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2015 Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Hobie
Model:
Pro Angler
MSRP ($):
3,199.00
Length (ft):
14

With the introduction of the Hobie “Pro Angler 14”, Hobie demonstrates that kayak anglers don’t have to sacrifice features. The wide hull of the Pro Angler 14 provides a stable platform for standing allowing for great sight-fishing. Some of the many standard features are built-in rod holders, plenty of open cargo space, and a front hatch with an easy-access liner. The PA 14 uses Hobie’s Mirage Drive for hands-free movement, and features the fully adjustable and very comfortable Vantage Seat.

Features:

  • Hobie Mirage Drive
  • Turbo Fins
  • 2 vertical rod holders
  • 4 horizontal rod holders
  • 4 flush mounted rod holder
  • Vantage Seating
  • Retractable rudder system

Specs:

  • Width: 38"
  • Weight: 145.5 lbs
  • Capacity: 600 lbs

 

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Hobie Pro Angler 14 stability at Rancho Leonero Resort, Baja.
Hobie Pro Angler 14 trolling
Hobie Pro Angler 14 at Rancho Leonero Resort, Baja.
2012 hobie pro angler 14

Editor review

(Updated: April 27, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
3.0

The Ultimate Human Powered Fishing Boat

There isn't much I didn't like about the updated 2015 Hobie “Pro Angler 14”. As soon as you set foot in this boat (I say boat because even Hobie doesn't put any of the Pro Anglers in the kayak category) you can tell it was built with one thing in mind fishing.

Let’s start off with a few things I didn't like about the 2015 Hobie Pro Angler 14.

Weight – This thing is not light is an understatement (150+ lbs. with your gear) and without a cart is it is extremely unwieldy to get from your vehicle to the water, especially if you have to launch somewhere without a boat ramp. One of the things I love about kayak fishing is the ability to quickly load up my kayak and head to an out of the way location, sometimes dragging my kayak through the woods to hit an unnamed body of water. Doing this in the Pro Angler 14 (PA 14) is not impossible, it’s just not very easy.

Cost – The PA 14 is not cheap $3,199.00 and that is the cost just for the boat, add in rod holders, crate, electronics, PFD, etc. you can see where I’m going. So this might not be the kayak ‘er “boat” for most new kayak anglers. That price tag can be a hard thing to swallow.

Those are my two only gripes about this boat and they are the gripe most people have with the PA 14. So what do I like about it? Pretty much everything else.

Comfort – Sit and fish from the most expensive aftermarket sit on top kayak seat, then sit in the PA 14 for a day of fishing. The difference is night and day! Hobie invested a ton of money in the Vantage Seating system and you can tell. This thing is like a Barcalounger on the water, you just don’t get the same lower back and leg fatigue you have in the classic non framed kayak seats.

Stability – To say the PA 14 is stable is an understatement, this thing feels like a rock while underneath your feet. You can easily stand and fish from this without the need for a stand and assist strap or leaning bar.

Storage – Like modern day bass and flats boats the PA 14 has storage EVERYWHERE. When I’ve fished from it I didn’t bring a crate. There is ample storage throughout the kayak for everything you could possible need while on the water.

Smooth Drive – The updated MirageDrive with the now standard Turbo Fins feels MUCH smoother than previous iterations of Hobie’s patented pedal drive system. My legs didn’t fatigue as quickly with the new drive, this could have been the drive or a combination of the increased tracking of the new Tracing Keel and standard Turbo Fins.

Smart Layout – Hobie spent a lot of time thinking about everything kayak anglers might need while on the water. Every option has a reason and makes sense from the multiple lash points for tools, to the side soft pockets, to the tackle tray storage in the center hatch. I love the layout of the PA 14.

Final Thoughts – The Hobie Pro Angler 14 might not be the boat for everyone but if you can live with its hefty price tag and weight I think you will be hard pressed to find a better human powered fishing vessel on the market today.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Comfort, Stability, Smart Layout, Storage, and Smooth Drive
Cons:
Cost and Weight
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(Updated: June 14, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0

2015 review

It's extremely stable,paddles ok and is almost a hands free boat. You still have to control the rudder but being able to pedal against the tide instead of going with it is great. It allows you to present the bait in a more natural fashion. The newest model comes with the turbo fins and added bearings for a smoother pedaling action. The new for 2015 H-rail makes adding accessories a snap. The only thing I don't like about it is the weight. At 140 pounds rigged its a handful if ya do a lot of out of the way places like I do but once it's in the water it's a real Cadillac of a yak.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
extremely stable and almost hands free
Cons:
weight and price
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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
5.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0

2015 Hobie PA14

My review will be mostly comments comparing to the 2014 PA14.

Speed - I noticed a very distinct difference in the ease of the new Mirage Drive with Glide Technology, resulting in a faster average speed over a long outing. Owning both the 2015 PA14 and Outback with several outings in each of them on the strong current of the Detroit River, I have to say, though the Outback seems faster compared to pedaling the PA14, the GPS output says otherwise. At best I might say that there is less than 1/2 mph difference, if any at all.

Stability - still the same great stability as previous, other than when in rougher conditions I can see that the new skeg introduced in the 2015 will aid in stability in the harsher conditions.

Durability - I have owned several PAs now and haven't broken anything yet. My only gripe is inherent of any kayak made of the same material, with regular wear on the bottom depending how much you take care running over rocks, or dragging over hard surfaces.

Features - the skeg is a great addition to the PA, not something you will have down very often unless you are in conditions that warrant it. No more getting blown 90 degrees with a strong tailing wind.
The new rubber mesh pockets are a great modification, only wish they were used on the Outback mesh pockets also.
The new H-Rail and available accessories that Hobie has introduced for the H-Rail make rigging that much easier. The crate, basket, ram balls, rod rack, and mounting plates will keep you from having to drill into the black side plates. The H-Rail was extended considerably from the previous round rail, which will give you more room for adding fishfinders, rod holders, or any other accessory you want to add to your kayak.

Value - Personally I feel you are getting good value for your dollar. There is not another kayak or watercraft on the market that can be compared to the Pro Angler series specifically the PA14.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
H-Rail
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Speed 
 
5.0
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5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0

PA-14 is simply the best on the market!

Best man powered fishing platform on the market. Super fast at up to 6MPH, very stable as I can walk around the boat and stand sideways or backwards with ease. hands free fishing of course is a no brainer! Fishing Machine!

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Everything except the weight and price
Cons:
Weight and Price
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(Updated: April 27, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Hobie Proangler 14 2015

ITS A FISHING MACHINE! There are no cons because nothing is in the same class that doesn't need a paddle. It's the best fishing kayak out there right now hands down that has a propulsion system other than your arms. Until someone figures out to fish better with your feet I'm going this route. Don't hesitate a minute to buy one need if your into fishing.

Fish Slaying Machine. From Blue Fin to Bass and Back again with no limits.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
The best
Cons:
Got me?
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Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0

Pro Angler 14

Summary: The Hobie Pro Angler has unmatched stability. It really does earn it name. If you get the chance to demo one you will appreciate all the research Hobie put into this vessel. It has all the bases covered.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Unmatched stability, versatile, built in features.
Cons:
Heavy.
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