Hobie Mirage Revolution Fish

Courtesy of IFS

Lately I have been thinking about the benefits of the Hobie MirageDrive and having your hands free for fishing. For those not in the know, the MirageDrive is a pedal driven method of propelling a kayak. Hobie calls it a "Revolutionary new propulsion system", and I must admit it certainly is an impressive system. The two blades look like the wings on a penguin. There is a good reason for this too.

Ocean Kayak Prowler 13

Craig Vertigan

I'm going to attempt to be as objective as possible when reviewing this kayak. I own one myself and love it to bits. But like all anglers I'm always on the lookout for the perfect bit of tackle, whether it be the perfect bream rod and spinning reel, the perfect five weight fly rod, the perfect fly reel to match, or as a kayak fisherman I am of course always looking for the perfect kayak for fishing from. I wouldn't say the Prowler is the perfect fishing kayak, but it is one that will perfectly fill the needs of many kayak anglers.

Yak Fishing Kit - What to stow when you go

John Pollard
In April-May (Issue 79) we covered what to wear on your body while on your Yak, this issue we will look at what else you may need or want out on the water with you. As previously mentioned we have very changeable and sometimes diabolical weather conditions, so what you take out with you on your yak takes some planning, consideration of your yak's storage capacity and good common sense.

Bream from a kayak

Craig Vertigan loves chasing all sorts from his "yak, but one of his favourites is Tassie's bream. Take some tips from him, get your "yak and go looking.

Yak Fishing Kit - How to keep safe and warm on a Tassie Yak

John Pollard
Kayaks have boomed in Tasmania-especially over the last year, but with our fickle weather we do need to keep comfortable in a variety of conditions. John Pollard looks at what you need.

Important kayak accessories

- Personal Floatation Device: A PFD is compulsory in Tasmania, although the definitions of a kayak are somewhat difficult to understand. Check out some of the stores that carry a range of kayaks to find a suitable kayak friendly PFD.

Installing a fish finder on a kayak

Craig Vertigan
If you want to take fishing from your kayak to a new level you should consider installing a fish finder. All those boat owners out there using them can attest to the benefits of a fish finder. They help you locate structure, discover what depth you are fishing, the nature of the bottom structure, the temperature of the water and if you're lucky a few fish may show up too, giving you an obvious indication that you are in the right spot.

What's so good about kayak fishing?

Craig Vertigan

Cremorne Channel and Fredrick Henry Bay kayak fishing


Craig Vertigan reports on one of his favourite locations.
The weather is warming up and now is the ideal time to start targeting that most delicious of table fish the flathead. I met up with a group of like-minded kayak fishermen during early September in the hope of getting onto some early season flathead. Flathead and Salmon are usually a sure bet anytime from October through to April, with the hotter months providing the best action.

Installing an anchor system for a kayak

Craig Vertigan
One of the most useful things to aide fishing from a kayak is an anchor system. I say "anchor system" rather than just "anchor" since an anchor on its own attached to a kayak can be dangerous and a sure fire way to tip yourself out of your kayak.

Kayaking

John Pollard
So you've read or heard about this new sport of kayak fishing and you want to get involved, but where do you start? Surely it's as simple as heading down to my nearest sports store, outdoor shop, chandler or fishing shop, grab a kayak and off I go? Isn't it?

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