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The Hobie Mirage Eclipse 10.5/12 : Review by David Reid

Here is an interesting article for listeners to the outdoor lifestyle news radio, outdoor activities radio stations and the other outdoor recreation radio stations on a new product from Hobie.  

In recent years many outdoor enthusiasts have taken up kayaking or paddle boards to stay in shape while away from the gym. This year Hobie has combined their MirageDrive pedal system with 65 years of board sports expertise to create the World's First ever stand up pedal board, the Hobie Mirage Eclipse 10.5 and the Hobie Mirage Eclipse 12.


Using these boards is safe and is as simple as walking. Just step on and go. No seat, paddle or overboard slashes required. These boards should be a hit with anyone seeking a fun and easy way to play on the water along with a way to stay fit outside of the gym. Both the Hobie Mirage Eclipse 10.5 and 12 are a great option for resorts or tour operates that are looking to give their clients a new experience on the water. The Eclipse was designed just right for making them portable on cars, sailboats, powerboats and for easy storage when not in use.

The natural stepping motion on the large pedals connected to the underwater fins, efficiently allows you to go as slow or fast as you desire on the Eclipse with high strength composite epoxy hull harness of Hobie board sport heritage and its quick displacement design allow for the bow to gracefully pierce through the water. This in turn enhances speed and glide of the board. The square tail and flat bottom, adds to the boards quiet and stable ride.  

The nice thing about the Eclipse is that the fins fold against the board for shallow water use and beaching landings. The handle bar steering controls for the board are made of aluminum alloy and couldn't be simpler to use. To go right, simply squeeze the right caliper. To go left squeeze the left caliper with an adjustable handle bar from 36 to 43 inches high, kids to adults can enjoy either the Hobie Mirage Eclipse  10.5 and the Hobie Mirage Eclipse 12.

The fins can also be locked into place which allows you to use it in the traditional SUP manner so that you can enjoy an upper body workout by paddling it. The large EVA deckpads provides rides with a care free, high traction footing that enhances comfort for all day rides. With plenty of board room a rider has room for extra gear or the family pet to perch on the stern and has cargo bungees on the aft deck to secure your gear.

The Eclipse accessories include a protective board bag and cart to make transporting easy to and from the water. A cup holder and a universal phone mount are available to help the rider stay hydrated and ready to capture memories that happen on the water. Both sizes come in two colors, Solar (yellow) or Lunar (blue) 

Enjoying A Workout with Friends On The Water. For more great info from David Reid keep watching this website and listening to WRVO Radio Network 1 

Smartbaits Magic Fishing Baits : Expert Review by Reno Viola

Every once in a while someone creates great product that is easy to use and actually helps catching fish.

Early on in 2014 meeting in a donut shop, I was approached by a company that claimed that they had a bait concept in development that I had never seen before. They also were very detailed about it and did not over selling the products. They let me make up my own mind about the concept. My immediate thoughts were a muffled chuckle. My cynical self said “Ya Sure????”  but I went through the courteous motion of looking at the product, but to my surprise I instantly fell in love with the concept of color changing technology.

I saw it as that extra bit that world help trigger strikes from cautious fish. The demo that I was shown in the coffee shop was with 2 cups of water, one hot and one cold, and one bait. They dipped the Smartbaits in cold water and nothing happened, then the put the same bait in warm water and the bottom of the bait instantly turned RED, then back into the cold water and it went back to the original color, then back into the warm water and again it turned red. I played with it back and forth for about ½ hour at that table and I immediately saw that color change as a great Trigger for fish strikes and decided to get involved with Smartbaits, right then and there.

Fast forward to 2016 and now that I have been using these magic baits for 2 years, as well as shooting countless Television Shows and Videos with the baits, I can assure you that YES Smartbaits actually help me catch more fish, every time on the water. As a matter of fact, I hardly use anything other than Smartbaits anymore. In these 2 years Smartbaits has expanded the line up to include hand made hard baits in diving and floating models as well as a whole series of soft plastics shapes from worm styles to swimming minnows including my personal favorite “Smartbomb” a do nothing style worm. All of this product is now available for sale in some Canadian Tires Stores and other leading Retailer in Canada and the USA. If you can’t find them locally, visit and order online. You will be glad that you did! By the way the next generation of Smartbaits is already in the works and will have that color change happen a specific and different water temperature ranges to be more precise in different bodies of water. Next time you are in you favorite tackle store, ask the manager about Smartbaits and if he says that he does not have them, have him contact Smartbaits directly.

You can see a few of the videos and fish that we’ve produced using Smartbaits on, as well as a special offer by simply visiting

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