Top 5 Reasons To Choose A Hobie Fishing Kayak
Posted on January 24 2017
By Ron Strauss, President Of The Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association
1. The Mirage Drive Is The Best Human Propulsion System Ever Built
It's cumbersome to work a hand paddle and control a fishing rod at the same time. Hands free fishing is the best way to seize the opportunity when a fish strikes. The Mirage drive is the oldest, best engineered fishing kayak propulsion system on the market. Once you try it...you'll want one.
2. Hobie Fishing Kayaks Are Very Stable
There will be times you want to stand and sight fish. There will be times when the wind is whipping up waves. Hopefully, there will be times when you've hooked in to a large fish and you need to drag it into your kayak. All these situations require a kayak that is stable. Hobie fishing kayaks are engineered and built for all these situations and more.
3. Protect Your Expensive Rods And Reels With Horizontal Rod Storage
We've all seen the classic photos of kayak anglers with rods sticking up vertically in rod tubes in the back of their kayak. Hobie fishing kayaks have built in horizontal rod holders. I've watched many friends go under bridges and snap, break or damage rods. I've seen friends get pulled in to low hanging trees by fish or water current and break or lose a rod overboard. Six horizontal rod holders in the PA14, four in the PA12 keep your rods safe and sound.
4. Kayak Anglers Like Versatility And Expandability
In the early days of kayak fishing, people would engineer accessories and add ons to customize kayaks that were not intended for fishing. It spawned a DIY (do it yourself) trend that's fun and unique to watch. That trend continues today. The talented engineers at Hobie have designed features right in to their fishing kayaks that allow each individual to rig and configure their yak in the way that suits them best. The H-Rail allows you to mount accessories quickly and easily anywhere. There's plenty of built in storage hatches for bringing tons of tackle or camping gear or whatever you need. I'm continually configuring my PA12 in new ways for fun and functionality.
Hobie fishing kayaks are a premium product and a premium brand. You get what you pay for. From the hull design and manufacturing process, to the uber comfortable vantage seat, to the unique features of the H-Rail system, no corners are cut. Personally, I've been fishing my Pro Angler 12 really hard for 4 seasons. Standard maintenance is all I've needed to do. This gives me more time fishing and the premium features keep me safe on the water.
My current fishing kayak is 4 years old. Each year I look at the new features on current year models and drool after them. This may be the year I upgrade. The new reverse drive and camo colors really have me excited! PLUS, Hobie kayaks bring a premium price on the used market. The excitement and desirability of Hobie fishing kayaks is clear to anyone in the sport.