The water beneath me was maybe 2 feet deep, and the sandbar I’d slid over to reach the back of the narrow cove was less than half that depth.
A Hobie Mirage Outback kayak proved ideal. Most essentially, it got me to the fish. Most boats would have dead-ended at the sandbar. Beyond that, it provided stealth. The pre-spawn bass that were soaking sun in the skinny water seemed oblivious to my presence as I caught fish after fish by casting a lipless crankbait and cranking quickly with my rod held high.
It also didn’t hurt to have mostly hands-free boat control with the Hobie MirageDrive. Hobie’s petal system becomes incredibly intuitive after just a bit of time on the water and allows you to keep the boat perfectly positioned and never stop fishing.
I couldn’t guess how many bass I caught that day, but I’m certain the tally would have been half or less without such a stealthy craft. People use small hand-launchable boats because they can be launched with no formal ramp, and they tend to be less expensive than larger boats (both good reasons). Benefits extend further, though. Small boats like a Hobie-Fishing kayak allow you to get into backwaters, to pockets behind bars and to other hideaways you simply cannot access with a bass boat or other larger craft. They also allow you to work quietly and efficiently.
Looking beyond the practical, a final important advantage of a small personal watercraft is simply that it is simply seriously fun to work from low to the water, to physically control your own craft, and to catch a bunch of bass!
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