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Trident 11 Angler

by Ocean Kayak

The smallest in our Trident line, this kayak really packs a punch. At 11' this kayak blends stability with considerable weight capacity which most kayaks at this length can't claim. The Trident 11 is perfect for anglers who are looking for maneuverability over covering long distances in their quest for finding a honey hole. The Trident 11 features a bow hatch, large tank well and roomy cockpit. The adjustable foot braces fit most leg lengths and allow you to ride with ease - a great choice for inland waters, slow moving rivers and moderate ocean swells.

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I have owned three fishing kayaks. A Hobie Quest, a Malibu…

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I have owned three fishing kayaks. A Hobie Quest, a Malibu Pro Explorer and now the Trident 11. The T11 is a nimble fast boat. The tracking is not great. I just bought a rudder that will hopefully resolve that issue. It's a relatively quiet ride but can get wet. Storage is better than average but not as good as the other two yaks I've used. I like the rod pod plus system. it's nice to have a lot of options for placement of accessories without drilling holes.

Over all I recommend it apart from the poor tracking but again I think a rudder might solve that.

This OK is my first yak. Therefore, I have nothing to compare…

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This OK is my first yak. Therefore, I have nothing to compare it to. But,I took it out on the slough yesterday and was very impressed with the speed even against a good wind coming back in. I know that I'm going to have to do something about the seat which was uncomfortable and kept my butt wet all day. I stayed out fishing for 5-6 hours and did not realize how out of shape I was. I love to fish and I enjoyed the exercise. Cannot wait to get a better quality seat that will make it more enjoyable and get back out on the water.

I have owned and paddled more yaks than I care to admit…

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I have owned and paddled more yaks than I care to admit. All are used only for fishing the protected bays of Southwest Louisiana. I started out on a Prowler 13 many years ago. I am now 68 years old, fit, and an enthusiastic yak fisherman. I just got a bit tired of loading the old P13 by myself in the bed of my Tacoma. So, I bought a new Trident 11 as the weight was about the same, but the Trident is two and a half feet shorter than the old P13. That almost always means an easier lift and load. I was mistaken.

The Trident has an absolutely wonderful rod pod and the new OK scupper valves are worth their weight in gold. Unfortunately, my experience with the Trident begins with this. Because of the somewhat blunt bow lifting and carrying it to the truck is like holding a very heavy suitcase out at arms length. Lifting the stern is no better.

Once in the water the boat does not track very well. Yes, I am a very experienced paddler and I know that 99 percent of poor tracking is the way it is paddled. The Trident does not track very well period. I would compare its speed to paddling a pig uphill. My Tarpon 100 is much faster. No matter how hard you paddle you cannot approach theoretical hull speed. You paddle mildly or with vigor and you go the same speed. This was very disappointing.

On the good side I can say the Trident is very stable and handles chop very well indeed. The OK factory seat that comes on the Trident 11 should be tossed in the trash upon purchase and a decent and thicker seat installed. Otherwise your butt is almost always sitting in water even with scupper plugs.

As always the OK yaks are of excellent construction and quality. I cannot fault OK on that point. I just found the Trident 11 a very big disappoint in the loading, handling, and paddling categories. If you are not looking for great speed nor are you looking for lazer like tracking, the Trident 11 is an excellent fishing yak. It was just not my cup of tea so to speak. I went back to my old Prowler 13 and rediscovered what a fine fishing yak it truly is even if it does not have a lawn chair for a seat or a rod pod.

Last, if you purchase or have any OK yak look into acquiring the Scupper Valves they recently came out with. They are just dandy. I must add that my youthful yak fishing buddy thinks the Trident 11 is superb in every way which is understandable as I gave it to him to replace his Pelican yak. Experienced yak fishermen and fisherwomen will understand.

This is my go to kayak. I fish 75% of the…

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This is my go to kayak. I fish 75% of the time and paddle 25% of the time and feel like this kayak is built for just that ratio. It tracks well although slightly not as well as a Tarpon 120. However, what it lacks in tracking to the Tarpon it makes up for in storage space, fishing options, loading and unloading and storage.

It is light for its size at about 11 1/2 feet long and has massive storage for rods and soft sided coolers inside of the kayak. Loading this kayak on and off of my car was much easier than other brands of near the same length due to it being lighter. Another surprise advantage I discovered was how easy it is for me to stand and fish in; something I wasn't easily able to do in the Tarpon 120.

One disadvantage is that when it's loaded down with equipment my butt will get wet if I don't have scupper plugs. However, scupper plugs are a very easy and cheap fix. The seat seems to be more rudimentary than other brands but is surprisingly comfortable anyway. Another feature that I like about this kayak is the adjustable, comfortable foot pegs. They have a bigger more ergonomic design which is really nice.

For my height and size of 5'7" and 140 pounds and my fishing to paddling ratio I would highly recommend this kayak or the Tarpon 120.

This is an excellent angling kayak. I should give it a 10…

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This is an excellent angling kayak. I should give it a 10, but I give it a 9 because it is a little on the slow side. It is extremely stable and you can stand up on it without a problem. The speed issue isn't terrible, but explained b/c it is 30.5 in wide and the widest of the Trident series of kayaks.

It holds plenty of gear. It tracks very straight without a rudder. It has a built in transducer scupper, battery bag, large dry front hatch, you can store 3-5 7ft rod and reels in the hull. It has the mod pod which has measuring boards, small storage trays, removable multi-position rod holders and it lifts off to give access to the hull. It has built in rod holders on the hull. It features multiple bungee cords to store gear in the rear in 2 separate wells. It also has a large adjustable seat with backrest. Makes all day fishing a breeze.