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Field & Stream "Eagle Talon 12"

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Field and Stream Eagle Talon 12

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Field and Stream
Model:
Eagle Talon 12
MSRP ($):
549.00
Length (ft):
12

The Field & Stream 12" SOT Eagle Talon Fishing Kayak is perfect for your next relaxing day on the lake. Stay comfortable with the adjustable padded seat and keep organized with the molded-in well to hold your 3600 tackle box and bucket with a cargo mesh cover. The two flush mount rod holders with leashes ensure your rods won't float away while you're taking a nap in the afternoon sun.

Features:

  • Front deck bungee cords
  • Padded seat with adjustable backrest
  • Oval rubber hatch
  • Molded-in space for one 3600 tackle box and bucket
  • Screw top hatch with mesh bag
  • 2 flush mount rod holders with leashes
  • Swivel fishing rod holder
  • Adjustable footpegs
  • 2 paddle parks
  • 1.5 pound folding anchor with 100' of polypropylene line and float
  • Side, bow and stern carry handles
  • Stern tank well with mesh covering

Specs:

  • Width: 30"
  • Weight: 68 lbs
  • Capacity: 400 lbs

 

 

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4.4
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0

Great Yak!

fist fishing Kayak great product for the price just wish the seat was more comfortable!

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Spacious, Easy to paddle
Cons:
Uncomfortable seat
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4.4
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5.0
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3.0
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5.0

Great yak for the price!

Loved my Talon, was my first kayak, bought 4 yrs ago, have caught everything from bream to king mackerel. Its a tuff little rig. I also have a Jackson Cuda 14 and I will put the 400 dollar yak up to the 1500 yak anyday. Kinda regretting it but just sold it to a coworker for 25 bucks less than I paid for it, not a bad investment.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
price, handling, durability.
Cons:
Nothing for a 400 hundred dollar kayak
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Field and Stream Kayaks

I Have been through 3 (field and stream) kayaks already. Yes 3! The material used to make these kayaks are very cheap and not of any good quality. The bottom front and rear of these kayaks are ALL HOLLOW and only 1/8 inches thick. This means any rock or surface you bump hard enough will put a hole in your craft. All of the other kayaks I have used avidly in the past were all solid forms in front bottom and back bottom of the boat. This allows for loading and unloading and a few possible bumps in your normal travels. These cratfs are made very poorly and Im sure everyone who has one will soon find out once they bump the boat and notice the Kayak leaking. One good bump is all it takes and your kayak is breached. Field and Stream products are made and manufactured out of Canada. While speaking to Dicks Employees they have all told me Field and Stream is a very cheap and inexpensive Kayak brand that they use to compete with BassPro shops. It seems Dicks would rather cut corners and offer to the public inferior merchadise rather than quality.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Good tracking.
Cons:
Very cheap and weak material used.
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3.8
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0
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5.0

Solid kayak and a good value

I have been researching fishing kayaks for a while now. I didn't even look at the Eagle Talon. It wasn't on my radar. I decided to drive to Jacksonville to look at two other brands at another outfitter. Well, I got lost and wound up at Dicks. Sometimes things are meant to be. I told my understanding wife that we'd might as well look at what Dicks has to offer then find the other place. I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. Skeptical at first but the more I looked at the Talon the more I liked it. The finish and fit and hardware were very good. I'm a hardware man, I've built over 100 houses and I'm into wood working plus I buy things like fishing reels and tools that seem to be put together well and have good hardware. I hooked up with Chris who turned out to be the store manager. He was friendly and knowledgeable and he didn't try to put the hard sell on me. I looked hard at the Talon then decided to compare to the other two brands I had in mind at the other location.

As I walked away from the kayak area I thought about the great deal I could have and buy what I thought was a good fishing kayak for 1/2 the price of each of the other two brands. So I turned around and thirty minutes later walked out of the store an owner of the Talon. I was to pick up the kayak the next day as the auto we were driving wouldn't accommodate hauling the kayak home. The next day I stopped by the other store and looked at the other kayaks I had in mind in the first place. They were nice but not nice enough to squelch the deal with Dicks and the Talon. Actually the hardware and fit wasn't as good as what I found on the Talon.

Yesterday I took out my new kayak for its maiden voyage. A run out into Moultrie Creek for some fishing. It was a beautiful day and a good time to go fishing. I hit the out going tide and fished the oyster beds hard. The kayak performed like a dream. It tracked well, and even though the water was calm I had to deal with some boat wake. It took the waves just fine. I plugged the scuppers near the seat because I read it might be a source of "wet butt". I didn't get wet. When I returned to shore I looked into the bilge and it was dry - nothing but air!

Now for the negatives. The thing is heavy. I am 200 lbs 6'-0" tall and I liked how it kept me afloat and dry. However lugging it into my truck bed is a challenge. I got it done and upon reflection I think a certain amount of heavy is good. It means the thing is solid and less likely to deform. It's just more work. It does not hold a milk crate in the tank well. Big whoop - that's where being creative comes in handy. I managed to McGiver ample storage in the well and it all stayed dry. Let's see... Oh yeah, the seat. I read a lot of negatives regarding the seat in this kayak. I for one am ok as long as my lower back is supported . If it becomes an issue then I'll buy another seat with the money I saved in the first place (and sill have money left over). I wonder if the dings about the seat are from guys who expect the kayak seat to sit like their Lazy Boy. Just guessing. I am 66 years old and rode a ladder to the ground injuring my back when I was 31. I have always had an issue with my lower back. Two hours in this yak and no back problem.

I have had experience in other kayaks and canoes. This kayak either matched or exceeded the performance of all the other kayaks I've paddled. I recommend it. It doesn't have the brand recognition and snootiness of some of the others but it is a solid kayak and a good value.

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Overall rating 
 
4.4
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0

Nice Kayak for the right price

I bought a blue camo Eagle Talon on Sept 9th from Dick's. This is my 3rd kayak. I also own a wilderness system Pungo 120 and an older 10' Wilderness systems Mallard(10 ft). They are both great kayaks but I wanted to do some serious fishing so I was in the market for a SOT. I looked around and combed through ebay and Craigslist every day for months. Since I am on a tight budget price was definitely a factor for me. After having experience modifying both of the sit inside kayaks for fishing I was well versed in the installation of rod holders, Scotty mounts, bungee systems, hatches and anchor trolleys. The point being, I wasn't afraid to buy a base model and modify it for fishing. I finally settled on the Eagle Talon after reading the reviews and seeing the new blue camo color for 2014. It is the exact same paint scheme as the Feel Free Moken 12 , which I liked.
I love this kayak but I never tried it "out of the box" without some slight modifying. After reading tons of reviews I installed scupper plugs under the seat, Changed the seat to a really nice Feel Free kingfisher, and removed the standard scotty mount in the front and installed a Scotty flush mount with a rubber stopper. There are too many reviews that say things like "this would be a great kayak if.... so I changed them from the get go. The result? This is a great kayak. I am 6'3, 240 lbs and I stood up in it with no problem (in my pool) I doubt I will try this on the water because I'd probably go swimming but it wasn't hard to stand. Here are the trials I have put it through so far:
I've used it in open water fishing several miles of the Gulf off crystal river Florida. Not just the flats but out in the fast currents, open water and some island hopping. It handles choppy water fine although I did get a bit wet from the sea spray and small waves. I had to go out and tow my Dad ( 70 yrs old) back into the harbor who was in my Pungo 120 when he got sucked out between the sandbars far out to sea from the low tide currents. he wasn't a strong enough paddler to come back in on his own. It was a great tow boat. I've been out to the Gulf 6 times this month already (Dad is fine and he stays in the flats now lol.) I have used it to tow my kids when they need assistance or just tethered for safety (line in hand)
I've fished Rodman reservoir (Lake Ocklawaha) and the barge canal bass fishing. The boat was comfy and stable, I wish I brought extra sandwiches. I fished Lake Weir as well as some more Gulf Coast trips to Yankeetown, ft. Island and the Ozello kays, FL. I list these to let you know that I have been getting to know this boat well.
This Kayak is not slow nor is it a wide turning boat. With the proper strokes I can 360 this yak just as easily as the Pungo. Take a few minutes to learn your paddling strokes. The reason it is not as slow as you would assume is probably because it is not 12 feet long, it is 12' 6" which makes a difference. Also, the Talon is not 30 inches wide but an honest 29" at its widest point. I can barely measure out the beam at 29 inches using straight 90 degree reference points pressed to the hull for accuracy, 30 inches is simply not true. The good news is that while it is slightly thinner and longer than reported, it is still a quite stable yet efficient SOT hull design. I just think that marketing believes fishermen want to see nothing less than 30 inches for a beam width.
The crate problem: If you've read reviews by now then you know a typical milk crate doesn't just slide in behind the seat. I did find a great alternative that needs no modification (but I did anyway.) At Lowes I picked up the Brute Double Bucket by Rubbermaid for around $11 (came in red only) so I painted it, added some rod holders and canopy ties which fasten it directly to the bungee grommets that are already installed for the cargo net. It fits perfectly and was easily accessible.
The front hatch: Having detailed expensive cars in South Florida in my youth, I knew a little trick to soften black rubber and moisten it while not leaving the rubber shiny and greasy. Use baby oil. Rub it on the hatch cover, both sides and under the lip. It absorbs into the rubber hatch cover leaving it soft and supple and very easy to lift off and put on. Apply each time before your trip for easy access and the added protection against the water. It does not make your hatch greasy , keeps it from drying out and it actually smells quite nice.
As far as the seat goes, like I said. I splurged on an expensive seat but it was worth it. How valuable is your comfort for the day? That is a personal decision. I felt I made the right one by dropping an extra $120 at ack.com for the Feel Free Kingfisher seat. Feel Free has a video which shows you how to properly install the seat on YouTube, it’s worth the three minutes of your life.
That weird little pre-molded hole behind the seat: It fits the Plano 3600 box perfectly, has a bungee installed to hold it in place AND holds a container of gulp underneath. It does not hold a Plano AND a small bait bucket as advertised. It’s either /or with regards to the bait bucket.
I haven’t had any problems with my foot rests but I am a tall guy and they are on the longest setting.
Enjoy your kayak, spend some time, do your research, make the right modifications that make a difference to your preferences and you should have just as great as an experience as I am having with this boat.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Asthetics, price, features
Cons:
Weight
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