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hobie pro angler 14

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Hobie
Model:
Pro Angler
MSRP ($):
2,999.00
Length (ft):
13.5

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: 110 lbs
  • Capacity: 600 lbs

 

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Average user rating from: 10 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
3.9  (10)
Stability 
 
4.9  (10)
Durability 
 
4.8  (10)
Features 
 
4.9  (10)
Value 
 
4.4  (10)
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Without hesitation, I would buy one again if anything ever happened to mine. I love my PA14.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Speed 
 
5.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Paul Pannell Reviewed by Paul Pannell June 02, 2014
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I Love My PA14

Without hesitation, I would buy one again if anything ever happened to mine. I love my PA14.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stability
Cons:
None
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I'm new to the kayak fishing world and started only about a year ago with a Jackson Cuda 12. Really loved that boat but sore shoulders and a friend getting a PA 12 convinced me to take a look.
My first time out completely erased any doubts about this boat. It is well thought out and well made. Everything is convenient to reach and I love the tackle management system. Everyone raves about the Vantage seat so you can add me to that list as well.
I was a little skittish to stand in my Jackson, though I did many times, but the PA 14 really brings new meaning to a stable fishing platform. I can cast, step to the bow to retrieve gear from the huge hatch without any concern. I also don't need the stand-assist strap to get upright.
Peddling was far easier than I had imagined and turning is easy and precise. I've seen some complaints about maneuverability but I found a trick...I few quick "flutter" peddles, hit the rudder and you'll turn on a dime.
Aside from the common price and weight complaints the only other thing I found fault with is the small round hatch in the rear. The space is very limited. The storage tub inside won't hold much though many are using it as a battery bay or dry box for keys, wallets, etc. It will serve those purposes well but not much else in my opinion.
I would like to Hobie replace the large strap under the seat with a couple of shock cord straps for more versatility, or a shock cord cargo net type setup. I don't trust a strap because you can never get it tight enough and if you do you have to buckle-unbuckle-adjust to get anything in or out.
Overall, this is a fantastic boat. Once I got past the sticker shock I realized that you really do get what you pay for with the PA 14. I highly recommend this kayak to anyone.
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0
Sam Varn Reviewed by Sam Varn June 02, 2014
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From Paddler to Peddler

I'm new to the kayak fishing world and started only about a year ago with a Jackson Cuda 12. Really loved that boat but sore shoulders and a friend getting a PA 12 convinced me to take a look.
My first time out completely erased any doubts about this boat. It is well thought out and well made. Everything is convenient to reach and I love the tackle management system. Everyone raves about the Vantage seat so you can add me to that list as well.
I was a little skittish to stand in my Jackson, though I did many times, but the PA 14 really brings new meaning to a stable fishing platform. I can cast, step to the bow to retrieve gear from the huge hatch without any concern. I also don't need the stand-assist strap to get upright.
Peddling was far easier than I had imagined and turning is easy and precise. I've seen some complaints about maneuverability but I found a trick...I few quick "flutter" peddles, hit the rudder and you'll turn on a dime.
Aside from the common price and weight complaints the only other thing I found fault with is the small round hatch in the rear. The space is very limited. The storage tub inside won't hold much though many are using it as a battery bay or dry box for keys, wallets, etc. It will serve those purposes well but not much else in my opinion.
I would like to Hobie replace the large strap under the seat with a couple of shock cord straps for more versatility, or a shock cord cargo net type setup. I don't trust a strap because you can never get it tight enough and if you do you have to buckle-unbuckle-adjust to get anything in or out.
Overall, this is a fantastic boat. Once I got past the sticker shock I realized that you really do get what you pay for with the PA 14. I highly recommend this kayak to anyone.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Very stable, ease of peddling, seat comfort, overall layout and design
Cons:
pricey, heavy, limited rear hatch/storage
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Very good kayak for a serious angler
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0
Alec Weeks Reviewed by Alec Weeks April 30, 2014
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Hobie Pro Angler 14

Very good kayak for a serious angler

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Very large stable boat with many great features and lots of storage
Cons:
very pricey heavy
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I'm 67 years old and bought my Hobie pro angler 14 two weeks ago. will be adding lights and other things in the next couple of weeks. I got the two things I thought were a must have,anchor trolley and the new Yakattack 8 foot parking poll. If you get anything,get the anchor trolley and the 8 foot poll. Already the pro angler and the parking poll have changed my fishing life. I'm like a little kid with his first dream toy. When not in my Hobie,I'm watching you tube video of people kayak fishing. have caught some nice fish lately,that I couldn't get to before. I think if you are a die hard fisherman,this is the top of the line. I fished last saturday and the wind was bad. Thanks for the mirage drive and the parking poll I had a good day of fishing. I have a back problem sitting in some boats,but the new seat in the pro angler 14 is so comfortable you can take a nap in it.
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
larry rasure Reviewed by larry rasure April 16, 2014
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hobie pro angler 14

I'm 67 years old and bought my Hobie pro angler 14 two weeks ago. will be adding lights and other things in the next couple of weeks. I got the two things I thought were a must have,anchor trolley and the new Yakattack 8 foot parking poll. If you get anything,get the anchor trolley and the 8 foot poll. Already the pro angler and the parking poll have changed my fishing life. I'm like a little kid with his first dream toy. When not in my Hobie,I'm watching you tube video of people kayak fishing. have caught some nice fish lately,that I couldn't get to before. I think if you are a die hard fisherman,this is the top of the line. I fished last saturday and the wind was bad. Thanks for the mirage drive and the parking poll I had a good day of fishing. I have a back problem sitting in some boats,but the new seat in the pro angler 14 is so comfortable you can take a nap in it.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
very stable. lots of storage,can stand up and fish out of it. I feel much more stable on the coast. Great chair. Mirage drive is very efficient and you are able to fish with both hands free.
Cons:
A little heavy for some folks.
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My review is based on five days on the water competing in the Hobie Worlds in Australia. Four days of fishing and one leisure day of exploring the Snowy River. An Adventure Island,(2007) Revolution 13 (2007) PA 12 (2012) and Quest11 (2012) round out my current fleet.

First of all I have to mention I once said that I would never get the PA until they came out with the PA12 which was more to my liking, being slightly less weight and two feet shorter, I was able to put it in the back of my truck and the speed was only slightly slower than the Rev13.

This past summer I transported a friend's 2011 PA14 and realized that it does fit in the back of my truck without too much difficulty. I now had a better attitude towards the bigger version of the Pro Angler.

Speed, was not to be as much of an issue of what I had originally thought. Never having the experience of being on tidal water the PA14 moved very well with the tide and against the tide it wasn't a big issue. I found it easier than going against a large river current like the Detroit River.

Stability, what can I say, having the opportunity to compare to the Big Tuna, Ultimate 14.5, and Ride 135 I can only say that the Pro Angler is the leader in stability.

Durability, is as good as the PA12 that I have now owned for over a year and these are well built to take a beating.

Features, starting with the Vantage Seat and the new wet box for your Lowrance or Humminbird Transducer, the Hobie PA 14 gives you many options for rigging and customizing your kayak in many different ways. Adding anchor systems, down riggers, hand line systems are all easy to do with the the 3rd party accessories available for today's kayak anglers.

Value, though the price tag is high, you are getting a well built and thought out human powered fishing machine that once you have set it up and fished with it, you will have forgotten what you paid for it.

While working fishing shows, a lot of questions come up about adding an electric motor to the Pro Angler. Most of the time I explain that if we both went out on the water together for a long day and you had an electric motor, that your battery will run out quickly trying to keep up to the speed that I will be peddling at. At almost 54 years old and carrying an extra 20 or 30 pounds, I am not a speed demon on the water, but the Hobie Mirage Drive is easy to peddle for almost any age or condition.

I should mention that I will be seen on the water in a 2014 PA 14 this season.

Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0
Richard Ofner Reviewed by Richard Ofner January 14, 2014
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Change of Mind!

My review is based on five days on the water competing in the Hobie Worlds in Australia. Four days of fishing and one leisure day of exploring the Snowy River. An Adventure Island,(2007) Revolution 13 (2007) PA 12 (2012) and Quest11 (2012) round out my current fleet.

First of all I have to mention I once said that I would never get the PA until they came out with the PA12 which was more to my liking, being slightly less weight and two feet shorter, I was able to put it in the back of my truck and the speed was only slightly slower than the Rev13.

This past summer I transported a friend's 2011 PA14 and realized that it does fit in the back of my truck without too much difficulty. I now had a better attitude towards the bigger version of the Pro Angler.

Speed, was not to be as much of an issue of what I had originally thought. Never having the experience of being on tidal water the PA14 moved very well with the tide and against the tide it wasn't a big issue. I found it easier than going against a large river current like the Detroit River.

Stability, what can I say, having the opportunity to compare to the Big Tuna, Ultimate 14.5, and Ride 135 I can only say that the Pro Angler is the leader in stability.

Durability, is as good as the PA12 that I have now owned for over a year and these are well built to take a beating.

Features, starting with the Vantage Seat and the new wet box for your Lowrance or Humminbird Transducer, the Hobie PA 14 gives you many options for rigging and customizing your kayak in many different ways. Adding anchor systems, down riggers, hand line systems are all easy to do with the the 3rd party accessories available for today's kayak anglers.

Value, though the price tag is high, you are getting a well built and thought out human powered fishing machine that once you have set it up and fished with it, you will have forgotten what you paid for it.

While working fishing shows, a lot of questions come up about adding an electric motor to the Pro Angler. Most of the time I explain that if we both went out on the water together for a long day and you had an electric motor, that your battery will run out quickly trying to keep up to the speed that I will be peddling at. At almost 54 years old and carrying an extra 20 or 30 pounds, I am not a speed demon on the water, but the Hobie Mirage Drive is easy to peddle for almost any age or condition.

I should mention that I will be seen on the water in a 2014 PA 14 this season.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Features, Stability, storage, comfort
Cons:
weight,
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