Hobie Introduces the Pro Angler 12 E-mail
Written by Chris Parson   
Sunday, 15 April 2012 13:24

Hobie Cat® Introduces the Hobie® Mirage® Pro Angler 12

Their Most Versatile Fishing Boat Ever


Oceanside, California, April 15, 2012 – Advancing its vision for new heights in fishing, Hobie unveils the lightweight and compact Mirage Pro Angler 12 that may be the most versatile fishing boat to ever come out of their Oceanside, California factory. Its target customer is anyone who wants to fish lakes, rivers or open ocean with no boundaries. At 120 pounds fully rigged, the 12 foot long, 36 inch wide hull sports a 500-pound weight capacity and delivers new levels of innovation packed full of must-have angler features. These include such things as the Hobie MirageDrive® pedal propulsion system, the all new Vantage Seating, “Lowrance® Ready” Fishfinder Installation System, Pivoting Tackle Management System and vertical/horizontal storage for six rods. MSRP: $2549. The Pro Angler 12 is proudly made in the U.S.A.

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“Our team is made up of several extremely creative and experienced individuals who strive to put forth the best in fishing technology. After months of hard work and testing, it is our conclusion that the following features truly combine to make the perfect fishing kayak,” noted Morgan Promnitz, Hobie’s fishing product manager.

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.


As with all Hobie products, the features do not just end with the bigger and obvious ones. Keep checking. Front, rear and side handles make the boat easy to move or transport. Brass inserts are strategically placed for the optional anchor trolley kit. The removable front hatch liner is sized for the daily catch, drinks on ice or gear. Two replaceable mounting boards can handle a variety of electronics and rod holders. Anti-skid floor mats make it easy to stand up and fish. The boat even has a receptacle for an after-market accessories mount or sail and mast.

And the list goes on.

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Like all Hobie boats, the Pro Angler 12 meets the National Marine Manufacturers Association certification requirements for flotation.

Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water and quality products. From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes and markets an impressive collection of watercraft worldwide. These include an ever-expanding line of recreation and racing sailboats, pedal-driven and paddle sit-on-top recreation and fishing kayaks, inflatable kayaks and fishing boats, plus a complementary array of parts and accessories.





+4 #1 MississippiKid 2012-04-18 12:41
vert cool set up for the tournament trail
buying one for the "Ride he Bull" redfsh tournament in Grand Isle, LA
+3 #2 MississippiKid 2012-04-18 12:43
interested in one of these for the RIDE THE BULL redfish tourney in Grand Isle,LA this September
-6 #3 Pete Brewer 2012-04-24 12:03
Hobie really does have some amazing innovations. I just wish they would step back from their peddle drive concept for some of their new models. While the peddle drive does allow you to move about hands free, having tried it out, I think the negatives outweigh the benefits.

The hull is made taller, to accommodate the peddle drive without letting water in the boat. This results in two things; more weight and more wind surface.

Also, the peddle drive sticks so far below the hull that it prevents you from playing in shallow water.

If they would apply their design mastery to a boat that did not utilize a peddle drive, I can't help but think that it would be an amazing ride.
+3 #4 *Apalach 2012-04-26 11:25
Responding to Pete Brewer's comments, first off, it is not a "peddle" drive, it is a "pedal" drive, as in a bicycle pedal. Second, the flippers do not extend below the hull very far at all, since they easily fold up flat against the hull when not in use, or when entering really skinny water--they extend below the hull perhaps 2-3 inches max. You can even pull the yak up on the beach with the drive folded up, if you wish. Thirdly, Hobie does make some of their yaks without the Mirage Drive option, although for hands-free fishing it is awesome and essential, IMHO.
+2 #5 Darrell S. 2012-04-26 11:38
Great job, can't wait to trade up my Outback fish for one.If you want a conventional kayak, there are a gazillion others out there, even Hobie has ones without the mirage drive. Otherwise, enjoy the best way to fish via kayak that there is.
+4 #6 Jared Schaefer 2012-04-26 12:56
I have an outback with turbo fins and an easy cruising speed is about 4.2 mph. I am curious as to what the pro angler can do on the water with all that extra weight. I love the transducer port!
+2 #7 Tom Smith 2012-04-26 19:13
"Lightweight"? If 120 pounds is lightweight my 56#er must be classified as a featherweight.
+3 #8 zedman12 2012-04-29 08:50
I have had six Hobies, still have three inc. a Pro Angler. You CAN play in as shallow water as you want by pushing any pedal forward placing fins tight against hull, then paddle. The PA is the only way to fish!! (Me,0ver150 days yr.) I will probably go with the 12 when it arrives just for the upgrade seat. I have a bad back.
-2 #9 JM 2012-05-02 10:14
Might as well buy a boat, that's what it is. A 120lb pedal boat with a kayak label on it.
Headquartered in Oceanside, molds made in China, No Thanks
-4 #10 BRB 2012-05-04 15:47
Looks like they got a lot of these ideas from the Jackson Cuda Kayak.
+4 #11 BarnabyJones 2012-05-04 15:52
The seat, the rod tip savers, and the storage for Plano tackle boxes are all straight from the Jackson Cuda Kayak. I'm not blaming them for stealing the ideas... they are good ideas. I love the Mirage drive but the price is double every other fishing kayak.
0 #12 Capt. John Skinner 2012-05-08 14:03
Once again simply the best.Going fishing on my Hobie,bites on,Good job with the mag.
-3 #13 nature 2012-06-04 22:02
buy a 500.00 kayak and a 300.00 trolling motor you will be much happier. also cover more water and catch more fish.

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