A NEW KIND OF FISHING CRAFT   2 comments

Hobie leads the field in watercraft when it comes to kayaks.  The Mirage Pro Angler is the ultimate fishing machine in that field.  I have had several opportunities to try out this little craft but none under fishing conditions.  That is scheduled to change in a couple of weeks when I attend a press outing sponsored by Hobie and a number of other outdoor recreation companies.

I will be reporting here on my success, or lack of same, with the Hobie Mirage Drive Kayak on Lake Barkley in Kentucky.  In the meantime here are some of the basics of the craft.  The above photo is courtesy of the company and comes from their website.

 Although the Mirage is not exactly a traditioonnal kayak it looks like one above the water line and it is propelled by the patented Hobie MirageDrive drive.  The MirageDrive is just drops into the well and clicks into place.  Fishermen place their feet on the pedals and push to propel the craft with flippers that come up flush with the bottom of the boat to allow for skinny water fishing.  A finger tip rudder control offers hands free steering and still allows for casting to those special spots. 

The hull design is wider (38 inches) and more stable than most kayaks yet is still as light and portable as the smaller boat.  The 13-foot craft has a sculpted hull sporting a double hollowed out area.  Fully rigged the Pro Angler weighs 138 pounds and carries 600 pounds of cargo.

Above the water line the craft has a very comfortable, wide seat with screen type fabric to allow for air flow that keeps ones back and backside cool.  Storage areas fore and aft allow for fishing gear and a small bait box for live bait.  The storage area directly in front of the angler holds a number of clear plastic lure boxes.  It also provides a cutting board for working with live bait. 

On either side of the pedals are mounting boards on the gunnels.  These allow for the mounting of accessories such as fish locators, GPS, lights, down riggers, etc. 

One can carry a lot of gear with the use of Bungee tie-downs.  The optional livewell or cooler can be held in place with them.  The additional below deck storage area is accessed by use of a twist of the handle to open and close a water tight hatch thanks to an o-ring seal.  The hatch is on a hinge so it will not be dropped into the water. 

There is room for six rods stored horizontally as well as vertical rod holders for two more rods.  The vertical rod storage also accommodates a gaff or landing net.  The deck is wide enough and the craft stable enough to actually stand up to cast such as in fly fishing.  The grab rails at mid boat aid in handling the boat to gain access in launching.  But, they also are handy for those wanting to rise to cast once at the fishing location.

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Posted 03/21/2011 by Donald Gasaway in Boats, Freshwater Fishing

2 responses to “A NEW KIND OF FISHING CRAFT

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  1. I would love to have a kayak to do some shallow water catfishing in but for some reason every time I get in one everything ends up in the water, including me!

  2. I have had similar expereinces with the traditional kayak. I am really looking forward to actually trying this one out in a few weeks. I also have arthritis and getting in and out of a kayak is problematic. This appears to be much more stable on the water. Will let you know what I find out.

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