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
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.
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.
Purchased this from Austin Kayak as part of Labor Day close out.
Shipped in 5 days for free, well packaged, and not damaged-
impressive business AK. My previous kayak was a 10ft recreational
SINK. Got this for fishing/camping purposes.
1.) Performance: tried Tarpon 140 on a small lake as well as a small
river with class 1 rapids. Tracks well, easy to paddle when underway.
Opted for rudder package-works great and highly recommend it. You
can turn ok without it, but takes more effort. Very pleased with speed
and both primary and secondary stability. Easy to get back in when I
bailed out in deep water.
2.) Phase 3 seat: thought it was very comfortable after 3 hours of
paddling-really love the seat.
3.) Storage: like a flat-bed pickup behind cockpit-plenty of room for
my camping/fishing gear. Little disappointed with dry storage. Lot of
room with orbix hatch, but got an inch or two of water in it on river.
Read about leaks with Orbix hatch, but after testing at home it was
my midship small hatch leaking. No missing parts-just looks like an
inadequate o-ring seal. Significant problem because of low-lying
position of this hatch in cockpit. You get water in cockpit-it's getting
in dry storage. Plan on emailing AK for solution.
4.) Portage: somebody else said it beautifully "this is an unruly beast
out of the water". Car-topping on my SUV was definitely 2 person
job. Hard to carry on your own with side handles for distances over
20 yards. Of course, as big as it is out of water- not big at all in
5.) Wet ride: saw a lot of complaints about water coming up thru
scuppers. Easily fixed with scupper plugs. (I am 190 lbs). Don't think
the "wet ride" criticism is fair. You look at any kayak basic buying
guide and it tell you this is a con for SOT kayaks.
Conclusion: I am very happy with my Tarpon 140 and would
recommend it to others. Would have given it 5 stars if not for leaking
I had an old demo Tarpon 140 that I
love, so I bought my wife a new one for
her birthday. It is so great, I bought
myself one, too. ACK was super easy
to work with. I use my Tarpon for
cruising around Puget Sound and
salmon fishing. Great boat!
in the price range, the Tarpon
140 is my pick for lake, river
or BTB fishing. Its lite-
weight makes is easily managed
by one person for loading or
unloading. The service from
ACK makes it even better.
Love this yak. Took it fishing
around the Altamaha
Purchased this kayak from ACK
about a month ago and
absolutely love it. Tracks
well, is stable, has good
speed but not so maneuverable
especially in wind W/O a
rudder very conveniently
designed. I would recomend
this to anyone.
This is the third Wilderness System kayak, I
have purchased. This
one is as good as the other two. Awesome
Excellent craft. My first sit-
upon, I chose it for ocean
fishing on the Pacific
Northwest Coast, and am very
pleased. It handles getting
out through the surf well, is
stable yet propels along
quickly. Purchased with a
rudder, which I highly
As always, Austin Kayak
provided their exceptional
service and support.
Great kayak, tracks well, steering is a breeze with
the rudder kit, and Austin Kayak shipping is quick
and excellent. Definitely would make my next
purchase with them.
I purchased my 140 a year ago never had ever been in one.My final decision to buy the 140 was when I went to Austin kayak and compared them with Ocean and others.You can tell the quality differance right away.Then I sat in the Ocean kayak and felt the floor buckle up and down.The biggest advantage the Tarpon has over other kayaks are the design of the scupper holes.They are countersunk so they don't take impacts.If you have never been in a yak before the first thing you will notice is how stable and comfortable the Tarpon is.I would recommend getting a seat cushion after a few hours the stage 3 cushion gets a little hard on the rear end.I will tell you this it is alot more fun fishing out of the Tarpon than my bassboat.I have caught 4 and 5 lb bass out of it and it's a blast!!!Love my Tarpon!!!
I purchased two of the Tarpon 140 Anglers, one with rudder and
one without. I really like these kayaks and find them to be top of the
line with regards to quality and construction. My only minor gripe is
that at 6'3" I find the rudder controls to be just a little too short at
maximum extension for me.