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#10854078 - 05/18/15 08:53 PM Hobie mirage 12 pro angler!
J.T.69 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/10
Posts: 335
Loc: Rice,texas
Is this kayak worth the money? Does it lock you in to just deep water like 3'plus? Is the drive tuff? Are does it need repair often from hitting stuff! I love to fish spring for crappie and all the others to. Thanks for any info!


Edited by J.T.69 (05/18/15 08:59 PM)
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#10854105 - 05/18/15 09:01 PM Re: Hobie mirage 12 pro angler! [Re: J.T.69]
APynckel Offline
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You can always remove the mirage drive and paddle if you need to get into tighter water.

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#10854155 - 05/18/15 09:12 PM Re: Hobie mirage 12 pro angler! [Re: J.T.69]
J.T.69 Offline
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What's the shallowest you think with drive in?
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#10854280 - 05/18/15 09:45 PM Re: Hobie mirage 12 pro angler! [Re: J.T.69]
Pescado Offline
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Troy, we just got back from a trout fishing trip in the river at Broken Bow and in some areas I would guess there was less than 1' deep.
Look at this video at the 52 second mark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD6OQhCeXqs and you can see a flutter peddle. That's what I did over the shallows. I was going shallower than my buddies with the paddle kayaks because they didn't like using their paddles as push polls.

That brings up another point, the PA is so wide I'm comfortable standing. I don't mind being in tight spaces in the cockpit but I'm now spoiled on the room I have.

The Mirage drive has a lot of torque so my PA 14 feels like a regular Kayak on the water but I don't think most kayakers can keep up with the distance or speed of any of the peddle drive kayaks.

During a small tournament last week I went into some marsh area and the Mirage drive got some weeds caught up in it so I tied them in the up position and just used my paddle. The weeds were thick but I could stand in my kayak and cast over them into the clear pools beyond.

I have had mine about a month but I did price things out. The repair parts are cheap. New blades and rods would be around $70 or so if I remember. Don't quote me, I just saw the parts are cheap and walked away with a smile. I was expecting hundreds of dollars.

I sometimes feel bad for my buddies when we are headed out and I'm peddling with my legs while baiting my line and they have to wait till they stop or have everything ready beforehand. There's been times I've decided to change locations and baits so I head out and start changing my bait on the way.

Plenty of storage.

If it's a 2015 it will have a separate skeg but the earlier models (not sure about what year they stopped) had something different. But the skeg and rudder are spring loaded so they will spring up without damage if you bottom out; which I've never done.

If you're looking at a new one Mariner Sails in Dallas had some in stock but sounds like you're looking at buying one from a local.

The hull has hard points installed already for anchor trolleys and such.

Cons: I wouldn't want to use it for long shallow water long distance camping along a river where you'd have to pull it along the shore or through the forest...it's a pig on land.
The rudder is a pain, but so are paddle rudders, because you are always tweaking it. With a regular kayak you can adjust with paddle strokes so it's not as noticeable.

Tim


Edited by Pescado (05/18/15 09:49 PM)

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#10854299 - 05/18/15 09:51 PM Re: Hobie mirage 12 pro angler! [Re: J.T.69]
J.T.69 Offline
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Loc: Rice,texas
Thanks Tim for the great info! If I was to buy I will probably buy new and more than likely 2 of theme! Ya 2 my wife does everything I do lol!
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#10854308 - 05/18/15 09:54 PM Re: Hobie mirage 12 pro angler! [Re: J.T.69]
Pescado Offline
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Another option is the Outback, you get the Mirage drive but it's narrower and lighter like a typical kayak.

If you're looking for shallow I'd say Hobie is the way to go and you shouldn't have any fear of the drive. The Slayer Propel may have a tough time with shallow but that's not to say I don't want one of those too. There's been times I wish I didn't have to get the paddle out.

I'd be happy with the Pro Angler, Outback, or the Propel as well as a Toyota, Chevy, or Fort (as long as it's a truck grin )
They all have pros and cons but it just depends on which con bothers you the most.

Tim

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#10854313 - 05/18/15 09:56 PM Re: Hobie mirage 12 pro angler! [Re: J.T.69]
J.T.69 Offline
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My wife is 4'11" you think she can reach the peddles
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#10854324 - 05/18/15 10:01 PM Re: Hobie mirage 12 pro angler! [Re: J.T.69]
Pescado Offline
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I'm in good company then because we had to buy two also. I went with the PA because that's what my wife wanted but I'm glad I did.
But the PA has exceeded all my expectations, I couldn't be happier.

There's a shortage so make sure you call first.

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#10854338 - 05/18/15 10:05 PM Re: Hobie mirage 12 pro angler! [Re: J.T.69]
Pescado Offline
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My wife if 5'2" and she is on setting 3 so your wife may need a setting 2.

When Paddling a kayak you want to have an upright position but I found the PA more comfortable with the seat back leaned a bit back, almost like a recumbent bicycle so that will get her forward enough that she may also use a 3 setting.

The 2015 seat has all sorts of adjustments, my wife uses hers in the high position and I use the low position. In a strong head wind I've lowered the back of the seat even more and had less drag than a paddle kayak and with the torque the wind wasn't an issue.

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#10854703 - 05/19/15 07:31 AM Re: Hobie mirage 12 pro angler! [Re: J.T.69]
J.T.69 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/10
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Loc: Rice,texas
Thanks pescado for the info! If I can get her talked in to it we will have to go demo theme
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