Often times we consider a fishing vessel no smaller than a small metal John-boat or canoe.
With something so large, transport can be difficult in a time without automotive assistance.
After fishing the shore, and snagging rocks frequently, I started looking into fishing from a vessel of some sort that would get me out further. Everything seemed to big, heavy, or like it would sit in my yard unused for years.
I began investigating kayaks due to their small size, but I knew paddling while holding a fishing pole would be tough.
After much investigation, I came across the Hobie Mirage Drive series of kayaks. These kayaks start right around 60 lbs and use a fully submerged fin propulsion system with a rudder. This allows you to pedal around keeping your hands free to fish.
The submerged fins prevent splashing and keep you from scaring off all the fish so you can get right up on that bedded down bass and drop your line.
Being self propelled with feet or paddle, it would be very handy to get out away from the shore, without reliance on fuel, and being light, it wouldn’t necessarily need a vehicle just to transport it to the water.
Kayaking is also great exercise, and we all know physical endurance is important with regards to self-reliance.
My wife and I went down to the local sporting goods store and began looking at all types of kayaks. After standing there, sitting in many many kayaks, and just evaluating how you could bring a fish aboard, the only option we found suitable were the Hobie Mirage series.
Since they were on sale, we grabbed two and headed home. Being so light weight, and only 9.5 feet long, I was able to grab them both toss them in the back of the truck, strap them down and head home.
Here we are testing it out fully loaded. (Yes, that’s Yoda on TV — the little guy is a Star Wars nut..)
We can’t wait to get it on the water and bring home some fish.
The only improvement I have planned is to make a cart/dolly to throw the kayaks on, so I can easily wheel them wherever I want to go.
Here is a quick video from the manufacturer of one in action: