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Perception peacador angler sit on top 12'

mefullenmefullen Posts: 100 Greenhorn
Anyone have one or ever paddled one? They are on sale at academy this week and I was thinking of getting one. Any info would be appreciated.


  • Android77Android77 Posts: 499 Deckhand
    It's a starter kayak at best. Most people that buy them either quit kayak fishing or upgrade shortly after buying one.
  • krashkrash Posts: 879 Officer
    The Pescador 12 is not a bad kayak although the angler package I'm not sure its worth the extra $$, a couple rod holders and an anchor kit are things many will add but these items can be purchased seprately and then installed the way and where you really want them. I seldom use an anchor as I'm mainly in shallow water, mostly I use a stakeout pole. Rod holders can easily be attached to a crate and or cooler/drybox.

    If you search around you'll fins plenty of information about these kayaks. Its actually a great starter kayak, not everyone has an extra $2k laying around to get into todays version of kayaks with the raised lawn chair seating and/or pedal power.
    That kayak floats, paddles pretty well, and will get you on fish... depending on your intended use. If looking to get offshore look bigger and if on a budget that will mean used, if you are on a budget and want to mainly fish inshore flats, lakes, or creeks it will do the job.

    If I'm not mistaken that kayak design is the older Tarpon 120 molds licensed or rebadged as Perception and also as the West Marine Pompano. The Tarpon 120's satisfied the needs of many kayak fishermen for many many years.

    Here is a link to some reviews posted
    Old Fugger who just likes to fish
  • Darylb23Darylb23 Posts: 254 Deckhand
    Android77 wrote: »
    It's a starter kayak at best. Most people that buy them either quit kayak fishing or upgrade shortly after buying one.

    Not even close. One of the best starter kayaks there is. It is the old Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 hull and is a great way to get started if you can't or don't want to spend $1,000-$3,000. I agree with krash that the angler version isn't worth the extra. It's better to get the standard and rig it yourself.

    I started in this kayak and have actually owned 2. Been doing this for about 7 years and taking delivery on my 5th kayak this week. I think it is a much better option than other budget boats out there. Really solid, paddles great, great platform to rig how you want. The only negative is the seat. Your butt will get wet and it's not the most comfortable but you can use a pad and plug the scupper holes under the seat and it helps. Then you will fall in love with kayak fishing and trade up someday or keep it and fish it like crazy.
    South River Outfitters Fishing Team - AmBASSador
  • yakmacyakmac Posts: 7 Greenhorn
    Better deal at Academy Sports--Ocean kayak prowler--699-ship add another 39.00, cant beat it and a great return at resale.Good Luck
  • Darylb23Darylb23 Posts: 254 Deckhand
    I don't know. At $399 you can use that Pescador for a few years and sell it for what you bought it for almost.

    The Prowler is a nice yak too but I think that is regular price.
    South River Outfitters Fishing Team - AmBASSador
  • DfreedomDfreedom Posts: 106 Deckhand
    Like a couple others have said, that is not a bad kayak at all and it is the Old Tarpon mold. My son has one and it paddles and fishes just fine. You can outfit it the way you like it.
  • DfreedomDfreedom Posts: 106 Deckhand
    Like a couple others have said, that is NOT a starter kayak and is actually a pretty good one to learn on. It is the old Tarpon mold which was a great kayak. No, it's not a Hobie, etc. but, you will not unhappy with it. My son has had one for a few years and it paddles and fishes well.
  • mefullenmefullen Posts: 100 Greenhorn
    Thanks guys. I read the reviews on academy's site, but I wanted the opinion of more experienced fishermen. I don't plan on going offshore. Inshore only. I like to wade so I was looking mainly for something to get me to good wading spots.
  • RollinRollin Posts: 1,549 Captain
    I bought a pair ten years ago as Tarpon 120's and still have them. I bought a Pescador three years ago for a third for when friends came along. All three are good yaks. I totally disagree with the idea they're starter only Kayaks.
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