Hobie's Pro Angler 12 is the feature-packed smaller (but not little) brother to the Pro Angler 14. Otherwise known as the PA12, it to blurs the line between kayak and boat. Much like the larger PA14, the 12' model offers a level of stability and utility that commands respect. While boasting all of the same features of the PA14, the PA12 is shorter and lighter, which although means a small trade off in room and stability, it still rates very highly in these areas of performance. Available from $4990
The new Vantage seat system is one of the stand out features (of many) on the Pro Angler models. Offering unparalleled adjustability for height and pitch, back and lumbar support it is also raised off the deck of the boat. Due to it's padded mesh upholstery this means that the user is never sitting in a puddle of water, which is a common complaint of many kayaks on the market. The combined advantages of this system are obvious at a single glance and is one of the reasons that the Pro Angler models are now one of the most popular fishing kayak models on the market, especially among tournament kayak fishermen as the enhanced comfort goes a long way during a 6-7 hour session.
Stability is another key factor that lends itself to tournament fishing scenarios; not only does it accommodate the added weight of a respectable load out of fishing rods and tackle, but also the obligatory livewell. Combined with the flat-top open deck the PA12 also affords the ability to stand up to spot fish and sight cast.
The Pro Angler models boasts utility that is second to none; forward deck mounting boards offer plenty of space for mounting of extras such as rod holders and fish finder units. 4 x on-deck horizontal rod holder tubes allow for stowage of extra rods, which can also be very handy when fishing around over-hanging tree branches. The hatch liner for the bow hatch can be very useful for storage and the rectangular twist & stow hatch offers simple access to a neat tackle box holder system (which can be replaced with an optional rectangular gear bucket if preferred).
First introduced in the Pro Angler series (and integrated into the Sport, Outback, Revolution 13 and Quest 13 for 2014) is a Lowrance transducer scupper system that is a superior means of installing a fish finder transducer than the alternatives. Not only does it provide an accurate temperature reading, it's also a snap to install or remove. Coupled with wiring thru-hull plugs built into the hull, sounder installations have never been so easy, or as tidy.
2014 saw the inclusion of a rudder tension adjustment system which allows for simple fine-tuning of the rudder lines with the twist of a knob. There is now also a larger rudder available as an optional extra, which provides tighter turning and improved tracking. It would be remiss of us to not make mention of the dual steering control for the rudder, which is also a nice touch.
- Length: 12' / 3.66 m
- Width: 36" / 0.91 m
- Capacity: 227 kg
- Fitted Hull Weight: 48 kg
- Fully Rigged Weight: 59 kg
- Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene
- MirageDrive 180 with Turbo Fins
- 4 Horizontal Rod Holders
- 8” Twist and Seal Hatch
- Anchor Trolley System Ready
- Boa® System Lumbar Support
- Dual Steering
- Front and Rear Carrying Handles
- Horizontal Storage for Four Rods
- Large Front Hatch with Removable Liner
- Large Rectangular Hatch with Pivoting Tackle Management System
- Livewell-Ready Cargo Area
- Lowrance® Ready
- Replaceable Mounting Boards
- Retractable Rudder System
- Sail Mount
- Tracking Skeg
- Two Plano® Tackle Boxes
- Under Seat Tackle Storage
- Vantage ST Seating
- 2019 Model Dune or Orange Papaya: $4990
- 2019 Model Camo: $5190