Nearly 15 years ago Hobie Kayaks, based out of Oceanside, California, developed their very first MirageDrive. This whisper-quiet drive system replaces cumbersome paddles with a pair of super-efficient pedals, which turn two underwater fins that propel the craft. In the years since the first MirageDrive hit the market, Hobie has further refined this unique propulsion system, allowing for users to makes very fine-tuned movements, ideal for fishermen.
"Having a pedal drive allows any kayaker to cover more ground, hands free, with much more control. Within the last 10 years, Hobie has really refined some of their models with fishing in mind," said Heimsoth.
While these kayaks weren't originally designed for sport fishers, Hobie saw that there was demand out there in the fishing community and they began to developed new models geared directly towards them. New for 2020, their Pro Angler 360 series allows you to seamlessly move your kayak in any direction, 360 degrees. This level of control was previously only available with obtrusive and noisy paddles.