News & Video: Hobie launches Mirage Pro Angler 12

HOBIE has unveiled the Mirage Pro Angler 12 - a model the manufacturer says may be the most versatile fishing 'yak ever to come out of its factory.

Hobie says the Pro Angler 12 is ideal for anyone who wants to fish lakes, rivers or open ocean with no boundaries.

At 54.4 kg (120lb) fully rigged (44.4 kg hull weight), the 12 foot long, 36 inch wide hull sports a 227kg (500lb) weight capacity and delivers new levels of innovation packed full of must-have angler features. These include the 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.

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Features in depth:
Vantage Seating - The standard definition of Vantage is "an advantage in a competition; superiority; and a position, condition or opportunity that is likely to provide superiority." The new Hobie Vantage seat fits all these descriptions. This deluxe chair is designed with Hobie's new comfort-mesh for breathability and with fore/aft and five-inch up/down adjustment without getting out of the seat. The integrated Boa System allows for ultimate lumbar support via one-handed dial adjustment. Ready to stand up and fish? The seat will fold up out of the way. Ready for some beach time? The seat is easily removable for use on-shore.

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Fishfinder Installation System: 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.

Pivoting Tackle Management System: The newly-designed large rectangular center hatch features a pivoting compartment that houses and includes two medium sized Plano tackle boxes.

Port/Starboard Dual-steering: Steering is controlled via an oversized fingertip steering handle on the left side, making it easy to cast, hook and land fish while maneuvering to that secret spot. What if the preference is for right handed steering? No problem. Steering from both sides comes standard and the main handle can easily be moved from one side to the other, whatever the preference.

Rod Storage: 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.

Complete specs available at: www.hobiecat.com.au

Check out video of the new Mirage Pro Angler 12 below courtesy of www.lureandfly.com.

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