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|
Austin Kayak rocks! I ordered two Predator 13 kayaks in urban camo along with some Scotty fishing products and a Kong Lasso cable for security. Absolutely love the look, design and stability of the new kayaks. My wife and I use the kayaks primarily for fishing in the local bayou/bay in NW Florida. We have installed Scotty deck mounts on most of the mounting plates along with Scotty rocket launcher rod holders and a Scotty anchor lock. As others have mentioned, the kayak is slow to get moving and can be tough to steer in windy/strong current conditions. However, the ability to stand up while fishing and easily move around the kayak makes up for these weaknesses. We leave the seat in the highest position for all our paddling and fishing which provides a nice storage space underneath for supplies/lure boxes/etc. I spoke with customer service several times at Austin Kayak regarding the kayaks/accessories. I also had to return a couple accessories that I didn't end up needing. They truly have one of the best customer service departments in the business. The kayaks arrived in perfect condition from Estes and the delivery driver helped me move the kayaks into my backyard. I have recommended the Predator 13 and Austin Kayak to all my friends looking for a kayak.
*Updated* just finished my first season as another poster and here are my thoughts. First of it's a great kayak, very stable, super comfortable seat and I like the plates for mounting. Now for a few things I don't care for, and these to me warrant a 3 star review. For one, the Humminbird transducer hole is almost worthless. It's made to accept only the lowest models of HB FF that don't even have DI. If you want to use a better HB or even a Lowrance it really takes some ingenuity to come up with a way to make the larger 'ducers work. Not only that but now it sticks out farther below and is easily scrapped or even catches on my trailer. Now the trailer, I ended up having to buy one since it's heavy and was causing my neck problems trying to balance it on my head to get it on top of my car. Though I didn't take a star off because of that, just wish I had a truck but I drive too far for work to justify buying one. Another thing is the high sides, if it's windy you are SOL. It is impossible to keep it facing down wind, even with the rudder. My old kayak, I could face it down wind and I could use the wind to push me, just use my feet to adjust the rudder and have my hands free to fish. Not so with the Predator, the sides are like sails. I'll see about posting a short clip on YouTube of me getting blown around, just search "Predator, Wind". One last thing, the one way scupper plugs are worthless. They might work with zero gear but not with a loaded kayak for fishing. Once the boat is loaded, it sits far enough below the water that the water can't drain out. So for them to use that as a selling point just doesn't make any sense. Overall it is a good kayak, I just don't know if I would buy it if I were to do it all over again. Hope my review helps.
Just finishing up my first season fishing from my Predator 13. I absolutely love it. I've spent days in the seat catching hundreds of fish. It's extremely comfortable. The one thing to keep in mind, particularly if you're going after large fish like Musky, as I do in northern Wisconsin...the deck space in the kayak is tight. So you need to be prepared to handle large fish when you're on your own. It only took one large Pike trashing between my legs for me to realize this. I'm better prepared now. I leave all my gear loaded in my kayak during transport. So it is a bit heavy to load and unload. But between the Seattle Spots scupper kayak cart and Seattle Sports boat rollers I use (both work great) I can load and unload on my own. It's pretty easy once you do it a few times. I transport my kayak on my 2007 Honda Civic hybrid. You'd hardly know it's up there traveling 70 mph...I recommend the Danuu cover...although, I'd design it a bit differently for this specific kayak. I honestly can't say enough about this kayak.
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. :)