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#12855982 - 08/06/18 10:42 PM Perception Pescador 12.0 still recommended?
yippee Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/06/14
Posts: 19
Loc: Arlington, TX
Hello all, I've been wanting to get a kayak for a while, but it seems like something always gets in the way and prevents me from buying one before I pull the trigger. I know a lot of people used to recommend the Pescador 12.0 as a good budget minded starter kayak. I'm talking about the original Pescador, the recycled Tarpon 120 design. I've found a few of them locally for sale at about the 399.99 mark, and am trying to decide if I should go ahead and pull the trigger or keep waiting and get something else.

I know they used to come highly recommended for a beginner kayak, but have they been bumped from their spot with all the new stuff on the market? I'd love to get a Wilderness Radar 115 or something similar, but right now that's just not in the cards. I'm trying to decide on whether to buy a Pescador now or keep dreaming and saving for something like a Tarpon or Radar.

Let me know what you think on the matter, I'd love to hear some good opinions.

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#12856009 - 08/07/18 12:02 AM Re: Perception Pescador 12.0 still recommended? [Re: yippee]
lconn4 Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 10172
Loc: Cherokee County
Yep, still one of best paddling designs ever for a 12 foot kayak. For folks in the 200 lb range with another 30 lbs of gear, max in my opinion.
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#12856363 - 08/07/18 11:16 AM Re: Perception Pescador 12.0 still recommended? [Re: yippee]
Linecaster Offline
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Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 1227
Loc: Richardson TX
At my heaviest at 260lbs this was my kayak and loved it, paddled easy and was stable for me at 74 yrs young. Sold it but loved it. You will not regret getting it. I was fortunate to pick it up at Academy for $320.
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#12856575 - 08/07/18 02:03 PM Re: Perception Pescador 12.0 still recommended? [Re: yippee]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 1385
Loc: Celina/Prosper, TX

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#12856641 - 08/07/18 02:59 PM Re: Perception Pescador 12.0 still recommended? [Re: yippee]
Aquiles Offline
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Registered: 04/24/11
Posts: 1265
Loc: Texas, Dallas
I just saw a pair of Pescador Pilots go for $745.00 each ! I missed out !

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#12856866 - 08/07/18 06:27 PM Re: Perception Pescador 12.0 still recommended? [Re: yippee]
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Registered: 09/27/13
Posts: 1320
Loc: Apple Springs
Yes sir

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#12876891 - 08/25/18 08:42 PM Re: Perception Pescador 12.0 still recommended? [Re: yippee]
yippee Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/06/14
Posts: 19
Loc: Arlington, TX
It seems like everytime I try to talk myself into buying a Pescador, I always end up coming back around to the current tarpon 12. That's kind of the way I'm leaning now. I have a store that charges $50 per boat to demo them, then when you buy a boat they apply the demo prices to the boat. Still saving a little more money right now for the kayak, once I get closer to having the money saved up in full I'll go demo some boats.

I know the Pescadors are supposed to be about as good as it gets for the price point, but I always talk myself into wanting something a little better equipped.

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#12877780 - 08/27/18 07:42 AM Re: Perception Pescador 12.0 still recommended? [Re: yippee]
Aquiles Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/24/11
Posts: 1265
Loc: Texas, Dallas
lol I have the same bad habit , keep waiting and pretty soon I'll be too old to kayak ! I really like the Jackson Coosa FD but the price , Wow ! This new crop of kayaks are impressive and they have some nice under $2000.00 pedal drives .

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#12878637 - 08/27/18 09:10 PM Re: Perception Pescador 12.0 still recommended? [Re: yippee]
lconn4 Offline
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Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 10172
Loc: Cherokee County
Originally Posted By: yippee
It seems like everytime I try to talk myself into buying a Pescador, I always end up coming back around to the current tarpon 12. That's kind of the way I'm leaning now. I have a store that charges $50 per boat to demo them, then when you buy a boat they apply the demo prices to the boat. Still saving a little more money right now for the kayak, once I get closer to having the money saved up in full I'll go demo some boats.

I know the Pescadors are supposed to be about as good as it gets for the price point, but I always talk myself into wanting something a little better equipped.


Get something to get you on the water. Equip it yourself later when you know exactly what you'd like to have and exactly where you want it.
_________________________
A good rule of angling philosphy is not to interfere with another fisherman's ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated.

Zane Grey, Tales of Fishes, 1919

https://vimeo.com/73372194


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