Hobie Cat Introduces the Hobie Mirage® Pro Angler 12

The Most Versatile Hobie Fishing Boat Ever

Advancing its vision for new heights in fishing, Hobie will unveil to the New South Wales public the lightweight and compact Mirage Pro Angler 12.

The target customer for the Mirage Pro Angler 12 is anyone who wants to fish lakes, rivers or open ocean with no boundaries. At 54.4 kg fully rigged, the 3.66m long, 0.91m wide hull, sports a 227kg weight capacity and delivers new levels of innovation packed full of must-have angler features. These include such things as the extraordinary Hobie MirageDrive® pedal propulsion system, the all new Vantage Seating, “Lowrance® Ready” Fishfinder Installation System, Pivoting Tackle Management System and vertical/horizontal storage for six rods.

The Hobie team is made up of several extremely creative and experienced individuals who strive to put forth the best in fishing technology. After months of hard work and testing Hobie has concluded that the following features truly combine to make the perfect fishing kayak.

The iconic feature on the Pro Angler 12 is Hobie’s patented MirageDrive pedal propulsion system. The self-centering padded pedals are connected to two underwater flippers, functioning much like penguin wings. Pedaling is done alternatively left and right, like walking, to drive the flippers. It is a quiet and efficient mode of propulsion that maximizes fishability.

The deluxe “Vantage Seating” chair is designed with Hobie’s new comfort-mesh for breathability and with fore/aft and 12.7cm up/down adjustment without getting out of the seat. The integrated Boa® System on the back of the seat provides a one handed dial for ultimate lumbar support. The seat will fold up out of the way ready to stand and fish and the seat is easily removable for use on-shore.

A Lowrance-Ready built-in transducer mount features pre-installed through-hull cable plugs. Fishfinders can be installed in minutes without gluing transducers or drilling holes in the kayak and they provide accurate readings from sonar or DSI (DownScan Imaging) – the latest technology in 3D imaging for fishfinders.

The newly-designed large rectangular centre hatch features a pivoting compartment that houses and includes two medium sized Plano® tackle boxes.

Steering controls are located on both sides and the main oversized fingertip handle can easily be moved from one side to the other, whatever is your preference.

Two vertical molded-in rod holders angled for trolling and four horizontal built-in rod holders with rod tip protection ensure the right equipment is always on-board for any species or waters.

As with all Hobie products, the features do not just end with the bigger and obvious ones. Front, rear and side handles make the boat easy to move or transport. Brass inserts are strategically placed for the optional anchor trolley kit. The removable front hatch liner is sized for the daily catch, drinks on ice or gear. Two replaceable mounting boards can handle a variety of electronics and rod holders. Anti-skid floor mats make it easy to stand up and fish. The boat even has a receptacle for an after-market accessories mount or even a sail and mast. The list goes on.

The new Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 along with the ultimate range of Hobie fishing kayaks are just one brilliant feature of the Hobie Lifestyle that will be on display at the 2012 Sydney International Boat Show.