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The Pompano comes with a anchor trolley and two flush mount rod holders which are used frequently when fishing. I also like the bow rigging lines which can be used to park your paddle by slipping underneath.
The slightly up-swept bow and medium width make this is a great versatile kayak for both fishing, touring, and paddling through chop/surf.
I would recommend this type of kayak to anyone. The rod holders were great for fishing and the rental guy said I could pick one up for less than $500 at West Marine.
This boat really calls for a Wilderness seat, which is not readily available except on the Pescador or the Tarpon. Only one place sells the seat back assembly, which is the key part. You can put anything in the seat -- garden kneeling pad, Skwoosh seat pad, piece of sleeping bed pad from Wally World, etc. In retrospect, now that I wasted money on a COD seat I won't use and had to replace with the correct seat, which WM doesn't sell, I should have just gotten the Pescador to start with and put in my own rod holders. The anchor trolley thing ... meh.
Quality and thickness of plastic seem great. I'm diggin' it. But, that said, I looked at the Ascend models at Bass Pro Shop today, and they look like they're worth considering, as they come with a pretty nice seat and the reviews are pretty good.
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