Hobie’s Pro Angler 14 sets a new benchmark for fishing kayaks, though it has to be said that for several reasons, the PA14 (as it is often referred to) blurs the line between kayak and boat. Not only does it offer a level of stability and utility that surpasses everything else on the market, featuring a seat design closer to what one would expect to see on a boat it’s also one of the most comfortable. This has made it an attractive option to those who otherwise couldn’t see themselves fishing from a more traditional style of kayak. Available from $5190
The new Vantage seat system is one of the stand out features (of many) on the Pro Angler models. Offering unparalleled adjustability for height and pitch, back and lumbar support it is also raised off the deck of the boat. Due to it’s padded mesh upholstery this means that the user is never sitting in a puddle of water, which is a common complaint of many kayaks on the market. The combined advantages of this system are obvious at a single glance and is one of the reasons it is the first choice for anglers. It is especially popular among tournament kayak fishermen as the enhanced comfort goes a long way during a 6-7 hour session.
There are other reasons why the Pro Angler 14 is so popular among tournament competitors, stability being one of the key factors. Not only does it accommodate the added weight of a respectable load out of fishing rods and tackle, but also the obligatory livewell. Combined with the flat-top open deck the PA14 also affords the ability to stand up to spot fish and sight cast.
The PA14 boasts utility that is second to none; forward deck mounting boards offer plenty of space for mounting of extras such as rod holders and fish finder units. 6x on-deck horizontal rod holder tubes allow for stowage of extra rods, which can also be very handy when fishing around over-hanging tree branches. The hatch liner for the large bow hatch can be very useful for storage and the rectangular twist & stow hatch offers simple access to a neat tackle box holder system (which can be replaced with an optional rectangular gear bucket if preferred).
First introduced in the Pro Angler series is a Lowrance transducer scupper system that is a superior means of installing a fish finder transducer than the alternatives. Not only does it provide an accurate temperature reading, it’s also a snap to install or remove. Coupled with wiring thru-hull plugs built into the hull, sounder installations have never been so easy, or as tidy.
2014 saw the inclusion of a rudder tension adjustment system which allows for simple fine-tuning of the rudder lines with the twist of a knob. There is now also a larger rudder available as an optional extra, which provides tighter turning and improved tracking. It would be remiss of us to not make mention of the dual steering control for the rudder, which is also a nice touch.
- Length: 13′ 8″ / 4.17 m
- Width: 38″ / .97 m
- Capacity: 272 kg
- Fitted Hull Weight: 55 kg
- Fully Rigged Weight: 66 kg
- Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene
- 6 Horizontal Rod Holders
- 8” Twist and Seal Hatch
- Boa® System Lumbar Support
- Dual Steering
- Extra Large Covered Bow Hatch with Liner
- Fixed Front and Rear Carrying Handles
- Horizontal Storage for Six Rods
- Large Rectangular Hatch with Pivoting Tackle Management System
- Lowrance® Ready (2019 Models equipped with Guardian Transducer Scupper)
- Mesh-Covered Stowage Pockets
- Mid-Ship Handles with Bungee® Tie-Downs
- Molded-In Vertical Rod Storage
- Rear Cargo Area with Bungee® Tie Downs
- Replaceable Mounting Boards
- Retractable Rudder System
- Sail Mount
- Tracking Skeg
- Two Plano® Tackle Boxes
- Vantage ST Seating
- 2019 Model Dune or Papaya: $5190
- 2019 Model Camo: $5390