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Messages - MistralWind

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The beauty of the AI is if sailing ends up lower on your priority list than fishing, you still get the major benefit of running the beefy one outrigger set-up. While I don't fish the ocean, in bigger lakes and reservoirs the rig is rock stable and can carry a lot of gear on the trampoline (rods, portable fish finder etc.). No more being worried about big boat waves through narrows etc. The rig is a battleship yet still quite nimble. Speed does drop off some, but the overall roominess and rock solid stability make it a great rig for trolling and position fishing. 

General Talk / Re: Hobie AI pontoons
« on: February 17, 2021, 06:14:41 PM »
I would estimate speed dropping to 4-4.5 mph. I run my AI with one outrigger and the trampoline set-up almost exclusively. I'm in freshwater and my best crappie spot is about 4.5 miles away from the launch (Camanche Lake). Start your peddles easy and slow until speed builds up. The outrigger makes the rig much more seaworthy and less stressful in high-traffic/rough water boating lanes. Lots of room to spread your gear when water conditions are mellow. Only minor negative is it can be a little tricky putting on a trailer with a couple more straps needed to even the load.

I use a 7 foot Shimano Compre (with beefy Pflueger Purist spinning reel) for my spinner baits, bigger top water and trolling medium/large big-lipped crank baits. Neither one was super expensive. Casts great and has a stiff butt section for hook sets.   

General Talk / Re: Pedal Power- questions on Mirage Drive performance
« on: July 25, 2020, 08:42:03 PM »
I'm in the Adventure but I have gone with the one outrigger set-up almost exclusively for the last couple of years. Typical day is 11 to 13 miles. I did a very fast-paced 17 mile day some years back at Berryessa and ended up having a heart attack walking up the hill to retrieve my car and trailer in the darkness.

The one outrigger set-up slows me down but allows me to bring a ton of extra stuff to spread out on the trampoline and not have to reach around to get rods, tackle and cooler all the time. I'm never pushing it either. I troll almost the whole way to a spot I have on Camanche (5 miles) and maybe half that length coming back in unless it's already dark out.

The only time I've ever had knee pain was trying to sit more upright and not getting full leg extension vs lounging back low in the seat with full peddle strokes. Makes a difference for me. I have the mirage drive on the far setting so I can get full extension on each leg. For short work for positioning etc. the more upright posture and less than full strokes seems fine as long as I don't punch the pedals.

Never really went crazy with the speed when I operated with just the clean kayak (no outrigger). The boat is really fast when you get on it. Probably for me 8+ mph. My normal semi-relaxed speed without having a line in the water is close to 6 mph clean and 4-5 mph with the (Adventure Island) outrigger and extra gear.   

Hobie Kayaks / Re: 2012 AI?
« on: June 17, 2020, 09:50:40 PM »
Really hard to tell from that one photo. I have a 2011 Adventure Island. I paid slightly over $3,000 for it new. Looking at that photo it appears to have the large twist and stow sailing rudder. My 2011 came with that same rudder and Hobie later sent me the upright shark fin rudder as well. I still have the twist and stow sailing rudder on my boat with the new shark fin still sitting in the box.

It has been a really good boat for me. Over the last few years I have been using the underlying Adventure kayak with the one outrigger/trampoline set up. Gives me much more room to operate.

If it's an Adventure Island vs Adventure (with add on kit) it should say Hobie Mirage Adventure Island on the rear side panels of the boat. Even with the trampolines, that price seems a little high. You won't know unless you go and look at it. If it has had a purely freshwater life of leisure and stored indoors it will show. Good luck.   

Fishing Pics / Re: CRAPPIE
« on: March 01, 2017, 02:26:10 AM »
Nice size. Congrats. Looks like it might be a white.

General Talk / Re: Went to the Darkside
« on: February 26, 2017, 11:07:10 PM »

Say what you will about space issues on a Hobie but nothing trolls better. They simply excel at that aspect of fishing. That, and the ability to hover over a spot in the wind or current with both hands free. The presentation factor for live bait fishing is huge as well.

General Talk / Re: Hennessey? Berryessa?
« on: February 26, 2017, 10:51:18 PM »
Stained and cold water in both lakes. The only luck I've had is with small ice fishing type jigs baited with a mealworm. Dropped strait down and fished very gently and slow near the bottom with light mono. The bass and crappie will be almost albino white in color when you get them.

General Talk / Re: Berryessa is back
« on: February 07, 2017, 10:27:37 AM »
***Status Update***

Berryessa is up another 2 FEET in the past 24 hours to 432.5 ft and rising fast.   :smt006

Now 7.5 feet from Glory Hole spillover.

Web Cam shot...


General Talk / Re: Berryessa is back
« on: January 25, 2017, 05:31:20 PM »
It's about crappies! Berry makes big crappies    :smt007  This year lots of little baby crappies will start the next growth boom if we get a good spawn with all the habitat returning again.

Here's an oldie but goodie from the last high water year (2013).

General Talk / Berryessa is back
« on: January 25, 2017, 01:31:28 AM »

General Talk / Re: Etiquette for passing other boats on the water?
« on: August 20, 2015, 06:34:46 AM »

I had a roughly similar situation on Lake Natoma (near Sacramento). I was kayak bass fishing well away from any other boats/people while tied off on a sunken tree away from shore. I watched a kayak with two teenage girls in it come right toward me. I was wondering when they were going to turn away from me. They never did. Came paddling within a foot or two of my kayak and actually lifted my fishing line out of the water with their paddle as they tightly circled my boat. I could reach out and touch their boat easily. They TOTALLY ignored me. Didn't even acknowledge my existence as I quickly moved my fishing pole to avoid hitting them. It's very much like I was invisible. I was speechless. I just couldn't imagine people so disconnected with others or their environment.   

This was soon followed by other people on those stand up boards and other kayaks in a large group but at least they stayed 10 to 15 feet away from me this time. I was thinking maybe they were geo-caching (or whatever) and I happened to be fishing right on top of one of the way points or something. Never saw any GPS units though so I'll never know for sure.

General Talk / Re: Etiquette for passing other boats on the water?
« on: August 18, 2015, 09:02:22 PM »
A portion of our population are simply little school fish guppies. They gather in similar groups to give absolute meaning to their lives. They could care less about YOU! YOU are an OUTSIDER and rules only apply to their chosen GROUP.

You see this same behavior with a minority of bicyclists as well. YOU are simply an obstacle (in a car) to slow down or block! YOU are being PUNISHED "for the greater good"!

And you see the exact same disdain on the walking paths where THEY will walk side by side by side and make YOU walk over in the bushes.

You're dealing with sociology and group think. YOU need to praise them about how "special", "heroic" and "brave" they are for being out in their little guppy boats together....

Outstanding find! Congrats to your son. Probably paid for the detector the first time out.

Detecting is a great sport. It's much like fishing in that you can spend unlimited amounts of money for the best equipment and then watch someone else with a cane pole and worm catch the fish of a lifetime    :smt005

Save that nugget to baseline the unit tone for the next time out. You're in the right area for nugget hunting.

I read a blog awhile back on a long-distance/island hopping/remote AI trip across the ocean (many hundreds of miles) and the AI guys found the best way to bring the boat in through rougher surf landings was getting in the water and hanging off the rear of the boat. That way they could one hand the rudder control to guide it in and use their body as a drag chute to keep the boat in front of them. Makes sense to me although I've never tried it.  The AI guys may be able to exert more side to side control because of the rear aka bar as well. For an AI at least, I like the idea because if bad things happened during the landing there would be less damage to the boat/outriggers without the weight of a person on board.

I would give it a shot in a big PA, but I would want a few practice runs to get the technique down. The other major plus is the ability to keep some weight on the far rear of the boat to avoid/limit a major face plant of that PA aircraft carrier bow.


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