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Lowrance X4 Pro sounder

When it comes to installing a fish finder into a fishing kayak, for all sorts of reasons it makes sense to do it in such a way that ensures that the internal wiring is sitting up as high as possible. The idea, of course, is that the higher the wiring the further clear it will be of any bilge that might inadvertently make its way inside the kayak. This is all especially true for the uneducated or lazier among our kayak angler ranks who tend to leave water in their hulls even when in storage (hint: if this is you, you're doing it wrong). It is particularly important to make sure that any wiring connections have as much clearance as possible to avoid contamination that might otherwise lead to power failure.

Recently we've come up with a method for ensuring maximum possible clearance for sounder installation wiring that just so happens to offer some convenient fringe benefits. We call this a 'spring-loaded wiring installation' and it has become the standard procedure that we employ for most installs (in particular, any installation we perform where the battery is stored in the rear hatch). The following is a DIY guide for those that want to take the initiative and install their own fish finders using the same method. In this guide we're installing a basic Lowrance X4 Pro sounder into a Hobie Quest kayak using a Fish Finder Install Kit III, which includes wiring long enough to reach the rear hatch, as well as a battery holder to cradle the battery. *Note: Read the entire guide before attempting to follow the instructions - it will help you prepare for the process better if you know what's involved.

Hobie have published a short instructional video on how to go about fitting a H-Bar to a Pro Angler fishing kayak. Watch these clips for tips on how to do it yourself (old and new version guides available)

Scott Lovig demonstrates Rhino's new winch-based kayak loading system AKA Nautic Kayak Lifter using a Pro Angler 14 fishing kayak. A great solution for those who need to take the effort out of car-topping a heavy kayak onto roof racks

Staying warm and dry makes all the difference

In my last blog entry I talked about the then upcoming kayak fishing expedition to Fraser Island, which is an annual event for my buddies and I. However this was the first time we'd ventured there during May - this is something we normally reserve for November. Figuring that we may chance upon longtail tuna in greater numbers in May we decided to give it a shot. Indeed we did find more tuna... for a day or two at least, but weather was most uncooporative for most of the time (with relatively unseasonal weather it was both wetter and colder than you'd expect to find in QLD at this time of year) which not only made it challenging to catch fish, but also to stay comfortable. At least thats what my buddies kept telling me - I wasn't really noticing that because I was prepared with Lovig Kayak Fishing Pants and that made all the difference.

How catching no fish is a blessing in disguise

I was very fortunate to participate in the recent Lake Tyres Hobie Fishing Tournament on the weekend. And I say participate because that’s all I did. I didn’t contribute to the weigh on the weekend but I did contribute to something far more important, my knowledge of these illusive fish and the art of fishing. I was able to first hand witness some great results by some very skillful fisherman. These include Chris Burbridge The Magician and John the Colonel Clisby. I pride myself on the basic art of catching bream and if they are there I will catch them. Fortunately for me on the weekend I double dounutted as its known in the game. Why fortunate because I realized that I really don’t know a great deal about these fish and that excites me and makes me so hungry to learn more. I would love to have been a fly on the kayak of Burbridge as he commentated why he did what he did and how he did it. His ability to work out patterns in different arenas is something that im looking forward to each and every time he gets in the water. From a fishing point of view his decision making is primal and its not luck its after spending years and years honing his craft, he is a true magician, he is not magical but he can make Bream appear from practically any where.

2014 Hobie Kayak Bream Series, Round 5, Forster

Scott Baker Kayak Fishing

I have been fishing the Hobie Bream comps for over 5 years now and have witnessed many changes to the sport. We have gone from basic kayaks to Pro Anglers with state of the art sounders and some of the boats are even wrapped with sponsors logos. The sounder is something that took a year or two to develop and then it became the norm after a few seasons. Anglers practically all wear their sponsored tops and some are fortunate to be sponsored with gear. None of this really has a bearing on the results as these are items that anyone can purchase and use during the comp and its all affordable. On the weekend I was able to use my new Kayak accessory and there is no hiding my love of this new toy... more on that soon.  

The comp for me is all about having a plan and sticking to that plan. In a sport that relies on skill and being in the right place at the right time some would call luck the only thing you have control of is your thoughts. I have come to realize that my thoughts under pressure are sometimes clouded when compared to when I'm preparing for an event. So the plan is something that I take really seriously. So before each event I will look at Google maps and look for areas that suit my style of fishing. I will then pencil in approx travel times and allocate times I will spend at each location. I love flats fishing and I love throwing hard body lures like Jackal Chubys. So I look for areas of flats and weed beds to focus my attention on. I found some spots that looked good and since I had not fished that part of Forster before my goal was to search new territory and find fish. 

Hobie kayak wheel carts and dolly types for specific models and usage scenarios

Hobie make a variety of wheelcarts and dollys available for their kayaks, all of them well suited to specific kayak models and usage scenarios. The wheelcarts are a simple 'plug-in' style cart that are used by plugging the frame posts into the scuppers. All Hobie kayaks are compatible with plug in carts, though some models won't work well with the lightest (and cheapest) 'standard' cart.

Hobie Pro Angler army

Kayak Purchase Considerations

For some - especially beginners - it's not so much a question of whether or not they want a Hobie kayak... most customers we speak to already know they want a Hobie. But not everyone knows which model will best suit their needs. It can be a bit daunting to be faced with so many models at first but the truth is that there are all these different models for a reason; it's all about horses for courses. One of the primary directives when buying a kayak is to purchase a kayak that will suit your intended usage scenario. So before even looking at any kayaks, the first point to set straight is what is the kayak going to be used for and then identify which ones will suit.

SLH's MirageDrive Information Guide

Hobie's Pedal-powered propulsion system, otherwise known as the MirageDrive, is a unique device that is a bit of an enigma to many, largely because there's really nothing else like it. Fortunately not only is it incredibly robust, it's also relatively easy to use, maintain and service. This FAQ's linked below are intended to provide in-depth information in all of these areas. They are intensive in content, both text and images.

Kayak Fishing Expedition, May 2014

spanish mackerel kayak fishing

I'm feeling a lot like a kid a few days out from Xmas right now because this weekend I'm packing the car with all my kayak and fishing kit and driving all the way to Hervey Bay for yet another expedition to the west coast of Fraser Island. After meeting up with my good buddies Carl & Holger (who, like me, never miss out on these annual trips) we'll be launching our Adventure Islands from the Hervey Bay Marina, sailing to Moon Point and then making our way up to Wathumba creek. ALong the way we'll be trolling lures and should we chance upon surface feeding fish we'll take a moment to cast a few lures. We don't usually encounter too much surface activity until we reach Platypus Bay, where we generally see it daily. 

A fully (and we do mean fully) rigged fishing fit out of a 2014 Hobie Outback for SLH team member Pete Ritchie, who had very specific requirements that we accommodated with no expense spared

SLH staffer & fishing team member has uploaded another action-packed kayak fishing highlight reel to his popular channel, fittingly titled 'Rhetty Steady Go'. Shot at Fraser Island on a recent AI expedition, this clip features Rhett Thorne, who out-fished his comrades in style.

Instructional video tutorial on how to install the Turbo Fin kit on your Hobie MirageDrive pedal system. Morgan shows you how and why to upgrade the OEM fins to the longer ST Turbo fins.

Instructional video on installing a RAM tube rod holder on a Hobie Mirage Outback fishing kayak, by Hobie Kayak Tech. 

Hobie Tech Youtube channel have provided a brief but informative video that demonstrates how to go about installing a horizontal rod holder kit onto a Hobie kayak

We got a chance to try out the new Micro Powerpole during the recently held Hobie kayak fishing series final and worlds event and were suitably impressed. In this video we demonstrate how it works, how it's fitted and offer up some initial impressions. The new Pro Angler compatible Micro Powerpole will soon be available at SLH

This informative video from Hobie runs through the accessories that are supplied with Hobie Miragedrive kayaks as well as a guide on how to go about using them. Worth watching for new Hobie kayakers

In this video Hobie Australasia MD Steve Fields shows off the Pro Angler 14 kayaks that have been fitted out for the ABT based Daiwa Hobie Kayak Fishing Series finals and Hobie Fishing Worlds, demonstrating a couple of stand out features including Lowrance ELite 5 HDI sounders, the Hobie livewell and last but not least, the new fancy-pants 'Micro Powerpole'.

SLH Kayak Fishing Team member and founder of Modern Kayak Fishing.com Josh 'Yakass' Holmes has posted a new video clip to his popular youtube channel. Titled 'There is no Spoon' as a nod to The Matrix this video clip is a 3-minute highlight reel showing of some serious kayak fishing action (mainly from Nth NSW and Sth East QLD) captured on camera throughout the past few years.  

In this video Hobie kayak US regional rep Steve Oxenford does a thorough job of introducing the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island and Tandem Island trimaran kayaks, explaining why he is one of the thousands that have a love affair with them. 

We wrapped up this Hobie Pro Angler for one of our customers and rigged it for serious kayak fishing with rod holders, anchor trolleys, fish finder, stake-out pole and drogue. Fred was very happy with the finished product, which we decided to call 'Wilma'. 

Neil Carstaires has posted an entertaining clip of some action packed kayak fishing action off Mornington, featuring a bunch of feisty Aussie Salmon as well as Matty Petrie and Scott Baker from the SLH fishing team. Among other things this video demonstrates how effective a Lowrance touch 9 sounder can be. 

We've cobbled together a brief highlight reel video clip based on some video footage we shot at the Daiwa Hobie Kayak Series Round 3 at the Bemm river earlier this year. Featuring the SLH fishing team, this video will give you a good idea of how the ABT Kayak Fishing tournament rounds go down, from start to finish.  

If you ever end up with an inadvertent ding in the hull of your Hobie kayak, don't panic - all is not lost. In most cases it is actually relatively easy to remove a ding from a kayak hull. Hobie Kayak Tech have posted an informative video on one of the various methods to go about doing it.


We've published an introductory video demonstrating our Manual Pump Livewell kit, including a visual guide on how to go about installing it.