The Old Town Predator 13 Fishing Kayak is a great choice for a beginning kayaker. There are both pros and cons to purchasing this particular kayak. For starters, with a length of 13’2”, this kayak is reasonably fast and, with a width of 33.5”, it’s fairly stable.
In addition, is has a very comfortable seating system that is also height adjustable, it includes adjustable foot braces, and it has a stand assist strap. Plus, the outfitting is absolutely top notch and it has a paddle keeper to keep your paddle from acting like an unruly teenager when you are fishing.
Also, it has sufficient dry storage space with a hold in the bow and a tank well in the stern provides a place to carry a cooler or live bait well. In addition, it’s available with an optional Scotty Stand-Ready bar which provides you with an added means of balance when standing up in the kayak as well as Scotty Outriggers for added stability and it is compatible with Minn Kota trolling motors via a pre-installed Minn Kota trolling motor mount.
Also, the hull of the Predator 13 displays a sharp bowline to help it slice through the water and a molded skeg in the stern to aid in tracking and the pontoon-like Tri-Hull provides superior initial stability. In addition, it also has a very comfortable seat in the Element Seating System which incorporates a rigid frame that enables the paddler to choose either the “Travel” (lower) position for increased stability or the “Attack” (higher) position for increased visibility and maneuverability or the “Stand-Up” position for poling or sight casting along with adjustable foot braces which enable the kayak to fit different sized anglers.
Compared to the average sized person, big men always have a few more extra questions and concerns when looking to buy a sit-on-top fishing kayak. How much weight will it hold? Will I sink it? How many inches wide? Will it tip easy? These are definitely true concerns and questions which need to be answered before buying.
If your main concern is load capacity. There are many fine kayaks to choose from on the market which will hold a lot of weight (400, 500 and even 600+ pounds) while also providing plenty of leg room to keep a guy with long legs comfortable. Here we will review the details of one that fits these needs, the Old Town Predator MX Sit-on-Top Fishing Kayak. See image below, it’s 12 feet long and can hold up to 400 pounds
This fishing kayak is part of the Old Town Predator Series of kayaks which also includes the Predator 13 and Predator XL Minn Kota models. These two other models are a bit more expensive but worth checking out as well. If you are new to the sport, wondering about the overall quality the company “Old Town” puts into its manufacturing? This is the oldest kayak and canoe company in America and their products are highly respected.