In 2012 I joined the Hobie Fishing Team, sponsored through the UK Distributor for Hobie Cat and Mirage Drive Kayaks, The Hobie Centre.
There are twelve Mirage Drive kayaks in the Hobie Range, from the inflatable i9 to the fantastic Adventure Island.
Our first project with Hobie is the Hobie Revolution 13, it's fast, light enough to car top single handed and also has the ability to add a sail.
Hobie have a huge well considered catalogue of add-on's for their kayaks, including items from the Yak-Attack, RAM and Lowrance brands.
For more information on Hobie Kayaks contact:
Steve or Helen at the Hobie Centre, Rockley Park, Poole 01202 671661.
YakAttack have revolutionised the way that we can fit out our kayaks, with their innovative rail system kayak anglers can now fit products previously thought impossible.
YakAttack's Rigging Bullets allow us to fit products easily in area's where only a Well Nut or Rivet would allow.
It's good to know that the guys at YakAttack are kayak fishermen, they know the problems faced and they go home and solve those problems.
YakAttack have sponsored the Hobie Revolution 13 Project for 2013.
Want to find out more visit : http://yakattack.us
Ocean Kayak have been producing Sit-On-Top Kayaks since 1971. Their range consists of 18 models many of which are ideal for fishing, they include the excellent Prowler and Drifter both available in Standard and Angler versions.
Ocean Kayak's Caper was chosen as our project kayak as they are widely available throughout the UK and are robust, well finished, user friendly and fairly priced. The Caper also has a proven history as an excellent Fishing Kayak in the USA.
Ocean Kayak also has a wide range of accessories including, backrests, paddle/rod leashes, rod holders, storage hatches and rudder kits.
To find out more about Ocean Kayak's range of products click on their logo. We would like to thank Ocean Kayak for their continued support with our Project Kayaks.
Scotty, based in Canada, are manufacturers of some of the finest rod holders and accessories available to the kayak fisherman, their range includes fully adjustable holders for baitcasters, fly rods, fixed spool and multiplier outfits, all with locking mechanisms to prevent the loss of your valuable gear. Every holder is available with a range of mounting brackets, all of which are interchangeable with other items from their range, including Swivel Fishfinder mounts and Anchor Locks, giving you total control over your equipment's placement.
Scotty also has a range of safety equipment, everything from an emergency whistle to waterproof first-aid and rescue kits.
To view Scotty's entire range visit their website by clicking on the logo, there you will be able to view or download their excellent catalogue.
Humminbird have been producing innovative fishingfinding technology for over 30 years.
Their comprehensive range consists of 7 series, ranging from the Smartcast to the 797c2 SI Combo with revolutionary side imaging technology.
Humminbird's Piranha range offers units with 60 degree Dual Beam sonar for superior fish indentification and 20 degree beam for better bottom detail available with their Quick Disconnect Tilt and Swivel Mounting System or fully portable units with a compact carrying case and powered by standard AA batteries, ideal for the travelling angler.
Also available from Humminbird is the Fisheye Under Water Viewing System giving a colour or b/w view from under your kayak.
For more information on the complete Humminbird range click the logo above, and to find your nearest UK dealer call Humminbird on 01493 745192.
With over 40 years of paddle design experience Lendal are at the fore front of paddle design and construction. Their desire for the best performance and efficiency has resulted in a range of paddles suited to a variety of needs and prices to suit all pockets.
The sea blades range is divided into three families, the Asymmetric, Kinetic and Wing series, each with its own profile and feel.
Lendal's expertise doesn't stop there, they are also leading experts in shafts, available in one, two or four piece, straight or crank, in a range of lengths and weights. The two and four piece shafts use their excellent Paddlok system, which locks the shaft so tightly it feels like a one piece.
For more information on the Lendal range click the logo above, or to find your nearest UK dealer call Lendal on 01407 761 960 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overboard Ltd offer a huge range of waterproof cases and dry bags, for the watersport enthusiast.
Items to protect your hi tec gear including an ipod case with waterproof headphones and sleeves for your notebook. Plus a range of dry bags and dry rucksacks.
Their quality range of products is continually growing.
More details at www.over-board.co.uk
Canoeists and kayakers all over the world have been using Palm Equipment for the last 25 years in some of the most demanding conditions there are.
The company has grown catering for those who want quality, well designed paddle gear that performs in all conditions. To date they have made immersion suits that have been used in some of the worlds deepest river gorges, paddle tops that have been around Greenland and personal floatation devisces that are used amongst others by the fire services in their rescue divisions.
Palms range covers all aspects of the sport. Wetsuits for the beach. Dry sacks that store gear. Paddles, gloves and paddle tops that both breath, are comfortable and fully waterproof, making them the ideal choice for a long days fishing, whatever the conditions. They use a range of different fabrics and constructions that give the user quality items without breaking the bank.
For more information about Palm’s equipment and apparel, or to find your nearest Palm dealer click the logo above, or call Palm on +44 (0)1275 798100.
Raymarine have been a major force in marine electronics since 1923 when they launched the first depth sounder.
Today they produce cutting edge electronic systems for the marine industry.
Raymarine's award winning CHIRP DownVision technology gives anglers underwater vision close to reality. This is available on the Raymarine Dragonfly and the new Raymarine Dragonfly7!
Find out more at: www.raymarine.co.uk
Multi award winning German company Torqeedo is the leader in high efficiency high thrust electric outboard motors. There are many motor solutions available, for the smallest kayak, right up to boats of six tons. A number of models have integral Lithium Manganese batteries. The fully waterproof Ultralight kayak motor is the one for kayak fishing, giving up to 22 miles on one charge of the battery (depending on speed). It has built in GPS to give you real time remaining range on the throttle display. It can be fitted to practically any type of canoe or kayak. It’s the ideal motor for extending the range when fishing or pushing you home in strong tides.
The UK base of Torqeedo is in Lowestoft and there’s always a kayak available set up with a motor to try out. Contact John Arnold on 01502 516224, e mail email@example.com www.torqeedo.com
The name Icom is synonymous with the manufacture of award-winning marine radios. Renowned for developing ground breaking equipment, Icom launched the world¹s first marine radios with waterproofing levels of IPX8 and in 2007 launched the IC-M33 their buoyant handheld 5w transceiver. From the largest commercial vessels, to the smallest weekend runabouts and everything in-between, Icom guarantees complete reliability and quality.
Based in Herne Bay, Icom (UK) Ltd employs 35 staff and has an established dealer network, with more than 1,000 accounts both in the UK and overseas. For more information on the Icom range click the logo above, and to find your nearest UK dealer call Icom on 01227 741741.
By utilizing a wooden canoe chair design and updating it with modern materials, Crazy Creek founder Rob Hart designed and produced the Original Crazy Creek Chair back in 1987.
Today, Crazy Creek boasts 37 products in the outdoor chair and accessory category, in addition to the Original Crazy Creek Chair. For the canoe and kayak paddler, Crazy Creek has developed the Water Line, which features 8 designs; three of which include patented On Air Comfort Technology -adjustable air cushions for the ultimate in comfort.
For full details of the Crazy Creek range or to purchase one of their products, visit the Crazy Creek website at: www.crazycreek.com
Hella Marine has specialized in marine lighting for over 50 years. At their headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand they are responsible for market leading design and innovation in lighting solutions, for both the marine and automotive industries using advanced LED technology.
Their latest range includes marine navigation and lighting systems, both traditional Bulb and LED, including a range of Anchor Light solutions for the Kayak Fisherman.
For more details visit www.hellamarine.com