Fishing from a kayak is fun, but it’s tough to cast with a rod in one hand and a paddle in the other—unless, that is, you have a kayak like the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12. The Mirage runs on paddles or you can use pedals, when you put your legs to work and set the underwater flippers in motion. They operate like a penguin’s wings, flapping back and forth to send your yak scooting forward.
The Mirage Drive is certainly this mini-boat’s most interesting feature, but there are a lot of other nifty design tweaks going on. Check out the forethought when it comes to fishing, for some examples. There’s a mount for a fishfinder and its transducer, a removable eight gallon livewell that clips in over the cargo area and uses a scupper to intake and drain water, tackle stowage under the seat, four horizontal rodracks, and two vertical rodholders.
The seat is another highlight. In the past, I always had problems with kayak fishing for more than an hour or two because the seat hurt my back. But when I sat in the seat on the Pro Angler 12 I was amazed—this is an all-new design which Hobie came out with specifically to address back pain problems. It has lumbar support which can be adjusted by turning a dial, and the rest of the seat can be adjusted back and forth or up and down. You can even change the angle of recline. One word I’ve never used before when describing a kayak seat is “comfortable” but in this case, it fits.
The Mirage Pro Angler may not be as large as the 14 Pro Angler (nor is it as expensive, with a $2,549 MSRP), and it may not be as fast as some dedicated paddling machines, but if you want to go on a fishing attack while seated in a yak, this boat is one sweet way to do it.
NEWS FLASH: The Pro Angler 12 has made our list for the Top 10 Fishboats of 2012!
- LOA: 12’0”
- Beam: 3’0”
- Draft: how much do you weigh?
- Displacement: 120 lbs.
- Fuel capacity: how energetic do you feel?