Old Town makes an outstanding product. The Predator Mx is the most stable fishing platform on the market. Designed with anglers in mind there are many ways to customize this kayak. One of the best features of this kayak is the self draining scupper plugs and open floor-plan. The boat is always dry and cleans up in seconds. I love my Predator MX, I fish I lot of rivers in the Midwest and it performs beautifully in all conditions.
The most stable fishing kayak on the market. Love the open floor layout with lots of mounting plates for accessories. If you love to stand and fish this kayak is for you. My only cons is that the kayak is heavy but I am a big guy so I needed a bigger kayak. All in all I love my Predator and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a SOT fishing kayak.
I do not own the Predator, but bought the Ultimate 12 the 1st year it was out at $750 new. I am still convinced it is the easiest to get into and out of since it NEVER offers to tip or rock. In Richmond, VA the James river is full of trees and rocks and is rather shallow a lot of places. It is a bad place to tip over in a kayak because debris can be inches under the surface and unseen.
I picked my boat at the annual boat show over any other offering years ago (maybe 10) and never saw a boat its equal. The Predator may be a good solution for some, depending on cost and weight and handling. I easily outfit an Ultimate 12 with a 3hp trolling motor, small 12v battery and digital speed control and single pushrod type steering ... The hardware was maybe 10-15 dollars. To have a boat that will run all day at good speed to fish with and much faster than paddling is well worth it. The Predator might allow that as well and the seat looks remarkably like that of the Ultimate series from Native. Look closely at both makers and judge by price, features, water you will be on and take the STABLE and COMFORTABLE choice. Turning over in cold water or striking debris in a tip-over can cost an eye, a laceration, or chipped elbow or damaged hand. One medical bill alone will dwarf the cost of either boat... and that assumes you can get help in case of a real injury (much boating is on quiet rivers or small lakes alone).
This is my first kayak and I've been about 5 times and love it! I don't know how well it is supposed to track (nothing to compare it to), but I have zero problems getting to where I want to go. Matter of fact, the more I paddle, the easier it becomes. The MX is a bit heavy and you will not win any races with it, but it is zero tippy! I go with a few friends and they have cheap kayaks that go a little faster, but when their back sides are hurting and they are ready for relief, I'm just settling in on my seat. I have zero regrets on my purchase and love to fish from it! If you are wanting to get a good kayak and worried about it being stable, the MX is the way to go!
- Hands down the most stable boat I have ever paddled. I'm 6'4 and 240lbs and I can stand up and fish in it. I was skeptical at first, but you really can stand in it.
- Super, super comfortable seat
- Open deck
- Floor design channels water away to scuppers quickly
- Easy to customize to your fishing style
- Paddles well, and fairly fast for its stability (calculated 3-4 mph on a lake with moderate paddling)
- It's heavy
- Did I mention its heavy?
I'm willing to put up with the weight considering how amazing it is on the water.