The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160 ACK Angler Kayak is the mark by which other SOTs measure themselves. Room for you, your gear and your big, adventurous spirit. The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160 ACK Angler Kayak 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.
|Length:||16 ft / 4.88 m|
|Width:||28 in / 71.12 cm|
|Weight:||72 lb / 32.66 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|
|Rod Holders Included:||3|
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.
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.