Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Fishing Kayak Review

Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Fishing Kayak Review

Ocean Fishing Kayak Review of Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Fishing Kayak

No one wants to scare you away from ocean fishing in a yak, but it’s important to have the right equipment and be as prepared as possible before you take that step.

There are a lot of buyers that share their tales of taking a yak made for lakes and river fishing out to the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic or Pacific or their exciting adventure off Hawaii or Australia.  STOP right there!  IGNORE them.

  • In selecting any kayak for fishing in an ocean vs. lakes or rivers, buy one that is specifically designed for the purpose.

 

  • If the manufacturer says it is for ‘beach’ or ‘surf’ fishing, don’t think they mean it’s ok to paddle out to the nearest oil rig in the Gulf.

 

This Stealth 14 is rated for fishing in fresh and salt water, in bays, flats, lakes as well as surf and offshore ocean or Gulf of Mexico.

Product Features:

  • Supports up to 475 pounds
  • Seat included
  • 6” Storage Hatch with bucket inside
  • Oversized rear day or scuba tank well
  • 2 Paddle keeps
  • Scupper holes in Bungee tank well for transducers for fish finder and/or GPS
  • Internal storage holds multiple rods below deck
  • Approximately 13-feet long x 28” wide

Weigh Capacity:

Fishing on large lakes or saltwater bays requires more gear than lake fishing because you need to pack for many eventualities and the fish you want to drag home is going to be considerably larger.  With a 550-pound capacity, you can pack enough punch to paddle out to a remote offshore island (including a tent) and spend your days fishing off the island.

Seats:

The Prowler 13 has a typical molded seat but also includes cushioning for an option to use this kayak  in lakes and rivers with a comfy bottom.  Yet, when you choose to go Ocean fishing you can leave the cushion at home since most yaks have a habit of dumping their owners into the water a couple of times each trip and getting doused by waves most of the time, a soggy, padded seat wouldn’t really be all that comfortable.

Paddle Keeps: 

You’ll need to purchase paddles in order to use the two keeps built into the yak.  And, even though there are ‘keeps’, you’ll want to purchase leashes for your paddles and rods just to make sure they don’t develop a ‘wander lust’ and follow the next wave out to sea.

Storage spaces – both above and within the yak – include the extra roomy hatch in the bow secured with a bungee cord system. The Bungee day-well is large enough to hold drinks, ice, and other larger items that you’ll want close at hand.  This one has a rear tank well that will even hold your Scuba tanks!  The 6” storage hatch allows you storage for smaller items such as lures, tools, extra line and a first aid kit.

What Real Users Like:

  1. Quality construction
  2. Excellent stability
  3. Ease of turning upright even in high waves

 

What Real Users Complain About:

  1. Paddle not included and recommended that you have an heir and a spare – buy two
  2. Scupper PLUGS not included

 

Is This Fishing Kayak for You?

Let’s talk about the perils of fishing in the ocean vs other bodies of water. If you are a yakker with experience at ocean fishing, then, you’ll understand why we take these few paragraphs to discuss the primary differences.

As one experienced ocean yakker put it:

“It’s not a matter of IF something dangerous will happen, it’s a matter of WHEN something potentially deadly will happen.”

Every experienced yak ocean angler repeatedly tells you:

“Never, ever, ever go ocean fishing in a yak alone!”

One newcomer to the sport posted the following question on a forum:  “Why do so many people say it’s not safe to ocean fish in a yak alone?”  One angler replied that he always goes alone and never has a problem.  Here’s some of the responses, he received:

  • “Sure. It’s safe if your alone …. Until your legs gets wrapped up in your rod leash when you flip (and you WILL flip) and you can’t get freed by yourself.
  • “It’s safe until you midjudge the swell or find yourself on a reef where the drop in tide makes the swells break on you and as you are flipped from your kayak, all 120-pounds hits you on the head and knocks you out.
  • “It’s safe until the fog rolls in and visibility drops to 3-feet.
  • “It’s safe until you lose your paddle.
  • “Heck, it’s even safe until the wind changes direction and starts blowing offshore.
  • “Everything can be safe … in theory… but in practice, it’s another matter.

“Everything above has happened to experienced kayak anglers, including myself.  Flipping a kayak is not a matter of “if” but “when”.  I was thankful I was not alone when my “OH CRAP” moment happened.”