The Tarpon 160 kayak is the mark by which other SOTs measure themselves. Room for you, your gear and your big, adventurous spirit. The angler version provides you the necessities to get started with two flush mount rod holders, a Scotty deck mount rod holder and an anchor kit. The ACK Angler Package is furnished and installed by ACK with similar or identical products to factory angler.
|Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160 Kayak|
All Tarpon, just less of it. A terrific all-round SOT for surf play, ponds, lakes, sounds, fishing in a size anyone can manage.
|Flush Mount Rod Holder|
Flush Mount Rod Holders
|Scotty Baitcaster Rod Holder|
Bait Caster Deck Mount
|Harmony SlideTrax Universal Mounting Plate|
Slide Trax Universal Mounting Plate
|Kayak Folding Anchor Kit 3 lbs.|
3lbs Anchor Kit
|Review:||I’ve paddled and fished streams and lakes a rudder- equipped Tarpon 140 for a little over 4 years. Wanting to also paddle and fish large lakes, I decided to purchase a rudder- equipped 160. The 160 was delivered in early January, 2013, and I’ve been on a large lake 6 times, at approximately 4 hours at each outing. Conditions ranged from calm to 20 mile per hour winds, with air temps ranging from 29 to 60 Fahrenheit. Verdict: • The Tarpon 160 is fast, tracks like it’s on rails, and equals the stability of the Tarpon 140. Some reviewers have claimed that the 160 is difficult to turn. My experience with this rudder equipped boat doesn’t bear this out. For my paddling conditions, using a rudder is a must. The rudder prevents wasted paddling motion and zigzagging to ones destination. • Stowing volume is terrific. I now have more than adequate room for two dry bags (one for a change of clothes, the other for a dry suit), not to mention all the other convenience items and provisions. • Although the seat design of my old Tarpon 140 was quite adequate, the 160’s has been redesigned--especially the back rest. Some may find this, as well as the new padding, to be an improvement. Personally, I prefer more freedom of movement and always remove all padding and lock the back rest in the lowest possible position. • Both my Tarpons are fitted with ACK’s anchor trolley--which I recommend when fishing in windy and wind-direction-changing conditions.|
|Review:||Bought this kayak for my fisherman husband who was desirous of upgrading from his Sevylor inflatable to an angling kayak. He loves it! It has great features and is very fast. His only comment kind of like the other customer who is over 6ft said is that the scupper holes allow water entry in ratio to weight Hes 6 ft & 200 lbs. plus he carries all his fishing gear aboard. Im 145 lbs and took it out this last weekend with my 4 year old son who weighs 35 lbs. We had no water entry with our combined weight of 180 lbs. We did not have any gear aboard other than an extra paddle. Its not a big deal the water entry but worth mentioning. Im so grateful for customer Anthony Zimmermans previous review about the kayaks stability we had read this but never tested the kayak prior to purchase. My husband is planning to fish in all seasons here on the Puget Sound in WA and will continue to take our son out in calm waters who got curious about the marine life below and was leaning over which made me nervous-but we stayed upright easily. I agree with the the other reviewer that stated this kayak is satisfactory for the experienced angler as well as the novice like me who wants the kayak experience of paddling fast for sport. We are so pleased with this kayak that we have ordered the Tarpon 120 for me and it should arrive today. Can not say enough positive things about ACK customer service-- wonderful to deal with. We will continue to be return customers.|
|Review:||This kayak is the bomb. I fish lakes small and large. it holds all my gear and is stable enough to handle just about any boat traffic. it is fast and tracks like a dream without a rudder. very happy with my tarpon 160.|
|Review:||I am absolutely elated with my Tarpon 160 Angler. The stability and ease of moving it through the water is phenomenal. I have medical conditions which limit my adominal movement, but it is not a problem when it comes to paddling, as the Tarpon gluides through the water. As a novice kayaker I was concerned about how dry the ride would be and if I could handle rougher waters. The Tarpon is such a steady boat that unless in big waves the ride has been stable and dry. The weight of the boat does mean it is necessary to have a HD kayak cart to move it across land, but that is to be expected. As a fishing platform I couldnt ask for a better kayak. There are kayaks out there which have more initial stability but that causes the paddler to exert way more energy. The secondary stability of the Tarpon is second to none. I have had the boat leaning so far over I was sure I was going to flip, but remained upright. This means I can confidently move about on the kayak to position my fishing gear, check on lines, re-bait, or eat lunch without worrying about flipping over. When the big one bites it also means I have the ability to fight the fish with confidence. The large front hatch makes stowing gear effortless. I highly recommend this boat for expert and novice paddlers alike.|