Each competitor will fish from an identically rigged 2018 Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14.
Lowrance Fish Finder
Each competitor will fish from identically rigged Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 kayaks. The boats will be rigged with a Lowrance Elite 5Ti fish finder which will allow anglers to navigate their surroundings, locate fish, find structure, determine water temperature, and much more.
Each fish finder will be mounted to the boat with a RAM Mounts fish finder mount that will provide adjustability and quick removal. The Hobie fish finder installation kit will power the Elite 5Ti and includes a 12V battery and charger. Each competitor will be responsible for charging the battery in their kayak at the end of the day.
On the stern of the boat anglers will find a Power-Pole Micro Anchor, which is a motorized anchoring system that will be a crucial tool to an angler’s success in this environment. The Power-Pole Micro Lithium Battery will be attached to the unit and will run the Micro Anchor for several days of fishing. Hobie’s Pro Angler Mount kit attaches the Power-Pole Micro Anchor and Spike to the stern of the boat.
The cargo area of the Pro Angler 14 (right behind the angler) is large and will store plenty of gear, and each angler’s boat will have an H-Crate storage system mounted in this area, to organize their gear. Hobie rod extenders will be mounted in the molded-in rod holders, which elevates rods and reels to keep them drier and further away from the water’s surface.
There will be a RAM Wedge Mount mounted in the sail mast of the cockpit, just forward of the MirageDrive, and a H-Rail RAM ball mounted to the H-Rail of the H-Crate, situated just behind the angler.
The centre hatch will have a pivoting tackle management system installed, which presents two 3600 size tackle boxes (not included) to the angler when opening the lid. Tackle boxes will not be provided for competitors, so each person will need to bring their own.
A measuring board will be used for scoring fish. Fish will be laid out on the measuring board along with the angler’s specific daily token, a photo will then be taken for submission of that fish to the scorer at the end of the session.
Each angler will wear a Hobie inflatable PFD, which is a lightweight chassis, the user will feel that they are barely wearing a life jacket at all. This is a manually deployed PFD, so the angler is required to pull a yellow tab on the bottom of the jacket, if they need to use the floatation device.
Hobie Heavy Duty kayak carts will be used to transport the Pro Angler 14’s from the water’s edge. Several carts will be on hand for competitors to share.
Hobie Fishing Worlds 2017