Choosing the right kayak for you takes some time and research. Your decision depends on how you will be using the kayak and what type of waters you’ll be in. Everyone is different, and the kayak someone else loves may not be what you need. Your decision should be affected by the primary use you have in mind: exercise, bird watching, fishing, or overnight camping trips.
Hobie Mirage Pro Angler Kayak
If you want to get to that sweet fishing spot back in the shallows through brush and woods, but you can’t reach it by boat, or a road and launch ramp aren’t available, a kayak goes easily into areas closed off to boats. Your solution is the new Hobie Mirage Pro Angler Kayak. It is one of the lightest, feature-filled, most efficient kayaks on the market.
This kayak has a revolutionary design that provides amazing stability, improving your angling experience while still providing functionality, comfort and storage capacity. Roto-molded kayaks are primarily made of polyethylene plastic. It’s more impact-resistant than Kevlar and fiberglass and costs less. Polyethylene can be modeled into any size or shape, and when made with various resins can be given greater strength or lighter weight. You get a cost effective kayak that will last for years with proper care. Since polyethylene is not easily scratched, transport is made simpler, without the need for precautions expensive composites require.
Hobie’s Pro Angler Kayak has a load capacity of over 600 lbs., protected horizontal storage for up to six rods and two vertical holders. It has three storage compartments in the hull, plus major on-deck storage for a cooler or livewell. A breathable, fully adjustable Cool Ride seat means you can fish comfortably from dawn ‘til dusk. Replaceable mounting boards on both sides allow you to attach your GPS, lights, fish finders or downriggers. The Hobie MirageDrive™ powers the Pro Angler with Turbo Fins and a retractable rudder system, without a gas engine’s noise or expense. The 2011 model also includes a new steering handle.
Polyethylene – $2,499.00
Length: 13′ 8″/ 4.17m
Width: 38″/ 0.97m
Hull Weight: 88 lbs./ 39.9 kg
Fully Rigged Weight: 138 lbs. / 62.6 kg
Capacity: 600 lbs. / 272 kg
Volume of forward Hatch Liner: 16 gal. / 60.6 l
Volume of the center Hatch Bucket: 2.9 gal. / 11 l
Rear Cargo Area: 5.1 ft2 / 0.47 m2
Hobie’s Mirage Pro Angler Kayak is rated Five Stars. You couldn’t find a more perfect kayak for fishing and camping.