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Introducing the Hobie® Mirage® Pro Angler 12


Just when I thought they couldn’t get any better, Hobie® has unveiled the newest addition to their fleet of angling kayaks. The new Mirage® Pro Angler 12 is possibly their most versatile fishing craft to date. No matter what type of water you fish, the Pro Angler 12 is ready to handle it, and boasts more features than you can swing a graphite rod at.

The Essentials:

MirageDrive:   The always-popular pedal-driven propulsion system is still key to the maneuverability of the Pro Angler 12. With self-centering pedals and the included turbo fins, the Mirage Drive is the proven leader of a stealthy and efficient approach to fish.

Vantage Seating:  With the new Vantage seat, Hobie has raised the
bar. Boasting both fore/aft reclining action and a five-inch up or down adjustment, you can count on comfort that fits your style without getting out of your chair. Made from Hobie’s new comfort mesh, the Vantage Seat includes
the Boa® System for lumbar support. When you are ready to do some sight fishing the chair folds neatly out-of-the-way.

Boa® Adjustment:  Located on the back of the seat is a one-handed dial that provides a full range of adjustment to provide lumbar support.

Transducer Mount:   Hobie has included a Lowrance®-ready, built-in
transducer mount with pre-installed through-hull cable plugs. Mounting your fish finder this time takes no glue or marine grease and no need to drill holes in your yak.

Other Important Features:

  • Pivoting Tackle Management System
  • Port/Starboard Dual-steering
  • Horizontal Rod Storage with Tip Protection (for six rods)
  • Brass Inserts for Anchor Trolley Installation
  • Replaceable Mounting Boards for Electronics and Rod Holders
  • Anti-skid Floor Mats

 

Specs:

  • Length: 12’
  • Width:  36”
  • Weight: 120 lbs. (fully rigged)
  • Capacity: 500 lbs.
  • Projected Availability: June 2012
  • MSRP: $2549

Made in the U.S.A.
www.Hobiefishing.com

Note:  In Kentucky Canoe KY is a Hobie Dealer! Stop by and check them out!


Disclaimer: I am not offering a review of the Pro Angler 12 at this time because I haven’t been in one at the date of the article. I am a member of the Hobie Pro Fishing Team, but have received no compensation for sharing this information.

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YakAngler Christmas List 2011

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Recently, the Pro Staff team at YakAngler.com put together a wish list of the gear they’d love to get for Christmas this year. So if you or someone you know is a hopelessly addicted yak angler, this will definitely get … Continue reading

Did I Hook the Trout or Did the Trout Hook Me?


After having bought a kayak last summer to replace my trusty old Trout Unlimited Madison I met up with the folks from Yakangler.com. The first trip they had planned was for the coming weekend on the Cumberland River, premium trout water!

I dusted off the old fly rod that had stood in the corner and headed to the internet.  I needed to know how to cast this thing and had little time to learn. As I was pouring over some websites it struck me that my rod looked kind of old so I decided to Google the model number on the reel. It turned out I had a Shakespeare automatic reel manufactured sometime around 1963. Although we’re not talking about a purist’s brand of choice, it was still close enough to being an antique that I wasn’t ready to risk it on unknown waters and fishing from my kayak for the first time!

I still wasn’t sure I would be able to use a fly rod without getting instruction from someone so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. For the upcoming trip I went to a local sporting goods store, talked extensively with the fishing department manager (who was an avid fly fisherman) about entry-level combos.  He recommended a four-piece 5 wt., 9′, Scientific Angler as an inexpensive way for me to try my hand at skating a few flies.

Saturday morning finally arrives.  After some shuttling around of vehicles we all drop our yaks in the water.  It definitely wasn’t idea conditions that September morning.  The river was high, the current was way too fast, and the water was close to the color of chocolate milk.  I let everyone drift away from me a bit, I didn’t want to hook any of my new acquaintances in the forehead since I didn’t know what I was doing.

It turned out I could actually feel what I needed to do to shoot that fly out further with each cast and wasn’t doing too bad for a beginner if I may say so myself.  About twenty minutes into the trip I had a brown jump up out of the water and come back down to take that fly!  Now I know to those experienced in fly fishing this isn’t anything new, but it was my first time to see it.  I will never forget the sheer excitement I felt and needless to say, I’ve been hooked on fly fishing since that day.  I’m hard pressed to pick up a spinning rod now.

I ended up catching another decent fish not too long after the first.

Since that trip I’ve gone on several fishing and camping expeditions with my new-found friends at Yakangler.  I’ve also upgraded to a TFO 9′ 5wt, and have also purchased a Redington 8wt.  I’m so obsessed with the experience that I’m now asking myself, did I hook that trout or did it hook me?

After doing some research I’ve learned that I have a couple of nice trout rivers in my area and believe there are more. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is working hard at finding additional places that can sustain trout populations.  In the meantime they stock several creeks and rivers for “put and take” but so far I haven’t fished any of them.

I’m very thankful to have the chance to fish for trout fairly close to home, but if KDFW hadn’t of worked to develop those fisheries years ago such opportunities wouldn’t exist. That’s why the ongoing efforts of Trout Unlimited and other organizations to revive debilitated rivers and streams, protect waters like Bristol Bay in Alaska, or stop mountain top removal in Kentucky is essential in preserving our cold-water fishing so future generations can enjoy the same blessings we have.

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The Hobie Mirage Outback — A Work Boat that’s Fun

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If you’ve looked at fishing kayaks you already know there are several manufacturers offering many shapes, sizes and features to make your fishing experience a good one.  With differing opinions on which yak is the most functional it’s really difficult … Continue reading

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Trick My Yak (please!)

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Just like a car or a motorcycle, making customizations to your fishing craft pretty much comes natural. After using my Hobie Outback for the past five months I started to get a feel for some things I wanted to add … Continue reading