Trident 13 Angler

13' 6"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Trident 13 Angler Description

The Trident 13 has hit the perfect balance of speed, maneuverability, performance and stability. The Trident 13 was designed by professional kayak anglers looking to maximize features in a 13' hull. The Comfort Hybrid seat back combined with the adjustable foot pegs allows almost any paddler to hit their comfort zone in stride. The Trident 13 performs well in almost any water application but you'll notice the superb performance in breaking surf and rough seas.

Trident 13 Angler Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Attributes

  • Comfort Hybrid seat back
  • Oversized tank well with bungee
  • Bow Click Seal Hatch
  • batter storage bag in bow hatch
  • Sonar Shield™
  • Modular Fishing Pod™
  • Transducer compatible scupper
  • Support Track Foot Brace System
  • Paddle keepers
  • Side-Mounted Carrying Handles
  • Reflective deck rigging
  • Two flush mounted rod holders
  • Skid Plate

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Trident 13 Angler Reviews

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The Trident 13 is by far the…

Submitted by: paddler2648780 on 12/27/2023

The Trident 13 is by far the best fishing kayak ever designed, ideal in the ocean and great in lakes and rivers. There's no logical explanation for why Johnson Outdoors discontinued it just to concentrate on Old Town kayaks. Just try to find a used Trident 13 one for sale!

They have great primary stability and even better secondary stability. Once each year, I practice self-rescue from an upside down kayak and mine aren't not easy to tip over to do the drill. They don't weathervane significantly when paddling downwind and they're easy to keep on track quartering-into or across the wind.

It's a pity they don't still make these. Those of us who own them hold them close because we'll never see the likes of the Trident line again.


I have three Tridents, a…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/10/2020
I have three Tridents, a Trident 11, a 2014 Trident 13, and now a 2019 Trident 13. Before these, I had a Tarpon 120 and a Hobie Revolution 13 - and I've never looked back. This is a fishing kayak, those were wannabees. I go out in conditions in which most people would he happy staying on the beach. Stability? Nothing comes close. Standing up? Why on earth does anyone need to stand up in a kayak? I fly fish, I don't need to stand up because a kayak can glide, silently, over a fish - but if I did need to stand to fish, I'd buy a boat, not a kayak. You want to stand up? Get a Pro Angler. Heading out and coming back through the surf we see in the Pacific Northwest is far less worrisome than it was in the Tarpon or Revolution. Paddling through or sitting still in 7 foot swells, it does fine. Primary and secondary stability are above average for a kayak that's 29 inches wide. The seat could use work and my butt gets numb after a few hours, but nothing that shifting around doesn't alleviate. And yes, one's rump gets wet. Kayaking is a wet sport. Are they fast? Fast enough to troll for King Salmon, not fast enough to troll for tuna. Fast enough to run from sea lions who are curious about my catch. But when did speed get to be important on a human powered craft? It's nonsense to say they aren't fast kayaks. Our typical trip is eight plus miles, each way, and they are fast enough to be able to keep a 2kt pace for the entire distance without trying my endurance. Endurance is what "speed" equates to - we aren't drag racing. I wouldn't trade my Tridents for any other boat currently offered. They're great kayaks.

Just purchased the Ocean…

Submitted by: paddler491892 on 2/27/2019

Just purchased the Ocean Trident 13 latest model, previously having owned a galaxy sturgeon, and to be perfectly honest I regret getting rid of the sturgeon now!.....the trident 13 is well built and has great storage space but it's not stable when anchored up and the swell picks up!...I nearly tipped on my last trip out, and it isn't that fast either, as others have mentioned it doesn't track well at all. I definitely regret not testing this yak before buying, I automatically assumed it would be top draw, but it's not, and at £1,700 it's not a scratch on my old sturgeon handling wise, but I suppose it has a very nice centre hatch.


Paddled this kayak again but…

Submitted by: TML on 11/19/2018

Paddled this kayak again but this time in open water in a bit of chop and it excelled in the rough stuff. It paddled very fast, super stable and tracked much better in the open vs a twisty river. Fantastic fishing kayak!!!


I did a nice long paddle…

Submitted by: TML on 11/12/2018

I did a nice long paddle trip on a smooth winding river with a slight current. The Trident 13 was a little disappointing. I found the seat to be a little wet- you cannot access the scupper holes to plug them without unbolting the seat. The seat seemed comfortable at first but I found myself getting squirmy after only a few minutes wanting the backrest to adjust lower ( it was in the lowest position) and the seat a bit higher ( I ordered a stadium seat pad to hopefully help both) I found the speed to be just average. The kayak wanted to wander and spin frequently requiring constant course correction much more than the average kayak- this made maintaining speed and glide difficult. The very pronounced banana shaped rocker on this kayak makes maneuvering ok but makes it suffer in tracking ability. I'm sure this kayak would be much better suited in rough water in ocean conditions over a river. I like all the hatches and features even though I don't fish. The build quality seems very good. The weight of this kayak is also surprising- it's a heavy beast. A kayak cart is a must . At 6', 200lbs I was able to stand pretty easily to paddle and it felt very stable overall. I really dislike rudders but I feel like it's the only option to improve this kayaks performance shortcomings.

Ratings overall on a scale of 1-10 Looks: 9 Quality: 9 Weight: 3 Speed: 6 Stability: 8 Tracking: 5 Comfort: 5 Fishablity: 9 Features: 9


Well I would say this for…

Submitted by: paddler463884 on 9/10/2018

Well I would say this for the Tarpon 120 is it definitely is fairly stable once you get use to the feel. It is in no way a roller like some yak's I have been in. It tracks okay but seems to want to list to the right slightly and that could be me causing it a bit. Both hatches were dry at the end of a few hour lake jaunt with no issues. I do wish the side portions where one sits was a smooth plastic surface rather than having the gradient feel. Reason being, I would love to mount my GoPro suction mount there for easy access in changing out batteries and just in general access. However, slight behind where one sits is a area conducive but it requires one to reach back and if range of motion is an issue then you are out of luck. This system has plenty of cargo storage area and I use dry bags to carry gear I do not want wet. The hatches seem to all function well and remained dry as I stated earlier. The weight of the system is not terribly bad but more than likely would take two to walk to the cast off point for many. The seat is very comfortable and to be quite honest, I could have gone most of the day in the saddle and been fine. I would however look to the bright color configuration just from the standpoint of being very visible on the waters to high speed boats that may not see you until the last possible second if you have a dark colored version. I like being visible but mine is blue/green and can blend into background vegetation at times and makes being seen my boats with motors traveling fast a potential issue. All in all a great system even if it is not your first but looking to upgrade.


A good angling kayak. The…

Submitted by: ewgrainger on 7/31/2018

A good angling kayak. The problem with it is that you get a wet seat. I've tried plugging the scupper holes near the seat, but water always seeping in and you wind up with a wet bottom!


Reviewing the 2017 T-13…

Submitted by: paddler414098 on 1/31/2018

Reviewing the 2017 T-13 model.

Pros: -Great great hull design. I am using it out in the salt with the occasional lake trips here and there. Out in the big blue I've been hit with a lot of waves from the side and such that have made me nervous but the float stability has kept me upright every time. Cuts through the water fast for it's size as well. Plus let's be real this is one of the best looking kayaks out there. . -Storage. Tons of storage. Front hatch for packing gear. Huge back well for all your needs. The center console pod is pretty awesome - storage right at your fingertips with built in cupholder and whatnot. Middle hatch inserts come out giving you access to inside of the hull, full length. The small mini-hatch on top of the center console is great - use it all the time for my pliers and stuff I need to have at reach. All the hatches have great waterproof sealing and locking mechanisms.

-Built-in gear tracks. Godsend. My plan was to get a kayak I wouldn't have to drill any holes into and so far so good. Can't think of a place where I would add additional tracking.

Cons: -Paddle keeper. At first I thought it was a really cool design - just slip your paddle in the front - easy peasy. Except they didn't think about the fact that this is a fishing kayak, and I'm going to have stuff all over the place. I want to access the center storage. I have fishfinders and accessories attached to the side rails. I don't want my paddle laying over stuff. This renders the front paddle keeper mostly useless and I find myself wishing this kayak had the side paddle keepers every single trip I am out. I shouldn't have to add this as an aftermarket part for the price of this kayak.

-Seat. Oh my god this seat. I understand that this model had upgraded the seat from the previous versions so I can only imagine how horrible the seats must have been before this one. What a terrible seat. Where do I start.... The straps they use to hold the tension of you leaning back against it slips off almost every trip I am out. I am 150lbs on a good day - this should never happen and can be extremely dangerous in the wrong conditions. They used some weird stiff plasticky material for this strapping and I can't fathom why they did this but it's just trash. It doesn't grip, it has memory in the shape it was bent at, it just sucks.
There is a mechanism under the seat where you grab a handle to raise/lower the seat (only the very front part mind you) and when actually sitting on it out in the water this feature also almost never works. The back height adjustment is also floppy even when tightened down.
The only saving grace (depending on what you're doing) for this seat is that it is a very low-sitting seat which is better for stability but not so much if you're looking for an elevated position like many other kayaks out there.

If the seat didn't suck so much I would love this thing but after using this for a few months I am really hoping that this is a replaceable part. YMMV of course, but man I hate this seat! Otherwise great kayak - especially for saltwater/bigwater fishing.


Where's the stability?

Submitted by: Yerby-Ray on 6/22/2017

I will cut to the chase....there is no way you could stand up on this kayak to fish as it is very unstable. I have taken in out twice now and I doubt it will get any better.

First trip was on a flat water lake ( Lake Hickory) just for me to get used to it. I noticed immediately that it was unstable. It does track well and is easy to paddle. Plus I got wet as my weight really allowed the scuppers to fill up the boat with water.

Second trip was on Lake Norman, a lot of recreational boat activity, and experience a mild chop. We paddle a mile or so and went up Balls Creek. The boat was nimble enough to go up a small creek and I liked how well it handled. It is a beast to paddle as it is heavy and I am heavy. I also noticed you don't glide or coast as long as my other kayaks do once I stop paddling.

Both trips had me soaked. I sat in water the entire time. I am assuming that is due to my weight. I weigh 300# and 6'2" but the boat stayed flooded. It is rated at 450+ pounds capacity, but that doesn't mean it will stay dry.

The seat is comfortable but I don't think the suspension straps are very strong. The compartments and other gadgets are nice. The "quick" paddle holder on the bow is virtually useless. I am going to take mine off. The solid handles, bow and stern, seem like a great idea but really are a pain when it comes to tying the yak off on the trailer. The cup holder doesn't fit a Nalagene bottle and that is just communist in design. I mean really? who doesn't use Nalgene bottles.

It is so unstable that I don't think I can access my fishing crate without going tits up.

I bought it mainly for recreation, kayak camping, and some fishing. Mainly freshwater and I doubt I could handle this boat in surf conditions due to the stability. You are just top heavy feeling.

If you do you use this boat my advice is that you better be Rain-Man like about tying off your gear and kit as you will flip over due to lack of stability.

(I have been kayaking and canoeing for twenty years)


This is a charitable score.…

Submitted by: fuzzysoul on 8/11/2016

This is a charitable score. I didn't buy the secondhand HMS Tangerino to go fishing. I bought it for the ample deck and storage space for carrying the kid/dog/picnic/beach toys/10 gallons of sunblock. I'm grading on a curve here.

My gods, she is a dog. If you have a reasonable expectation of maintaining 3 knots, banish it from your mind. This hunk of bumper plastic does not care what you wish. It only obeys the wind and its whims. You might get a bigger vote in the proceedings if you add a rudder. She tends to behave better with a 300-pound-plus load, and she does not wince at chop or waves.

Oh, she'll carry a LOT of weight. This beast is great family beach trips, so long as they aren't more than a mile each way. She also weighs a lot, and she WILL oilcan if you, say, put her in a 12-foot truck bed and leave her in the sun while you go to the bar.

I have the older model, billed confusingly as the "Trident 13 Prowler." It has the Scotty mounts built into the deck, and they conflict with securing the center hatch. OK fixed that in later versions, putting the mount holes right into the hatch cover. So you might have an easier time with your camera/rod mount than I do.

She's a barge, but that's kind of the point. Take her out in the salt. Load her up for week-long camping trips. Mock your friends as they succumb to her unstoppable momentum in Full Contact Bumper Boats. Just don't try to go anywhere fast.


I have had my Ocean Kayak…

Submitted by: ronaldaoates on 9/5/2015
I have had my Ocean Kayak Trident 13 since June 2014 and have to say that it is an excellent kayak for fishing. It is easy to maneuver, will handle all of my gear and equipment (fish finder/battery, fishing crate, rod holders, etc.) easily. The scupper hole that allows for mounting a fish finder transducer is a great feature. My kayak includes the optional rudder system and I would recommend it. It helps tremendously in the wind. The Trident 13 is very stable and quick and I can get where I need to be in a hurry. I understand that Ocean Kayak took it off the market for 2015 but has brought it back for 2016. It's a great kayak for all different types of water (lakes, rivers, ocean) so I recommend it highly.

While living on a sailboat…

Submitted by: dzazsc on 8/6/2015
While living on a sailboat off Key Largo Florida, I borrowed a Trident Angler. First I have troubles with my legs, and found it easy to enter and exit the Kayak. Cruising around the backwaters I found the stability and comfort to be outstanding. The stability made it easy to handle large fish. The accessories made life easy. I love this kayak and am looking for one to use in the Lakes of SC

I love my ocean kayak. Its…

Submitted by: paddler236338 on 7/7/2015
I love my ocean kayak. Its very stable. I'm a big guy close to 350 lbs and holds me very well. I was worried at first with my weight. I have only had it for a about a week and used it twice. But have not fished from it yet. But that is the main reason why I go it. But I'm sure ill be pleased with the performance. I got it from a local dealer here in Maine. And it was a great price.

The Trident 13 is my first…

Submitted by: paddler236109 on 1/19/2015
The Trident 13 is my first kayak and I must say that I am extremely pleased. I've had it for over a year now and have used it on about ten day fishing trips. Being 6'3" and 250lbs it has served me well. The kayak is very stable and is loaded with many features. I love the large amount of storage space the most. I am also very pleased with the camo color configuration.

This model kayak is made of…

Submitted by: paddler235723 on 12/3/2014
This model kayak is made of very soft plastic. The hull deforms or oil cans very quickly. The kayak leaks through all the openings. I have owned 4 Trident 13 foot models. They all had the same problems.

I had always been an open…

Submitted by: slangford on 9/5/2014
I had always been an open canoe paddler up until a few years ago when I bought a Ocean Kayak Trident 13 Angler SOT kayak for fishing. It opened a whole new world to me. I had always been reluctant to use a kayak due to my size (250 lb 6 ft 2 in) but that's not a problem in a SOT. The Trident 13 provided a stable platform for fly fishing plus gave me all the storage I will ever need.

Not only does it track well it is faster than my canoe. The seat not only has a comfortable bottom but the seat back is wonderful. I had back surgery last fall and was worried that the Trident would have to be set aside but, when I used it this spring, I was pleasantly surprised to find out just how comfortable it was even with a sore back.

While it is only a few pounds lighter than my canoe, its shorter length made it easier for me to handle and put on top of my Jeep or on my canoe trailer. When I wear my waders it becomes at least a three season boat if not one I can use year round including during our southern Missouri winters. Would I buy another? You bet!


Plenty of room for storage,…

Submitted by: paddler235868 on 8/21/2014
Plenty of room for storage, and handles well. So far I've taken this boat out on smooth water and it glides right along, making good distance. I was able to easily pack three days worth of camping supplies for myself only using the storage inside the boat and no deck space used. The only improvement that is needed is a new seat, beyond that it's a great boat.

I have owned 3 of these…

Submitted by: paddler235723 on 7/7/2014
I have owned 3 of these kayaks between 2010 and 2013. They all seem to cave in on the hull within the year. I have owned 8 other Ocean Kayaks in the past 15 years and none of them have this problem. The plastic for the Trident is too soft and deforms too easily. I will never buy another Trident again. The Prowler is a much better kayak. The Trident is heavy and slow and has a deformed oil canning hull. Stay away from it.

I now have over two full…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/27/2013
I now have over two full seasons in this kayak and have to say I am very pleased with it. Very stable, paddles easily, tracks well, has lots of storage and great weight capacity. The Mod Pod is a really great feature. I could easily do multi-day trips out of this.

I bought the Trident 13 for…

Submitted by: seligmandq on 7/25/2013
I bought the Trident 13 for its stability and storage capacity. There is no question in my mind that this SOT design is the way to go for kayak fishing. The stability is excellent; I've fished this kayak on big rivers like the Bighorn and run it through fast water and standing waves with great confidence. It is also fine for fishing "side saddle" and is virtually flip proof on salt water in strong seas. Its hull design makes for excellent tracking on still water.

While it does have excellent storage capacity, the center trunk is rather long and wide and leaves only tight leg room on either side. The pre-tapped holes and gear sets on the trunk lid are not user friendly, for example for receiving Scotti rod holders, etc., or for screwing in other accessories. Fully rigged, the boat weighs in well over 60#, which makes loading and unloading from the vehicle a challenge.

On the whole a fine boat, with a few design improvements it would be a great boat.

Trident 13 Angler

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