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Ocean Kayak "Prowler Big Game II"

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Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Ocean Kayak
Model:
Prowler Big Game II
MSRP ($):
1,249.00
Length (ft):
12.5

Kayak fishermen looking for a boat with high capacity that easily carries all their necessary equipment need look no further then the "Prowler Big Game II" by Ocean Kayak. The Big Game II offers ample room and outstanding stability without sacrificing performance and a multitude of kayak fishing specific additions to help anglers get the most from their kayak.

Features:
  • Element Seating System
  • Six (6) accessory mounting plates
  • Large bow hatch with Click Seal cover
  • Transducer compatible scupper
  • Battery storage bag
  • Mod Pod center hatch cover
  • Paddle keepers

Specs:

  • Width: 34" 86.4 cm
  • Weight: 70 lbs 31.7 kg
  • Capacity: 550-600 lbs

User reviews

2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
3.0  (2)
Stability 
 
5.0  (2)
Durability 
 
5.0  (2)
Features 
 
4.5  (2)
Value 
 
4.5  (2)
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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game 2

I purchased this kayak in August 2015. I have been out numerous times on various sized lakes and ponds. I have not fished from a kayak or used a kayak in any manner prior to this year. I was amazed at the stability of this kayak even without "sea legs." From a seated position it would be somewhat difficult to turtle this thing under normal usage. I have stood up on this thing to stretch and even tried fishing/casting. It was quite a bit easier than expected. The seat is incredibly comfortable as well. I have fished a couple 10 hour days and not once did my back feel strained. The mounting plates are nice and make it easy to modify and position gear as you want it without drilling into the hull. Overall, this kayak is an A+ in my book.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stability, weight, comfortable seat, mounting plates
Cons:
May be slower than other kayaks
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(Updated: February 02, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0

Big Game II

The Big Game II
I had seen some pre-productions pics of the BGII so I had an idea of what it looked like but I've got to admit it looks a lot cooler in person. I hate to sound like the total "homer" but this thing has some really cool lines that I couldn't see in the pics of the pre-production model. The two main visual cues I'm talking about are the towers the seat rails are in and the cutaways towards the rear of the hull. The original Big Game has the cutaways but add the other details like the seat towers and the rigging boards and it's a pretty cool boat to look at.

My very first impression on the water was "WOW this thing is BIG" and it is. It is 12' 9" long and 34" wide. Coming from a kayak that is 12' long and 29" wide it took a few minutes to adjust but once I got settled in she started getting a very "familiar feeling". I think it's because I have recently fished from the Old Town Predator and the O.K. Trident 11. In case you didn't know Old Town and Ocean Kayak are owned by the same company Johnson Outdoors. Back on the water….

I would say the speed is ok for a kayak this wide but what I like the most is it's stability and the solid feeling this thing has. I'm telling you this kayak is a tank. In fact I was joking about naming it Abrams after the tank. I was standing and fishing within minutes of being on the water and it "poles" nicely. So sight fish is going to be a pleasure.

The hatches are standard O.K. hardware but I'm good with that although it would have been nice to have the hatch from the Ultra as an option. The way it is now it is what it is. With that being said what was most important to me was having a place to store my rods to and from the water and the center hatch that it has does the job just fine so I'm happy with it.

With a 500-600lb load rating I don't think I'll be maxing it out anytime soon. In fact I was thinking that I needed scupper plugs but I was clearly mistaken. I got on the water with my normal tackle load and I don't think water even came through the scuppers.

So all in all I like the Big Game II and the more I'm on it the more it's growing on me. When I first started looking for a new kayak I had three main requirements.

1. A comfortable seat.
2. The ability to stand and fish.
3. Vertical rod storage.

Item three has changed to good in hull storage and the BGII has all three in spades. The vertical rod storage has been figured out too so it's just a matter of a little rigging and that will be handled too.

So far I'm digging it

Prowler Big Game II
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