04-28-2013Submitted by: WC
Reviews for Pescador 12 Kayak by Perception Sport
Based On: 32 Reviews
- Rating: 7 of 10 My Pescador 12 was my first ever kayak and I've had it for 1 year and 3 months at the time of writing this.
Overall this is a nice kayak and I do like mine a lot, but it is not perfect and I will eventually be getting a new kayak and keeping my Pescador as a loaner. I would at least look in to a Heritage Redfish or Perception Caster before getting a Pescador, I haven't used either of them but they are similarly priced ($500ish) and don't seem to have some of the problems that Pescadors have (from the minimal research that I have done- look in to them yourself and draw your own conclusions).
08-10-2012Submitted by: rnsparky
- Low price
- Very comfortable seat compared to other kayak seats I've used
- Light weight: it is very easy to load and unload compared to other fishing kayaks I have experience with (Tarpon 140, Native Slayer 14.5)
- Came with a Scotty mount and rod holder and one flush mount rod holder behind the seat. There's also another spot behind the seat that is obviously meant for you to add another flush mount.
- My kayak came with lots of nice little convenient things that saved me the trouble of having to add the myself such as: the stretchy cord in the back and around the center hatch (the one in between your legs), little rings on the side for attaching stuff for easy access while you're out, an anchor cleat, and it is ready to rig up a rudder system.
- Fast for a 12' kayak
- This is not a very stable kayak, which is probably the Pescador's biggest downfall.
- I can't stand up and fish because it is too unstable (I'm 6'0 215lbs). I can stand up in it, but it is very unstable and impractical. I have fallen out of this kayak while standing up in it once and nearly fallen out of it while standing/trying to stand in it many times.
- It's difficult to reach the rear storage area and impossible to reach the front hatch storage while still in your kayak. I see that some people here recommend sitting side saddle to access these, but this kayak is not stable enough for me to do that.
- My Pescador 12 always gets water inside of it. My front hatch does not completely seal and it wiggles around some when closed, I believe that this is how water gets inside of it. I'm not sure if this is a problem all Pescadors have or if it is exclusive to my kayak, but it is a pretty big problem. I don't take on enough water to sink my kayak, but it is unsettling and just a pain. I can't put anything in there that I don't want to get wet, but I don't really use it anyways because I can't access it while I'm in my kayak. I'm looking in to putting some sort of a gasket inside of it for this right now.
- The tracking isn't amazing and you will get spun around in a fast moving current very easily. The kayak comes ready to install a rudder system, I haven't added one yet but it would make life a lot easier.
- Rating: 10 of 10 Recently purchased a Pescador 12 and a Pescador 10 to have some warm weather wet fun. Both boats are great, the 12 is faster and the 10 is more responsive and fun in the waves.
Stable, plenty of hatch storage, and comfortable seats. Both are a 10!
08-08-2012Submitted by: Bobby
- Rating: 10 of 10 I have had mine for about 4 months now and I love it. I use it for both bay fishing and btb fishing and it handles like a dream. tracking and comfort excellent. I weigh about 175 and it is perfect. Slide up to reach front hatch and side saddle to get to the back as mentioned previously. Your money goes a long way with this one. Highly recommend it!
07-12-2012Submitted by: becky6038
- Rating: 10 of 10 Recently purchase the Pescador 12, also have an Old Town Vapor. I love them both, but the Pescador 12 is a fantastic yak. The only downside is it weighs 60 pounds, but I have learned how to load and unload it on my jeep and am really enjoying it. Highly recommend it, very stable and great for fishing.
07-03-2012Submitted by: Freddie
- Rating: 10 of 10 I just purchased the Pescador Sport 12, I love it. I've been using my Old Town Dirigo Angler for the past 4 years and I'm telling ya it's the best kayak out there for the money. It tracks great, it's comfortable; in my old kayak I'd get sore and restless in in it. I spent 4 hours on the lake and didn't get sore one time. It maneuvers great and handles a Cadillac on water. Plus I get to sit sideways. Now we're gonna get one for my girlfriend in a couple weeks . Best thing I've spent my money on in awhile
06-14-2012Submitted by: Matt
- Rating: 10 of 10 New to the amazing world of kayaking, we did a copious amount of research before purchasing our first yaks. After closely considering speed, stability, versatility, and price, the choice became quite clear; Perception Sport's Pescador 12 is a winner.
Based on Wilderness System's 2008 model of the Tarpon 120, the Pescador hits all marks on what is considered to be a classic among quality SOT kayaks. It tracks well (faster than Ocean Kayak Caper and Big Game from our experience, but not as stable), boasts a comfortable seat, has plenty of storage, and is truly a beautiful boat. At $500, it's value is unparalleled.
We bought three. I'm 6' 250, my wife is 5'2" 160, and my sister is 5'10" 200. No issues. We were ducks to water in our Pescadors!
06-06-2012Submitted by: TC
Explore in your Pescador!
- Rating: 10 of 10 After doing a fair amount of research and trying out a couple of demos, I decided that the Pescador 12 was the yak I wanted. Now comes the good part, I found a red one with an anchor and Scotty rod holder at a local Sports Authority store on clearance for $409, the sales guy told me that the low price was due to it being a 2011 model. At the same store they had a camo model that also included a paddle and cheap foam car top kit priced at $749. It was explained to me that the higher price was due to it being a 2012 model. Needless to say I was more than happy to take the 2011 model. Whats more I was able to apply a 20% off coupon to the purchase price which resulted in a final price of $327 b4 tax. One of the best deals I ever had on anything.
I've had it out on a local lake twice and couldn't be more pleased, very stable, tracks great and pretty fast for a SOT. Looking forward to years of enjoyment with this yak.
06-05-2012Submitted by: Newf88
- Rating: 8 of 10 Well, I'll start by saying for the price you cannot beat this kayak!!!! It's great for skinny water (bays, marsh, lakes, etc.). For that kind of fishing I give this kayak a 10/10, its quick, turns great, and you can easily sit side saddle, scoot forward and reach stuff in the front hatch, or sit side saddle and reach anything in the back. I'm around 200-210lb and the foot area keeps about a half inch of water with no scupper plugs in - no biggie, my feet are normally wet from sitting side saddle anyway!
The reason why I give this an 8/10 instead of full is its performance offshore (btb). I've had it beyond the breakers (btb) fishing for sharks and bull reds on the Texas coast twice in waves/swell less than 3 feet, but it just doesn't feel stable, every wave/swell feels like it may tip you if it catches you off guard.
In the end: If you want a fishing kayak great for bay fishing, or somewhere that not as open as the ocean, this is GREAT!!!! If you are looking for something to use for big fish on big water - test drive one before you buy it, you may want to reconsider.
05-30-2012Submitted by: Hunter Bruce
- Rating: 10 of 10 Bought this boat back in December and floated it down a flooded creek and through a swamp, jump shooting ducks. Very stable, even swinging a 28" barreled duck gun blazing away with 3.5" magnum shells. Loaded decoys, gun, lunch, etc... and paddled out on a lake to set up on an island. All of this while wearing chest waders, heavy winter gear, and yes, a life jacket. Very pleased with this boat, although I might get a 12' next time around.
05-18-2012Submitted by: chris
- Rating: 10 of 10 As mentioned, this is the old Tarpon 120 with the older style leak proof hatches and half the price. I picked up one for a buddy kayak from T&G Canoe and Kayak for $499 in a sand color. I installed a Wilderness Systems rudder with SEA-Lect foot controls, two hatch bags, and a Scotty flush rod holder. Next up, a fish finder...
The boat tracks well, fishes great, isn't heavy, and is pretty stable. Hands down the best kayak for $500 new. Nothing else comes close!
04-11-2012Submitted by: bcc
- Rating: 10 of 10 I picked up a Pescador angler version on clearance at Dick's sporting goods. I've owned several OK (Scrambler XT & Scupper Pro) as well as the Perception Caster 12.5. This boat (to me) is the best all round. Good balance of speed, tracking and stability. This boat just "feels right" from the start.
I rate this a 10. The Caster an 8 (could track better), the Scrambler a 6 (no room and very uncomfortable) Scupper Pro a 7 (lacks stability). I recommend the Pescador highly. Great value/performance.
04-11-2012Submitted by: GoneFishin2Day
- Rating: 10 of 10 After researching kayaks for months I decided on the Pescador 12. Picked it up at Academy for $499. I am SO pleased with this yak!! It tracks wonderfully. Handles great in the wind. Sits side saddle very well. I am mainly a bay fisherman and it has been a joy. Weight is not an issue I can very easily get in and out of truck by myself. Also for those campers there's enough room to put you gear for a couple night outing. Stop looking and purchase it. I heard its gonna be discontinued soon because of gripes from higher in stores selling the Tarpon Wilderness 120 since it's the same model. Tight lines!!
02-22-2012Submitted by: chris
- Rating: 10 of 10 Picked up my Pescador 12 two weeks ago got it in tan brand new was 499.99 from my local dealer. It seem's they have added scupper holes beneath the seat on my model so no more soggy bottom. Tracks well and rides nice I couldn't have asked for anything better. I'm 6'1" and 190 lbs.
01-13-2012Submitted by: STR
- Rating: 10 of 10 I picked one up hardly used for $375, and couldn't be happier. I've paddles mostly flatwater so far, and it is comfortable, roomy and stable. I have paddled in strong head winds and it moves better than others I have used. It tracks very well, almost too well in turns. I plan to use it for overnight camp/ fishing trips and have already dry fitted all my gear. I love the fact it is red for visibility, but that's personal choice. I don't think you can go wrong with this yak!
01-10-2012Submitted by: CS
- Rating: 8 of 10 I just bought a perception Pescador 12' and am writing a "first impression" review, which I'll amend with more time. I am writing for those of you, who like me, who have spent a lot of time considering a first time purchase and haven't spent much time with one. I have been on a kayak maybe a half dozen times before this so I am very green.
To address one comment, I think they addressed the wet seat issue, as there are scuppers hidden underneath the seat. This led to a slightly wet bottom, but I air-dried by the time I got back. I launched into a lake, but intend on using it in coastal waters.
The kayak was easy to paddle and very maneuverable paddling forward or backward, even to someone unversed in proper technique. The kayak was very stable when facing forward or sideways. I twisted and faced backward several times, and wobbled a bit on my first attempt, but got comfortable afterward. I purchased the kayak to fish from, but am going to take it out one more time, this time into Tampa Bay, before I try casting anything.
12-29-2011Submitted by: CJ
- Rating: 10 of 10 This kayak is made from the same design as the classic Wilderness Systems 2008 model Tarpon 120; there is no difference between the 2008 Tarpon 120 and this Perception Sport Pescador.... they are even made in the same factory. Some people to this day prefer the 2007-2008 model Tarpon 120 over the new model Tarpons because the older model has leak free hatches and with the pescador you can have the preferred model for half the cost.
The Perception Sport Pescador gives the rare opportunity to purchase a high-end Kayak that is NEW with budget pricing. Academy Sports offer's the best price of anywhere else at $499.99 you would be hard pressed to find a better kayak used on craigslist for this cheap.
Great kayak that is stable has plenty of room to fish out of nice storage and is very maneuverable and quick for a 12 footer. You can't loose with this beauty.
12-28-2011Submitted by: Bb
- Rating: 10 of 10 Its a great yak; its very stable, fast, and dirt cheap. bought mine at dicks sporting good for 375. Great for the cost. It compares to the 1000 model
12-22-2011Submitted by: shawn
- Rating: 10 of 10 Already enough has been said about this great boat.
It is a 2008 Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 with a different label and actually built by the same company as the Tarpon 120. I fell in Love with the Tarpon 120 back in 2008 when I first paddled one but was bummed out because I the price tag on those boats were between $900 and $1000 and I could not afford one. I was so happy to find out the Pescador is an exact copy of my favorite boat and I bought two; one for me and one for my wife and ended up selling the two kayaks we already had (Big Kahuna Ocean Kayak and a Heritage Redfish 12')
I hope you all can have the opportunity to purchase this great yak as word has it that it will be taken off the market to satisfy kayak specialty stores who have been upset for loosing sales of there $1000+ Tarpon 120's they are trying to sell because of the Pescadore.
12-09-2011Submitted by: Nic
Tight lines everyone
- Rating: 10 of 10 This is by and far the best boat you can buy for the money. I own a fleet of Tarpon 140's and 120's, but lost my arrangement to get them below retail. So I switched to these boats. I pay the same retail as I did for the Tarpon 120's and these now come with two rod holders, anchor cleat and anchor! I use them for fishing charters and rentals. I've had hundreds of people use them with little to complain about. I can sell my used Tarpons for more than these run new!
10-10-2011Submitted by: jj
- Rating: 10 of 10 bought the Pescadore 8 weeks ago. i did my research first, this kayak is great. I can reach every thing i need its very stable, tracks well. I did buy scupper plugs so my seat does not get wet. I'm going to buy another one as soon as they go on sale again.
08-29-2011Submitted by: WaterWacker
- Rating: 10 of 10 Pescador 12, I got mine last summer, I was looking for a bigger version of the Tarpon 100 I had and this fit the bill well. All the reviews were good, and a call to the company verified it was a old version of the tarpon model, very stable, med fast, tracks well. How DW fell off his twice in one day on a lake I have no idea, I can all but stand up on mine.
08-19-2011Submitted by: Jaime
- Rating: 10 of 10 Tried out various kayaks and found the Pescador to be the best one for me for the price. I'm 5'11 250 lbs. The built in seat is great, it is stable, tracks well, is stable and everything else I would want
08-17-2011Submitted by: Duke
- Rating: 10 of 10 Saw some yaks at Pensacola Beach and fell in love. Researched online for a couple of weeks and thought I wanted the Tarpon 140, but it was pricey. Looked around some more and found the 12' Pescador by Perception with is a copy of the 2008 version of the Tarpon 120. Bought it at Academy Sports on sale for $439 after they knocked off $30 for a broken eye (minor fix, DIY for $2.00).
I am 5'11" and weight 265 lbs. I get a couple inches of water in the scupper holes, but it tracks well and is easy to paddle. Great copy of the 2008 Tarpon 120 for half the price.
08-03-2011Submitted by: Carrbigdog
- Rating: 10 of 10 I recently purchased the Pescador 10 as our first kayak. We have only had it out three times, but feel that it is perfect for medium to large (6'5" 235/6' 190) folks interested in easy going on lakes. It is very stable and seems to track reasonably well with only moderate effort. When moving slowly, direction is slightly affected by gentle breezes and wakes of medium to large pontoon boats, but if moving at a normal rate, it tracks well (based on a beginner's knowledge). May have to buy a second one for my wife.
07-20-2011Submitted by: 123456
- Rating: 10 of 10 Awesome yak! After nearly a year of shopping and almost settling with the Pelican Castaway I saw and bought Perception Pescador at Academy for a steal at $499. This kanyak is everything I wanted and more. The seat is incredibly comfortable, it tracks well, handles in the right spots, lots of DRY storage and a built in pole holder. I rented a wide variety of expensive kayaks last summer but am still the most satisfied with the perception. My only complaint is that the cup holder is too far forward. You will not be disappointing if you get this kayak.
07-08-2011Submitted by: DW
- Rating: 3 of 10 I just bought the Perception Pescador 12. I spent four hours at the lake with it. I fell off twice in calm water. It was very unstable. It is a pretty kayak though. I spent most of my time trying to keep it from falling over. If you like the water, this is the kayak for you! "You're going to spend most of your time falling in it".
05-08-2011Submitted by: dhynes99
- Rating: 9 of 10 Just bought this kayak last week and so far I love it. Academy Sports had them on sale for $449. At first I was a little skeptical as this looked like a great kayak but the price actually seemed a little low. I wondered if this was a bad model they were trying to get rid of but after a few trips on the water I can say with confidence that this is no "bad" model. Sturdy, fast, very maneuverable and a joy to paddle.
05-06-2011Submitted by: JimNTexas
- Rating: 9 of 10 Good craft handles well in the heavy wind. Cuts the waves nicely and comfy. I am 250 lbs and can fish all day out of this Yak. Academy Sports has them on sale now May 5 2011 for 499.00
Great Buy for a Great Boat!! They are Red! But that is a good safety point: You will be seen!
08-20-2010Submitted by: Gman
- Rating: 10 of 10 I purchased my Pescador about 4 months ago and have had it on lake conroe, lake woodlands, even 2 miles offshore in the gulf of Mexico at a gas rig. I have caught 5 foot bullsharks, spanish mackeral, Gafftop, blacktip sharks, black bass, blue cats etc. out of her and I have no complaints about this boat. For the price you just cant beat it.
06-08-2010Submitted by: chris P
- Rating: 9 of 10 I have 3 of these boats (under the Tarpon 120 label) purchased in 2005. I've paddled on mostly rivers and some flat water.
After about 150-200 miles I only have two issues with the boat. The seat contour is a reverse slope and forms a pool, so any water that get in this area won't drain. This makes for a soggy tush all day. The other is no seat bottom. I believe the new Tarpon design has remedied this; but I don't know if a padded and dry tush is worth $300+ dollars.
AS far as performance, the hull design is very efficient. The v-hull minimizes wind push, yet is shallow enough to float in 4-5 inches of water. I've also had the 10 foot size, but recommend the 12-footer as the best size for speed and maneuverability on rivers and lakes.
I just saw them on sale an Gander Mountain for $549.99. That's less than I paid for my Tarpons five years ago.
06-04-2010Submitted by: Jon
- Rating: 10 of 10 A great deal of homework over many months pointed towards this 12' kayak, which I'll use for local saltmarsh and inshore fly-fishing.
The boat is very sturdy and feels quite fast through the water. I bought scupper plugs immediately as a lot of water came into the boat at my feet and right behind the seat.
I spoke with Perception and they confirmed the Pescador is exactly the same boat as the 2008 Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 (Perception and WS are the same company), so I feel I got quite a good deal on a 12' sit on top kayak well suited for fishing, all for under $500. The seat is very comfortable and feels durable. I also wanted a boat without graded foot wells, so this fit the bill. At 60lbs the boat feels quite heavy, but I can lift it on and off the car quite easily. Storage in the boat is very good.
Overall this seems like exactly the boat I was looking for for calm water fly fishing. Sturdy, fast, and durable. Not sure what modifications have been made to the new Tarpon, but if you're on a tight budget and want to save a few hundred dollars (actually i think it's nearly half the cost), I'd recommend a close look at the Pescador.
08-10-2009Submitted by: Eli Crowe
- Rating: 9 of 10 I just picked up a Perception Pescador 12 a few weeks ago, I did some research on this Kayak because it looks just like a 2008 Wilderness Tarpon. The dealer that I got it from and the folks at Perception confirmed that it was the same as a 2008 Tarpon. I got it for $330 without a seat.
I have had it out a couple of times on the Class I River I live on here in WV. I have never paddled a Tarpon, but I have Redfish 10. This Pesacador is a very good Fishing Kayak. All I have done is added a Scotty Rod Holder in front and an Anchor Cleat. It is not quite as stable as my Redfish but stability is still very good. It tracks really well and is considerably faster than my Redfish.
The hull of this girl is excellent, I hit some good size hidden rocks in the Shoals and expected to see some gouges when I got home but there was nothing more than surface scratches. I highly recommend this Kayak especially for fans of the 2008 Tarpon because I see no difference between the two. I believe that only Dick's and Gander Mountain carry them and apparently they were only made in Red. I got mine off Ebay so if interested you could check there as well.
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