One of the biggest fishing personalities on the planet has teamed up with Hobie to develop a special edition craft.
Unveiled at ICAST this week was the IKE – a fishing kayak developed in conjunction with Mike Iaconelli, the only angler ever to have won the Bassmaster Classic, Bassmaster Angler of the Year and Bass Nation Championship.
Revealing the launch, Morgan Promnitz, Hobie’s Director of Fishing Development, said: “We are super excited about this release. We have been talking to Ike for a while about designing a kayak with his input that would highlight his fishing skills, reflect his no-holds barred personality and offer Hobie fans the chance to fish from the same customised platform as such a history-making angler.
“After batting the idea around for a while, we all agreed that one choice was most worthy of this honour – the ultimate human-powered fishing machine and winner of the 2019 ICAST Best of Show Award – our Mirage Pro Angler 14 with 360 MegaDrive.”
“Man, I’m stoked about this launch,” says Iaconelli with more than a little enthusiasm. “I can’t wait for people to see this kayak, to enjoy it, to catch their biggest fish from it. I’m thrilled that Hobie came to me with this opportunity to help create something special. It is the world leader when it comes to kayak technology and that tech has changed the way I kayak fish over the years.
“With its patented MirageDrive 360 propulsion system and super-stable platforms, I can manoeuvre, I can steer, and I can set up my kayak position perfectly for every cast in big water, significant current, and shallow coves – and I can do it all hands-free. The PA 14 360 base platform is simply the best kayak I’ve ever been in, so there was no hesitation at all in getting this done. Now, I’m anxious to see everyone’s reaction and hear their opinions – and I can’t wait to view the first photos of other anglers putting the IKE to the test.”
Featuring a ‘smoking-hot’ firecracker-red-over-black camouflage finish that aligns with Mike’s brand colouring, the IKE incorporates all the features of Hobie’s reknowned PA 14 360, including its patented 360 drive technology, and then adds several custom features plus ‘sharp-looking’ highlights.
Custom-moulded IKE graphics grace the sides of the hull with Mike’s signature prominent on the stern. A set of IKE-inspired shark face decals, as seen on Mike’s tournament bass boat, can easily be applied to the bow, giving the Hobie that signature look. Unique EVA grip pads with IKE logos provide sure footing and extra comfort when standing on deck.