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.
I love my Predator 13! My wife and I paddled as many boats as we could for 6 months trying to make a decision. She went with the Jackson Coosa HD, (a great boat). It all came down to personal preference. I like the Predator seat system, rod pod, and molded handles. It is the most stable boat I paddled. Its primary use is river and lake fishing. Been in it every weekend since my purchase. I'm 6'0" , 214 lbs and can stand up in river currents and fish all day. I hope this helps.
Just a follow up to post the Old Town Predator 13, under way.
First I want to thank everyone who reviewed the Predator 13 by Old
Town here on ACK pervious to my review.
After much research, ACK a big part of that, viewing, sitting, reading
about this Yak, then finally paddling it, before I purchased one in
My first sit on top fishing Yak was a Future Beach 160. It was a
great starter boat. I felt so secure in it.
My son and I fished out of a OT Guide for many years. Although I
love OT and have bought, paddled and sold many different models of
OT Canoes, the Guide always felt tippy. I was always on the edge,
not to tip it , with all the tackle in the boat! Yikes
Then I started Yaking. Then YakFishing. My FB 160 was great. I felt
stable and caught many fish on it the last two years. So,after a
long, snowy, cold winter, I started looking at new yaks. I feel in
love with all the 11.5-14 foot fishing class yaks that were being
It was so difficult to decide what kayak to get, if any?
My main criteria were:
1. had to be stable enough to stand up and fish
2. had to have a comfortable seat with different positions
3 had to be able to be powered by more then my paddle to cover
more ground and catch more fish. This was the most difficult criteria
to meet without breaking the bank! Hobie, Fabulous boat but to
much, Native Paddle same, great boat, not as expensive of Hobie
but still too much, Predator XL super format but to much!
4. I had to be able to get my new Yak, up and down on my slide and
grab Thule yak rack system, on my car. I did not want to do the
trailer thing. Mo Money, taxes, Regs and just another thing to
maintain. I can just about maintain myself!
The four finalist that met the above criteria were ( I am sure there
other yaks that meet my criteria) these are just my preferences.
1. Feel Free Lure 11.5, nice compact, 2nd widest of the four, coolest
2. Wilderness system RideX 115, angler, I use to drool over WS
3. Feel Free Lure 13.5, see my thoughts below
4 Old Town Predator 13, I loved the lines, the big bow V, tri hull,
colors and width!
I must say, I did not paddle all of them, but I could not wait until
the weather broke, here in New England, for a demo day. I know, I
know that is the best way to decide. So, without that ability, what
I love to colors and features of both Feel Free yaks. And that Lure
13.5 is a beautiful Yak. OMG I loved everything about it, except for
the weight. So one down! I almost got the Lure 11.5 but as I
watched video after video, KayakBassinTV, has some awesome
videos. I saw smaller guys then me standing in the Lure 11.5 and
he was not as steady as the bigger yak dudes in the Predator. Plus I
considered, longer waterline, faster the boat can go. Its just a
physics thing. Sail and you will know about waterlines and speed.
The host on KayakbassinTV was the guy who taught me how to set
up and make an anchor trolly. he is very cool. Thanks!
So if I cant afford a foot paddle yak or engine options for the Lures
or WS are very pricy too. Not to much for what you get, just to
much for me. And the Lure 13.5 A Beast of a Yak, but also to load
I guess after all that was calculator like all of us, Yakers do review
and calculate! Cause we are very retentive, It left the Predator. I
must add I've been and Old Town guy most of my small craft life.
My FB 160 was 85 lbs so I knew I could do the load thing, alone.
If you are still reading, thank you! So, before I bought, I jump on
the Predator, it was a little windy that day in March in RI, but not to
bad. I was on a small inlet, salt, and I was on it, finally! At the first
light but gusty breeze, started pushing me around. I did not like
this, but I knew it had high top sides and is subject to some
pushing. I was ok with that. It paddle very nicely, held the line very
well. so I paddle over to a very high dock with a latter attached. I
pull up to it, easy into the breeze. I held the latter, I stand up, I let
go of latter, I purposely rocked it side to side. Wow! Its everything
they said. I sat, paddled, put it on the car!
Stay tuned for my Predator outfitting reviews and new Utube series
called RJ Unleashed! Thanks for reading and good luck if you are
buying, I hope this review helped. ALa Al Davis, Just Yak Baby, Just
Awesome kayak . Delivery was fast and simple . Highly recommend
this to any one looking for a solid fishing kayak
Great Yak for fishing, wont break any speed records and you
definitely should consider a rudder kit. If comfort and stability is the
important factors in your search for a kayak then the Predator is for
you. I love this yak fishing Tampa Bay. I am top heavy from weight
lifting and tip the scales at 275lbs. I go all day with this yak seat in
high position. Never a worry.
Love this boat! Excellent service from ACK and Estes Freight-
arrived in perfect condition when they said it would. I would
recommend both ACK and the Old Town Predator 13 to anyone
interested in an excellent fishing platform which is extremely stable
without sacrificing too much in the speed and maneuverability
department. Awesome fishability, tons of storage and rigging
options- love the mod pod especially the ability to store a few rods
inside the yak! Can't say enough about the kayak and ACK was
great to deal with!
Love, love, love this boat! Excellent service from both ACK and Estes
Freight. Delivered in perfect condition. I would recommend ACK and
this kayak to anyone looking for an excellent fishing platform.
This kayak is excellent. Great
stability and easy to fish with.
However the delivery was not
so enjoyable. Our kayak
somehow got on the wrong
truck and we had to wait
longer to receive which caused
us some issues as you have to
be there for delivery. So we
had to make special
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
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.
Excellent boat. Good job Old
Town! I was a little sceptical at
first about the performance of
the hull as it has a wide beam
for a kayak. It is a slow starter
but once you get it moving it
performs very well and is easy
to paddle. This boat is very
stable and holds just about
anything you want to put into
it. I Would recomend a rudder
when paddling in a wind. It
tracks so much better and is
easier to control.
No compaints. I am very
pleased with this boat. I would
recomend it to anyone who
needs a good fishing platform.
To begin, I found Austin Kayak
to be a great company in
terms of customer service.
Before my order shipped I
received a phone call from a
rep to ensure I had everything
I needed and to discuss the
shipping process. All the staff I
dealt with was extremely
friendly and helpful.
I did encounter an issue
however and was sent the
Ocean Kayak Big Game
Prowler II rather than the
Predator 13 that I had ordered.
While the kayak was on time it
was the incorrect model. I
called an Austin Kayak rep,
David, who guided me through
the process of refusing the
package to the delivery driver
(also very friendly and helpful)
and got the correct kayak, the
Old Town Predator 13, on its
way. Although the issue was
unfortunate it only cost me
time and gave me the
opportunity to examine the
Predator's main competitor
model up close.
While Johnson Outdoors owns
both companies, Old Town and
Ocean Kayak, I did find some
major differences that I
believe set the Predator above
1: The molded in carry handles
on the bow and stern. The
Prowler features attached
straps for the purpose, but a
molded in handle can never
2. The no slip floor of the
Predator. While it may not
seem like a major point at first
I have come to realize as
much as I love to stand in the
Predator I would miss the
ribbed floor if I didn't have it.
As stable as this kayak is, I
can't imagine anyone sits down
3. Included scupper plugs. The
Predator came with one-way
scupper valve drains where the
Prowler did not. I personally
prefer to plug the scuppers as
I feel it provides added
stability, which may just be my
opinion but take it for what its
With those 3 reasons in mind
of why I prefer the Predator
over the Prowler I'd also like to
discuss a few features both
incorporate into their designs
that I could not do without.
1. The 3 position seat. It is
extremely comfortable and
easy to adjust for correct
paddling posture. Just as it is
intended to, the low setting is
great for traveling while the
higher setting is useful for
providing increased vision
which is huge to me because I
use this boat primarily for sight
fishing. My favorite part about
the seat is the folded back
position. I push myself
through a foot or less of water
most of the time while fly
fishing and standing is simply
the only option. I am also a fly
fisherman and standing helps
immensely in avoiding tangling
line with paddles, poles, etc.
2. The rod pod. This locker
allows you to store your rods
beneath you and completely
out of the way. There is no
chance of catching them with a
cast, hitting them on branches,
or tangling lines. However
should you need to switch
quickly they are easily at your
3. The wide tri-hull. Being able
to stand in this boat to sight
fish absolutely makes it worth
every penny. It is a silently,
stealthy way to pursue fish and
standing to increase your
ability to see the fish you are
pursuing is imperative. The
ability to stand is for me, the
most influential aspect of this
boat, and the major factor in
transforming fishing into a
completely new experience.
While not quite as major
factors I do feel like it is also
worth the time to mention the
large, comfortable, easy to
adjust foot rests, the pouches
on the sides of the hull interior
and seat back for storage, and
the Scotty paddle holder that
comes with the kayak. These
features continue to add to the
function of the boat and help it
help you have a more
To me a kayak is a tool. I
bought one to allow me to
access waters and pursue fish
I wasn't able to before via the
bank or in a motorized craft.
While some tools may create
unnecessary burdens this
kayak has done nothing but aid
and completely transform my
fishing experience. I could not
have picked a better boat
suited for fishing than the
Predator 13 and would
encourage any fisherman who
is serious about close quarters
pursuit to purchase this boat
above the competition.