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Kaku Kayak Wahoo 12.5

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Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Kaku Kayak
Model:
Wahoo 12.5
MSRP ($):
1,099.00
Length (ft):
12.5

Kayak fishermen that want big water performance in a slightly smaller package should check out the Wahoo 12.5 by Kaku Kayak. The Wahoo has an aggressive modified V-hull that allows anglers to cut through the water effortlessly and still have the stability to stand up and sight cast for fish. Comfort will not be an issue in the Wahoo 12.5 with it's large open deck and comfortable aluminum seat that will keep you cool with its breathable fabric. The Wahoo comes Micro Power-Pole ready to make positioning yourself on fish a breeze. 

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4.6
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5.0  (1)
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5.0  (1)
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4.0  (1)
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Overall rating 
 
4.6
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This is my second kayak purchase, after starting to kayak fish about 3 years ago. After getting my feet wet with my previous kayak (as well as the rest of me, after tipping over!), I was ready for an upgrade. The Kaku Wahoo proved to be worth every cent. I knew what I wanted in a kayak when I started to shop for a new ride. Originally, the field consisted of about 12 kayaks. Gradually, each one was eliminated, until I was down to the last three. All three were known for their stability and value. However, the Kaku had several qualities that the other two seemed to lack. 1 - even though the Kaku was super stable, it is also known to be fast and nimble. And, 2 - it has an open cockpit design that the others did not. I bank fish a lot, and I like the fact that I can just plunk my tackle backpack onto the deck, and go. No transferring my gear to milkcrates, and no center console to make my legs feel cramped and get in the way, without really serving any purpose.
The Wahoo can be viewed as a sort of minimalist's kayak. Not a ton of bells and whistles, but what IS there, is of quality. Double-locking front hatch with included hatch bag, solid aluminum SmartTrack footrails, aluminum accessory rails in front and back and a removable aluminum frame hi rise seat with breathable mesh, not to mention brass threaded inserts molded throughout the actual kayak. No cheap plastic hardware, here, and no drilled holes. All this makes for a very sturdy and reliable ride, allowing you to further customize it the way YOU see fit. The hull design is such that it rides over waves, instead of going THROUGH them, and the front nose is made to push water AWAY from the kayak, instead of over it, helping to ensure a nice, dry experience. The Wahoo was designed to handle offshore waves and chop, and is made to be able to stand and fish, yet, it is still right at home in freshwater, on lakes or rivers, dealing with both calm water as well as boat wake. Speed and tracking is no issue at all with the Wahoo. For such a stable kayak, it is very quick and agile. No barge, here.
The front storage has plenty of room to pull an over-nighter or day trip, and the rear storage, complete with pad eyes and bungee tie-downs, has plenty of room for additional gear and is designed to hold a 30 quart Engl cooler. Two flushmount rod holders behind the seat, with flip up lids, give you the option of bringing more rods with you, or close them up and keep the water out. With me weighing about 265 pounds, and about another 60 pounds or more in gear, the water stays well below the eight scupper holes. Any water that gets in is usually from me dangling my feet off the sides and then bringing them back in the boat. This quickly drains back out in seconds.
Coming from a cheaper, rather tippy kayak, previously, I was left a little gun shy. Thanks to the rock solid stability of my Kaku, I have regained confidence on the water, allowing me to better focus on what I came out for. If any joy boaters stir up wakes at me, I don't have to drop what I'm doing to focus on staying in the boat. I go about my business and let the Wahoo ride it out.
With the build quality that this boat holds, in addition to the paddling and fishing experience that it gives me, at $1100 (several hundred dollars less than the competition), I'd say it's worth every single penny.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Super-stable, yet fast and agile. All-metal rails and foot rails. Rudder AND Power Pole ready. Handles waves without taking on water.
Cons:
Handles occasionally rotate. Easy fix.
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