This was my first "full on" fit out of the new Hobie Passport 12.0 for fishing.
After a test drive to compare the Passport 12.0 and the Compass, Mike decided on the Passport 12.0.
Why? He wanted a lot fishing accessories and he had a strict budget in mind. Also, the areas Mike wanted to use his kayak meant he had no requirement to upgrade to the MD 180 drive (forward and reverse).
He required the installation of his Lowrance Hook2 5 that he had purchased on run out, two map pockets for extra on deck storage, two rod holders, an anchor trolley system and the new oblong hatch forward of the seat and fit the removed 8" round hatch to the forward cargo area. This enabled more in hull storage as well as a place to fit his fish finder battery off the sail mount. The oblong hatch is designed for the larger hatch bucket to be used for storage of essential items in hull but easy to access. (like phones in dry pouches, tools etc)
The adjustable Ram 2000 rod holders will suit his requirements to troll, lure and bait fish. A rod leash was recommended when trolling.
Fishing inland rivers and lakes, Mike will be removing the pedal drive and paddling through the heavily timbered and snaggy regions.. So a Mirage Drive leash was installed to protect his greatest asset on the kayak.
With the fish finder fitted to the right for ease of changing setting and marking waypoints (Mike being right handed), the anchor trolley was fitted to the left hand side to stake out the shallows, anchor when bait fishing and deploying a drift chute in the faster flowing water. A cleat was fitted on the inside of the rail to allow for quick access for adjusting tension on the anchor line and a stainless steal clip for ease of removing the anchor line when retrieving.
For first time kayak anglers, your first trip should be about getting to know your kayak. Testing stability by sitting sideways, standing and moving around your kayak. Being able to get in and out of your kayak whilst on the water. Getting comfortable and adjusting the length of stroke to the pedal drive for optimum performance.
Mike will be car topping his kayak when travelling. He purchased a Rhino Universal Side Loader as his best method of loading up on top of his 4 wheel drive while towing his caravan.
Have fun and now go catch dinner Mike! (when we are out of lock down)