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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



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

Made in the U.S.A.

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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Learning to “Fly” — But I Ain’t Got Wings

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RiverBassin Trail Results: Frankfort, KY

Monday, 29 August 2011 Written by  Adam Hayes of YakAngler.com Louisville KY, Taylor Maione makes her kayak fishing tournament debut at the 2011 RiverBassin Tournament Trail held in Frankfort, KY and presented by Canoe Kentucky.   Taylor took a first place finish in both … Continue reading

Gear Review: The Baker Hookout Max-T®

This a review of the Baker® Hookout Max-T.  You can find the Baker product line at Bakerhookout.com.  This is my first gear review for the Outdoor Blogger Network.  

A Little Background

The original 9″ Hookout was developed in 1956 and anglers continue to use it over 50 years later.  It has proven itself time after time as a safe way to remove hooks and lures.  Baker continues to develop tools to aid both casual and avid anglers alike and now carries over forty different products.

The Max “T” HooKouT

I received the Baker® Max-T Hookout and it appeared to be a tool that would prove especially useful in the practice of catch and release or in the case of a “toothy” fish.

Made of rust-resistant components, this Hookout has a 13” reach.  The tip is designed to reverse the angle of the hook making it easier to remove.  The longer shaft of this tool makes it easier to de-hook a fish without having to boat it, putting much less stress on the fish and giving it a better chance at survival after release.

I especially like the slim, straight design of this Hookout over the right angle of
the original.  Since most of my fishing is done from a kayak, this slimmer tool is much easier to store out-of-the-way when I’m not using it.  The length is ideal because it maximizes my reach and enables me to keep the fish in the water while removing the hook.

I found the Max-T very easy to use.  As the directions described I placed the tip around the hook, squeezed the handle towards the “T”, then twisted.  The hook came out quick and clean.

The only thing that would have made the Hookout more kayak fishing friendly (or wading friendly) would be a means to fasten it to a lanyard or a retractor. After I made the picture below I affixed a cord to it between the handle and the “T”  but an eyelet of some sort would have been nice.

On a scale of 1 to 10 I give it a rating of 9 and would recommend it to anyone that is looking to buy a hook removal tool.

As with all reviews on 
ShesAManiYak.com, this review is my honest opinion.  I received the Baker Hookout Max-T free of charge from The Outdoor Blogger Network and agreed  to provide a review in exchange. ShesAManiYak.com is not sponsored by or associated with Baker and is accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.