THE POWER ’YAKREVIEW

SIX OF THE HOTTEST PEDAL AND MOTOR KAYAKS GO FISH­ING

Outdoor Life - - GEAR - BY RIC BURNLEY

Kayaks aren’t just for tree­hug­ging hip­pies any­more. Turns out these rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive yet ca­pa­ble craft are per­fect for chas­ing every­thing from bluegills to blue mar­lin. In the past 10 years, fish­ing kayaks have grown safer, eas­ier to op­er­ate, and more com­fort­able. Now, the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of pad­dle­craft doesn’t even need a pad­dle. Pedal and motor-driven kayaks are tak­ing over the sport. The boats are so ef­fi­cient and fish­able, they’re the go-to choice of many an­glers for both fresh and salt wa­ter.

For this, the ul­ti­mate power kayak re­view, our test team splashed six of the hottest al­ter­na­tive­pow­ered kayaks. Over a two-month test pe­riod, we plowed through ocean waves and bounced around tree stumps; cast plugs and trolled lures; loaded the boats in trucks and carted them across park­ing lots to launch sites. In short, we tested these boats the way you would use them—by fish­ing from them.

The Old Town Preda­tor PDL is a nim­ble yet sta­ble wa­ter­craft.

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