Submitted: 07-10-2009 by eldubioso
Ocean Kayak knows they have a winner on their hands with the OK Prowler Big Game. At nearly 13ft (12ft-9in), this monster of a kayak (69lbs), will handle any fishing condition. Gripes about it being slow are understandable, but fishing is all about patience, even when getting to the fishing grounds. (It's not the destination, but the journey.) Stability is a key factor for me, being 6'6", 260lbs, and this yak meets my requirements.
Looking forward to taking it out in the surf sometime. Already rigged for fishing, with an anchor trolley and zig cleat, I'll probably upgrade the seat by next year. Other add-ons include front rod holders, the center hatch and a fishfinder as well. This yak will carry massive loads, (up to 600lbs), so as a fisherman, I have no worries about bringing gear for camping trips. The polyethylene construction is solid and the front hatch features a battery holder that is off the bottom of the boat, keeping it dry. The boat does catch a bit of drift in the wind, but an anchor or stakeout pole generally solves this. And being a heavy kayak, it is recommended that a cart is purchased for transport to and from the water.
Having longer legs, I have no problem dipping my feet off the sides, and it's a refreshing way to fish. Hull slap is moderate, and can be tamed with more weight in the bow hatch. When transporting by car, it is recommended that the boat be put deck-side down, to save yourself $ at the pump. 36" wide crossbar pads are available that do the job nicely. I hope this review is helpful. Tight lines.