Well, since this Pescador kayak has been on the market for quite some time now, I figured I should do a little review on this small canoe. Many people, especially beginner kayakers, are interested in this boat because of its quality and price compared to other low entry kayaks.
This canoe was adapted from the 2008 model Wilderness Systems Tarpon 20 for the 2014 Pescador. Both boat makers share the same parent company and I would like to assume that this was their way of getting the most out of true and tested hardware and design, especially the hull.
The Perception Sport Pescador 12 Angler Kayak was designed for both beginners and experienced kayakers alike. It comes rigged with a few fishing features needed to hit the water and start performing right away. Like most entry level fishing kayaks, this one comes with a Scotty mount, and one flush mount rod holder but they made it very easy to make additions. You can add up to two flush mounts and three mighty mounts if you intend to use track balls and extra rod holder.
The Kayak’s CSS (Comfortable Seating System) cockpit offers a molded-in seat with padded back rests and seat for comfort on the water. The light Eva form used on the seat pads provides exceptional grip and comfort for pushing the yak to its performance limits. At the core of the CSS is the contoured height adjustable backrest. It allows you to adjust the backrest for optimal lumber support so you never have to ache after a day out fishing. The Keepers Foot Brace system featuring molded-in foot braces allow you to change position while paddling so you won’t have to break out of rhythm.
This is one of the smallest boats on the market, but its does have plenty of room to accommodate any sized paddler and their kayak fishing accessories. Its cockpit’s opening is large and roomy enough to allow you to effectively use the tackle. At the rear of the boat is a tank well for storing your fishing gear. The top of the tank well is complete with elastic bungee cords that can act as extra storage when need arises. The main storage compartments are the three hatches located in the bow, stern and center. You can store your lunch, GPS or any other items you would like to keep dry in the bow hatch.
Performance wise, I would say this fishing kayak outshines most of its peers. It features a v-shaped hull design that offers excellent tracking on the lake. For beginners, the ability to paddle fast and straight without getting into time and energy sapping spins is a boon. The boat also offers good lateral stability, but many kayakers have reported falling out after leaning out too far. However, you can’t stand on this canoe while on the water; it’s too narrow for that.
It is 144 inches long and 38 inches wide. It is effectively 4 inches and 2 inches smaller than the average kayak in its class in length and width respectively. While the reduced length seems to have had no effect on the kayaks impressive speed, the narrower profile comes at a slightly noticeable cost to stability. It weighs 64 pounds out of the box and offers a weight capacity of 350 pounds. Thanks to its CSS cockpit, this small boat can carry quite a load.
Bottom seating comfort seems to be the most common cause of concern for this kayak. If you love long fishing trips, your butt will start going numb and tail bone may start hurting after five hours, if that is the case, look into upgrading yours with a better seat.
The Perception Sport Pescador Kayak is definitely one of the best deals in the entry market. In spite of its premium quality construction, high speed, tracking, and ample storage space, this one typically goes for less than $600 in most online stores. This one may feel a little wobbly at first but once you find your center, it moves straight and handles easily. This one definitely doesn’t come with most of the advanced features other fishing kayaks priced over $1000 come equipped with, but it stands above most others in its class.
If you are more of a visual person then check out this video of the Pescador 12: