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Pescador 12 for the husky gentlemen #10645314 02/25/15 02:14 AM
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Alright guys I need your opinion, I'm interested in the Perception Pescador 12.0 as my first kayak. I'm a large guy, 6', 300#. The Pescador 12 is 28" wide and has a weight rating of 350#, I'm looking at the Pescador because I read a lot of good reviews about the boat, how stable it is, great tracking, fast, descent price, etc. I would greatly appreciate any input on whether or not I am on track or way off base in thinking the Pescador is a good fit for me.


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I'll throw in my 2 cents as I've been doing some research in preparation for my upgrade. I'm 6'3' 260 and comfort and stability are my number 1 priorities. I'm considering the WS Ride 135, a Jackson Big Rig or a Jackson Cuda. The Ride has capacity to 550 so stability seems a big plus. The Big Rig and Cuda are up to 450 and 400. I'm leaning towards the Ride as the price point seems to be the best but Jackson certainly does entice with some extra bells and whistles.
I think you'll need more boat than 350 if you're 300lbs to account for gear (and hopefully fish). I think you'll also want a boat that has a raised seat option to get you off the deck. The 3 boats I mention have high seat flexibility. My current boat only has a low seating option which gets cramped real fast.
Anyway, those are my thoughts. Curious to see what others have to say.


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Re: Pescador 12 for the husky gentlemen [Re: upchurch_k] #10645436 02/25/15 02:37 AM
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I'm 6' and at the time I started kayaking I weighed 230 and I went through a 10 footer and a couple of 12 footers until I bought my Ride 135.
For what it's worth I was more than happy with the Ride. It just seemed like that extra foot and width made all the difference in the world.
You would be cutting it pretty close going with a kayak where you only had 50# of leeway for gear. Most kayak manufacturers over state their products actual weight limit so you would be pushing the threshold in my opinion.
I would lean toward the so called big man kayaks in your case.
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Re: Pescador 12 for the husky gentlemen [Re: upchurch_k] #10645490 02/25/15 02:46 AM
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Originally Posted By: upchurch_k
Alright guys I need your opinion, I'm interested in the Perception Pescador 12.0 as my first kayak. I'm a large guy, 6', 300#. The Pescador 12 is 28" wide and has a weight rating of 350#, I'm looking at the Pescador because I read a lot of good reviews about the boat, how stable it is, great tracking, fast, descent price, etc. I would greatly appreciate any input on whether or not I am on track or way off base in thinking the Pescador is a good fit for me.
Trust me you would not be comfortable in that boat...don't get me wrong it's a great starting kayak but its just not big enough or stable enough for a guy of your size. Look for a yak with at least a 450 lb capacity you'll be much happier!


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Originally Posted By: upchurch_k
Alright guys I need your opinion, I'm interested in the Perception Pescador 12.0 as my first kayak. I'm a large guy, 6', 300#. The Pescador 12 is 28" wide and has a weight rating of 350#, I'm looking at the Pescador because I read a lot of good reviews about the boat, how stable it is, great tracking, fast, descent price, etc. I would greatly appreciate any input on whether or not I am on track or way off base in thinking the Pescador is a good fit for me.
Trust me you would not be comfortable in that boat...don't get me wrong it's a great starting kayak but its just not big enough or stable enough for a guy of your size. Look for a yak with at least a 450 lb capacity you'll be much happier!


Agreed, not the right boat for you, I'm about 210 and I started with the Pescador 12. Worked ok for me, definitely had wet butt. But my complaint was long term comfort. After 3-4 hours, I was really uncomfortable. almost no padding on the seat and sits really low, so can't bend your knees much. If I were a younger more fit man it would have probably served me well for years.

I quickly upgraded to a Ride115 with the high seat and it was a HUGE difference in comfort. I've since bought the Airpro Max seat but haven't gotten to fish with it yet. I did demo the air pro max seat and knew right away I had to have one.


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You will be hard pressed to find a big man kayak in the price range of the Pescador, but buying used may be your only option.
I'd look for a Ocean Kayak Big Game, Any of the Malibu kayaks, and Wilderness Systems, Jacksons etc. But they can be a bit more pricey.


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The ocean kayak prowler 13 from academy is 700 compared to 550, and it has a 450lb weight capacity, it's also a foot longer


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Re: Pescador 12 for the husky gentlemen [Re: upchurch_k] #10646294 02/25/15 12:57 PM
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I have a pescador 12 and weigh in around the 190 mark. Get a boat wih more capacity...

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Originally Posted By: Jimbo
You will be hard pressed to find a big man kayak in the price range of the Pescador, but buying used may be your only option.
I'd look for a Ocean Kayak Big Game, Any of the Malibu kayaks, and Wilderness Systems, Jacksons etc. But they can be a bit more pricey.

I agree with what everyone has said. Buying a used kayak like those mentioned by Jimbo would be a good route. Perception does make the Striker 11.5 that does have a 500lbs weight capacity. There aren't a ton of reviews out there on it, but a few can be found here: CLICK.


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Re: Pescador 12 for the husky gentlemen [Re: upchurch_k] #10646416 02/25/15 01:51 PM
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Im 250. Youll b wearing that pescador. It will float u but Youll get zero performance out of it. If u do, no lake fishing in that yak 4 u. Minimum 500 capacity for some performance at your size. Look at a striker like niemie says. Could look for a gently used older ride. I believe the 2012-2013 rides have larger cockpits for a huskey gentlemen. id also look 4 a new or gently used hobie PA,
Big game, big game II, x-factor or Cobra fish n dive. The big rig and Tuna r barges and r going to paddle like em too. Used may be the way to go but mariner sails will take payments. U get a discount for being a member and youll be able to demo before u buy. someone told me they r carrying ocean kayaks again. I recommend u at least stop by n visit with them. They have it all and can show u what we r talking about.


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A ride 115 or 135 would handle you well, and you can usually find them used for a good price.

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"I'm 6'3' 260 and comfort and stability are my number 1 priorities."

I am 5'10' and 285. When I said this same thing to a certain "salesman", he glared at me and said, and I quote, "man, your just weird!" and walked away. No, I didn't buy from him. I took the advice of a LOT of different guys and demo'd demo'd demo'd at every chance. Long story short is this. Two 'yaks met MY criteria and bank account. NUCANOE and Freedom Hawk. My son bought the Nucanoe, and loves it. I have the Freedom Hawk and love it....because they fit OUR needs. The Nucanoe is available from a bunch of dealers, not so for the FHawk. We fished last week in Tampa out of his Nucanoe....very stable boat, and comfortable!


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Originally Posted By: Fish ZoMbiE
Used may be the way to go but mariner sails will take payments. U get a discount for being a member and youll be able to demo before u buy. someone told me they r carrying ocean kayaks again. I recommend u at least stop by n visit with them. They have it all and can show u what we r talking about.


Ditto, I bought my Ride 115 from Mariner Sails. Tried out a bunch of boats at one of their demo days. Tried out the Air Pro Max seat at a different demo day. Been to a few of their get togethers. They will treat you right.


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I second the opinions of the wilderness rides. I have been paddling the 115 for a few years and have enjoyed it, especially with the new seat. I'm a big guy myself, and I honestly don't ever feel like I'm pushing it's limits with myself and lots of gear in it. In my opinion It's one of the best kayaks in that price point. If you can get one for what you wanna spend, That's what I'd do.


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Originally Posted By: Jerrybign
Long story short is this... NUCANOE


forgot about the nucanoe jerry cheers
ALSO at MARINER during my last visit.


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