Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

since the be­gin­ning of the kayak fish­ing revolution, in­ven­tive an­glers in pur­suit of re­mote fish­ing have slapped trolling mo­tors on their pad­dle boats. Most of these red­neck­engi­neered sys­tems in­volved scrap wood, car­riage bolts, and lots of sil­i­cone sealant. For a more pro­fes­sional ap­proach,

Old Town part­nered with sis­ter com­pany Minn Kota to match its big-boy Preda­tor kayak with a mod­i­fied elec­tric trolling motor. The Preda­tor MK is per­fect for mo­tor­ing to dis­tant fish­ing grounds, then pol­ing or pad­dling into tight places. It’s also great for folks with lim­ited mo­bil­ity or new­bies—any­one can be a kayak angler in the MK. The motor pod is easy to prop up on its kick­stand when en­ter­ing shal­low wa­ter or load­ing and launch­ing. Old Town didn’t mess around with the power source—the Minn Kota is en­er­gized by a full-size, 12-volt, group 27 ma­rine bat­tery (in­set). Car­ry­ing the bat­tery to and from the kayak was a chore, but the Preda­tor is big enough to ac­com­mo­date the weight without af­fect­ing per­for­mance. Did some­one say per­for­mance? It proved to be the most pow­er­ful boat in the test. At heart, the MK is still a Preda­tor, so it pad­dles as well as it mo­tors. The Preda­tor MK erases the line be­tween kayak and skiff, of­fer­ing the power of a small boat and the ma­neu­ver­abil­ity of a fish­ing kayak.

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