Rusty... I have a Hobie"Outback" and to me.... it's the ULITIMATE FISHING MACHINE!!! It's stable... lots of room and you can troll... AND work a gulp at the same time or get a drink.. and eat without having to stop. You can't go wrong with a Hobie!!!
i've got an older hobie pedal yak (purchased ~2001). its not a fishing kayak, but i've outfitted it by putting a milk crate rod rack and a fish ruler on the side. its definatelynice to have your hands free while fishing. the only thing i don't like about the older models is the fragile rudder system. the internal rudder strings like to come apart and it is almost impossible to get inside there!:banghead the newer ones have a more solid rudder system.
I boughta tandem Hobie Miragefor my wife and me...loved it so much I bought a Mirage Sport just for meand setit up for fishing. The Hobie is the only kayak I've ever owned, so I can't speak of conventional paddle 'yaks. But, I can't imagine how a conventional 'yak could possibly provide the maneuverability or freedom to fish, change baits or rigs, troll, etc. that the Hobie provides.
I bought the Sport through Key Sailing on Pensacola Beach. Kirk Newkirk is theregional authorized dealer and he got me a deal on a "demo" model less the pedal system or seat. I just use one from the set that came with the Outfitter.
If you're in the market, be sure to give one a test drive...
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