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Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 ACK Angler Kayak
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 ACK Angler Kayak
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 Product Description and Specs

The 140 delivers on the Tarpon legend with all the outfitting touches you expect plus a new twist: a flat floored cockpit that makes standing and casting easier. This one is ready for fishing, it has all the essentials! The ACK Angler Package is furnished and installed by ACK with similar or identical products to factory angler.

• Includes Phase3 Seat for added comfort
• Large bow hatch and 8" day hatch in cockpit - Paddle park bungees
• Slidetrax system and Orbix hatches
• Angler includes; Scotty Bait Caster, two Flush Mount rod holders, anchor kit and Slide Trax Universal plate.
• The ACK Angler Package is furnished and installed by ACK with similar or identical products to factory angler
Item #: 1088
Length: 14 ft / 4.27 m
Width: 28 in / 71.12 cm
Weight: 70 lb / 31.75 kg
Capacity: 375 lb / 170.1 kg
Leg Room To Peg: 49
Leg Room - Total: 51
Number of Paddlers: 1 - Single/Solo
Type of Kayak: Sit on Top
Hatches Incl: 2
Optional Hatches: 0
Rod Holders Included: 3
Material: Polyethylene
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Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 Kayak - 2015
All Tarpon, just less of it. A terrific all-round SOT for surf play, ponds, lakes, sounds, fishing in a size anyone can manage.
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By: Dave T.  Date: May 01, 2015 
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4 people found this review helpful

It's close to a year now that I went from the 16' Tarpon down to the 14'. The main reason to downsize was to get a bit more maneuverability in the Colorado River as well as some of the fishing situations I get myself into. The new seat design is a nice touch. There is a little lose of glide when paddling on the shorter boat but not enough to be an issue. Still plenty of below deck storage & the slightly larger tank well is a nice touch. In the bays & ship channels around Aransas Pass it fishes well, the bow pushing through the inevitable huge rolling wakes the ship traffic creates. Much easier to load on my truck rack. So all in all I am very pleased with the change from the longer boat. I do miss the slightly longer glide when traveling long distances of the longer boat but the many other positive benefits for my use of the shorter boat makes me happy. I always have a rudder on my boats, having been caught in some strong winds & nasty weather at the coast. Several buddies don't have rudders & to see them struggle against 25 - 35 mph gusting winds when caught in a blow when traveling at angles really illustrates the benefit of a rudder. So much wasted energy constantly correcting the direction of travel while I am easily maintaining my heading. If you're going to fish regardless of the weather this boat with a rudder make a great combo.

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By: Ryan J.  Date: Nov 24, 2014 
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This is my first angling kayak and I am throughly pleased with it so far. The seat is it comes with is superior to all other kayaks I have seen and it can take some bumps and bruises. I use it mostly in the chesapeake bay and tidal rivers and have no problems with it, I just worry about my gear when there are white caps in the bay but the kayak can handle it. It is heavier than a lot of friends kayaks and is usually a two person job getting it on and off your car. I can get it on my car before I go out and then once I'm a couple hours of fishing in the sun I have issues getting it on my car by myself. I would have given it five stars but it leaks somewhere and water gets into the dry department. It's not a lot of water but enough to notice and it makes it a lot harder to but the kayak back on your car with that water in there. It's also hard to get the water out without a shot vac.

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Most sit-on-tops will take on a bit of water, but not more than a cup or so under heavy chop. If this boat is taking on more than that, please contact us and we will trouble-shoot it with you.

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Q: I just returned from a 3-day/2-night paddle on the Missouri River in Montana where I used my 2013 T140 to haul my gear (and myself). I have been using the T140 since I purchased it in late 2013, and have occasionally noticed that it takes on water--not a lot, but some times more than others. I had assumed that the drain plug in the back was not tight, but really did not give it much thought as it was not giving me problems. Well, with a fully loaded boat, I was a lot lower in the water than usual, and, after getting back on the water after our lunch break the first day, I noticed a definite change in my stability. I checked the water inside the hull and was dismayed to find it several inches deep...and getting deeper! I had to hang onto my husband's boat (Hobie Outback) while he helped me get to the shore in order to empty it. Very stressful, as I could have lost all my gear, as well as endangering myself. We thought, at first, that the water was coming in from the rudder I had installed by ACK at the time of purchase...but I eventually figured out that the water was entering the hull via the covered hatch in front of the seat--I could hear it trickling in--and I had to keep moving to the shore to pump out the water. Fortunately, that evening, I remembered I had 4 scupper plugs in my fishing bag, and that solved the immediate problem--but I am really disappointed in the design flaw that allows this hatch to leak so badly. I nearly sunk before I figured out the problem--and the scupper plugs are not really a solution. They make my SOT kayak a sit-inside boat with a very open cockpit, which is a great loss of the stability that I originally purchased this boat for. I mean, if I have to plug the scupper holes in order to carry gear for a multi-day trip, I may as well just use my old Pungo! I was so disgusted with the boat that first day (mainly from the scare of nearly sinking) that I just wanted to get rid of it and get a boat that works. It's not like that hatch serves a purpose--there's not even a bag that fits it (this changed for the 2014 and higher models), so why is it there? I guess my question is, can anything be done with that hatch to make it leak-proof? I've searched through the online forums, and found that others have had this problem (so WS should have known!) but I'm not a tinkerer and cannot create my own home-made, bootstrap fix. Please help, because I still feel like selling the boat and getting one that won't have this type of problem. And I'm really bummed, because I liked the boat until this happened.
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