My New Ride - Mirage 583

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manta
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Re: My New Ride - Mirage 583

Post by manta » Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:40 pm

Awesome looking machine, well jel! Would love a full on fishing version with fish hatch etc. I can never understand the obsession with speed and offshore fishing as I believe that sea worthiness should be the most important factor. There is heaps of debate about fishing from fast racing skis and the comparison to stealths etc. I would rather lose a knot and go for a Mirage hull which is still very fast and with fantastic ocean crossing, sea keeping abilities. The stealth pedigree derives from an almost flat bottomed ski with rocker, where as Mirage pedigree is steeped in expedition sea kayaking. I know what I would rather be on half way across Bass Straight!

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Re: My New Ride - Mirage 583

Post by Rayl » Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:32 pm

Yea, I like this concept a lot.
Keep us informed of your opinions after a few more outings.
Mmmmm....NIce

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Re: My New Ride - Mirage 583

Post by Paulb » Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:11 pm

Hi Rayl, Manta, I've had the Mirage for nearly a year and a half, so this is a bit of an old thread - but I had some really good catches - below are some old trip report links.

I've also had a ball messing around in the surf, without rods. The only thing I have yet to try, is accessing the back hatch whilst on the water - to see if I could store and retrieve a 2 piece rod there.

http://theyakshed.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2951

http://theyakshed.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3284

http://theyakshed.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3191
123cm Cobia, 143cm Spanish Mackerel, 114.5cm Kingfish, 80cm Flathead, 75cm Bonito, 64cm Salmon, various sharks...., 40cm Bream, 78cm Snapper, 60cm LongTom, 51cm Tailor, 85cm squid, 160cm Hairtail, 70cm Samson Fish, 60cm Trevally, 70cm Blue Groper, Black Marlin ext. 40-50kg

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Re: My New Ride - Mirage 583

Post by Rayl » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:15 am

Ahh my bad thanks for the links
How do you secure your catch, just put them in front of your feet and tie them in?

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Re: My New Ride - Mirage 583

Post by Paulb » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:19 pm

I use a dry bag and stick the toothy end in first. It was a little difficult with the large Spanish, but generally it's easy to just have the larger fish lie under your legs. Anything up to 80cm fits in the gap in front of the pedals - with the tail waving about.
123cm Cobia, 143cm Spanish Mackerel, 114.5cm Kingfish, 80cm Flathead, 75cm Bonito, 64cm Salmon, various sharks...., 40cm Bream, 78cm Snapper, 60cm LongTom, 51cm Tailor, 85cm squid, 160cm Hairtail, 70cm Samson Fish, 60cm Trevally, 70cm Blue Groper, Black Marlin ext. 40-50kg

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Re: My New Ride - Mirage 583

Post by nezevic » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:22 pm

Paulb wrote:Anything up to 80cm fits in the gap in front of the pedals - with the tail waving about.
That way you can skite all the way home :)
Cheers,
Jon

Snap: 88cm, Grassy: 58cm, Red Emperor: 58cm, Bass: 44cm, Cobe: 20kg, Longtail: 98cm, Jewfish: 11.5kg, Hammer ~1.8m, Spaniard: 126cm Spotty: 109cm

Hey Ken, I'm just going to clean my fish.

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