Coming this September! The Hobie Pro Angler 17T

We are incredibly excited to announce that we will have the just announced, all new Pro Anger 17T in store this September, ready for you and your favorite fishing partner to head out on your next adventure!

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Below is Hobie’s press release:

Oceanside, California, July 15, 2014 – Fishing out of one of Hobie’s Pro Angler 12- or 14’s is so much fun that Hobie is now making it possible for two anglers to share the experience in the same boat. Introducing the Pro Angler 17T. Three different configurations include traditional in-line tandem seating, face-to-face social tandem or solo, all with enough room for man’s best four-legged friend…and with plenty of space for standing, casting and fly fishing in comfort. 

This new Pro Angler 17T integrates all the features of its predecessors including Hobie’s iconic patented MirageDrive® pedal system and Vantage XT seating and adds new features such as the H-Rail System for customizing accessories, a tracking skeg for covering long distances and a battery platform for an optional trolling motor, crate or small cooler. The result is like nothing else on the market. A human-powered 17’ fishing machine. No gas needed, no-motor-zone compliant and made in the U.S.A. It does not get better.

“We challenged ourselves to expand our Pro Angler collection with a fully decked-out guide-style tandem where the aft passenger could provide MirageDrive power and put the front angler on the fish. We also wanted it to have the ability to hold an optional trolling motor for use as a bass boat,” commented Doug Skidmore, president of Hobie Cat Company. “Our new Pro Angler 17T meets that challenge.”

All anglers know that customizing their watercraft is a major part of ownership fun. The new patent-pending twelve-sided H-Rail mounting system runs along each side of the boat and provides a quick and easy way to secure multitudes of accessories. Two-each H-Rail Mounting Plates, Rod Racks and Cup Holders come stock with the boat. An infinite number of optional accessories can then be added to the H-Rail such as tackle bins, fish finders, camera mount or rod holders. 

The large rudder provides steerage and maneuverability while the new drop-down tracking skeg can be deployed when covering long distances in challenging conditions. An optional anchor trolley kit for anchors, drift chutes, nets or stakeout poles is easy to install using eight strategically placed brass inserts on each side. An optional Power-Pole® Micro with a customized Hobie mount can be added to the stern.

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Jackson Kayak Illuminati Color

One of the most fun/interesting/”does it work?” innovations to the hit the industry of kayak fishing in the last year, and something we got a lot of questions on at the Pacific Northwest Sportman’s Show, is the new Jackson Kayak Illuminati color. For an added $200, your Coosa, Cuda 14, Cuda 12 or Big Tuna kayak can glow in the dark! Gimmicky,  you ask? Sure, it may seem like that on the surface, but have you ever stayed out for “just one more” (fish that is, fish!)? We sure have. And then, all of the sudden, you get that knot in your stomach that comes from being on the water a little later than you should be – we’re talking about a different knot than the one you get from having to explain why you’re an hour late for dinner. However, if your kayak glows in the dark, at least one of those knots can go away. You’re on the water and you’re visible. Safety first, friends! And this is really just icing on the cake, because it looks great during the day too and performs just how you would expect one of Jackson’s world class kayaks to perform!

Here’s Drew Gregory showing off an Illuminati boat during the day:

 

A close up of it’s day time look:
And now (drumroll) at night:

 

Want to know more about the Illuminati color and see how others are liking it? Check out Jackson Kayak’s Illuminati “Glow” page.

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Our Sportsman Show Pro Angler!

With the increase of great fishing kayaks and kayak fishing as a sport, we decided to take our “show on the road” last month to the 2013 Pacific Northwest Sportman’s Show! We had a great time making new friends, chatting with “old” ones and sharing what we’ve learned about fishing from kayaks in all of the great waters the Pacific Northwest has to offer (sea, whitewater, slow moving water and lakes!) .

One of our most talked about boats was a fully loaded Hobie Kayak Pro Angler. This was a special rig we did for the show and, with two more heading out the door this morning, we thought we’d share this very popular set up:

* Hobie Pro Angler (turbo fins, seat, paddle AND water bottle included!)
* Hobie Livewell Bait Tank
* Hobie Lowrance Elite 4 DSI Fish Finder GPS
* Robocup (not online but available)
* Hobie Rod Holder Extensions
* Hobie H-Bar
* Hobie Ram Fly Rod Holder & Base
* Hobie Full Size Fish Finder Installation Kit
* Hobie RAM Fish Finder Full Size Mount

Sound like a dream set up? We thought so and, according to a lot of the feedback we received at the show, we weren’t alone! Here are a couple pictures of the boats heading to new homes and new water this morning (with the lovely Angie providing a person for a little scale): 


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Introducing the Jackson Kayak Cuda 12!

Even though the snow is still falling here, we are all very excited about the Jackson Kayak Cuda 12 and can’t wait to get out on the water! Since no one explains a Jackson Fishing kayak quite like designer and team pro, Drew Gregory, we’ll let him tell you why the Cuda 12 might just be the boat for you!

And if that’s not enough for you, check out this interview from last summer’s iCast:

 

And one more piece of fishing candy to get you as excited to get out on the water in your own Cuda as we are: How to Rig Your Cuda for Fishing.

So what are you waiting for?? Get a Cuda, get out there and get your fish on!

Have a specific question on the Cuda 12 or wonder how to rig one for your neck of the woods? Just drop us a link in the comments or at customerservice [at] kayakshed.com and we’ll be happy to help!

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Fishing Modifications to a Hobie Revolution 11 : Part 1

Recently we were given the very exciting opportunity to do a custom modification for a customer on a Hobie Kayaks Revolution 11, transforming it into one of the meanest fishing kayaks out there! The Revolution 11, the little brother of the always popular Revolution 13, is a new addition this year to Hobie’s line up. Though it’s smaller size allows this boat to be more nimble and easier to transport than the Revolution 13, it hasn’t taken away from it’s stability and has only slightly reduced it’s on-water speed. With fishing accessories already built into it’s DNA, such as two molded-in rod holders and a location for Hobie’s Livewell system, it was the perfect boat to use as our customization platform! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking you along with us as we install the following (and more!):
* Lowrance Structure scan
* Lowrance HDS Fish Finder
* Lowrance Sirius Satellite
* Lowrance Sonic Hub
* Ram Fly Rod Mount
* Hobie Anchor Trolley
* Hobie eVolve Motor

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A Non-Fisherman Reports on Fishing in the Hobie Oasis

One of my goals this year was to catch something and then eat it. Rabbits are too fast, so I had to resort to fishing. My dad, an avid fisherman, has tried to take me fishing on multiple occasions, but I have gone fishing more than I have caught fish (though my Dad called them bait).

Yesterday, a friend and I took out the Hobie Oasis and a couple of borrowed poles. We were fishing for dinner, so given my past experience, I suspected that it would take all day for me to catch anything at all.

After 2 hours, we had caught 9 Rainbow Trout, 5 of which I caught! This is a fish story, but those numbers are no exaggeration. I finally understand why people like fishing: it’s fun when you actually catch fish.

As a whitewater kayaker, I have always thought of a tandem kayak as more of a novelty, not something that you would ever buy. However, fishing in the Hobie Oasis was really enjoyable for several reasons. I get bored easily, so it was nice to have someone right next to you to talk to without worrying about “scaring the fish.” When either of us caught a fish, dealing with getting it off the hook was a breeze, since one person could hold the pole while the other freed the fish. Having the tandem also made it easy and maintainable to get up to “trolling speed.”

The Hobie Oasis was great, but there were a few things that I wish were different. There is some Hobie gear that I would want added, for example Rod Holders. I was scared to put 100% into casting in the Oasis. I cannot say that I have good technique or precision aim, and I like the person that I was kayaking with, so I was scared that I might hook him. This is when the Hobie Pro Angler would be awesome! The Pro Angler allows you to get into the sweet spots, but still stand up to cast.

In summary, I had a great time fishing in the Hobie. So much so that I plan on going again. And who wouldn’t when you are catching fish roughly every 13 minutes?

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Outdoor Retailer : Day 1 : Hobie

Up next was our meeting with Hobie. I know these boats may look a little unusual to you whitewater paddlers, but next time there’s a hot, windless day, head down to our new demo center and give these boats a try! They are truly a much different experience than the standard rec boat and we’ve been loving them.

Ok – on to what’s new! If you’re not familiar with Hobie, then you might not know that many of them have a peddle drive. That’s right, you peddle instead of paddle. That said, they all come equipped with a paddle (consider it an option, or Plan B) and this year that paddle gets an upgrade to a fiberglass shaft. It’s a great looking paddle and will come with every boat in next year’s line up.

If peddling or paddling just seems to be a little too much, this year they’re introducing the eVolve drive. This is one of the best trolling motors on the market and will be an add on available for existing and future Hobie kayaks.

The seats have been redesigned with a nice air pocket that looks very comfortable. Traction pads on the peddles and bungee cords to keep them upright when you’re not using them are all new this year.

The two new boats for this year are really exciting! An addition to the Adventure Island group, the Adventure Island Tandem will be available this January. We have an Adventure Island available for demo and you’ve got to try it! It’s a lot of fun and for those of you that love wind sports, this is a great boat. The tandem will allow sheeting and steering from either person.

The other new boat in the Hobie line up is the Mirage Pro Angler, a stand up peddle kayak. This thing looks like an SUV – the floor model has a live fish tank, holds 10 rods, etc. This boat received both the best new product and new product showcase winner at this year’s iCast show. If you’re into kayak fishing, this is definitely one to keep on your radar.

We also took a look at Hobie’s stand up paddle boards. They look fantastic and we’re considering getting some for our rental/demo center. Let us know what you think on that!

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