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Wilderness Systems "Tarpon 120"

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Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Wilderness Systems
Model:
Tarpon
MSRP ($):
919.00
Length (ft):
12

The most popular Wilderness Systems Tarpon model ever, kayak fishermen looking for a versatile sit-on-top that offers unsurpassed performance on rivers, lakes, bays, and flats should look no further than the “Tarpon 120”. The new Phase 3 AirPro seating system, New for 2013, adds comfort and easy adjustability. An exceptionally large rear bungee tankwell allows for storage of any gear needed for long hauls while the two hatches provide dry storage below the deck. The Tarpon 120 kayak is known for offering excellent glide and maneuverability, and great versatility for its trim size.

 

 

Features:

  • Phase 3 AirPro SOT Seating System
  • Orbix Bow & Midship Hatches
  • Drain Plug
  • Self-Bailing Scupper Holes
  • Keepers Foot Brace System
  • Tankwell w/ Bungee

Specs:

  • Width: 30" / 76 cm
  • Max Capacity: 350 lbs / 159 kg
  • Deck Height: 13.75" / 35 cm
  • Weight: 63 lbs / 29 kg
  • Cockpit Length: 52" / 132 cm
  • Cockpit Width: 20" / 51 cm

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Pink Camo Wildy Tarpon 120

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Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120

I bought the Tarpon 120 as an upgrade from the 100 because I felt that I was ready to handle something a little bigger and faster. It was the best investment I made in the Tarpon series. I needed one that was fast, light and durable. That really could keep up with two Wildy Ride 135's, maneuverable in the river (when needed) but mostly in the thick grass mats on Lake Guntersville. This boat has done all of that and more. Definitely worth the price! I highly recommend this boat for all levels of kayak anglers.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
trax well, very fast, stable, slide trax, light and the rod storage
Cons:
not stand-up
Pink Camo Wildy Tarpon 120
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Tarpon 120

The Tarpon 120 is well suited to a wide array of enviroments. It has all the features you need and is very lightweight. I can carry this yak with one hand. Tracking is excellent and speed is better than average. This is not a stand-up yak although it can be done, if the conditions allow. It is easy to paddle and the hull makes very little noise while moving. The seat is comfortable and sitting side saddle is easy.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Tracks well and speed.
Cons:
None.
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Nice Yak

Can sit sideways with ease !!

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Pros:
Light, comfortable, fast, stable
Cons:
Little pricey for a basic kayak
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My Firs Kayak

My first kayak that I purchased was the Tarpon 120 from a touring group that rents out kayaks and provides marsh tours here in Charleston, SC. The kayak was only two years old when I got it. It was in remarkable shape compared to other used kayaks that are used everyday. No patch work was needed. The Tarpon 120 is a very durable kayak.

Stability wise as long as you are sitting and not standing the Tarpon 120 is OK on the water.

Speed wise I feel that this is my fastest kayak that I have had. It also tracks fairly well. This is important to note on the tracking as my Tarpon 120 does not have a rudder.

The Tarpon 120 really does not get a lot of water through the scrupper holes so I actually feel fairly dry. I'm not saying that the deck stays dry but I'm not swamped with water. Sitting on the deck gets a little uncomfortable when fishing for a long period of time.

All in all the Tarpon 120 is a great kayak and this kayak still is in use when I'm fishing for smallmouth bass in Hew Hampshire or just doing a float trip on the Saco River.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Very Fast!!
Cons:
Not so stable
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Tarpon 120 VALUE!

For me, it was the Best "Bang for my Buck", in my opinion. Many of the top of the line kayaks can be im excess of $1200. And in many cases exceed $2000. So, for the features that Wilderness Systems offers, the $799 (2012 Model Closeout) price tag was a no brainer for me. While Im new to kayaking, I felt More than comfortable with my purchase!

At 12 ft it paddles smooth and straight, and the stern is pre molded for a rudder system, it is light enough for me (5'10" 155lbs) to carry alone, and large enough to feel secure while afloat. The stability is average when standing, and I dont typically stand because of it. It has a large dry storage hatch iin the bow, and midship between the anglers legs. The Slidetrax system is by far my favorite feature as you can add as many attachments as youd like, there are 4 tracks, to forward midship and 2 in the rear, flush mount rod holders, and enormous rear deck storage area and a nifty paddle holder are just some of the features.

As with all kayaks, there are endless custimizing options, but Wilderness systems gives you pleny with their "base" package! It already MSRPs for under $1000, but if you can find a closeout model like myself (bought a 2012 in 2013) the value is even greater!

I kniw there are some sweet sweet kayaks out there, but the tarpon 120 seems to be a nice value. And has served me well so far!

Hope this helps!

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