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Pelican The Catch 130 Hydryve

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Hobie caused quite a stir with their Mirage Drive system and it is no surprise that other brands would bring out their own versions after the expiration of the patent protecting it. What is surprising is how quickly Pelican got in on the action afterwards and how similar their HyDryve system is to the Mirage Drive System. However, first things first; The Catch 130 HyDryve from Pelican is a 12'6" long rudder controlled fishing kayak. It is 34 inches wide, weights about 78 lb, and can hold a capacity of 425 lb, which means it can comfortably hold a solo angler with plenty of gear. Pelican has used their proprietary RAM-X Premium material for the construction of this kayak, which is a multi-layer polyethylene that has an advanced resin in the top layer. This results in a kayak that not only sports a glossy finish, but which also offers more rigidity than those made from standard polyethylene. So, overall, you have a kayak that is stiff and strong, but light enough to move around with ease.


Now the big draw for the kayak as mentioned earlier is the HyDryve pedal system, which allows you to use your legs to maneuver the kayak instead of paddles. Pelican has made use of independent housing for the drive, so even if too much torque is applied to the pedal drive, it is the housing that will suffer the consequences and not your kayak. The drive has adjustable pedals and adjustable foot straps, along with double-sided footrests that can be used barefoot or with footwear. One area where this drive still lags behind the Hobie Mirage Drive is that you can't reverse direction with it. Well, that's not strictly speaking true, you can go backwards, but this involves removing the entire drive and putting it back in reverse. Pelican calls the process quick and simple, but it is still not something that most anglers would want to fiddle with out on the water.


The Catch features compartments in the bow and stern for stowing items, both of which are covered with bungees to keep things secured. It also comes with two sets of gear tracks and you have four flush mount rod holders to work with. Overall, The Catch is one of the cheapest options when it comes to pedal drive kayaks and while Mirage Drive owners might not be happy with the blatant copying, everyone else can benefit from the savings.


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