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Old Town Predator 13
 
Old Town Predator 13 2013-06-13 15:32:20 Randy Vining
Overall Rating of this Kayak For Fishing. 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Randy Vining    June 13, 2013

Old Town Predator 13

Let me first say I was on the design team so .....
That being said, I still believe this to be one of the best fishing kayaks out there. This was a two year project starting with paddling most every kayak out there. We wanted to see what worked as well as what didn't work. We also brought in people from retail to get an idea from them what sales and what others are asking for. These guys don't see just experienced kayak fishermen, they see people wanting to get in the sport as well.

We took all of this information and went to work with the designers and engineers to create what we believe to be a great platform for fishing. While the Predator has some great features in itself, probably the best feature is the ability of the consumer to rig it like he wants it. There are mounting plates around the yak to mount things to. No more drilling holes in your yak. If you mess a plate up, remove it and order another one from Old Town.

The hull is very stable. I even have pictures of me standing on an Engel cooler and casting. The ability to flip the seat completely out of the way and stand in that spot moves your weight back to where the design intended it to be rather than forward of the seat. The Exo-Ridge deck gives a stead non-slip grip while standing. The seat is very comfortable and is adjustable with one hand.

The yak tracks very good but is still easy to turn. A rudder is available also.

There is tons of room in this boat for equipment. Either in the front click lock hatch, the center console (same as he one on the Ocean Kayak Trident Series) or in the huge tank well.

I could go on and on about this yak but you really need to paddle one to see what we have done. I do think this will have other manufacturers bring up their game just as Old Town has stepped up.

It's a Pirate's life for me,
Randy "RiverPirate" Vining

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