A couple of years ago, I searched everywhere for a multipurpose fishing kayak and the Ocean Kayak Trident 15 Angler Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak was one of the few models on the market then. It is one of the first kayaks designed and constructed with fishing in mind.
Sure, I could have gone the traditional route and spent hundreds of dollar on fishing add-ons like storage hatches and rod holders, but using a saw on my plastic kayak to install my fishing accessories just didn’t feel right.
The Ocean Kayak Trident 15 takes its name from its 15-foot length (technically, the canoe is 15 ft 7.5 in long and 2 ft, 5 in wide). It is yellow and weighs 60 pounds. Its weight capacity is 450 pounds. It offers the comfort and stability of a touring boat, the open water efficiency of a sea kayak and the outfitting and maneuverability of a dedicating fishing boat.
It features a modular center console with extra mounting options for spare fishing rods (the ROD pod storage area), an inbuilt ruler for measuring your catch and a sports tray for lure. This console is easily accessible from the seat so you do not have to stop paddling to access the stored gear.
Features & Performance
The large cockpit area features adjustable foot pegs to accommodate all sizes of paddlers and molded-in foot wells for extra paddling comfort. Even after hours of paddling around the lake, you will hardly feel cramped when you step out of the kayak. The rudder system was designed to allow you to deploy it from the cockpit, and it features foot pedal controls for increased course holding power even in white water while adding extra maneuverability in those tight spaces.
The seat offers adequate lumbar supports thanks to the well padded backrests. Moreover, you can adjust the back to achieve any recline angle that suits you, making it possible for angles to stay on the water for long without having to worry about back ache.
The performance oriented hull design makes it easy for the boat to slip through water quietly and efficiently and offers plenty of lateral stability so you can lean out when casting aggressively without capsizing.
As a sit-on-top fishing kayak, the Trident 15 offers a range of unique storage features and a specialized mounting system incorporated into the Rod Pod to let you stow away your fishing rods without having to stand up. While not very spacious, the bow hatch can keep your lunch, layers, or other important gear safe from the water.
Keeping the hatch cover securely in place is easy thanks to the Cross Lock buckle system. Any extra gear can be held in the over-sized tank well on the stern, which has a bungee cord to keep your gear from blowing away.
The boat has a sonar shield to provide storage for your fish finder. Apart from protecting your fish finder from waves, it also screens out the sunlight making it easy to make accurate device readings. The fish finder can be folded flat with the shield cover over the top and clipped down, ensuring that everything remains streamlined and keeping the rear protected from waves.
Installing a transducer on the boat is easy – in case you need to one. A transducer compatible scupper hole provides an extra wide opening to hold the transducer and the requisite cables. The scupper holes also act as drainage holes, but you can seal them using scupper stoppers when needed.
Other features include ergonomic side handles that make transporting this kayak from your vehicle to the water a breeze. The bright yellow reflective deck rigging will increase your visibility thereby avoiding accidents both in the water and on the road.
While some kayak experts may consider the Ocean Kayak Trident 15 Angler edition an over-sized model (if that’s the case you can check out these other reviewed fishing kayaks that I recommend), none the less it is a solid all around option ideal for saltwater anglers who fly fish along the bays, flats and open sea.
After all, the kayak is incredibly strong and durable thanks to the polyethylene that resists wear and tear from rocks and other underwater obstacles, but if something does happen to the kayak check out your repair options here.
It is safe, stable and well rigged to keep the angler on top of the action at all times. Considering the 15 ft frame, you would be forgiven for concluding that the boat wouldn’t be as nimble in tight spaces but it is surprisingly maneuverable.
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