I've fished out of this kayak a few times. I won't again. Most unstable kayak I've ever paddled. Maybe it's defective, but it won't sit level in the water. Way too hard to keep it stable. It also leaks worse than any kayak I've ever used. I wouldn't recommend this kayak to anyone. No dry storage, everything leaks. Theres really not much to like about it. I'm just glad I borrowed it, and never bought one. The Malibu I own is far superior.
Im a 260 lb man and this yak holds me and my gear just fine. Its tracks well and paddles pretty fast for me. I have no problems with the stability of this yak. I fish lakes mainly and have 4' feet wakes hit me with no problems at all it does good in the windy foothill lakes of California. No complaints here for the price it fishes well for me. Ive got fish finder and scotty rod holders for trolling on it also. I extended the built in rod hoders with longer pvc for trolling.
I live in a tropical island, so like a year and a half ago i started using kayaks. initially i had cheap kayaks, 8-10 feet , just recreational use. but then i started to fish on kayaks so i was really in need to make an upgrade. Not willing to pay more than $1000 in a fishing kayak, immediately i put my eyes into the pompano 120.
When i finally got it, i was really excited. It looks really cool, great color, great model. When i first used it, i was satisfied, for me it have a lot of space for fishing gear, it was fast...just what i was looking for. But i gave it a 6 punctuation for one of the most important things for me when in a kayak..NO GOOD STABILITY. little waves really move the heel oput of you into the kayak...and you will not be able to move like you will want to once you are in your spot fishing cuz you will probably get flip out. It is a nice a kayak, good space, good tracking, great speed...but not stable...and for me stability is gold when in a kayak.
The Pompano comes with a anchor trolley and two flush mount rod holders which are used frequently when fishing. I also like the bow rigging lines which can be used to park your paddle by slipping underneath.
The slightly up-swept bow and medium width make this is a great versatile kayak for both fishing, touring, and paddling through chop/surf.
I would recommend this type of kayak to anyone. The rod holders were great for fishing and the rental guy said I could pick one up for less than $500 at West Marine.
This boat really calls for a Wilderness seat, which is not readily available except on the Pescador or the Tarpon. Only one place sells the seat back assembly, which is the key part. You can put anything in the seat -- garden kneeling pad, Skwoosh seat pad, piece of sleeping bed pad from Wally World, etc. In retrospect, now that I wasted money on a COD seat I won't use and had to replace with the correct seat, which WM doesn't sell, I should have just gotten the Pescador to start with and put in my own rod holders. The anchor trolley thing ... meh.
Quality and thickness of plastic seem great. I'm diggin' it. But, that said, I looked at the Ascend models at Bass Pro Shop today, and they look like they're worth considering, as they come with a pretty nice seat and the reviews are pretty good.