Well, this review is honest. I am a lover of kayaking. On the lake and on rivers. I've even kayaked in the ocean. I have tandem kayaks that I have started out with. Which I love. My butt suffers though. I tried finding me another seat for them with not much luck. I tried a sit on top kayak with this seat on the Perception kayak and loved it. I didn't want to get out of it. So, the search was on for me to get a kayak with this seat. I have since taken it to the lake and went out in high waves and it did quite well, so did I. Also went out the next day for a very long time, around 2 hours and never got tired. My butt did not suffer or my back. I am pleased with this kayak.
The Pescador 10 is a great recreational sit on top. Comfortable seat, very stable and tracks well. It's not going to win any races but it does what it's intended for quite well. A relatively lightweight, durable, affordable, well made and fun kayak.
I did not buy this for fishing, but wanted a stable sit on top that would be safe for my young kids to hop on board. The Pescador is a great boat and is fun for the whole family! It's also great that it has a large capacity storage on the back for when the longer trips I don't take the kids and want to bring a cooler. You will be the one hauling the food I don't keep up with my sister's touring model, but it does well enough to still keep it fun. It tracks well for a short boat and is very stable, without feeling like you're paddling a "barge". Scupper plugs are a must, and significantly improve performance. I have only used it on lakes thus far, so I cannot comment on rough conditions. The only cons are (a) it is pretty heavy for a shorter boat, and (b) the seat needs extra padding. I found that simply placing a cheap gardening knee pad on top of the seat fixes this problem though.
I started kayak fishing this spring (2016) with the purchase of a Lifetime Sport Fisher. It got me hooked. But it was killing my butt. I tried aftermarket seats to no avail. I also wanted a faster and lighter yak and started researching fishing kayaks. I selected a Perception Pescador Pro 10.0; the seat was a major reason. The seat is quite comfortable. It is also has two levels. I have tried them both and both are comfortable.
I selected the 10 footer over the 12 footer because my truck has a short bed. I drop the tailgate and toss it in and lookout fish here we come. If you do this make sure you tie the end down that is by the cab. My first time out I just threw a strap over the front of the boat by the tailgate. The first corner the kayak flipped out. Glad I was going slow and it was not damaged.
I like the molded battery box; I have mounted a fish finder on the lid. It is very convent with the battery box and the scupper hole that leads to the transducer well are close together. The transducer well is nice feature and prevents it from dragged on the bottom. The keel has a hard plastic skid plate cover which I believe is replaceable as it wears when being pulled by the front. I like the adjustable foot pegs. It handles quit well and does okay in rough water. It is fast and I have to watch my speed when trolling or I am over 3 MPH. There are two gear tracks that are convenient to use. In a review the guy was worried that the tracks are plastic, but seem to work fine. I have hooked some good size fish trolling with the rods in the track with no problems.
The downside is scupper holes are an odd size. Half the fun of the Sport Fisher was building all kinds of “toys” from PVC. I have not built anything for the Prescador. The two rod holders are a joke. They are not deep enough to safely hold a pole or a net. I also wish the rear cargo hold was squared off. The “gotta have require milk crate’ does not fit forward, making for an awkward and long reach. The hatch is a joke. Not much you can store with the 6 inch hatch that leads to a small area. There is no bulkhead and good luck finding whatever you put in there. I have pondered about getting a dry bag for it. The pad eyes are recessed into the boat, which prevents breaking, but make it hard to get a snap link into.
The conclusion is: I love this thing; I have spent many an hour in it. My poor bass boat feels abandoned since I started kayaking. It is easy to handle on land and on the water. It is stable and tracks well. The two cargo holes are large enough to carry everything you need for a day on the water. I am glad I have it and YES I would buy it again.
I probably would have preferred the 12' length only because of the adjustable foot supports. However, I am not sure if I could handle the extra weight as I primarily go out alone. I am 5'9" 160lbs and feel secure in this kayak but I think it would be too small for a taller and/or heavier paddler. If my husband gets into this with me, I would purchase the 12' one for him.
If you are on the fence about this kayak, just jump in and buy it. You won't regret it. This is a very nice kayak.