Let’s be clear. There are no “stand up” fishing kayaks. Indeed, there are sit on top kayaks with casting platforms to stand on and there are paddle boards outfitted with a seat and bungee system that some use for fishing. This Mirage Outback is a sit on top fishing kayak with a casting area where you can stand up. Hobie is one of the top three makers of fishing kayaks in the nation.
Their products are so good that people in Europe are often asking if they can get one shipped to them in Italy, France and the U.K. While you cannot purchase one of their kayaks from a retailer and have it shipped outside the U.S., if you contact Hobie directly by email, they will be able to make arrangements with you directly. It will be expensive.
At 12-feet long and weighing approximately 85-pounds, you may find that a kayak cart will make life much easier to transport it from shore to water and back – Since it is for one person. There is one below that you would be suitable.
A 400-pound weight capacity and all the included storage areas, is more than enough room to load up and spend the entire weekend on the water without ever leaving this kayak. Of course, you would have to sleep sitting up or scrunched up on the bow.
The new Advantage Seat has tubular framing for the back and seat making it more comfortable than seats without frames. It sits high enough so that you’re not eating your knees when you stop to fish. The high back and inflatable lumbar support helps keep you comfortable all day as you adjust it to your needs.
One of the things that Hobie is known for is their MirageDrive pedal system. The straps across the top of the pedals prevents your feet from slipping off even if wet and the flutter wings below the surface operate like flippers rather than oars. Having the option to pedal your kayak while you fish or when your arms are tired at the end of the day is a huge benefit.
Twist and Stow Rudder:
The rudder can be removed and stowed away when you are on shore. One person asked if steering was compromised if the rudder could not be used – such as in shallow water. One of the users explained that if the water is too shallow for the rudder, it’s too shallow for the MirageDrive wings, as well. And, yes, it steers just fine with a paddle.
In front of the seat, there is an area that can be used as a platform to stand up and stretch or to cast and fish. There is a hatched gear well in that area with a bucket included.
If you’re looking for a fishing kayak with on board storage, you can stop right here! Hobie makes sure that you have a huge variety of storage options so that you have room and space to load any type of gear you wish.
You have the bungee cord storage well in the stern that can easily hold a 5-gallon container plus a hatched well just beyond that. There is a second extra-large hatched storage area in the bow with latches to keep it shut and keep water out. The hatched well with bucket in front of the seat is perfect for stashing beverages and lunch.
On the side of the seat, Hobie included a netted storage compartment for small items you would like to keep handy. On top of all that there cup holders and ditty trays are within your arm’s reach.
There are two flush mounted rod holders toward the front.
The Mirage Outback does include a two-piece paddle and there are paddle keeps right next to the seat. You should probably still leash them just to be sure neither section takes off on its own.
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Is This Fishing Kayak for You?
Hobie Mirage Outback is a fishing kayak that is designed for speed as well as ideal tracking. At 33” wide, it is roomy enough for the big guys and easy for one person to paddle.
Granted it is on the more expensive, but it you can load it up without having a bunch of containers surrounding you – which can interfere with casting and dragging a fish in once you catch it.
Kayak fishing is unlike any other type of fishing. You are closer to the water and this makes you feel more integrated into the environment. It becomes a much more personal experience than you would have in a traditional boat.
Catching a large fish in a kayak becomes a battle of physical strength. Landing it is different than just pulling it up onto the deck. All that said, having a kayak that is stable and unlikely to toss you into the water becomes very important when making your decision.
Hobie has a good reputation for many reasons and all of them are expressed in the Outback.
This cart can save you aggravation as well as a back strain in moving your kayak from point a to point b.