Go to any kayak fishing tournament and you’re going to notice more Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 (PA14) fishing kayaks than anything else. Built for anglers who require maximum stability, storage and mounting utility, the PA14 is the consummate fishing platform that is ideally suited to inland and estuary kayak fishing adventures
Hobie’s Pro Angler 14 sets a new benchmark for fishing kayaks, though it has to be said that for several reasons the PA14 blurs the line between kayak and boat. Not only does it offer a level of stability and utility that surpasses everything else on the market, the open deck layout of the PA14 also affords the ability to stand up to spot fish and sight cast.
The Pro Angler series feature the Vantage seating system, which is the most adjustable and comfortable kayak seat on the market. This has made it an attractive option to those who otherwise couldn’t see themselves fishing from a more traditional style of kayak. Offering unparalleled adjustability for height and pitch, back and lumbar support the Vantage seat is raised high and dry off the deck of the boat. Due to it’s padded mesh upholstery the user is never sitting in a puddle of water. The combined advantages of this system are obvious at a single glance and is one of the reasons it is the first choice for anglers. It is especially popular among tournament kayak fishermen as the enhanced comfort goes a long way during a 6-7 hour session.
There are other reasons why the Pro Angler 14 is so popular among tournament competitors, stability and storage capacity primary among them. Not only does the PA14 easily accommodate the weight of a respectable load out of fishing rods, tackle, but also the obligatory livewell or cooler box. The PA14 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. 6x 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 large 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 is the new Guardian Lowrance transducer scupper system that as the name suggests, is designed to guard your transducer from collision damage by retracting on impact. This is the best system for installing side scan transducers on fishing kayaks we have seen. Coupled with wiring thru-hull plugs built into the hull, sounder installations have never been so easy, or as tidy.
Hobie Pro Angler fishing kayaks feature the inclusion of a rudder tension adjustment system which allows for simple fine-tuning of the rudder lines with the twist of a knob. It would be remiss of us to not make mention of the dual steering control for the rudder, which is also a nice touch.