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I started with the Old Town Predator pedal, and after one year, decided to switch to the Minn Kota motor driven version as I still wasn't truly "hands free" with the pedal drive. I must say, the Minn Kota makes all the difference! I fish primarily for bass in smaller, electric only lakes, and use a lot of crank baits, topwaters, and soft plastics for bass in and around heavy cover. I also do a lot of "run and gun" fishing where I keep the trolling motor on low-to-medium and just cast cast cast. The Minn Kota Predator is made for this type of fishing. And when I want to take a break and eat a snack or just relax, I pop a couple rods in rod holders and troll for stripers or even big, suspended bass. My only complaint, and it isn't really a complaint as much as an observation, is that this is not a typical "kayak" in the sense of the word. You are not going to easily lug this thing around as it is HEAVY! When fully loaded with gear, tackle, and full size marine battery, this thing probably weighs close to 175 lbs. And believe me, I have tried every which way to transport it and finally had to break down and buy a trailer for it, which I did not want to do and was one reason I wanted to switch to strictly kayak fishing. But the boat is so heavy, even with wheels attached (I have the boon-dox permanent wheels attached), you will still struggle a lot getting this thing up a ramp and to your truck without backing up the trailer. It's more of a small boat than a large kayak. But I love it!!
I am really impressed with the old town predator xl minn kota. This is a game changer for me. It may be the worlds best fishing kayak. I use it as the worlds best video/photo kayak platform.
I was up and down the mouth of the Venice inlet, twice against the tide current and then I would hover at the mouth of the inlet waiting on the dolphins. That is one of the things that is pretty sweet about this kayak system. I can gauge the speed of the tide and by using my foot pedal rudder system and speed adjustment to keep me almost perfectly stable, just as if I wasn't moving at all sometimes. Thanks for the adventure. Rick
My friend allowed me to use his Predator MK while he was vacationing. The foot controlled rudder and Minn Kota motor allowed me to fish with my hands free of encumberances. I was able to catch my limit. I found it a very stable and comfortable fishing platform. As with all kayaks, the seats could be more comfortable even though the ones for this kayak are more comfortable than most.