Hobie Kayak Fishing Mirage Pro Angler 12 Review
The Hobie Kayak Mirage Pro Angler 12 took the world of extreme fishing to another level at this years ICAST show in Orlando, Fla. The popularity of kayak fishing has grown significantly in the last several years and Hobie certainly helped the sports quest for future growth with yet another really sweet boat. The Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 is characterized by versatility and comfort.
The Pro Angler 12 has an impressive weight capacity of 500 pounds and with a fully rigged boat weighing a mere 120 pounds, there’s plenty of room for gear and a fat guy. We were blown away by the amount of features that Hobie was able to pack into such a small package. From storage galore, to near living room arm chair comfort features, this boat and the concept of extreme fishing is only going to continue to grow.
MirageDrive: The iconic feature on the Pro Angler 12 is Hobie’s patented MirageDrive pedal propulsion system. The self-centering padded pedals are connected to two underwater flippers, functioning much like penguin wings. Pedaling is done alternatively left and right, like walking, to drive the flippers. It is a quiet and efficient mode of propulsion that maximizes fishability.
Vantage Seating: The standard definition of Vantage is “an advantage in a competition; superiority; and a position, condition or opportunity that is likely to provide superiority.” The new Hobie Vantage seat fits all these descriptions. This deluxe chair is designed with Hobie’s new comfort-mesh for breathability and with fore/aft and five-inch up/down adjustment without getting out of the seat. Got lumbar support? The integrated Boa® System allows for ultimate lumbar support. Ready to stand up and fish? The seat will fold up out of the way. Ready for some beach time? The seat is easily removable for use on-shore.
Boa® Adjustment: A Boa system on the back of the seat provides one-handed dial, full range of adjustment, for lumbar support. It is quick and easy and once locked into place, stays that way.
Fishfinder Installation System: A Lowrance-Ready built-in transducer mount features pre-installed through-hull cable plugs. Fishfinders can be installed in minutes without gluing transducers or drilling holes in the kayak and they provide accurate readings from sonar or DSI (DownScan Imaging) – the latest technology in 3D imaging for fishfinders.
Pivoting Tackle Management System: The newly-designed large rectangular center hatch features a pivoting compartment that houses and includes two medium sized Plano® tackle boxes.
Port/Starboard Dual-steering: Steering is controlled via an oversized fingertip steering handle on the left side, making it easy to cast, hook and land fish while maneuvering to that secret spot. What if the preference is for right handed steering? No problem. Steering from both sides comes standard and the main handle can easily be moved from one side to the other, whatever the preference.
Rod Storage: Two vertical molded-in rod holders angled for trolling and four horizontal built-in rod holders with rod tip protection ensure the right equipment is always on-board for any species or waters.
The Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 has an MSRP of $2549.