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Which Mirage model is best suited for Lake Fishing?
Revolution 25%  25%  [ 7 ]
Outback 36%  36%  [ 10 ]
Adventure (Island) 14%  14%  [ 4 ]
Sport 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Other 25%  25%  [ 7 ]
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:12 pm 
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Hey Guys!

I just want to say how excited I am about about finding out about Hobie kayaks. I grew up on the water in Va. Beach and absolutely love to saltwater fish. Because of a recent move to Greenville, SC, I am forced to now start to learn to fish freshwater. That being said, I found out about Hobie Kayaks this week and can't stop thinking about buying one :D . So my question is fairly simple. For those of you who have experience (not simply just a knowledge of the facts such as dimensions - I can read those too) with different models, what do you think is the best model for lake fishing? Most of my fishing in this area is going to be in lakes, with the occasional saltwater run if I take it with me to visit my parents.

I am 5'11'', 225 lbs and know that the type of lake fishing I will be doing will include both stationary casting and trolling.

Thanks in advance for the advice!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:33 am 
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gonna really depend on the lake, but I like my Outback with turbofins, it's fast enough to get there and back, and stable enough to handle powerboaters who don't know what "NO WAKE" means. Enough gunwale spots to mount and store things and capacity to carry plenty of stuff. Not to heavy to cart to the lake from a parking lot.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:22 am 
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I agree with RPB's comments + I added the sailing rudder to counter the drag/course change when using my Cannon down rigger.
Having a small sea anchor on hand is helpful when a following tail wind makes your trolling speed too fast.
Turbo fins are super and a slow steady stroke moves the Outback along into a strong headwind and any wind driven wave action......traditional Yaks can't keep pace with a Hobie + hands free fishing is ideal.
I am 6" tall and 189 pounds....the Outback capacity is 400 pounds, so plenty of capacity for adding tackle and gear.
I gave up on the Hobie Trax cart and went to a "C-Tug" kayak cart from Outdoorplay.com....this cart has better/tougher tires and wheels, higher capacity and you can load the Outback without turning it 90 degrees on the side to install the trax cart.....the C-Tug has a "folding leg" that keeps it upright for loading...very simple.
I use my Outback in both lakes and the Columbia River......when on the Columbia, I install the Hobie safety flag so I do not get run over by a power boat or some crazy on a PWC....aka jet ski.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:25 am 
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The Sport is way too small for me. Big lake = Adventure. Small lake = Outback. Revo = compromise

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:57 pm 
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Location: Virginia - Pro Angler 14 owner since Feb 2010
Get a Pro Angler.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:18 pm 
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x2 for a Pro Angler!
I have a Pro Angler and a Outback, we tried Hobie's Sport (too small and not stable, not comfortable if you are tall), Revolution (fast but we felt the Outback was more stable).
I use the PA and the OB ends up being used by my son or loaned out. I have yet to get my wife in the water on the OB, still trying though!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:11 am 
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I've got the PA and the Outback. I enjoy both. I'm not immune to dragging either of them with me no matter what body of water I'm fishing. Both are loaded and locked on the trailer and make the trip to the water. With your choices, I opted for the Outback as it's been one heck of a fishing vessel. The PA is heavier, bigger, little slow to get underway compared to the Outback but a very comfortable yak.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:18 pm 
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Correct answer: the one that feels best for you. That is the most important criteria, bar nothing. They are all good lake fishing kayaks.

My personal advice is to not pay too much attention to opinions formed upon the experience of just one model. Any guy who owns an Outback (for example) and has tried nothing else is almost certain to tell you the Outback is best. A guy who owns a PA and has tried nothing else will swear the PA is best.

Opinions voiced here and suggestions made by your dealer should be treated as a guide, not gospel. Take a demo ride on a few yaks and determine which one feels the best. If you do that, it's all pretty simple.

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