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.
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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.
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!
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