This BEAST of a fishing kayak just got so much better! Purchase an Old Town Predator PDL and receive a FREE Humminbird Helix 5 Fish Finder!
The Old Town 2019 Predator PDL Kayak is bringing hands-free fishing to the Predator kayak family. The Predator PDL hull was designed in conjunction with the PDL Drive for the perfect combination of stability and speed. It will get you to your favorite fishing spots quickly and efficiently and and the seamless forward and reverse will give you exact boat control in wind and currents. The drive installs in and seconds and can be tipped up out of the way instantly for obstructions and shallow water docking. Coming in at 21 lbs, the PDL Drive is so lightweight that it will even float.
In addition to the new PDL drive, the Predator hull still has everything you love about the Predator series including the Element seating system, center console, mounting plates, and generous storage options. The Predator PDL comes with the pedal drive and rudder so you are ready to get out on the water fishing right away. Improved rudder control knob featuring a trucker-style spinning handle for easier turning and a screw-lock feature to quickly secure your rudder in place. Industry Best 5-Year Warranty on PDL Pedal Drive. Free Humminbird Helix 5 ends 12/20/2018.
One of the most popular fishing kayaks for those that are just getting started! The Perception Pescador Pro 10 brings together key features, great paddling performance and affordability and now includes an Engel Live Bait Cooler for a limited time!
The Perception Pescador Pro 10.0 Kayak is for anglers looking for a performance-driven fishing kayak. Getting more of an overhaul than just a refresh of the beloved Pescador series, the Pescador Pro is a real fishing boat for real enthusiasts that’s chock full of fishy features with the tracking and stability discerning anglers have come to expect from today’s fishing kayaks. Featuring a removable stadium-style seat with two seating positions – upright and recline – that can move on the fly with a molded-in accessory track recess. Storage and rigging opportunities are abundant with a stylish bow tankwell with mesh cover, rear tankwell, molded-in rod holders, recessed tackle box storage, and even a center console for rigging fish finder electronics. Just add water and fish on!
The Old Town Topwater PDL is the HOTTEST Pedal Drive kayak on the market right now! If you’re ready to jump aboard the hype train, do it now and receive a FREE Humminbird Helix 5 Fish Finder!
The all-new Topwater series offers large fishing kayak performance in a compact, lightweight package. A marriage of stability and performance, the Topwater, with the all-new ultra-stable DoubleU Hull, quietly glides through any water condition while providing a stable, comfortable stand-up fishing platform. Equipped with thoughtful on-board tackle and rod management and a revolutionary universal transducer mount, even the saltiest of anglers will be impressed by the overall fishability of the new Topwater series. The PDL uses Old Town’s slide-lock system, which slides forward or backward to dial your leg length for pedaling, and comes equipped with multiple rod holders, a front storage hatch, and tracks for customization. Industry Best 5-Year Warranty on PDL Pedal Drive.
Have a blast atop Ocean Kayak’s all-new Malibu kayak! It’s all about fun and comfort – and if you like to control your own destiny, there are options. These compact, stackable, easy-to-paddle, straight-tracking solo kayaks will turn heads as you master the waves with ease on the super-stable 9.5′ sit-on-top hull designs. Comfort comes easy on the Malibu, thanks to a newly designed AirGo molded-in seat and seat pad with an adjustable AirComfort backrest. No matter your size enjoy comfortable leg room with calf rests and molded-on foot wells. And don’t forget your beverages! The Malibu 9.5 comes equipped with three cup holders.
The Trailex Ultra Light Duty Boat Trailer with Leaf Springs is designed to carry small boats, kayaks or canoes. The Trailex Ultra Light Duty Boat Trailer with Leaf Springs is light enough that it can also be used as a boat launching dolly too. While being able to accommodate boats up to 17′ in length and having a carrying capacity of 220 lbs., the Trailex Ultra Light Duty Boat Trailer with Leaf Springs tapes out at 15’2″, 4’4″ wide and weighs in at 147 lbs. This trailer also comes with a 1-7/8″ coupler, adjustable v-cradle and submersible lights. The leaf spring suspension allows for a much smoother ride while on the road.
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One of the best deals this Holiday Season is saving 15% off on the ALL-NEW Dorado 125 from Feelfree kayaks!
The Dorado 125 is Feelfree’s newest Overdrive Pedal Powered kayak with features unlike any other including the fully integrated electrical system with navigation and cockpit LED lights and ready for the optional Motordrive options, fish finder and more. The kayak is designed from the ground up with a focus on stability, tracking and propulsion made possible by the innovative cathedral tri-hull. The cathedral tri-hull features two outer pontoons along with a central pontoon with deep channels in between giving way to optimal on the water performance.
The Dorado’s open platform is designed with the angler in mind…wide open, gear ready and accessible with unlimited outfitting options utilizing Feelfree’s Uni-Track system. On deck, you’ll find the upgraded removable multi-height adjustable Gravity Seat with the High Back, for all day paddling and pedal comfort. The kayak also comes with a variety of unique patented comfort features seen on the Lure series including the removable multi-height adjustable High Back Gravity Seat, Wheel in the Keel and sturdy molded in handles. This kayak was designed for the serious angler, the one who leads the pack well before sunrise and isn’t phased by the sunset – the Dorado is Kayak Fishing 2.0!
Save $40 off one of our Best Selling Fishing PFD’s and keep that angler of yours safe while they’re out on the water!
The OSO Bay Charter High Back PFD features exclusive Graded Sizing and a higher mesh-back design, making the ideal PFD for the sit-on-top paddler/angler. The Graded Sizing creates a better, more appropriate fit for a wider range of users. Comfort and water safety with all the necessities, close at hand. Put to work, while you play, the this PFD provides excellent cockpit management with places for the little things that could end up in your seat, or overboard. Ready to load… features include EVA pockets act as fold-down work surfaces, padded shoulders and lower back waistband, mounting locations for tippets, retractors, nippers, leader-line, etc., and multiple pockets that all have drainage
In a sport where storage space is limited, the Yak Gear Kayak Angler Crate Kit gives kayak anglers and paddlers everything you need to get started in one simple crate. The Build-A-Crate double rod holder kit easily attaches to any crate with inside access, allowing the paddler to efficiently take advantage of all possible storage space. The anchor cleat kit comes with a 4″ nylon anchor cleat that provides a stable access point to secure anchors, drift chutes, bow lines, and safety lines.
The 7″ x 12″ accessory pouch provides the flexibility necessary to accommodate accessories of varying sizes while maintaining a snug grasp. Two utility leashes for rods, paddles, or accessories allow kayak anglers to stow or release the rod through a quick connect carabiner around a lightweight wrap and closure. The 3.3-lb. grapnel anchor kit is made of galvanized steel and features four 6″ tines that fold out of the way while stored for space maximization and release when ready for use. “Rock Rig” and “Add-a-Rope” capabilities are included in the complete kit, along with 30′ of 3/16″ black nylon anchor rope and a black storage bag.
All necessary stainless steel installation hardware and installation instructions are included. The Pro Series kit comes with everything in the basic series, as well as a buoyant fish grip with a unique design that holds the fish’s lip without harming it. The Pro Series kit also comes with a fully adjustable Railblaza Rod Holder II, which holds any type of rod and reel, and its StarPort HD base.
No more having to listen to that kayak on your list complain about their back hurting from trying to carry/drag their kayak down to the water!
Built to last, the C-TUG Kayak Cart is made of non-corroding engineering polymers, with stainless steel reinforced axles, and tough puncture free rubber tires. Unlike any other cart in the paddle sport arena today the C-TUG continues to amaze sport enthusiast with its rugged appeal, incredible strength and satisfying good looks. This cart is designed for all terrains to get you paddling in places you never dreamed of. The C-TUG Kayak Cart requires no tools and assembles in seconds and also dismantles in seconds, allowing you to stow it in your canoe or kayak hatch to take to your next destination.
Save $30 OFF on one of the most popular coolers amongst kayak anglers! This thing will keep your drinks cold or electronics dry as well giving you more storage for all those rods you’ve been collecting!
The amazing Engel UC30 Dry Box Cooler Box takes on yet another exciting form with the addition of four rod holders. This makes the Engel UC30 the perfect companion on any angling expedition. Perfectly sized to use on your kayak or paddleboard, as well as carry to the water using the convenient shoulder strap. It can keep your cold items cold, your warm items warm, and your dry items dry!
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We are well into the season of giving! So you’re shopping for the kayak angler in your life and you don’t even know where to start? We get it – when it comes to kayak fishing, there’s a lot of gear involved. It can seem like they have so much stuff already, and you don’t want to get them something they already have or are never going to use.
Here are 5 Products for the Kayak Angler On Your List:
Make sure that kayak angler of yours is able to measure their personal best while also following all rules and regulations!
The Hawg Trough Fish Measuring Device has almost become the standard measuring device for fisherman across the country. Its concave design cradles the fish for simple measurement. Available in white and yellow the Hawg Trough measures fish in 1/4 inch increments from 8 inches to 30 inches in length. A word of advice: The Hawg Trough does not float but it luckily has holes on either end to attach a leash.
I know it may look like they already have enough rods and reels, but coming from a kayak angler, I can honestly tell you ‘the limit does not exist’.
The Daiwa Revros spinning combo offers a great value and a new cosmetic design. The Revros reel has four ball bearings and Digigear digital gear design for smooth, easy rotation. Also featuring Daiwa’s Air Rotor for lighter weight and greater sensitivity.
For the kayak angler that is just getting started, this kit will provide them everything they need to be fishing like a pro!
In a sport where storage space is limited, the Yak Gear Kayak Angler Crate Kit gives kayak anglers and paddlers everything you need to get started in one simple crate. The Build-A-Crate double rod holder kit easily attaches to any crate with inside access, allowing the paddler to efficiently take advantage of all possible storage space.
Two utility leashes for rods, paddles, or accessories allow kayak anglers to stow or release the rod through a quick connect carabiner around a lightweight wrap and closure. The 3.3-lb. grapnel anchor kit is made of galvanized steel and features four 6″ tines that fold out of the way while stored for space maximization and release when ready for use.
The Pro Series kit comes with everything in the basic series, as well as a buoyant fish grip with a unique design that holds the fish’s lip without harming it. The Pro Series kit also comes with a fully adjustable Railblaza Rod Holder II, which holds any type of rod and reel, and its StarPort HD base.
YakAttack Omega Rod Holder™ and LockNLoad™ Mounting System Overview - Luther Cifers - YouTube
You know that really expensive reel they just bought themselves recently? Give them something to make sure they don’t lose it.
The YakAttack Omega Rod Holder has developed “The last rod holder you’ll ever need” that offers a truly universal solution to work flawlessly with spinning, casting, larger conventional reels and yes – even fly rods of all sizes. The Omega Pro adds an extension arm to help get your reel higher off the water or helps accommodate longer rod butts. A 360 degree rotating collar offers the ability to quickly secure the rod by capturing the reel, and allows spinning reels to be stowed in the natural downward position, not hung off the side. Multiple modes allow anglers to easily stage rods for quick access or lock them in for maximum security.
The Omega Rod Holder attaches to your kayak, boat, or other watercraft with YakAttack’s brand new LockNLoad mounting system, and is exactly what you would expect from the leader in track mounting technology. Offering unrivaled track mount security and adjustability, the patent pending LockNLoad track base is the most advanced track mount ever created. You want no slip? No problem. The LockNLoad track base attaches quickly and easily with a single MightyBolt, but will not accidentally rotate or loosen from the track, even when your trolling rod takes a big hit.
For that angler that keeps coming home grumpy after going all day without catching any fish.
An improved user interface and cutting-edge technology put this Humminbird Helix 7 Chirp DI G2 fishfinder among the best on the water while keeping everything simply, clearly, better. Its brilliant 7″ screen with 1,500-nit brightness allows easy viewing even in direct sunlight. Built-in CHIRP SONAR allows the unique selection of Low, Medium, and High frequency ranges, giving clean returns and exceptional target separation.
The reliable, internal GPS offers 2500 waypoints and 50 routes, so you can return to your most productive spots time and time again. Down Imaging brings crystal-clear returns to depths of 350′, showing intricate details of bottom and structure. SwitchFire SONAR gives reliable bottom readings to depths of 600′. The Humminbird HELIX 7 CHIRP DI G2 Fishfinder puts amazing technology within any angler’s reach. If fishing’s in your DNA, you deserve a HELIX.
Of course, that’s just five items out of a bulk of choice; there’s so much more to pick from!
Product Description: Igniting the passion of the beginning kayak angler, with the new NuCanoe Flint Kayak. The Flint is designed to refuel the fire of experienced anglers looking to get back to the basics. The Flint is well adapted for lakes, creeks, and rivers. The Flint features a CustomHeight Pinnacle Seat, as well as multiple horizontal and flush mount rod tubes, 2 Tackle Box Pockets, a Hawg Trough Channel, five 8″ Accessory Freedom Tracks, Combo Side Handle and Paddle Holder, a Transducer Recess, Square Transom, and is Junior Seat Compatible.
• CustomHeight Pinnacle Seat
• 5 x 8″ Accessory Freedom Tracks
• Hawg Trough Channel
• Integrated Drainage System
Length – 11ft 3in
Width – 33in
Weight – 73lbs
Capacity – 375lbs
Material – Polyethylene
This was one of the best paddling kayaks that I’ve had the opportunity to test! I had no problem getting the Flint up to speed and found myself turning and making all maneuvers with ease. Considering it didn’t have a rudder, the tracking was outstanding and its overall paddling efficiency was great for a sub 12ft kayak.
I spent most of the day standing and sight casting from the kayak. While I should’ve raised the seat to make the movement from sitting to standing easier, I still found myself comfortable making quick actions around the deck of the kayak.
So far, I’ve only used the Flint down at the Texas Coast. Amongst the vast flats of the Aransas Pass area, I was able to make long drifts while standing and then kick it into gear and paddle hard over to the next spot.
While this kayak performed great for a day of inshore fishing, I see the Flint’s best use case as a river fishing kayak. It’s durability and light weight would help make for easier portaging while its paddling performance will make sure you cover as much water as possible.
Being a sub 12ft kayak, at 33 inches wide, I had my doubts… but within the first hour on the water, I knew this kayak would far exceed my expectations.
If you’re looking for an affordable kayak, that boasts great paddling efficiency without compromising stability, the NuCanoe Flint should definitely be on your radar!
Brysen Trenasty is one of ACK’s youngest Hobie Pro Staffers.
At just 16 years old, he’s already well-integrated into the kayak fishing community and has a lot of experience-based advice to offer:
In my opinion, bass fishing in the summer can be one of the hardest times of the year to catch fish. The conditions are mostly bluebird skies, light wind, and high heat, which means that the fish are going to be found deep, or in the shade trying to escape the heat in cooler water.
Here are a couple techniques that I’ve found work very well in the summer for catching bass:
1. Deep Cranking
I’ve caught many fish ranging from 15-20 feet in depth with a big crankbait. My preferred way of fishing a deep diving crankbait is to troll it behind the kayak because it can be easier to just cast it out and pedal around.
I love using my Hobie Pro Angler 12 with this technique because it’s much easier to pedal and steer with a rudder while fighting a fish than having to use a paddle in one hand and the fishing rod in the other. As far as colors of crankbaits go, any shade of color will work well in the summer because of the numerous amounts of baitfish spread around. Your rod and reel combo would preferably be any seven-foot cranking rod and a 6:4:1 gear ratio reel.
2. Fishing Shaky Heads
Another great technique in the summer is dragging a shaky head on the bottom or casting it near shade lines on the bank. I caught my personal best bass dragging a shaky head on the bottom across a deep drop-off. Look for big drop-offs because the fish will likely be posted up in the cooler water.
I usually go with a shaky head of 1/4 to 1/2 an ounce. Either one works great; it just depends on what kind of soft plastic you are using. Bigger soft plastics go with the bigger sized head. Preferred colors are natural colors like green pumpkin or watermelon red.
Rod and reel setup is a 6 feet 10 inches to 7 feet medium heavy rod with a 6:4:1 gear ratio reel. Again, I enjoy using my Hobie Pro Angler 12 because it’s incredibly easier to fight and land a fish without having to deal with a paddle.
Just like everyone else in the summer, bass are looking to relieve stress in the hot water by staying close to drop-offs and ledges for long periods of time. When they come out to feed, it’s going to be in short, quick bursts, then they retreat back to shadier shelter. Know this, follow these tips and get ready to catch some big fish!
2018 was a heck of a year for KATS! With over 250 anglers and 7 events around Texas, the 25 anglers who qualified for the Classic Championship were excited to battle it out.
The Championship was originally scheduled to be held on Lake Buchanan, but heavy rainfall and historic flooding in the Austin area closed all the lakes along the Colorado River. Just a week before the Championship was set to take place, we had to make a lake change to Fayette County Reservoir. The anglers took the change in stride, and most showed up to the lake early Friday morning to get in a day of pre fishing. After a stormy month, we could not have asked for better weather that weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday were in the mid – high 70’s with sunshine and a light breeze.
The first day of the championship started early with a 5am Captains Meeting. Anglers were released shortly after to head towards one of the two launch points available on Fayette. With first cast set for 5:30am and weigh-in not until 4pm, the anglers had a long day ahead of them.
Fayette proved to be a challenge for some of our anglers. There was a morning flurry bite, but things slowed down in the afternoon. At the end of the first day, some of our anglers were able to set themselves up with a solid lead while a majority of the field was set in the 70” – 80” range.
Day 2 started the same with another early captains meeting. Even after a long first day, anglers were ready to get back on the water and use the knowledge of the previous day to find a limit. Scores the second day were much closer, but it was time to announce our winner.
Andrew Dixon was crowned our Classic Champion after an impressive score the first day of fishing that set him apart from the field. With a total of 180.25” for the two days, he took home a $3,000 cash payout, Old Town Predator PDL and Malone MegaSport Kayak Trailer. Second place went to Nick Parker who also snagged the Big Bass of the Championship title with his 21.75” catch on day two for a grand total of 177.5” for the tourney. He took home $1,500 cash payout for 2nd place and $650 for Big Bass, along with a Humminbird Helix 7 Chirp DI GPS fishfinder. Rounding out our top three was Tyler Howell, who’s solid performance each day landed him 176.5” along with a $750 cash payout and Yakima SlimShady Awning.
We also announced our King of the Fish. This title goes to the angler who caught the biggest limit of 5 fish throughout the season including the Championship. Jacob Moeller was crowned King of the Fish with a total of 115.75” throughout the season. He took home a Feelfree Lure 13.5 with Overdrive. Second place and a Diablo Amigo went to Tyler Howell with a total of 114” for the season, and Third was Alan Godso with 113” total and a new Yeti Tundra 45.
Thank you so much to our sponsors who make the Kayak Angler Tournament Series possible, we couldn’t do it without them. And thank you to all our anglers who competed not only in the championship but throughout the year. We are excited to see where 2019 takes us and can’t wait to get back out on the water!
“I had the opportunity to experience the 2017 white bass run this spring in the PDL. I can’t put into words just how incredible this design is. The ability to stop and go in forward and reverse in fractions of a second allowed me to fish without a thought about how to position myself. The effortless control gave me so much more time to make casts and I doubled up my buddies every trip out. I would pedal and just take in the scenery; things I used to miss when I was paddling against 20 mph headwinds. Now I can ignore wind forecasts and go wherever I want, whenever I want. Whether it’s on big water or tucked back in the backwaters of a creek channel, I can get there.
We fished the white bass run for 2 months and I filled the cooler bag to the top every time. I made several trips for largemouth bass and caught some of the best fish I’ve ever hauled in. Having the ability to access tighter, shallower areas inaccessible by boat was key. I felt the stability of the PDL as I stood and sight fished bedding females during the spawn. It was truly an experience I’ll never forget and will look forward to every year.”
I recently had the pleasure of being invited to help film a video about the Kayak Angler’s Tournament Series “Classic” event. The event is the final stop of the series where Texas’ top kayak anglers come together to battle for the top titles including “Classic Champion” and “King of the Fish.” You can read more about it here.
The event took place on Sam Rayburn Lake, Texas’ largest lake wholly within its borders and is a popular lake for powerboat bass angling tournaments.
Upon arrival, I knew I was faced with the challenge of filming and shooting photos of all the anglers, the lake is huge…not just a few miles huge but 600 MILES OF SHORELINE HUGE! Finding participants to film was a struggle but after hours of paddling and pedaling, I did stumble upon a few…enjoy!
Before I could even come across an angler, I came across this guy…look closely.
Fishing was tough. Some took to deeper waters. It was humid and hot with only a few clouds in the distance.
Early morning hours were nice with waters that looked like glass.
Moments after he lost what could have easily been a 24″ bass.
Pedal-driven kayaks were popular at this event.
Traditional KATS photo pre-launch.
Although humid and hot, the fall colors were coming alive.
“Glassy” waters coupled with a beautiful backdrop made for a nice photo op on the east end of the lake.
Sam Rayburn is a beautiful lake worth visiting for family fun, kayak angling and camping.
We just wrapped up a great 2017 KATS season. With over 350 total anglers and a record breaking 166 anglers at our first event, we were looking forward to a competitive championship.
For this years KATS Classic Championship we return to our two-day format, with the top 25 anglers competing for two consecutive days, that were individually scored to give us our champion.
Sam Rayburn was the lake choice for a road runner event, which proved to be a blessing and a curse on a lake of that size. Anglers were spoiled with launch points and fishing waters. The lake was off limits for a month before the championship event, with pre-fishing allowed only the day before.
The first day kicked off bright and early with the captains meeting at 5 am and the anglers launching shortly after. The first part of the day was overcast with some light showers, then cleared way to sun and blue skies. Anglers were spread all over the lake with some driving up to an hour to their launch point. Numbers were all over the board when it came to weigh in. Some anglers came back with big limits, while others struggled to find a keeper. The most impressive catch was Cip’s 26.25” stringer that held out through the next day to clinch him the title of Big Bass. First day concluded with Chef Bones on the grill, then to a hot and humid night of sleep.
The second day kicked off the same with a captains meeting. The sun found its way out the second day and it was hot and humid East Texas weather for the anglers. It was the same story as the first day with scores all over the board, but it was time to announce our winner.
Joseph Sanderson took home both the title of Classic Champion and (for the second year in a row) King of the Fish. Right behind him in the standings was Guillermo Gonzales followed by Dan Peters to round out our top 3. All three anglers passed a polygraph test provided by Railblaza.
Thank you so much to our sponsors who make the Kayak Angler Tournament Series possible. We couldn’t do it without them. And thank you to all our anglers who competed not only in the championship but throughout the year. We are excited to see where 2018 takes us and can’t wait to get back out on the water!
This Viking Profish 400 Lite is geared up to be an efficient and well-oiled machine out on the water. The Viking Rudder with toe control will make paddling this kayak a dream as it tracks great and turns on a dime.
The rod set up is great for keeping one rod ready to go, and your back ups out of the way. Sometimes less is more with rods. Using only 3, you’ll find yourself more organized and not scrambling to find the one you’re looking for.
Their fishing gear is protected by the rod floats that are zip tied to the lower half of the rod. When you’re spending a good amount of money on fishing gear, you want to make sure you take every precaution to keep from loosing it!
Mounting the fish finder directly in front of you makes it easy to read and reach controls. Using a transducer arm for the fish finder makes for easy installation while allowing you to customize the location of your transducer.
This kayak takes some of the most important safety aspects into consideration. You’ll see a visibility flag raised high above the deck of the kayak, as well as a 360º light near the rear. This setup meets the needs to stay visible during the day and in low light situations.
Viking Kayaks Profish 400 Lite | Feature video - YouTube