Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Review

Features

It’s always nice when your kayak comes with abundant features. These make your overall experience better, and allow you to fully relax and enjoy your day outside. Take a look at the most prominent features this angler kayak has to offer.

  • Adjustable padded seat
  • Two flush mount rod holders
  • Large Click Seal bow hatch
  • Cam lock hatch
  • Spacious tank well with bungee rigging
  • Comfort grip carry handles
  • Skid plate
  • Paddle holders
  • Two cup holders
  • Rudder-ready

Specifications

Length: 13 feet 4 inches

Width: 28 inches

Weight: 56 pounds

Capacity: 325 pounds

Material: High-density polyethylene

Warranty: Lifetime warranty (hull)

Included accessories: Padded seat, rod holders, tackle box holder, bungee deck rigging

User Experience

Performance: All kayakers are very happy with the performance of the Prowler 13 kayak. Experienced anglers like how it glides and moves swiftly over the water. This is thanks to the hull design, which is long and V-shaped so it cuts through the surface better. Additionally, it works well in shallow water too, as well as water with lots of weeds.

This boat tracks really well, making it a good choice for inexperienced paddlers too. While it comes without a rudder, Ocean Kayak has made it possible to easily install it, thanks to the screws, plates, and grooves which are already in place. This allows you to further improve the maneuverability of this kayak, especially in strong currents and winds.

Stability: Kayakers agree that this kayak is very stable and difficult to flip. The hull design gives it good secondary stability, making it easier to turn and more stable in higher waves. On the other hand, it has low primary stability, which is why it’s not recommended to stand up when casting the bait or reeling in your catch.

Additionally, the kayak is equipped with six scupper holes that eliminate the water from your kayak and keep it from sinking too low. However, they can let water in when you overload the kayak, but this generally doesn’t impact stability. This vessel is a solid choice for beginner kayak fishing because there is objectively little chance that you’ll end up in the water.

Finally, you should think about getting a kayak anchor for your new kayak. While it won’t improve stability, it will keep you from floating around once you cast your bait.

Fishing: This kayak comes with several useful features to make your fishing trip better. Users like the flush mount rod holders behind the seat, because they are conveniently placed and within hand’s reach. However, some users say that the holders are shallow, and suggest using a plastic tube to extend them.

Additionally, you will find a bungee kayak paddle holder on each side, which is handy to park your paddle. In front of your seat, you will find a tackle tray holder held in place with buckled straps. However, you should be aware that only thin tackle boxes can fit in this area.

The scupper holes we mentioned can be used to connect the transducer to your fishfinder. This is an advantage since it allows you to install your equipment without having to drill through the kayak body. All the things we mentioned really make it easy to set up your kayak for fishing however you like it.

Storage: Like all well-made angler kayaks, this one also comes with plenty of storage. In the bow area, you get a large hatch that gives you access to the hull. The cover has a Click Seal closure which is very secure and locked by simply pressing it with your finger.

This compartment is useful for storing extra rods, or even a camping tent and other camping gear if you’re going on a longer trip. On the other hand, you should note that the compartment isn’t fully waterproof. If you plan to keep valuables or sensitive electronics inside, it would be smart to put them in a dry bag first.

In addition to this large front compartment, there is a smaller, 6-inch compartment in front of your seat. It features a cam lock that is really secure and has just enough space to store some smaller items such as a kayak GPS, a knife, or your fishing gloves.

Kayakers also appreciate the spacious tankwell in the back. Of course, it’s rigged with bungee cords to keep your things in place. It has enough room for a milk crate with your gear, or you can use it to tie down a deck bag and find a place for your lunch cooler.

Comfort: This one isn’t exactly the kind of comfort, but it’s not bad either. It comes with a padded seat that you can adjust to give you better support. The seat is made of UV-resistant nylon, so you can count on durability too.

On the other hand, it’s fairly thin and users say it can feel hard after a while. Luckily, you can fix this problem with an ordinary cushion, or you can replace it and get a new kayak seat. Furthermore, two of the scupper holes are placed exactly underneath the seat. So, if you want to avoid sitting in water all day, you should find a way to plug them.

The cockpit is really spacious, and even tall kayakers will have plenty of legroom. As for the footrests, they are molded-in and positioned really well to give you comfort and stability when paddling or handling your fishing rod. Finally, you get two molded-in cup holders, which is a nice bonus.

Transportation and storage: Considering that the Prowler 13 angler is over 13ft. long, it’s a surprisingly lightweight vessel. However, it can still be a problem for some people to carry it on their own. It’s equipped with ergonomic carry handles on the sides, as well as grab handles at the bow and stern. Besides, it comes with a tough skid plate, so you can drag it on the ground without damaging the hull.

On the other hand, you still need to think about how you’re going to get to the water and where you’re going to store it at home. We suggest you get a strong kayak roof rack since it won’t be able to fit in the back of your truck. As for storage, you should choose a storage rack that you can easily install at home to keep the kayak out of the way.

Pros:

  • Fast and maneuverable
  • Good storage options
  • Comes with rod holders
  • The rudder can be easily installed
  • Gear-friendly
  • Performs well in rough water

Cons:

  • The seat could be better
  • Isn’t stable when standing

Overall Rating

We really like this vessel, since it’s everything a fishing kayak should be. The Prowler 13 kayak is fast, easy to maneuver, and handles all types of water without problems. Additionally, we appreciate its high-quality build that guarantees years of fishing adventures.

  • Price: 90% – Truth be told, it’s not the cheapest kayak out there, but it’s not the most expensive either. It offers you exceptional value for money, so you can rest assured you’re getting a reliable kayak. It’s really popular among users, which is a good recommendation.
  • Material: 95% – The body of this kayak is made of high-density polyethylene, which is highly resistant to damage. We like that you can use it in shallow water too, without having to worry about hull damage.
  • Design: 95% – It seems that the manufacturer wanted to make everything as handy as possible, and we think they succeeded. This sit-on-top kayak is very easy to use, and all of the features are easily accessible from your sitting position. There is some room for improvement, but most users will be more than satisfied.
  • Overall: 93% – This is a versatile kayak that works well regardless of the situation. It’s really one of the best in its class.

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This kayak truly stands out compared to its competitors. The Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 is well-made and incredibly convenient to use regardless of whether you’re fishing on a calm pond, a river, or an ocean coast. The features make your job easier, and you can always modify and upgrade it if you want more. Also, you can take this one on longer trips and be sure it won’t let you down. If you’re looking for a versatile kayak and a long-term fishing solution, this one must be considered.

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Source

  1. Prowler 13 Angler, oceankayak.johnsonoutdoors.com
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My name is David Hamburg. I am an avid water sports fan who enjoys paddle boarding, surfing, scuba diving, and kite surfing. Anything with a board or chance I can get in the water I love! I am such a big fan I decided to start this website to review all my favorite products and some others. Hope you enjoy!