…it is best to take full advantage of it. This was the case last week with light winds and clear blue skies. A customer of mine and I set out on his Hobie Tandem Island to do some offshore fishing off the coast of Freeport and boy did we score big!
First let me take a moment to describe to you just how awesome the Hobie Tandem Island is for offshore fishing. Never have I been in such a stable platform (kayak that is) while fishing out past the breakers. The rigs that seem to be so far away while standing on the beach are easily within reach with the ability to sail out to them. No more are you limited to just what distance you can paddle. Let the sail out full, angle your boat properly in the wind, and you are off to the races! We had a southeast wind pushing anywhere from 10-15 miles per hour that afternoon and we set our sights on the rig that sat 6.5 miles off the coast. In what would have taken 2 hours to paddle to, we arrived in just a little over 30 minutes. Not to mention the fact we trolled Rapala diving lures the entire way out and scored a couple of King Mackerel. We even lost a monster cobia to a short rig that we passed on our way out. That was the heart breaker that day. Once at the rig we were able to easily reach our 2 Kingfish per person limit, as well as hanging several sharks. The ride back in was easy, and an added bonus was that even though the air temps were up that day, we stayed nice and cool with the wind in our face due to sailing at a high speed.
Here is a link to our full report: http://www.texaskayakfisherman.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=179719
Also, Daniel (the guy who I was fishing with) and his friend Efren have developed a site dedicated to anyone who currently owns a Hobie Adventure Island or Hobie Tandem Island or is looking at owning either of the two. The site is packed with helpful hints on rigging, sailing tips, and other juicy tidbits about the boats. Check them out and join the site, it’s free! Here is a link to their site: http://www.adventureislanders.com/
Jerron @ACK Houston