The pro staff of Hobie along with the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel welcomed a group of outdoor writers to the islands of Sanibel and Captiva for an incredible week of fishing the shallow backwaters of J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Redfish, speckled trout and snook were the targeted species of the week and the writers were successful in boating all three.
“Ding” Darling NWR’s 6,400 acres lies along the north side of Sanibel Island. The large mangrove wilderness is home to all these inshore fish and many more, including tarpon. The refuge is also a haven for a multitude of bird species, both common and rare.
Writers were able to fish shallow areas not accessible by boat, finding the Hobies extremely stable for sightcasting and fly fishing from a standing position. Hobie’s Mirage Drive system allows anglers to pedal across the flats and along mangrove shorelines, leaving hands free for casting.
Anglers tested the new Power-pole Micro allowing easy anchoring with the push of a button. The Power-pole Micro proved to be an invaluable tool, grabbing hold to the hard-sand bottom where other anchor systems failed. The Power-pole could be lowered and raised with remote control or by a push button mounted within easy reach on the side of the kayak.
Lures provided by Sebile, Aqua Dream Living, Rapala and Vudu Shrimp by Egret Baits helped guarantee the success of each angler. Local fly shop owner, Norm Zeigler tied up a special selection of flies including his famous Crystal Schminnow for the fly casters. Cheryl Little captured the event on video.