Before I ever load up my kayak to hit the water, I always check the weather and wind forecast. Unlike our powerboat brethren, we have no trolling motor or outboard to prevent the wind from pushing us around. That burden lies solely on our paddle, pedals, or anchor system.
We recently ask our good friends at Bending Branches what they feel is important when selecting a paddle for kayak fishing. Andrew Stern, Marketing Specialist for Bending Branches, responded with his four key paddle attributes.
For owners of the Native Watercraft's “Propel” pedal drive propulsion system, routine maintenance is an important part of keeping the unit in top working condition. Fortunately, both the system and its upkeep are very straightforward.
During a season, I will put in over 500 hours in my kayaks and cover about 1000 miles. I have three Hobie Mirage Drives: two from 2007, and one from 2013. I have only had one breakdown, during some hard pedaling against a strong current on a section of the Detroit River. At that time, I took the opportunity to upgrade my version 1 Mirage Drive to a version 2.
Kayak fishing is a way for anglers to get onto the water without a huge investment in equipment. With the skyrocketing popularity of fishing kayaks, manufacturers have pushed the envelope and are designing fishing-specific kayak models with features only dreamed of a few years ago. However, these features come at a cost (literally).
So you have your kayak all rigged and fishing gear packed for a big day out on the water. You’ve told your wife/husband/significant other your plans, where you are going and about what time you’ll be home. Your cell phone is all charged up. Sounds like you are all ready to head out! Well, maybe not. Depending on where you are going, you may want to consider some other gear…just in case the plans don’t work out the way you planned.
Like the age-old “Chevy vs. Ford” debate, many people have asked us to compare the new Native Watercraft “Slayer Propel 13” with the Hobie “Outback”. Rather than give you my personal opinion on what kayak is better, I decided to give you a breakdown of each kayak’s features and options. This side-by-side comparison will give you some information to consider when thinking about which kayak might be better for you.
I'm going to save you some possible headache if you'll take five minutes and read this. I hope you take this advice to heart, because I sure didn't. I've bone-headed this scenario twice, and finally learned my lesson. I'll try to save you the same trouble.