Go Where the Fish Are: Enlist in the “Tupperware Navy”


Want to increase your catch rate? Well, don’t just think like a fish, move like a fish. It’s hard to do that in a powerboat. Much easier in a fishing kayak.

Southwest Kayak, the oldest and largest Hobie kayak dealer in Arizona, located at 423 English Village, recommends plastic, sit-on-top Hobie fishing kayaks for their combination of engineering, power, tracking, stability. They call it the “Tupperware Navy.” Twenty years ago, canoes outsold sea kayaks at a rate of 5-1, but today, those numbers are reversed. The kayak is a natural craft for the shallow-water angler. If you are wade fishing and come to a deep channel you have to stop. But in a kayak, you just paddle across and keep fishing.

Kayaks also allow anglers to venture into no-motor zones and shallow areas where motor boaters dare not go. You can fish far from the closest boat ramp. Kayaks are also the quietest watercraft on earth. An angler can sneak to within a few yards of a school of fish and start casting.

“The action is more personal, more fun. It’s just you and the fish. Sometimes big fish will actually pull you around,” says Dallas Shewmaker, owner of Southwest Kayaks. “When you paddle a kayak, you’re close to the water. You can launch from anywhere, fuel-free.”

Keeping a low profile allows an angler to get much closer to the fish; a kayak angler’s profile is about one fourth of what it would be if you were standing on the deck of a flats boat. Today’s fishing kayaks feature high rails, dry holds, and special attachments to hold rods and nets.

Hobie is the only brand with the tricked out pedaling system – called the Mirage Drive – where you use your strong legs for propulsion rather than weaker shoulder muscles. The patented Mirage Drive allows anglers to sneak up on fish, reaching coves and marshy areas where powerboats wouldn’t dare travel. You pedal by stepping alternately left and right, not unlike an exercise stepper, to drive two underwater flippers. They work much like a penguin’s fins to propel a Hobie kayak with surprising speed and ease.

Try it, rent one for the day, and you may find it hard to go back to using a combustion engine. Fish on!

Learn more about fishing in Lake Havasu at GoLakeHavasu.com

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