These are the entries for the Paddlesport Product of the Year Awards 2019 in the Kayak Fishing category. These awards are organized every year at the occasion of PADDLEexpo. Note that, a product could win the prize although not listed here, if the judges discover once at the show, that a product worth winning was not entered; entering ahead of the show simply guarantees a product to be taken into account by the judges.
HOBIE – MIRAGE PRO ANGLER 12 WITH 360 TECH
Truly the Ultimate Fishing Machine. The 2020 Pro Angler 14 with the MirageDrive 360 and Kick-Up Fins delivers power in every direction for unprecedented maneuverability and control. Staying on top of the fish has never been easier.
Everything elite anglers are looking for in a fishing kayak – total control, power, stability, performance, stealth, comfort and feature rich. It’s wide, rock-solid standing platform comes decked out with noise reducing EVA traction pads. Explore wherever you want to go with the all-new Kick-Up fins that automatically retract upon impact. Ultra-comfortable, adjustable Vantage ST seat, dual steering, Guardian Retractable Transducer Shield and an extra-wide beam allows for long days on the water. Mount your rod holders and electronics on the 12-sided Hobie H-Rail bars.
As the name implies, the Pro Angler 360 Series features a 360° rotating pedal drive, seamlessly combining the incredible power of the MirageDrive with the ability for infinite maneuverability options. Backwards? Forward? Sideways? Diagonally? Yes, yes, yes and yes (and every point in between). The 360 series will be incorporated into versions of the Pro Angler 12 and Pro Angler 14 platforms which have been modified to accept the 360 Drive. Of course, both the Pro Angler 12 and 14 with the MD 180 Drive will continue in their current configurations as two of the top-selling models in the world of Kayak Fishing.
Let’s get into the key features of the PA 360 Series:
– Dual Rudder Steering: rudder control handles are located on both sides of the boat, for dual steering capability.
– Maneuvering with the 360 Drive: a handle located above the left-side rudder control handle allows you to change the direction of your MirageDrive and fine tune your course to literally any degree of the compass, instantly. An arrow indicator on the Drive shows you which way the Drive is pointed. Ultimate boat control!
The fully rotational drive retains 360-degree maneuverability while in shallows even when the fins are completely up against the hull.
PERCEPTION KAYAKS – OUTLAW
The Outlaw 11.5 boasts a wide-open deck, an expansive standing platform, seriously elevated
seating, and intuitive features throughout, disrupting the notion that an incredibly unique
angling platform needs to break the bank. The Outlaw integrates industry-firsts including a
stowaway seat for complete deck walkability and space for up to a 35L cooler; two double-
barrel rod holders offering the ultimate 4-rod set up; elevated seating for the highest fishing
vantage ever in a kayak; and an ergonomic and comfortable seat for extended time on the water
and easy transition from sitting to standing. With room to accessorize and several standard
attachment points, rigging has never been easier. Add Perception Kayaks saddle bags (sold
separately) and this kayak is a horse of a different color.
Boat Length: 11′ 6″ / 351 CM
Boat Weight: 70 LBS / 31.8 KG
Maximum Capacity: 425 LBS / 193 KG
NATIVE WATERCRAFT – SLAYER PROPEL MAX 12.5
ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR DESIGNS OF ALL TIME, THE SLAYER PROPEL 13, HAS BEEN UPDATED TO THE MAX! FEATURING THE HANDS-FREE FORWARD TO REVERSE 701 SERIES PROPEL PEDAL DRIVE. COUPLE ALL THESE NEW FEATURES WITH THE UPDATED EXTENDED RUDDER AND YOU HAVE ONE SERIOUS KAYAK FISHING PLATFORM THAT WILL PERFORM IN OFFSHORE SALT, INSHORE SALT AND IN FRESHWATER ENVIRONMENTS. THE NEW SLAYER PROPEL 12.5 MAX WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BECOME THE BOAT OF CHOICE FOR A WIDE VARIETY OF KAYAK ANGLERS. FEATURES INCLUDE:
– ULTRA-COMFORTABLE, ADJUSTABLE AND ELEVATED SEATING
– ELECTRONICS READY LIKE NEVER BEFORE ñ BOW HATCH RECESSES FOR EASY BATERY MOUNTING, DEDICATED ELECTRONICS PANEL AREA.
– EXTENDED RUDDER FOR TRACKING AND TURNING EFFICIENCIES
– HORIZONTAL ROD STORAGE
– ROCKERED BOW TO GET UP AND OVER CHOP
– TRANSDUCER RECESS IN THE HULL
– STERN AND BOW ANCHORING AND MOTORING READY
LENGTH: 12′ 6″ / 330 cm
WIDTH 34″ / 86 cm
DEPTH 13″ / 33 cm
WEIGHT TBD, CAPACITY 500lbs. / 277 kg
3 WATERS – BIG FISH 108
The BIG FISH 108 is the newest edition to the popular Big Fish kayak series. This kayak was specially designed to accommodate the PRO FISH PEDAL DRIVE featuring to intuitive 8-ball steering system combined with the oversized Beaver Tail ruder for the ultimate propulsion experience. At 335cm and a capacity of 204 kg, the BIG FISH 108 is an all-around, have fun or go fish kayak for the masses utilizing a Cathedral Hull design that is super stable yet easy to manoeuvre. The BIG FISH 108 will extend your time on the water with the best in stability, performance and comfort. This kayak was designed for the serious angler, the one who leads the pack well before sunrise and isnít phased by the sunset ó the BIG FISH 108 is Kayak Fishing 2.0!
– Pro Fish Pedal Drive – fast, quiet, and flips up for full prop access!
– 8-Ball Steering System
– Cathedral Tri-Hull
– Molded Handles
– Bow Storage Console
– Adjustable Depth Transducer Mount – keep your transducer safely tucked in the hull, or drop it down for side scan
– Rod Storage
– Front and Rear Uni-Track Accessory Rails
– Reinforced Standing Platform
– Multi-Position Comfort Seat
– Flush Mounted Rod Holders
– Stern Gear Storage w/ Bungee
– Beaver Tail Rudder
Capacity : 204kg
Colors: Green, Urban, Terra & Aqua Camo
RAINBOW KAYAK – HARDBELLY
HARDBELLY is the first belly boat made of rigid material (polyethylene) molded with the rotational system. Unsinkable thanks to its newly designed structure, very similar to modern kayaks, with a hollow interior.
Hard belly is ideal for rental by sport fishing structures and fishing guides, as it is not subject to holes and unpleasant damages due to incorrect or excessive use.
Ideal for bassfishing, it also ideal in other fishing environments such as the lagoon or the sea, thanks also to the possibility of being customizable with an electric engine or with a rowing system.
Great attention also to the on-board electronics thanks to a double positioning transducer system, classic and with 180 ∞ side vision.
Accessible (with lowered back seat) on medium-sized cars and up.
The HardBelly is available in 3 versions:
Basic Version: equipped with 6 rod holders, 3 open hatches, engine storage compartment, housing for echosounder transducer (also for Side Imaging models), 2 integrated transport wheels, 4 carrying handles and different threaded inserts to make any desired adjustment.
DeLuxe Version: with added 3 big waterproof hatches, 13 traction points for different spare parts.
FishingPro Version: with added comfortable padded seat, 4 RailBlaza transducer mounts and a protection system to avoid accidental detachment of the electric engine.
Weight: 20 kg
Width: 100 cm
Lenght: 137 cm
JACKSON KAYAK – BITE FD
Premium Flex Drive 3D Experience Without the Premium Price.
The top-selling Bite has gotten an upgrade! The open deck and well-designed tackle management features have come together with our latest version of the Flex Drive, the Flex Drive 3D. This nimble ride is quick and responsive, and standing to sh is fun and easy for beginners and experienced anglers alike. The Bite FD tracks well and handles windy days with ease.
Our new Flex Drive 3D is the product of two years of constant evolution in three key components: power, propulsion and steering. From bow to stern, the Flex Drive 3D delivers unparalleled user versatility, ef ciency and convenience on the water.
Designed from the water up for maximum performance, intuitive use and ease of maintenance, the Flex Drive 3D empowers anglers, sportsmen and enthusiasts to get closer to the action.
WEIGHT: 91 LBS W/O SEAT & DRIVE
CAPACITY: 400 LBS