In this video I show how I lengthened the Adventure Island Xbar so that it would fit my 2012 Hobie PA14.
Components – 0:35
Modified Xbar – 1:27
3d Printed Parts & Assembly – 3:09
The last few months of 2018 had me on a very busy handyman schedule with family and relatives especially when the holidays rolled in but I made sure to find the time to work on this project that I affectionately named POSEIDON in hopes of finishing it up for the start of the 2019 year. Aside from from having to do some updates to my kayak trailer, it is just about done so I can get the Hobie out on the water for testing and do a final break-in session on the outboard motor. I did manage to document most of the conversion process which I will be showing in a three part video series for those wanting to do a similar build as there is not a lot of information out there to be found.
This is what happens in Florida when you wear shorts almost on a daily basis year round while out in the sunshine – the perfect tan line! 🤣
I put together my version of a floating bait livewell that I can drag behind me with the kayak or use it off a pier, the shoreline or jetties. It’s the size of a five gallon bucket so it should hold a good amount of bait. I like this setup for the main reason that the bait is in its environment with no need to worry about water temp, circulating the water or using a air bubbler to oxygenate the water to try and keep the bait fish alive.
Decided to do a little crappie fishing this morning for my birthday which turned out to be a good decision. Caught enough for tomorrows dinner with the family. Was a great day to be out on the water. 😊👍
After almost two months of waiting… The Hobie ama I ordered has finally arrived. I was told by Hobie that they have no 2014 amas to sell, but, that they still had the mold for it to make me one but that it might take a while to get it done… Also the “papaya” color I wanted apparently was no longer available either and would have to be made using the current “papaya orange” color. That bummed me out but I was pleasantly surprised to see it was not the case when I unpacked it today. Now I can finally begin with the mod that I so patiently waited for… Well… Maybe not with the holidays now upon us but at least I definitely have a project to start off the new year with! Come on 2019!!! 🤪👍
When it comes to lighting, if you run a motorized kayak at night, especially if registered in your state, then you should follow the same rules and regulations as a boat. This is a simple mount that I created so that I could attach a specific bow navigation light to my Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak. The navigation light that I used is sold by Shoreline Marine and is battery powered. No drilling required. This mount is attached using an adhesive, double sided carpet tape or 3M tape to the top of the Hobie emblem found on the bow of the kayak. The 3d printed file for this base is available for download on thingiverse for those who would like to make one for their kayak. A link will be provided below:
► 3D Light Base → https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3174345
Look at what the UPS driver just dropped off…. SWEEEEEEEEET! 😜
This is where I finally decided to mount the Garmin Fish Finder on my Slayer 10… I found this to be the best spot for me since it does not use up any space inside the deck area of the kayak. It was really cheap and simple. I have another Garmin mount for my Hobie PA so it is a simple process of un-clipping the Garmin itself off of one mount and on to the other.
The transducer, which is mounted to a simple flat aluminum bar, simply swings up and out of the way when not in use. The bungee on the handle is used to hold it in place.
Using the stock accessory rail, two brass t-bolts hold everything in place.
Other images of this setup can be seen here: https://floridafishhunter.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/all-work-and-no-play/
10/18/2018 – I was just mentioning to my wife this past week about a fish that is called a Triglidae but more commonly known as a “Sea Robin” which can walk along the bottom of the ocean using its six legs in search of food. When I was younger growing up fishing in Connecticut I would catch sea robins all the time. It was considered a nuisance / trash fish that everyone hated. As for me I was always fascinated with this prehistoric looking fish and lo and behold I caught one today so I had to take a video to share with the wife, kiddos and of course all of YouTube!
On a side note “The Mullet Run” has begun in our waters inside Ponce Inlet. We scouted around most of the morning and found large schools of mullet in all areas that we searched including large pods of dolphins but interesting enough nothing was feeding on them besides the occasional dolphin. I would imagine the dolphin pods were possibly the cause for no sighting of predator fish feeding. We did see large tarpon just rolling everywhere under and around the N Causeway overpass right by our boat as we were moving from one spot to another but sadly I did not have my camera out to film this beautiful sight nor the gear to stop and try to fish for them… 😩