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Hobie "Pro Angler 12"

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Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Hobie
Model:
Pro Angler
MSRP ($):
3,099.00
Length (ft):
12

The newest offering in an already impressive fleet of fishing kayaks is the Hobie "Pro Angler 12". Don’t let the smaller, twelve-foot size of this boat fool you. It brings with it a 500-lb. capacity, and it’s loaded to the gills with features that yak anglers have always wished for. Set up for right or left-handed steering, the PA 12 takes full advantage of the stealth and speed that comes with the turbo fins on the MirageDrive®. This boat comes fish-finder ready and is a stable platform for standing and sight-fishing. Hobie has also incorporated a tackle storage system, storage for six rods, and their patented Vantage® seat with Boa® lumbar support.

Side by side comparison of the 2014 and 2015 Hobie Pro Angler 12

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2014 and below Hobie Pro Angler 12

Editor review

(Updated: June 15, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0

Bassin in the PA 12

At the Hobie Bass Open on Kentucky Lake earlier this month I was able to finally fish out of the Hobie Pro Angler (PA) 12. I’ve pedaled and paddled it twice at Outdoor Retailer but never got a chance to fish out of it for a full review. There wasn’t much I didn’t like about the larger Pro Angler 14 and there wasn’t much I didn’t like about the PA 12.

There were only a few dislikes about the PA 12 so I’ll start off with those.

Weight – I had the same gripe about the Pro Angler 14 and even though Hobie cut out about 20lbs the PA 12 is still very heavy. The one I used with bottom machine, battery and fishing gear felt more like 150lbs. This is fine if you are launching at a ramp with a trailer but any long hauls to the water or portages will be taxing in this boat. I would also be hesitant to car top this boat.

Cost – At $3,099 the PA 12 is only $100 cheaper than the PA 14. This is still above many kayak anglers budgets.

My third dislike was the tracking of the boat I was in. Now in defense of the PA 12 it does have a retractable skeg that greatly improves tracking but unfortunately the skeg in my boat was broken. So I found myself zigzagging across the lake all day. This should be a moot point as almost everyone would have the skeg deployed if they need enhanced tracking.

So what about the Pro Angler 12 did I like?

Comfort – Just like its bigger brother the PA 12 is a dream to sit and pedal. The Vantage ST seat is EXTREMELY comfortable. I would say as of right now the Vantage ST seats are the most comfortable seats on the market.

Storage – There was ample storage through the boat. I did feel like my paddle was in the way with how the boat was set up. I would have to move it to get to my rods in the horizontal rod holders. I ended up breaking the paddle down and sticking it in the rod holders on my crate.

Updated MirageDrive – This thing is like butter… What does that mean? It’s really freakin smooth!

Shallow Draft – I was impressed with how shallow I was able to go in the PA 12. The added width 36” gives you a ton of flotation even when fully loaded for fishing. I can’t say exactly how deep it was but I know a Hobie Outback was dragging bottom when I wasn’t.

Stability – You can pretty much do the Macarena on this thing without issue.

Final Thoughts – Once in the water you will be happy with the Pro Angler 12. If the price and weight/transport issues are not an issues for you I would highly recommend the Hobie Pro Angler 12 to anyone looking for a quality, feature ladened, top tier fishing kayak.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Comfort, Storage, Features, Shallow Draft, Stability
Cons:
Weight and Cost
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Amazing stability and comfort

I use this boat for all sorts of fishing from protected bays to jigging for yellowtail/white sea bass. The Pro Angler 12 is a really good kayak for larger paddlers, I weight about 230 lbs and I feel very safe even in more sketchy conditions. The Hobie livewell carries up to 5 different set ups, so I can take a lot of gear with me. The Pro Angler 12 isn't as fast as my Revolution 13, but the weight capacity and comfort of the seat make up for it.

Pros & Cons

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Super comfortable and stable
Cons:
Heavy to carry around, slower than other models
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Pro Angler 12

I demoed this boat along with the PA 14. Tracking was a little better in the 14 but in tight creeks the 12 could turn around on a dime. The center mounted rudder made it easy to manuever in tight quarters. My friend had his and my gear loaded on it. He had never been on a kayak and was able to catch some Atlantic Croaker and stingray standing up, with ease.

The PA 12 is a great option for someone who likes the 14 but has a short bed pickup or is has a hard time car topping the 14. It offers all the same features in a slightly smaller size.

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Stability, storage, and comfortable seating.
Cons:
None.
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Hobie PA-12

Love my PA-12. Enjoy kayak fishing much more since making the choice.

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Comfort, Stability, Hands-free operations
Cons:
Weight
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Fishing machine

Love this machine !!

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mirage drive, plenty of room,
Cons:
Heavy,
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Hobie Pro Angler 12

I've recently made a visit to Kayak's by Bo's in Titusville, FL and spilled myself into Hobie's Mirage Pro Angler 12. I was looking for something that I could fish out of with both speed and comfort. Living near Mosquito Lagoon, most of my fishing is around these waters and out of Port Canaveral so often the conditions are less than perfect. I needed something that handles well so I can keep fighting fish and not the weather conditions.

With the Pro Angler 12, Hobie's designed a sexy and stable system with even the Adventure Angler in mind. I'll start with the Mirage Drive system, simply put the legs are bigger muscles than the arms and Hobie has done an amazing job designing a pedal drive system with Turbo Fins that allow you to get from point A to Point B..and C,D, E & F quickly without burning out before you've had the chance to fish. You have dual steering on the left and right so the handle can be mounted on either side. If trolling's your thing, you win here. I recently caught a nice 46 1/2" Redfish while trolling a Paddle tail trying to get from one end of the river to the other..who'd a thought. Hobie's eVolve electronic motor kit can be mounted onto your PA too as a great alternative.

Great stability- In choppy waters even sitting in the high position, I feel very secure. I recently was fishing a bridge under very windy conditions, It was a good test to see how the PA handles while trying to position yourself where you need to be and still be able to actually fish. There's plenty of room to move around quite comfortably and I was surprisedly dry.

For me, I'd have to say one of the best features of the Pro Angler Series is the fully adjustable Vantage Seat. Finally a seat that's comfortable to be in for more than 4 hours and easy to adjust to any desired position. You can raise the bottom up or down and the backrest forward or back in both low and high position. Also Hobie stepped it up with a lumbar support system thats easy to adjust while you're fishing which is quite helpful. If you're like me and like to site fish, the seat raises up and while standing, your seat is now a support bar facing the back. Well played Hobie.

When fishing skinny waters the Mirage drive will lay flush underneath and it's easy to push myself around..a nice feature if you've been sitting for a while and want to stand while you fish. The PA's come with a nice built in transducer mount with pre-installed cable plugs through the hull if you have a fish finder.

I used to get the occasional broken tip on my rods while out..never a fun time especially when you're already on the water. It's easy to accidentally drop your setup in the drink or break a tip...(or maybe it's just me but hey). Hobie has four horizontal rod holders so this is a plus for dummy's like me. Secure and out of the way. Or if you get the Hobie Livewell, it's custom designed to sit behind the seat and also has three additional rod holders.

Everything I need is pretty much at my finger tips. The twist and seal hatch tackle system right in front of my seat is convenient for quick access to another paddle tail from the puffer that just bit mine off. Most of my tackle fits in these two tackle trays but for bigger tackle trays, they strap down neatly under the seat. There's also a smaller twist and seal hatch system in the back. I've seen optional kits Hobie has with First Aid buckets to slide in here, good thinking. The front hatch has a removable liner for storage where I keep an extra PFD, flashlight and safety equipment.

Storage: I keep my Pro Angler and the Outback in my garage. With the Hobie Plug-In cart, it's easy to load onto the bed of my truck and transport anywhere. The PA has seen a lot of miles in just a few months and even with all the abuse I've put it through while strapping down and traveling from Florida to Virginia beach and all over Florida down to the keys, it's durable and a good craft.

The accessories are endless to suit just about any need. For the Angler seeking to get out and fish under any conditions and anywhere far or near comfortably who enjoy the benefits of a boat, this is for you. It's priced right when you consider all the added features the system has to offer from a fishing kayak. I look forward to many more fishing adventures in the years to come with my Pro Angler.



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