*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. :)
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
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
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