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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: 7 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
3.9  (7)
Stability 
 
4.9  (7)
Durability 
 
4.7  (7)
Features 
 
4.9  (7)
Value 
 
4.4  (7)
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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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First of all, I own three Hobies and I kayak/fish exclusively from Hobies so my comparisons are actually to each other. I've been hooked on the Mirage drive for 3-4 years... have paddled many diff types, this... espec for fishing, photography anything you need your hands for, is def the best. I own a Revolution, an Outback and a Pro Angler 14. Def hooked on the Mirage drive. I gave the PA a lower rating for speed because it's just not as quick as my other two... like I care. If I'm looking for speed, I'll take my Revo, with the PA I can't move quite as fast, but not that big of a trade-off.... not really into speed yakking.

I've used PA's a few times and was impressed with the storage, stability and over-all layout. Got a shot at a great deal on this one, so grabbed it. Not a big fan of it's portability (heavy beast) but I solve that with my personal PA by mating it to a former wave runner trailer that I can dip and thereby load and unload without any major physical strain on my part, like a reg boat. (I'm 60 years old, weigh about 180 and have no upper body strength). Not the kind of boat you want to be constantly throwing on the roof of your vehicle... and even sliding into the back of my truck is not something I want to face after a long day on the water.

It handles well as far as steering, big hunky rudder and the turbo fins are a must. I have a Hobie sail I can't wait to try out.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0
Doyle Clifton Reviewed by Doyle Clifton December 20, 2013
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Hobie PA 14

First of all, I own three Hobies and I kayak/fish exclusively from Hobies so my comparisons are actually to each other. I've been hooked on the Mirage drive for 3-4 years... have paddled many diff types, this... espec for fishing, photography anything you need your hands for, is def the best. I own a Revolution, an Outback and a Pro Angler 14. Def hooked on the Mirage drive. I gave the PA a lower rating for speed because it's just not as quick as my other two... like I care. If I'm looking for speed, I'll take my Revo, with the PA I can't move quite as fast, but not that big of a trade-off.... not really into speed yakking.

I've used PA's a few times and was impressed with the storage, stability and over-all layout. Got a shot at a great deal on this one, so grabbed it. Not a big fan of it's portability (heavy beast) but I solve that with my personal PA by mating it to a former wave runner trailer that I can dip and thereby load and unload without any major physical strain on my part, like a reg boat. (I'm 60 years old, weigh about 180 and have no upper body strength). Not the kind of boat you want to be constantly throwing on the roof of your vehicle... and even sliding into the back of my truck is not something I want to face after a long day on the water.

It handles well as far as steering, big hunky rudder and the turbo fins are a must. I have a Hobie sail I can't wait to try out.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Storage, Stability, Performance, Quality
Cons:
Weight, Cost
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The Hobie Pro Angler 14 is an awesome fishing platform! Remarkable stability, gear storage, a top-quality seat, and overall ease of rigging makes this boat shine.

Stability - I was standing within minutes of first launching the Pro Angler. Not only can I stand and fish, but I was able to throw my cast-net confidently...I like the ability to stand and sight fish, and so far the PA hasn't disappointed.

Storage - The Pro Angler 14 offers plenty of storage for your rods and tackle trays. The rod tubes on the left and right of the cockpit will store six rods on the PA 14. The tackle management system of the center hatch offers a place to store two medium-sized tackle trays. Under the Vantage seat, there is room for a couple of guide-sized Plano trays and more. The front hatch is roomy, and it has a removable tub. The cargo area behind the seat is vast...

Seating - The "Vantage" seat offers high and low seating positions, along with seat back, bottom, and lumbar adjustments. It is a very comfortable seat which will make those long days on the water more enjoyable.

Rig-Ability - The side accessory panels offer a lot of space to mount your rod holders, fish finder, and more. Plus, if you put something on them and later have regrets - take them off and replace them! The Lowrance-Ready system on the bottom of the hull make adding a fishfinder very easy - no drilling your hull, and no gluing of transducers! Adding a anchor trolley is a snap, too - the nuts are pre-molded into the Pro Angler for easy attachment of the trolley. Once again, no drilling of the hull required!

Random Observations: The turbo fins move the PA 14 along nicely at an easy pace. The Pro Angler is heavy, but fairly manageable with the plug-in heavy duty cart. My PA included a standard Hobie paddle and a paddle "tee" for converting the double-blade paddle to a single-piece paddle, a water bottle, and a drink holder that clips onto a side-rail.

Summary: The Hobie Pro Angler is a stable fishing platform, with top-quality features and a very comfortable seat! Rigging is a breeze, and it has a LOT of storage capability. If you get a chance to fish out of a Pro Angler - give it a shot!
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0
Lewis G. Brownlee Reviewed by Lewis G. Brownlee June 15, 2013
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Hobie Pro Angler 14 - Awesome Fishing Platform

The Hobie Pro Angler 14 is an awesome fishing platform! Remarkable stability, gear storage, a top-quality seat, and overall ease of rigging makes this boat shine.

Stability - I was standing within minutes of first launching the Pro Angler. Not only can I stand and fish, but I was able to throw my cast-net confidently...I like the ability to stand and sight fish, and so far the PA hasn't disappointed.

Storage - The Pro Angler 14 offers plenty of storage for your rods and tackle trays. The rod tubes on the left and right of the cockpit will store six rods on the PA 14. The tackle management system of the center hatch offers a place to store two medium-sized tackle trays. Under the Vantage seat, there is room for a couple of guide-sized Plano trays and more. The front hatch is roomy, and it has a removable tub. The cargo area behind the seat is vast...

Seating - The "Vantage" seat offers high and low seating positions, along with seat back, bottom, and lumbar adjustments. It is a very comfortable seat which will make those long days on the water more enjoyable.

Rig-Ability - The side accessory panels offer a lot of space to mount your rod holders, fish finder, and more. Plus, if you put something on them and later have regrets - take them off and replace them! The Lowrance-Ready system on the bottom of the hull make adding a fishfinder very easy - no drilling your hull, and no gluing of transducers! Adding a anchor trolley is a snap, too - the nuts are pre-molded into the Pro Angler for easy attachment of the trolley. Once again, no drilling of the hull required!

Random Observations: The turbo fins move the PA 14 along nicely at an easy pace. The Pro Angler is heavy, but fairly manageable with the plug-in heavy duty cart. My PA included a standard Hobie paddle and a paddle "tee" for converting the double-blade paddle to a single-piece paddle, a water bottle, and a drink holder that clips onto a side-rail.

Summary: The Hobie Pro Angler is a stable fishing platform, with top-quality features and a very comfortable seat! Rigging is a breeze, and it has a LOT of storage capability. If you get a chance to fish out of a Pro Angler - give it a shot!

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Great big yak.
Good for serious day fishing.
Lots of features and fully rigged with sail and live well.

Cons
Heavy
Big
Takes work to go far (still better than paddling)

Pro
Rods out of way. (No tangling in trees)
Easy to modify /fit
Very stable with standing bars I regularly sight fish standing up
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
garth olivier Reviewed by garth olivier June 09, 2013
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Pro angler 14

Great big yak.
Good for serious day fishing.
Lots of features and fully rigged with sail and live well.

Cons
Heavy
Big
Takes work to go far (still better than paddling)

Pro
Rods out of way. (No tangling in trees)
Easy to modify /fit
Very stable with standing bars I regularly sight fish standing up

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