How to Choose a Fishing Kayak with Pedals:
Hobie vs Native Watercraft
Which company makes the best? We aren’t here to necessarily write a report to answer the question (Hobie or Native Watercraft) which kayaks are better – rather in case you are currently considering buying this type of kayak we want to bring these two companies to the forefront.
This is because without a doubt these are the two top manufactures of pedal kayaks.
Instead of declaring a winner between Hobie and Native Watercraft, we more want to openly discuss some of the differences, the prices and what we think the best value is according to the money you will be paying.
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Maybe you missed it in the video, the part where the guy described the main differences between these two pedal systems? Hobie’s System is call the MirageDrive and looks like two penguin feet flipping back and forth to move it forward. You can see how this works in the video below.
On the other hand the Native Watercraft mechanism looks and works looks a small outboard boat motor. The main advantage of this one is it allows you to pedal in both forward and reverse.
The main advantage of the Hobie mechanism is it’s probably a bit faster and in our opinion the design is more sturdy.
Who wins on price and value? The Hobie’s are more expensive but are currently the most popular highest rated fishing kayaks on the market so their value is great.
Hobie Fishing Kayaks With Pedals
They produce two models with specifically made for fishing, the Hobie Pro Angler 12 and the larger Pro angler 14. These models are quite expensive but if you have the money to spend they are well worth it.
Pro Angler 12
This has just about every feature you could ask for. It’s one of the most stable kayaks you can buy. Also one you can stand up and fish in. The storage space is enormous. Read our full review.
Pro Angler 14
Native Watercraft Pedal Angler
Native Watercraft initial pedal kayak was the Marine Propel Angler 12.5. This is a sit-on-top that good for sitting and stable enough for standing. The price of this kayak was about $600 less than the Hobie Angler models listed above and saw much success on the market.
In 2014, Native Watercraft decided to add pedals to one of their most popular angler kayaks, the Native Slayer. We have not had the opportunity to test this model but we expect it to be awesome. You should check it out on their site.