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 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 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 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 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.
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. 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.
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!
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.