THE POWER ’YAKREVIEW
SIX OF THE HOTTEST PEDAL AND MOTOR KAYAKS GO FISHING
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.