder blade of the Hobie Twist n Stow rudder, this mount gets the transducer deep into the water but also has the transducer lifting up and out of the water if needed. This kit also includes a nice small light weight lithium battery that can be strapped onto the back of the Vantage seatback.
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May 15th, 2018 Posted by Gregg KellKayak Fishing
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Dana Point Kayak Fishing Adventure: Catch a Beings Grouper in Panama
Kayak fishing for Grouper in Panama
In this bout we’re taking 10 clients kayak fishing offshore in Panama for some MONSTER fish. I hook into something gigantic that tows me faster than any fish has before until it snaps my rod clean-living in half. Then my friend Mike acre a Big 50 -pound broomtail grouper.
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Safety on the ocean is of the increased importance when kayak fish. Picking the right PFD for yourself is a great first step.
Howie shows you two of the more common types of Life skins to choose from and clarifies some of the advantages of each type.
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Soft Cooler for your Pure Watersports fishing kayak
The smallest of three, this may best available alternative for having on the arc of your kayak if you have limited space. It’s conveniently sized to fit the prow recess of the Mirage Compass kayak and has all the same amazing features as the two other larger soft cool purses by Hobie.
The Lowrance Ready TotalScan Transducer plate was developed by Hobie and Lowrance to accommodate the TotalScan Transducer and allow it to function with optimal performance. It works in conjunction with the plug and play Lowrance Ready System found on popular Hobie fishing kayak models. Our mount leaves the transducer completely open and free of obstruction so you get the most accurate readings while having enough protection on the front to shield the transducer.
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.