With many fishing kayaks for sale for under $1000, it can be really challenging to find the right one to meet your needs
An increasing number of anglers across the U.S. are moving to kayaks – even the really pricey ones are much cheaper than your average motor boat. Also, since a kayak doesn’t have a motor, costs for fuel and maintenance are considerably less if not totally nonexistent.
The Predator series of fishing kayaks comes in two forms, the Predator MX and the Predator 13. The MX measures in at 12′ in length with a 34″ width and weigh in at 68 lbs. This allows for a load capacity of 375-400lbs to include the angler and gear. The Predator 13 comes to bat with a 13′ 2″ length, a 33.5″ width, and 4lbs heaver than the MX. However, the load capacity increases by 25 more lbs. The price difference between the two Predator kayaks is going to be $100.
Since it’s official release (this article has been re-written some, as we were first on the scene with leaked information), the differences in these kayaks has become a little greater. Only the Predator 13 comes with the Mod Pod storage cover, the transducer scupper, and we noted rudder capabilities molded into the 13 in the images that are not mentioned in the description.
Both versions of the kayak share most of the same features, with the Predator 13 ringing in a couple more than the MX. Seating in these new angling machines will consist of a new “Element Seating System.” This seating system is a raised seating platform that allows the angler to go from a lower paddle position, to a higher fishing position, to completely flipping out of the way for stand up fishing and poling. Standing and poling are made easier with the tri hull design of these craft and Old Town states that the LT900 polyethylene construction is far superior than that of most kayaks on the market right now. The decking surface employs a slip resistant “Exo-Ridge” design that is not just for traction, it contains pathways for water to escape under your loaded gear – helping to keep your stuff dry in conjunction with standard scupper holes.
For rigging, the kayaks includes 6 removable mounting plates to allow for a lot of customization without having to drill into your main kayak body. For your rods there are two side mount rod bungees that work in conjunction with the dual tip rod holders located at the bow. There is a large capacity well that boasts easy access and more “Exo-Ridge” to aid in keeping gear dry or at least not soaking in water. The description for this well includes uses such as a place to store gear, a cooler, or a trolling motor battery.
Other included options are a paddle clip, molded in paddle rest, a large bow hatch with a click and seal cover, dual tackle holders, a mod pod center hatch (13 only), and stand up assist straps. The Predator 13 also comes equipped with a Humminbird® Transducer Scupper while the MX does not. Other mounts and accessories will also be available from Old town which includes the “Steady Stand Bar” and a few other universal items. The Predator MX MSRP is $1199 and the Predator 13 MSRP is $1299. Check out the main website Predator Kayak and the Old Town site for more up to date information.
Updates Since Official Release
**These updates have been written into the article above, but for those of us tracking the information here are the additions.
The MX images do not show passages or threaded inserts for a rudder set up, but the 13 does. The rear drain plug is also in different locations on both models. A rudder option or these molded in components are not mentioned in either description.
The 13 is the only one with the Humminbird® Transducer Scupper and the Center Console with Mod Pod Cover.
Just got my set of C-Tug Side-Winders from C-Tug USA. I have had poor results from a standard scupper mounted kayak cart with small inflatable tires. I found myself looking for an alternative that could both perform better in the soft sand and not go flat when you are depending on it. I did some research in the world of kayak beach carting and found what I was looking for in the C-TUG with Kiwi Puncture Free Wheels. But what really caught my attention was that the addition of the Sidewinders was available. Creating the largest non inflatable foot print from a kayak cart in the market today.
Designed to double the footprint of your c-tug puncture-free wheel, the sidewinder attachment gives greater weight distribution, reducing the chance of the trolley becoming “bogged down” in really soft sand or mud. – C-Tug
Installation is a simple snap in place style addition to the existing Kiwi wheels and takes about 5 minutes. The fit is exacting with just enough pressure once complete to keep the entire assembly secure and problem free. Being made made in New Zealand, which is the mother land for us Ocean Kayak owners, I knew build quality and fitment would be top notch. I look forward to seeing what this will do during my next beach launch, but just a quick glance and it already shows to be a major improvement to what I had been dealing with.
The wheels have been updated from the versions shown above to wheels with a better designed traction pad for hard surfaces. I have had a hard time with hang ups with the current wheels. Also, soft sand in Miami where I am have proven these wheels to be good initially. However, in Pompano Beach with softer sand they did fail. I am carrying a large kayak loaded with gear, and I am sure this plays a major role. But I think at the end of the day, I am still searching for the best in soft sand/heavy load performance. I have a feeling Wheeleez are going to be the final step in my search.
Though this cart will stay in my arsenal as it is acceptable for nearly all of my needs and stows easily.