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2014 vs 2015 Hobie Mirage Pro Angler - A comparison

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Hobie continues to tweak their 2015 SUV line of fishing kayaks. Both the “Mirage Pro Angler 12” and “Mirage Pro Angler 14” received major updates from the 2014 models. Here is a side by side comparison of the 2014 vs. 2015 Mirage Pro Angler kayaks.

The cockpit area has seen one major change on both the PA14 and PA12. The new H-Rail accommodates a whole new array of accessories available from Hobie. The H-Rail replaces the original hand rail, which was secured by rivets that did a poor job of keeping the round bar from turning under load. The new H-Rail has several flats around the bar should be much stronger for mounting weight-bearing accessories.

If you have ever been in strong wind and waves with previous models of the Pro Anglers, you have experienced being blown perpendicular to the wind and struggling to keep your kayak on track. Both the Hobie PA14 and PA12 now have a retractable keel to improve in tracking in tough conditions.

Both Mirage Pro Angler models now have the new Mirage Drive with ST Turbo Blue Fins. The updated drive utilizes plastic roller bearings in all the moving parts to reduce friction and result an easier pedaling. Hobie claims a 10% increase in efficiency.

Side by side comparison of the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12


Side by side comparison of the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14

These changes are sure to make the popular Mirage Pro Angler 14 and 12 even more attractive to first-time buyers, or kayak anglers looking to upgrade to the larger, more stable platform to carry all the gear needed for a day on the water. These added features address the few flaws I experienced in both my older Pro Anglers.

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Richard Ofner

Richard Ofner started fishing in the fall of 2008 from a kayak, targeting all freshwater species. He has fished all over the Great Lakes Region from Lake Michigan, Lake Superior to the French River,  and Bay of Quinte in Eastern Ontario. Taking advantage of all the opportunities Southwestern Ontario has to offer, Richard seeks out trophy Muskie, Walleye and Bass which can all be caught minutes away from where he lives.  The last few years Richard has ventured into Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas participating in several Kayak Fishing Tournaments.

He has organized the Border City Classic, in Windsor, Ontario which has grown to become one of  the Great Lakes Region’s largest Kayak Fishing Events. It is also one of the Hobie World Qualifiers since 2014. 

During the winter months where he can't get on the water he will do seminars, work fishing and boat shows, and write for blogs to help promote the areas vast resource of fishing opportunities and helping others to discover the sport of kayak fishing. Taking videos and pictures on the water of other people fishing in kayaks has also expanded into his kayak fishing experience.  
As a Hobie Fishing Team Member you may see Richard out in one of his Mirage Driven Kayaks mainly targeting Walleye, Bass, and Muskie, and will travel a few hours to target Salmon, Trout, and Sturgeon.

Website: greaterontariokayakangling.com


# Westwindmike 2014-11-21 14:42
Those H mounts look expensive! Why didn't they just put regular YakAttack tracks all over the boat? This new mount is not compatible with anything else.
# Pikecreek 2014-11-22 09:12
I haven't even seen a price on them yet, and thought the same thing. Then I considered that the H-Rail is like having a long Wide Track. You only need a couple of mounts for a rod holder, and fish finder, that you can adjust the position for different applications and you can still use any of your existing gear, whether you use Scotty, Ram, or any other brand of accessory.
# basscatlildave 2014-12-06 14:28
I'm loving the new feature's. I'm goona go check one out soon :-*
# uncleduke 2015-01-06 10:46
The new Pro Angler is sweet. This is my 4th one and I like this one the most. The new drive is smooth as butter and the skeg is a game changer in the wind and current. It has been very effective with the striper fishing that I do.
# Alexio 2015-08-06 06:57
Sucks to be poor!!! :D
I want a PA so bad but I might have to save the next 20 years to be able to afford one. I will continue fishing from my inflatable kayak for now. :cry:

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