I never thought I’d say this, but there’s definitely something to be said for fishing from a kayak. Until recently, I always assumed fishing from a kayak was a chore, and that the ratio of paddling versus fishing time was definitely weighted towards the paddling side. But I subscribe to the old adage, “don’t knock it till you try it.” To my surprise, I had a blast. So I gave it another shot, and was pleased with the same result. The fact is that so far kayak fishing has facilitated an intimate, fun, unique DIY approach to some of my oldest honey holes on the river. Not only do kayaks draft well in shallow water, there’s no vibration from a trolling motor tapping into a fish’s lateral lines, and quite honestly, it’s nice to take a break from the noise and fumes the old outboard kicks out. But if you or another angler you know wants to get serious in a kayak, look no farther than the pedal-drive system on vessels like Hobie’s Mirage Passport 12. While the gears and guts of this kayak make it one of the heavier models on the market, the oscillating fins propel the craft faster than is possible with a paddle, and since they’re leg-powered, your hands are free to fish. Equipped with a comfortable seat, rod holders, accessory mounts, sealed storage compartments, and various bungee straps, the Passport 12 is ready to fish the moment it lands on someone’s front porch (make Amazon do the heavy lifting). This is the winning ticket for anyone seriously interested in accessing water that’s unreachable in large boats, or simply prefer the sight and sound of songbirds and surface-feeding fish over the roar of an outboard at first light. —B.R.