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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:30 am 
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Have any of you owned a pedal driven kayak and a kayak with a trolling motor? I'm trying to debate on which one to go with. I'm thinking about either getting a Hobie outback or buying an ascend FS12 or FS128T and adding a trolling motor. The latter would save me a lot of money. I plan to do bass fishing and possibly some flats fishing. I spoke to one guy that had a trolling motor on a Hobie and he says he doesn't use the pedal drive much anymore. Did you prefer the pedal drive over the motor drive?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:09 am 
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Never owned a kayak with a trolling motor. Have fished out of a boat in places where the gas motor wasn't allowed so you had to use the trolling motor. To me the term "kayak" means "human powered". Nothing wrong with wanting to put a trolling motor on a kayak. It just depends on what your individual needs are. You have to register the kayak if you add a trolling motor. I would never put a trolling motor on either of my mirage drive kayaks as I get a lot of great exercise with them. I usually average 6-7 miles an outing and sometime over 9 miles. At my age (63), it's great for my health.

Each setup you mentioned has positives and negatives. Good luck! ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:24 pm 
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What Steve said above!!!
I have 5 kayaks....one Hobie Revolution with the Turbo Mirage Drive system and 4 Wilderness Systems paddle only yaks....two of which are kept up in NC.
I actually like paddling better than pedaling at some of the low tide areas that I frequent and the creeks and rivers in NC that I fish up there....and they are pretty shallow and can be up to Class 2 rapids, so pedals would not work!! NEITHER WOULD A MOTOR!!

Motorized (gas or electric) kayaks have to be licensed thru the state you are fishing and are typically banned from competition and tourneys. You also have more weight to deal with.....batteries, gas, and the weight of the motor, and periodic service issues.

Sorry to be so biased, but you can make you own decisions....Good Luck!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:03 pm 
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I own an Ocean Torque and a Hobie PA 12. Each have advantages that the other one doesn't have. The Torque requires no real effort since I can troll all day long on a single charge. However, even though I upgraded the seat, it's not nearly as comfortable as the the PA 12. More time is spent loading and unloading the Torque at the landing. The PA 12 can be rigged and ready to go before you leave your house. The Hobie is almost impossible to tip over. My brother in law says that I'm sitting in a lawn chair. I sit up higher and the seat is very comfortable. The bottom line is that even though the Hobie requires more effort since I have to pedal it, I prefer it because it's more stable and comfortable. It's a fishing platform.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:36 pm 
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I had a trolling motor on my Native Ultimate 12 and it was great. Initially got the motor to access more water and just get from A to B, especially when going against the tide. But, I ended up using it a ton while while fishing. Much easier to maneuver and make adjustments while fishing than trying to use the paddle and hold a rod at the same time. It didn't add much set up time and definitely made up for it with more efficient fishing.

I can't speak to the pedal drive systems since I have never used one.

I recently sold my kayak to upgrade to a small skiff. I still have the motor (Minn Kota C2 30 lb. thrust) and battery. Send me a PM if you decide to go with the motor and want to save a few bucks from buying new.


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