My wife and I recently had the opportunity to put the Hobie Kayaks on Marion Lake in South Carolina and spend the day fishing. We were able to catch some fish and enjoy the October weather while doing so.
Marion Lake is the largest lake in the state of South Carolina. The Santee River was dammed up in the 1940’s to provide hydroelectric power to the area. More importantly to my wife and I it held the state record largemouth at 16.2 lbs and also was home to a very large striped bass population. The striped bass ended up being our target as we launched North of the dam.
Growing up fishing Norris Lake in Tennessee, I previously had success trolling crankbaits for Striper. So my wife, Haley Moore, who is a fellow Hobie Fishing Team member, tied on some crankbaits and started pedaling. With no previous knowledge of the lake itself, I figured we would troll through the trees in the big part of the lake and also the quick depth changes and shelves we could find. The problem with this is my fish finder wasn’t working properly. Thankfully I had my smartphone with the Navionics app downloaded. Making it even easier, Haley had won a cellphone ram mount in a fishing tournament put on by Strictly Sail in Blue Ash, Ohio the previous week. I was able to track our journey with my phone by my side secured to my Hobie Pro Angler. Haley nailed the first striper of the day next to a tree in about 30 feet of water.
As we trolled out to the deep part of the lake we decided to fish some of the trees and in doing so Haley caught the first striper of the day. A benefit of a mirage driven kayak is she was able to maneuver herself away from the tree to fight the fish so that it didn’t become tangled. This fish was a surprise because it hit her lure only feet from her kayak. After only a couple of minutes she had landed what would end up being the biggest fish of the afternoon. The striper ended up being 22 inches.
We eventually caught 4 stripers that day all while trolling in our Hobie Mirage Kayaks. These kayaks are designed perfectly for this technique. Rod holders built in to the kayak are angled away from the boat to keep your baits separated. The Mirage Drive has many benefits when it comes to trolling. Virtually no noise is made as you pass over the fish like the noise created by a boat motor. And speaking of boat motors, no gas is needed to propel your vessel, just make sure you eat your Wheaties.
By the end of the day we had caught some nice fish including 10 white perch between us. Once again the silent mirage drive allowed us to sneak around the cypress trees in only a couple of feet of water to find these fish. All in all it was a great day on Lake Marion for two Ohio natives, made possible by the Hobie Kayak and Mirage Drive System.