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Wilderness Systems New Tarpon 130x Fishing Kayak

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Wilderness Systems gives one of their best performing fishing hulls a reboot with the “Tarpon 130x” fishing kayak. The hull of Tarpon 130x has remained basically the same, but Wilderness Systems has added several new features that are sure to make it stand out in today’s competitive fishing kayak market.

We checked out the Tarpon 130x at Outdoor Retailer 2015. David Maughan of Wilderness Systems walked us through all the updates to this classic fishing kayak.

The updated  injection molded handle design is extremely solid, and they've added a Paddle Park that is popular on many of their other fishing kayak models.


Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130x Paddle Park and Handle

The Tarpon 130x now has a FlexPod, allowing anglers to easily add a Torqeedo motor or swap their fish finders between other Wilderness Systems fishing kayaks that also have the FlexPod.

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130x FlexPod Motor

If you want the motor in the FlexPod, you can now add your fish finder to the lower console that has a secondary transducer scupper.


Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130x Secondary Console

The Tarpon 130x now has the AirPro MAX seat. The Tarpon 130x version does not have the high-low option, but you can move the seat forward or aft to trim the kayak.

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130x AirPro MAX seat

We were extremely impressed with the Tarpon 130x, and can’t wait to get a little more seat time in one so we can do a full review.

Last modified on Monday, 10 August 2015 08:07
Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.


# Philip Elrod 2016-06-04 15:25
I just bought a Tarpon 130x and generally love the kayak...the only two differences I see that differ from the Tarpon 120 and 140 are that the 130 seems a little slower with more drag when paddling distances. It feels heavy in the water at times. It tracks pretty straight but self correction is necessary more than the Tarpon 14. The nose moves from side to side as a natural part of paddling and this causes the boat to pull to the right when stopping. The biggest thing is that is makes a sound like a washing machine when your paddling because of the holes in the bottom of the hull fabricated for the optional motor and sonar transducer. It is loud! If you're a flats fisherman this will make the fish run for their life and you'll never get close enough to catch anything. I'm working with my dealer on this issue...I'll post a follow up to see if we get it resolved. The staff at the dealer seemed very helpful...

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