I have had this kayak for over a year now and I have had it in some rivers with level I, II and III rapids and it handled them well and it also moves through the water good when in slow to no current.
This is a nice kayak for a smaller frame individual. I'm 5'10 and 190 lbs and found it a little unstable when trying to reach my gear in the back. Its speed is good and the tracking wasn't terrible. I liked the fact that it fit in my truck bed easily and would make a great throw and go yak. I just upgraded to a vibe sea ghost 130 and will be keeping the pescador around for an extra yak.
My second trip was down a Big Sandy River. It averages 3.5 ft and 2.8 mph, is about 40 ft wide. I paddled 14.5 miles that day. The Yak was easy to steer, tracked very well and I found it to be very stable when on an actual river. I was able to manuever around stumps, pull through trees and even drift. I took one break and my back was not sore or tired, even though I have had back issues in the past.
Third trip was to Cub Lake that has no motorboats. The kids paddled with me and it was very enjoyable for them. They gained confidence in the Yaks as I did. Fourth trip was to Pin Oak Lake where I took a quick paddle across. My wife said I was moving really good, although I felt that I did pretty good and apparently was doing great on speed. Fifth trip my daughter and I went back to Pin Oak Lake and paddled around for about 4.5 hours. She easily jumped in her Yak and I straddled mine and sit down. I haven't dumped this Yak to date by getting in. There were motorboats on the lake that day and they were making waves.
The Yaks did very good when heading into the waves and amazingly when they were sideways to the waves. The daughter loved bouncing over the waves. We had lunch and beverage that was strapped to the Yaks and went home. I originally wanted a 12 ft Yak, but don't regret getting the 10 ft. I would have dumped a 12 ft over many times when bumping up against a stump or working through a drift on the river.
The Pescador is a fine sit-on-top Kayak that teens and kids are comfortable with and adult can learn to control. Was going to rate at 8, because I did dump the Yak over. Then I remembered about having adult beverage, so that was my fault. 9 it is in my opinion. Stable once you get used to it, fast for a 10 ft, tracks excellent, turns wonderfully, has dry storage for a day trip and a place to strap down enough gear for a day or two, light enough I can tote 50 yards before looking for my truck, and most of all . . . my poor back found it to be amazingly comfortable. Hope this helps someone.
The Pescador 10 has some cheaper hardware than the earlier Tarpon 100, but it is for all practical purposes the same yak for half the price. After rigging it up to my satisfaction for fishing off I went to the bay areas in Southwest Louisiana in search of redfish and specks: The yak performed just as I remembered it from earlier days. It is stable, well constructed and pretty quick for a short yak. It tracks straight, glides well and paddles easily. The seat however is essentially pretty bad. I tried an air pad which helped my butt some but the back rest then felt like a kidney punch. I tried foam stadium seats and they helped some, but I could never really get comfortable and my back still hurt.
When I returned home I unbolted the back rest and tossed it in the trash. I had a Crazy Creek III yak seat in my pile of yak stuff in my garage and I set about installing it in the Pescador 10. If you move the seat adjustment strap to the front bolt in the side handle you can fit the Crazy Creek straps right into the Pescador factory strap buckle and adjust the seat. After that modification the little Pescador 10 is extremely comfortable to sit in for long hours and fish or whatever you want to do at the moment. And equally delightful to me is the fact I can put my full length rods in the front hatch.
The Pescador 10 does not come with a hatch cat bag in the little hatch behind the seat like the earlier Tarpon 100 model did: But a quick call to Austin Kayak and they have a cat bag for the earlier Tarpons which drops right in factory perfect for the Pescador 10.
Last, if you are looking for a light weight, well made, grab and go yak for relatively little money as fishing yaks go today the Perception Sport Pescador 10 with inexpensive modifications/additions as described above is very hard to beat.
I have owned many fishing yaks over the years and this little Pescador 10 is one of my favorites for fishing. It does not have a lawn chair for a seat nor does it have a standing platform, tv room or other luxuries become necessities that seem prevalent on today's popular fishing yaks, but it paddles easily, I can lift it solo and launch it, and I catch a lot of fish from it... all for very little money invested. I would buy another Pescador 10 in a heartbeat and make the same inexpensive modifications as describe above. I highly recommend the little Perception Sport Pescador 10 yak.
Overall: excellent choice; highly recommend!
As far as bang for your buck I think this is an excellent choice for a fishing kayak. The seat is comfortable and it is made of high quality material. It's not as fast as a 12' or longer kayak but that also makes it easier for loading and unloading as well as storage. Some people don't like molded footing areas but I actually prefer them as you can stretch your legs back and forth easily without reaching down to adjust foot pegs.
Please remember, a lot of what is good about a kayak comes from personal preference so please try one out whenever possible before making a decision.
All in all, I do love this kayak. It is a very solid boat.
This kayak has a lot of features found on more expensive yaks and is comfortable and stable for being 10' long, 29" wide. It has the Perception Comfort Seating System, like on my more expensive Search; 2 hatches, and a deep well with bungees. It also has 4 nice carrier handles (not molded ones) and a paddle keeper bungee. At around 50 lbs., I can't lift it up alone to put back on its deck rack, but I can slide it into the water and pull it back out again easily.
I'd highly recommend this kayak, especially if you can buy it for around $450. The reason I didn't give it a 10 instead of a 9 is because the hatches go all the way through the hull and anything placed in them can't be grabbed out quickly. The hatches are not convenient and I most likely will never use them unless I buy some hatch bags.