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 Post subject: Expensive Lesson
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:09 am 
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I was in the Georgia Kayak Fishing Bull Red tournament down at Jekyll Island, GA this past weekend. It was a two fish limit and so was geared for you to go after big Bull Reds This was definitely a bucket fish for me from my kayak. I ended up hooking four giant Reds and landing two for a total of 84 inches. I came in second in the tourney and won another Bending Branches Angler Pro 240 Carbon fiber paddle, which I intend to sell.

The bad news is that while fighting the first big Bull, he got caught up in the peddle drive of my kayak. I had to take it out and get the line untangled, while still fighting the 45” fish. When I got the line free it knocked my peddle drive overboard. After I got the fish in the yak, I went in after the drive, but it was not to found. We were about 8 feet of water, a mile and half from shore. That big 45” red ended up being over a $500 fish… :(

I did learn that I can get back in my PA12 from deep water....:)

So... where is the best place to buy a replacement Mirage Drive for my PA 12 AND a Drive Lease?

If you do not have a drive lease I obviously highly recommend getting one.

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 Post subject: Re: Expensive Lesson
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:26 am 
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Thanks for sharing your story. It's a great lesson. Just curious if you have your PA insured? A lot of folks don't realize that insurance for a Pro Angler is pretty cheap. When I fish away from my subdivision lake, I always take my Mirage Drive leash so I don't have something similar happen.

Looking at your "nickname" and the location you fished, I'll assume you live in northern Florida or southern Georgia. You have Black Creek Outfitters in Jacksonville or Wilderness Way just south of Tallahassee. If memory serves me correctly, there is a dealer in Albany, GA as well.

Great fish in the picture! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Expensive Lesson
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:41 am 
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I'm originally from Tallahassee, but live north of Atlanta now. I thought I would get the drive from ACK. But since I posted this I called The Outside World, which is where I bought the boat and they are going to give me a good deal. I was really impressed that they are willing to take care of me.


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 Post subject: Re: Expensive Lesson
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:48 pm 
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Location: Florida's Treasure Coast.
Man that sucks, such an expensive damn fish.....hopefully the sale of the paddle will take some of the sting out of the loss.

I think the first thing I DIY'ed for my first PA12 was a leash for the Mirage Drive (sorry, didn't mean to rub it in :D ) and later for my 12 y/o son's Revo 11.

He did have a close call a couple weeks back- we were at the launch, he was about 25 yards out just screw'in around when I saw him jump forward and grap at something.....the drive; he had pulled it to beach the boat but then decided to paddle around a bit and forgot to reconnect the leash. As he went to clip in the paddle, he caught the drive and almost flipped it out into 6-8' of dark brackish water. Lesson learned....for him!

Again, thanks for sharing.

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 Post subject: Re: Expensive Lesson
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:37 am 
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There are two Mirage Drive units for sale on eBay right now.


I also installed a leash on my mirage drive unit before I put it in the water for the first time. I was afraid what of exactly what happened to you. Sorry to hear that you had that accident.

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 Post subject: Re: Expensive Lesson
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:44 pm 
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I keep my leash attached to my drive at all times, even storing the drive in the bag, so I never forget to attach it as soon as it enters the boat. The female end of the leash stays looped through the yak's D-ring.

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 Post subject: Re: Expensive Lesson
PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:41 am 
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Leashes should be standard on all mirage drives. I keep one on all my drives, and connecting to the kayak is always done before every launch.


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 Post subject: Re: Expensive Lesson
PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:38 am 
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I ordered a new turbo drive and LEASE from the store I bought the kayak from about 6 months ago. They ended up giving me a decent discount on both.

I will definitely lease it before it hits the water every time.....


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