jcanracer wrote: »
To its credit though, the Malibu has a whole lot more weight capacity for the equivalent vessel length.
I guess I could chime in here...I had a Pompano 120 (2008 Tarpon 120 model) and I've gotta say ever since I switched up to a Hobie Outback I have NO IDEA why it took me so long to do so! Just the ability to grab a rod and pitch it at something is worth it the first time you do it. Live baiting with the hobie is a game changer....as I can just slowly paddle and let out line and control the rate of line going out. Opposed to stopping, pitching th bait, opening the bail, paddling, checking on it, trying to avoid a backlash on a conventional etc etc etc
If you enjoy going offshore, and vertical jigging the very first day I was out on the Hobie I noticed an immediate difference....my arms weren't tired! After paddling all the way out to jiggin depths, that first drop would always stink as your shoulders may be a bit tense after the paddle (esp in rough surf!) EVEN more important? After jigging all day, I can use a different and much bigger muscle group (my legs) to get back to shore as opposed to relying solely on my upper body the entire day.
+1 for being able to drink a beer and move at the same time, the "one handed paddle" while trying to drink a beer was annoying.
+1 for being able to re-rig on the move, as opposed to stopping to tie a knot and drifting far off the spot.
+1 for being able to quickly get back to a spot to drop a jig/deploy a bait instead of fighting the current the whole day
+1 for being able to snap quick pictures while moving
+1 for stability, the ability to sit side saddle more comfortably and relieve yourself off the kayak (i.e. take a leak)
+1 for being able to chase a fish or pull a fish away from a wreck with the Hobie without having to put the rod down.
Bottom line, if fishing is your main priority then a Hobie is the way to go! To me, a kayak is simply a means to a way of getting offshore without owning a boat. That being said, I'm not into kayaking for the health benefits....I'm a fisherman. It all comes down to priorities!
As I look back, the only upside the paddle yak had over the Outback was the workout that I got, and the weight as the Pompano was super light!
Read more: http://forums.floridasportsman.com/showthread.php?142460-ocean-kayak-trident-13-or-hobie-revolution-13#ixzz2rcHsmfJ2
dcr wrote: »
I'm using this yak primarily in the reservoir 500 yds from my house for bass/walleye/panfish. It's pretty quiet out there with a 10hp limit, some skinny water, and stumps. I don't know yet how I'm transporting it, but have some options. You've sold me on the Hobie and I'm considering the Outback now, but still have to get past the extra 2.5' in transport, maneuverability, and weight. I guess it's time for a demo.
"I get varying weights depending on the website. I think Hobie weighs the hull only.
Malibu 9 is about 43#, Hobie Sport 9 about 66#, and the Outback about 88#."