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Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Ocean Kayak
Model:
Prowler Trident
MSRP ($):
899.00
Length (ft):
11.5

The Ocean Kayak "Prowler Trident 11" is a smaller kayak with many of the features of the larger fishing kayaks in the Ocean Kayak’s product line. With options like optional rudder, large bow hatch with battery compartment, Humminbird ready scupper, oversized tank well, and Rod Pod™, the Trident 11 makes a great bay or small lake fishing kayak.

Features:
  • Rod Pod™
  • Comfort Plus™ seat back
  • Flush mounted rod holders
  • Battery storage bag
  • Adjustable foot braces
  • Paddle keepers

Specs:

  • Width: 30.5" 77.5 cm
  • Weight: 54 lbs 24 kg
  • Capacity: 350-400 lbs

Photos

Getting ready to launch
My first Speckled Trout at the Columbus Day Boondoggle 2012
Nice smallmouth caught in my T 11
ocean kayak prowler trident 11

Editor review

This fishing kayak review is a long time coming. When originally purchasing this kayak I had 2 requirements. The kayak must hold a decent amount weight and be easy to transport on top of my vehicle. After weighing various options, makes and models I decided on the Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 11.

Taking a close look at the Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 11, you can see the thought that Johnson Outdoors put into this line of kayak.

Starting at the bow there is a drain plug perfectly located, allowing you to drain any water from the hull with ease. It doesn’t require any awkward twisting or turning of the yak to get all the water out, you just lift the stern and point the hull to the side. The bow handle has bungee going through it which pulls it tight against the kayak when not in use. A very simple fix keeping your bow tidy with less line snag points.

The bow hatch is very water tight; the hatch and gasket fit snuggly with the locking Cross Lock™ straps. Inside the hatch is a battery bag that is suspended inside the bow. This keeps your battery up and out of any possible water that might accumulate in the hull.

Another great feature of many of the Ocean Kayaks is the enlarged scupper hole that accommodates many Humminbird Fish finder model transducers.

All three of the Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident models come with the Rod Pod™. This ingenious solution for securely storing your rods and gear for surf launches or white water is one of my favorite features of this line of yak. I did opt to remove my locking straps and replace them with bungee for ease of use. This dose sacrifice the seal of the Rod Pod™ allowing a little water in, but not to the point where it’s a liability. The Rod Pod™ also has a built in cup holder that usually becomes my make shift lure holder.

Moving back the T11, has adjustable foot braces and paddle keepers on both sides. Right behind the seat are two sealed flush mounted rod holders.

The tankwell has been designed to hold a Plano dry box and also has a molded ring to secure a five gallon bucket.

Now to the good stuff…

Performance: The Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 11 isn't going to win you any races. Its short stocky frame was created to find a happy medium, between speed, stability and mobility. The T11’s tracking isn’t great, but they do offer a rudder upgrade which should make a world of difference. This boat drains very well, with very little pooling of water. When installing your transducer in the scupper hole make sure you don’t add any sealant or goop. I did on my transducer install and now the right scupper doesn't drain… The hull handles well, and is much quicker and more maneuverable than the T13 or T15. Performance I rated the Trident 11 at an 7.

Fishability: This kayak is quite stable, allowing you to stand and sight fish with ease. The hull is very quite with no scupper slap. The Rod Pod™ is easily accessed while on the water, I’ve never had an issue getting out my gear. The 400lb weight capacity is considerable for an 11 foot kayak. I weigh 220lb’s and have never had an issue carrying all my fishing gear. The flush mounted rod holders are positioned very close to the waterline. This causes your reels to get extremely wet; a simple fix is to add PVC rod holder extension. Fishability I gave the T11 an 8

Portability: Because of its relatively light weight and short length. This kayak is extremely portable and easy to throw up on to your vehicles roof. Keep an eye on the side handles; I’ve had both of mine snap off. The handles are riveted in which after time allows the webbing to snap off. Ocean Kayak was quick to send a replacement free of charge. Portability I’d rate a 7.5 “It would have been higher if the side handles didn't snap off”.

In summery, the Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 11 gets my stamp of approval. It's a great compromise between portability and performance, and a highly capable fishing vessel.
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Speed 
 
2.0
Stability 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Mark Watanabe Reviewed by Mark Watanabe May 14, 2013
Last updated: January 28, 2014
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A great compromise between portability and performance

This fishing kayak review is a long time coming. When originally purchasing this kayak I had 2 requirements. The kayak must hold a decent amount weight and be easy to transport on top of my vehicle. After weighing various options, makes and models I decided on the Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 11.

Taking a close look at the Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 11, you can see the thought that Johnson Outdoors put into this line of kayak.

Starting at the bow there is a drain plug perfectly located, allowing you to drain any water from the hull with ease. It doesn’t require any awkward twisting or turning of the yak to get all the water out, you just lift the stern and point the hull to the side. The bow handle has bungee going through it which pulls it tight against the kayak when not in use. A very simple fix keeping your bow tidy with less line snag points.

The bow hatch is very water tight; the hatch and gasket fit snuggly with the locking Cross Lock™ straps. Inside the hatch is a battery bag that is suspended inside the bow. This keeps your battery up and out of any possible water that might accumulate in the hull.

Another great feature of many of the Ocean Kayaks is the enlarged scupper hole that accommodates many Humminbird Fish finder model transducers.

All three of the Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident models come with the Rod Pod™. This ingenious solution for securely storing your rods and gear for surf launches or white water is one of my favorite features of this line of yak. I did opt to remove my locking straps and replace them with bungee for ease of use. This dose sacrifice the seal of the Rod Pod™ allowing a little water in, but not to the point where it’s a liability. The Rod Pod™ also has a built in cup holder that usually becomes my make shift lure holder.

Moving back the T11, has adjustable foot braces and paddle keepers on both sides. Right behind the seat are two sealed flush mounted rod holders.

The tankwell has been designed to hold a Plano dry box and also has a molded ring to secure a five gallon bucket.

Now to the good stuff…

Performance: The Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 11 isn't going to win you any races. Its short stocky frame was created to find a happy medium, between speed, stability and mobility. The T11’s tracking isn’t great, but they do offer a rudder upgrade which should make a world of difference. This boat drains very well, with very little pooling of water. When installing your transducer in the scupper hole make sure you don’t add any sealant or goop. I did on my transducer install and now the right scupper doesn't drain… The hull handles well, and is much quicker and more maneuverable than the T13 or T15. Performance I rated the Trident 11 at an 7.

Fishability: This kayak is quite stable, allowing you to stand and sight fish with ease. The hull is very quite with no scupper slap. The Rod Pod™ is easily accessed while on the water, I’ve never had an issue getting out my gear. The 400lb weight capacity is considerable for an 11 foot kayak. I weigh 220lb’s and have never had an issue carrying all my fishing gear. The flush mounted rod holders are positioned very close to the waterline. This causes your reels to get extremely wet; a simple fix is to add PVC rod holder extension. Fishability I gave the T11 an 8

Portability: Because of its relatively light weight and short length. This kayak is extremely portable and easy to throw up on to your vehicles roof. Keep an eye on the side handles; I’ve had both of mine snap off. The handles are riveted in which after time allows the webbing to snap off. Ocean Kayak was quick to send a replacement free of charge. Portability I’d rate a 7.5 “It would have been higher if the side handles didn't snap off”.

In summery, the Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 11 gets my stamp of approval. It's a great compromise between portability and performance, and a highly capable fishing vessel.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Well thought out design, easy to manage
Cons:
Wet butt and unconformable seat, not the best tracking, wet ride
Nice smallmouth caught in my T 11
ocean kayak prowler trident 11
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Average user rating from: 2 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
3.5  (2)
Stability 
 
4.0  (2)
Durability 
 
5.0  (2)
Features 
 
3.5  (2)
Value 
 
5.0  (2)
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My kayak is the only one that I have ever had. Mark and I have quite a few others that I have tried. My Ocean Kayak Prowler is my old faithful. I see everyone buy new kayaks with all these "new features" or paint options. I am never tempted to buy. I love my kayak. I have to admit though that as far as my stability rating goes I should say I don't stand from my kayak. It is not a matter of not being able to. The standing and paddling or fishing just isn't my thing. I have had my kayak in anything from a river in KY to the ocean in Florida. I love it. There was a fishing trip that I had envied those with peddles because the day was quite windy. My kayak had redeemed itself however on another day same trip when we didn't watch the tides. I could still paddle in some very shallow water when others were already dragging their kayaks. I should also mention that the features rating of my kayak I am at a loss on what to rate it. I was fortunate enough that Mark had already rigged my kayak. My kayak has served me well in all kinds of water. It is reliable and durable. I would highly recommend this kayak for those that are wanting to fish and don't want to worry about replacing it often and want to fish in diverse settings.
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
3.0
Value 
 
5.0
Samantha Watanabe Reviewed by Samantha Watanabe June 01, 2013
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My one and only!

My kayak is the only one that I have ever had. Mark and I have quite a few others that I have tried. My Ocean Kayak Prowler is my old faithful. I see everyone buy new kayaks with all these "new features" or paint options. I am never tempted to buy. I love my kayak. I have to admit though that as far as my stability rating goes I should say I don't stand from my kayak. It is not a matter of not being able to. The standing and paddling or fishing just isn't my thing. I have had my kayak in anything from a river in KY to the ocean in Florida. I love it. There was a fishing trip that I had envied those with peddles because the day was quite windy. My kayak had redeemed itself however on another day same trip when we didn't watch the tides. I could still paddle in some very shallow water when others were already dragging their kayaks. I should also mention that the features rating of my kayak I am at a loss on what to rate it. I was fortunate enough that Mark had already rigged my kayak. My kayak has served me well in all kinds of water. It is reliable and durable. I would highly recommend this kayak for those that are wanting to fish and don't want to worry about replacing it often and want to fish in diverse settings.

Getting ready to launch
My first Speckled Trout at the Columbus Day Boondoggle 2012
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I’ve had an Ocean Kayak Trident 11 for a few years now, originally I was searching for something that was smaller and easier to handle. I’m able to easily car top my kayak. The T11 performs well in most conditions. I wound not recommend paddling it extremely long distances but I’ve paddled 5+ miles in it without out too much issue. The kayak is relatively fast for a shorter kayak and very stable. I don’t have any issues standing in it. It tracks well even without a rudder.
The features are well thought out but I don’t use the rod pod like I thought I would. There is a battery bag in the bow for your fish finder battery and the scupper hole on the right by your foot can accommodate a Humminbird fishfinder transducer.
The only things I dislike about the kayak is the seat, I think if Ocean Kayak were to start making seats like Native and Jackson this kayak would be the perfect kayak.
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Cindy Reviewed by Cindy May 21, 2013
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The Prefect Size

I’ve had an Ocean Kayak Trident 11 for a few years now, originally I was searching for something that was smaller and easier to handle. I’m able to easily car top my kayak. The T11 performs well in most conditions. I wound not recommend paddling it extremely long distances but I’ve paddled 5+ miles in it without out too much issue. The kayak is relatively fast for a shorter kayak and very stable. I don’t have any issues standing in it. It tracks well even without a rudder.
The features are well thought out but I don’t use the rod pod like I thought I would. There is a battery bag in the bow for your fish finder battery and the scupper hole on the right by your foot can accommodate a Humminbird fishfinder transducer.
The only things I dislike about the kayak is the seat, I think if Ocean Kayak were to start making seats like Native and Jackson this kayak would be the perfect kayak.

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