The all new Predator 13 from Old Town has been completely engineered - below and above the waterline - to deliver the perfect platform for fishing and on-water sporting. Old Town Pro Staff examined seating, rod placement, paddle holders and total "fish-ability" and incorporated it all into this revolutionary boat. The Predator 13 is designed to handle larger bodies of water like lakes, bays, and coastal areas. It is outfitted with the Element seating system, featuring 3 seating positions for traveling, fishing, and standing up. The slip-resistant Exo-Ridge deck ensures that you and your gear stay dry and secure. The side-mounted paddle storage, dual tackle holders, center console with Mod Pod Cover, dual-tip rod holders at the bow, side-mounted retainer bungees, molded paddle rest, removable mounting plates, Humminbird Transducer scupper, and a large bow hatch with the Click Seal cover make this the ultimate fishing kayak. The Predator 13 alters the playing field and provides a more personal connection to your environment - and the battles that take place there. You just may find the closer you get to the water, the further you can take your game.
|Length:||13 ft 2 in / 4.01 m|
|Width:||34 in / 86.36 cm|
|Weight:||86 lb / 39.01 kg|
|Capacity:||425 lb / 192.78 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||48" / 122 cm|
|Leg Room - Total:||52" / 132 cm|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
First off, I did not buy this kayak from ACK. However, I did buy most of the gear for it from ACK. It is a great company with awesome customer service and fast delivery. I can't recommend the Predator 13 enough. This is an awesome QUALITY kayak tailored for fishing. It is very well engineered. It tracks really well, although not as fast as the extremely light weight kayaks out there. But that is expected. The seat is absolutely perfect. I can sit in it all day with no issues whatsoever. Trust me, I have literally sat in the seat for 12 hours at a time (I love to fish). I can paddle this thing for miles & I do not completely wear myself out. Stability is great too. I can easily stand up & cast without a problem. I actually recently stood up in it on the water and cut some tree branches with a machete. I got tired of them being in the way of my casts. Again, no issues. This kayak can take a lot of weight as well. I am only 160 lbs, but I carry a ton of gear, including a trolling motor and lead acid deep cycle battery. This brings me to the next point, STORAGE! The front storage area and the area under the mod pod in the center of the kayak can hold a ton of stuff! I easily store a dolly (C-TUG), life vest, net, machete, stake out pole, nav light with a pole, & a 250 cm Bending Branches Classic Angler paddle (2 pieces). I literally still have plenty of room for more too! The rear storage area can easily hold a large battery, kayak crate with rod holders, & a small cooler. Obviously, this makes the kayak pretty heavy, but it isn't a big deal. I am actually planning to do a primitive camping excursion with it soon. Don't be fooled, this is a heavy kayak. The 86lb empty weight of the kayak does not sound like much, but when you got to move it over natural barriers to get to other spots it can be a real (you know what). That's where a good dolly comes into play (C-TUG). Be sure to take a look into the reviews on that as well. Lastly, the mounting plates on this kayak are a great feature too. I can easily mount rod holders, anchor cleats, pad eyes, etc to them without poking a bunch of holes in my kayak. All told, this is the best fishing kayak "bang for the buck" on the market. You will not find anything comparable at the same (or less) cost. Old Town hit a home run with this one. Now, Old Town needs to make another Predator that is 10 or 11 feet in length. I wouldn't mind having a much lighter version for those quick trips to a local river or pond. :)
I wanted to get at least a half dozen outings on this kayak before writing and I can now say I love this thing. I've never owned a kayak before so I have nothing to compare it to, and was unable to test drive before buying so I did tons of research first and made the best educated choice I could, and I don't regret it. I did get to see and touch one at a shop but they didn't have a pond to try out. This is a big heavy beast and with my lower back, I knew I wouldn't be hoisting it on top of my 4Runner so I opted for the Trailex trailer. Another great choice. I decided my biggest needs were comfort, space and stability in that order. The seat is every bit as comfortable and awesome as everyone else has said it is. Some have mentioned they don't like the fact that the seat isn't removable for transport, fair enough, but nothing that one bungee strap won't fix. Space wise, I'm hoping to pack it for some overnight sand bar camping here in the Ozarks and this thing has tons of room. Stability wise, this thing is great. I have stood a few times but haven't mastered it yet. I'm a little top heavy myself so maybe if I fix that problem, I won't be so wobbly standing. I'm thinking about adding the stand up tower to add to it. I'm exclusively a fly fisherman so I haven't cluttered the deck out with a bunch of stuff as it just gets in the way of my fly line, but I did add a Sea Lect anchor trolley on the side and that is a must for all the lake and pond fishing I do. Overall a great kayak for my needs. It paddles fine and seems to track well. I need work on my paddling and that will get better. Granted you're not going to win any races in it, but it's a cruiser, not a racer.