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Perception Sport "Pescador 12"

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Perception Pescador 12

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Perception Sport
Model:
Pescador
MSRP ($):
549.00
Length (ft):
12

Perfect for the budget minded kayak angler, the "Pescador 12" is the ultimate in versatile sit-on-top kayaks. The multichine hull, broad shoulder and tracking keel creates a boat with maneuverability, glide and stability. Plenty of speed and capacity for any size paddler to enjoy a full day on the water.

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5 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
3.8  (5)
Stability 
 
4.2  (5)
Durability 
 
4.6  (5)
Features 
 
3.8  (5)
Value 
 
4.6  (5)
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Overall rating 
 
3.8
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0

Perception Destiny 12

I bought the Destiny for a buddy boat and a creek/river boat.
The boat is fairly light and easy to handle so it is easy to just toss in the back of the truck and go. It has a single flush mount rod holder, a drink holder, and a small center hatch (not waterproof). I have found the boat to be very stable and it handles rough water very well. The only down side to the boat is the fact that it does not have scupper holes so if you get water in it you better have a sponge or a bilge pump. The built in seat is actually very comfortable even on a long day of fishing.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Lightweight, stable, comfortable, price
Cons:
No scupper holes or under hull storage.
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Overall rating 
 
4.2
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4.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
5.0
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4.0
Value 
 
4.0

Perception Pescador 12

I bought the Pescador 12, two years ago from Academy Sports. The price was $599. After using it for two years, here are some thoughts about it.

This was my first kayak. As a beginner, I wanted a very stable kayak. The PS12 fills that bill. I have never felt like it wanted to tip over with me as long as I don't do anything crazy. I can sit sideways with my legs in the water and fish or eat lunch. I usually put my legs in the water to access my crate in the rear.

I wanted a fairly dry boat. The PS12 is very dry if I use scupper plugs in the 6 scuppers in the cockpit. Without the plugs at my feet, about 1/2" of water stays there at all times. I weigh about 190. The seat stays dry too.

It came with one flush mounted rod holder. I use it to hold my anchor. My rods go in PVC tubes on the crate. I installed an anchor trolly using the attach points already on the boat. The rear trunk is roomy and fits a standard size crate just fine.

There are 3 access points to the interior of the hull. A large hatch on the bow that is large enough for my PVC cart and a good size dry bag. A smaller hatch is on the floor between my knees and a third is on the flat space between the seat and crate. The interior has stayed completely dry for the entire year.

There is no rod holder on this model(newer ones may have one now). There are molded in points on the center "console" for a rod holder and depthfinder, as well as a shallow cup holder. There are adjustable foot rests mounted to plastic rails.

The seat is adequate for several hours of paddling or fishing, but I have added some extra foam for more comfort. The seat back is adjustable for angle via straps on the side.

I fish mostly rivers and the boat maneuvers well in them. It tracks well on lakes too. It will glide a good ways after you stop paddling.

In conclusion, I have enjoyed the Pescador 12. If I had it to do over and only had $600 to spend, I'd buy it again.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stable, fast, priced right.
Cons:
Needs more rod holders.
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(Updated: April 23, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Deleted - wrong section

Sorry - first timer here. Reviewed my own kayak instead of adding to the previous review.

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4.2
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5.0
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3.0
Value 
 
5.0

Great Deal

This is all you need. It comes with 1 rod holder but has many spots to add more. I picked it up real cheap on that A store website. It is stable and glides nice. I can paddle it at 5mph, according to my gps, if I go all out. I have landed some big fish in it and it was very stable as long as my butt stays in the seat. I can sit side ways and soak my feet on them hot days. I have had it for 2 years now and have not felt the need to upgrade yet but it is coming soon because I fly fish most of the time now and I want a yak that I can stand in.

Anyways this is a great deal and it handles all types of water. I have had it in 5 foot seas and alligator infested swamps and I always feel safe in it.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
easy, cheap, great first yak
Cons:
can't stand in it
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(Updated: April 17, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0

Love it

Based on a 1008 (?) Wilderness Tarpon 120, this kayak is solid and true. Best part, it was 2/3 the price of the wife's' Tarpon! It comes pretty basic with only 1 flush rod holder, but plenty of places for other holders. Fun to paddle, stable in 4-6 foot seas, even with a 275lb engine mounted midships!

Ive taken it through mangrove tunnels, open water 7 miles out and a small lake. It has performed wonderfully every time.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Tarpon mold, not Tarpon price. Very moddable.
Cons:
Dislike the covers on smaller hatches. A little slower than some.
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