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#11042692 - 08/14/15 07:28 PM Question for those that have owned a pedal kayak
spy231 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 75
Loc: Granbury
Simple question. Has anybody here owned a pedal kayak and got rid of it to go back with a paddle kayak?

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#11042770 - 08/14/15 08:13 PM Re: Question for those that have owned a pedal kayak [Re: spy231]
jnd59 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/17/07
Posts: 598
Loc: Weatherford
I've never owned one but I've used both. Since I do a lot of shallow water fishing I've decided not to buy one as my primary kayak.
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#11042927 - 08/14/15 09:48 PM Re: Question for those that have owned a pedal kayak [Re: spy231]
HunterFJ Offline
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Registered: 09/12/09
Posts: 156
Loc: Garland, TX
I cant imagine going back into a paddle yak after getting a Hobie Pro Angler. I mainly fish shallow water and never had any issues. Just kick one pedal forward allowing the fins to lay flat on the hull and you can easily get in water less than 1ft. Or you could pull the mirage drive. Remember you can always paddle a pedal yak if you feel the need the paddle.

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#11042944 - 08/14/15 09:56 PM Re: Question for those that have owned a pedal kayak [Re: spy231]
HunterFJ Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/12/09
Posts: 156
Loc: Garland, TX
I find it easier to navigate and fish with your feet on pedals than a paddle in you hand. But that's just me!!

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#11042979 - 08/14/15 10:16 PM Re: Question for those that have owned a pedal kayak [Re: spy231]
b737 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/02/13
Posts: 30
Loc: Canyon Lake, Texas
Yes, I bought a Slayer 10 Propel. Thought it would help a bad knee. It didn't. Sold the boat.
It was a nice boat, great for trolling, fast. I still enjoy paddling, and fishing.

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#11043069 - 08/14/15 11:56 PM Re: Question for those that have owned a pedal kayak [Re: spy231]
a lo109 Offline
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Registered: 04/12/12
Posts: 816
Loc: McKinney
I have a PA love it but bought a Ride 135 to do some river fishing and fell in love with Paddling again. I just recently bought the ATAK and it is as stable as my PA but lighter and thinner. I might be considering selling my PA in the near future. I am kinda in a crossroads right now in what direction I want to go.
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#11044169 - 08/15/15 06:54 PM Re: Question for those that have owned a pedal kayak [Re: spy231]
TheSinistral Offline
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Registered: 04/08/14
Posts: 53
Loc: Mckinney,Tx
(No affiliation w Hobie , btw) I Paddled for about 13 years now about 2 years into Hobie PA14. I love the Hobie. It's really more like a human powered boat as set up with the FF and power pole. Only advantage of paddle would be if my primary fishing were in either super skinny water like rivers or over heavy vegetarian or lily pads. The PA 14 maneuvers like an aircraft carrier but small price to pay IMO.

Where pedal excels is in the wind. I can again , after 12 years, fish in the wind effectively. I can point my nose into the wind and Carolina rig a point without anchoring. And I hate anchoring..

Besides price, nimbleness in certain situations and specific vegetation I have a hard time making a case for paddle. I'm a convert. It has reinvigorated my desire to fish and revolutionized my fishing.

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#11044341 - 08/15/15 08:31 PM Re: Question for those that have owned a pedal kayak [Re: spy231]
spy231 Offline
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Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 75
Loc: Granbury
Thanks guys. I'm just going to save a little longer and get me a Hobie.

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#11044443 - 08/15/15 09:17 PM Re: Question for those that have owned a pedal kayak [Re: spy231]
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Registered: 04/08/11
Posts: 759
Originally Posted By: spy231
Thanks guys. I'm just going to save a little longer and get me a Hobie.
Hobie pa 12 is the way to go! I so badly regret selling mine ( financial reasons) after peddling a hobie I don't see how anyone could have the desire to pick up a paddle again! Especially if you're a serious fisherman.
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#11044815 - 08/16/15 07:09 AM Re: Question for those that have owned a pedal kayak [Re: spy231]
FWBanger Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/13/11
Posts: 735
As stated above, I paddle my Hobie when the water gets real skinny. You can "feather" a mirage drive and still move in very shallow water. Any other time pedaling is the way to go.
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#11045214 - 08/16/15 11:08 AM Re: Question for those that have owned a pedal kayak [Re: spy231]
flyfshrgrl Offline
Angler

Registered: 11/21/10
Posts: 262
Loc: Palmer, TX
I paddled for years, and in January 2014 Cody bought me a Native Slayer Propel 13. I absolutely love the hands-free fishing! I like being able to position the kayak where I want; I like being able to back up as well as move forward. In shallow water, I do bring in the propel unit and paddle, but then, I'm not fishing that stretch of water. Pedaling increases multi-tasking to a whole new level.
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#11046259 - 08/16/15 09:43 PM Re: Question for those that have owned a pedal kayak [Re: spy231]
Brad R Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 791
Loc: Texas
I just purchased a Native Slayer Propel 10 on 7-21 from Rick at Angler's. I have had it out four times, my wife once for recreation.

I have posted this elsewhere for Native owners, a fishing tip.

Last Friday, I pulled along parallel to the dam at Wheeler Branch and I cast a drop shot rig over my bow, let it sink, then if I didn't get hit on its way down or within a minute or so, I pulled my rod tip up slowly straight overhead to slow hop the presentation toward my kayak, then instead of reeling in my slack, I pedaled backwards until the line was taut again. Rinse and repeat, so to speak. I can usually repeat this procedure a half dozen times before I need to clear grass off my sinker or just check my worm. In effect, I am slow trolling a finesse rig where it stays in the water where the fish are and gets much more exposure. The old adage that the more time a lure is in the water, the more fish you catch is true. And, you only have that one big splash distraction on the original cast that can temporarily scatter fish. I like pulling straight down the dam at the depth I want to fish, or down the inside or outside edge of vegetation, or just over spots holding fish.

This would work equally well with a T-Rig, a split shot rig, a Carolina Rig, and most other finesse presentations.

I should add that I have seen Hobies hold water very successfully, nothing at all like my canoe blowing across the lake hard to hold positions. I'll use my canoe more on rivers.

Oh! How well has it worked for me, moving around and holding water? I still haven't installed an anchor trolley as I haven't yet found a situation where I have needed an anchor.

I won't comment on the shallow water argument; it doesn't make any sense to me. With a Hobie or a Propel, you can either position the fins up, or you can literally grab and lift the prop out of the water. Then you paddle! So far, on this particular lake with the fish sort of deep since I have owned the Propel 10, I haven't needed to paddle. But, I will need it at other times, different locations.

Brad



Edited by Brad R (08/17/15 05:58 AM)
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