From the first time I slipped my paddle into the water, I knew kayaking was going to be a lifelong hobby for me. When I first discovered fishing from a kayak I was even more hooked. The combination of relaxation, exercise, and outdoor adventure created the perfect weekend experience for me and my family. Gear isn’t everything, but having a good angling kayak can make a big difference. When I first discovered the Old Town Predator fishing kayak, I knew it was a worthwhile investment.
|The Old Town Predator||13' 2"||No ratings yet!||$$$|
|Useful UH-TK 181 SOT Tandem Fishing Kayak||12'6"||$$|
|Lifetime Tamarak SOT Kayak||10'||$|
|Sun Dolphin Journey SOT Fishing Kayak||10'||$|
Before You Buy An Angling Kayak
Buying a kayak specifically for fishing is a big investment–not just monetarily. It’s an investment in yourself and your family. You need to be certain you are getting the right kayak for your needs.
First, think about what kind of fishing you’re going to be doing. If you plan to do ocean or open water fishing, you’ll need to get a kayak that is outfitted for the kind of swells you might experience. If you plan on spending entire days out on the water, you’ll need an angler kayak with more storage and a supremely comfortable seating arrangement.
You’ll also want to consider your level of experience, comfortability and who/what you’ll be bringing along with you. If you plan on bringing a child or a pet along, you’ll need a kayak that can accommodate that. If you’ve never sat in a kayak before, you might want a wider and more stable ride, rather than a slender and speeding one. Once you know what kind of fishing you’ll be doing and other related factors, you can consider what kind of fishing kayak will best suit your needs.
Old Town Predator Review
The Old Town Predator 13 promises to be a fishing kayak that was designed by anglers, for anglers. It is outfitted to handle large bodies of water, like the ocean, lakes, and coastal regions. The seat design has three different settings designed for traveling, sitting, and standing. A lot of thought went into the placement of rod holders, the rubber water-resistant decking and side-mount paddle storage.
It is 13 ft and 2 inches long and 34 inches wide. It is a relatively wide kayak and the hull is specifically designed to be extra stable. There are six removable mounting plates that make it easy to customize your fishing experience. This sit-on-top fishing kayak promises to connect you more with your environment by getting you closer to the water than some kayaks would.
- Takes on some water
- Slower than thinner and lighter kayaks
- Comparatively heavy
Old Town Predator Comfort
The special attention given to the seat design of the Old Town Predator makes this fishing kayak one of the most comfortable on the market. When you spend a day on the water, the last thing you want is an aching back or “saddle sores.” The seat is also slightly raised, which gives your legs a more comfortable and relaxed feeling than some fishing kayaks do. The seat can be folded down and tucked away easily during transport, or easily lowered for easier paddling. It can also be flipped back to make more room for standing. Going on and on about a seat might seem extreme, but having an uncomfortable seat in a kayak can really ruin the entire experience.
Old Town Predator Stability
The Old Town Predator 13 is 34 inches wide, which is basically as wide as fishing kayaks come. The wider the kayak, the more stable it will be in the water. But the Old Town Predator s also designed with Tri-Hull technology that prevents it from flipping over. This makes The Old Town Predator one of the best fishing kayaks on the market for standing while fishing. Not only is it stable for standing, but it’s long and roomy. There is enough space on the slip-resistant deck to take a step forward and backward! Not many fishing kayaks can claim that. If you’re new to the sport, or you just love the peace of mind of a stable kayak, then this fishing kayak will give you that.
Old Town Predator Personalization
This fishing kayak was designed with the user in mind. Instead of trying to guess exactly where you like your GPS or rod holder, the Old Town Predator is outfitted with six removable mounting plates at optimal positions so that you can add and switch around whatever accessories you want without drilling into your kayak. Another feature that makes the Old Town Predator a surprisingly customizable fishing kayak is it’s weight limit. This solid kayak holds up to 425lbs. That’s as much as most tandem kayaks hold. With this high weight capacity, you could easily bring along a small child, pet, or loads of extra gear to make your fishing trip exactly what you want it to be.
Useful UH-TK 181 SOT Tandem Fishing Kayak
Even though the Old Town Predator has a high weight limit and would probably fit another smaller person, some people just need a tandem kayak. The Useful UH-TK 181 tandem includes two paddles with separate mounts. There are four carry holds for your convenience, rear storage and two bungee ports. This kayak is relatively heavy, weighing 68 lbs but it does seat two people comfortably with a weight limit of 450 lbs.
Lifetime Tamarak SOT Kayak
The lifetime Tamarak also boasts an adjustable seat that has built in foot holds that will accommodate varying heights. There are only two 6 inch storage holds, which might not be enough for some people. This fishing kayak has a weight limit of 275 lbs so be mindful of that when packing your gear.
Sun Dolphin Journey SOT Fishing Kayak
The Sun Dolphin has a nicely padded seat, two rod attachments, one swivel rod holders and a decently spacious seating well. You have the option of attaching a P.A.C. or portable accessory carrier to tow behind your kayak, but be aware that this can be a noisy addition that can scare away fish. The weight capacity of this little kayak is 250 lbs.
There are a lot of fishing kayaks on the market that all promise to give you the best kayaking experience of your life. A single kayak can turn you into a master angler, but having the right equipment can ensure you have a fun, rejuvenating experience out of the water and it can minimize the headaches. The Old Town Predator has all of the design features that are most likely to offer a comfortable, versatile, and relaxing fishing experience. It is stable and designed with the user in mind. You can customize your kayak fit all of your individual needs much easier than any other kayak would allow.