PREDATOR MK MINN KOTA
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.