Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120
Length: 12′ 3″ / 373 cm
Width: 30″ / 76 cm
Weight: 63 lbs. / 29 kg
Deck Height: 13.75″ / 35 cm
Max Capacity: 350 lbs. / 159 kg
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Review
The Wilderness Systems Tarpon’s trademark is versatility. If you’re seasoned at kayak fishing and well versed in testing new waters, the fact of the matter is that you need a kayak that can keep up with you. Enter the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120. While it’s beautiful to look at, it’s also a total worker and will happily take you to whatever environment you want. If you’re that person who may be chilling on a lake one weekend, then fighting fish in the ocean the next, then this is an absolutely essential kayak for you, as there are so few that are able to handle such diverse environments so well. For the adventurer, who gets bored easily and is constantly looking for new place to paddle and angle, then this is your kayak, as so few others will be able to handle the diverse settings you’ll be fishing in.
This sit on top kayak is completely performance driven and delivers in all areas that count -speed, agility, and stability. And while they’re the three essential qualities for any kind of kayak, this is focused on fishing, so also has plenty of space and storage. This means you can move freely to secure your catch, and have no worries about where to store prized game fish, should you be lucky enough to catch a big one. The tank well has increased in capacity compared to previous models, and comes with an adjustable bungee. There are also hatches in the bow as well as mid-ship, and storage for more than just your prey – like a cup holder and gear storage pockets.
While this kayak was designed for a predator – smooth, sleek, and fast over both calm and rough waters, there are also a couple of home comforts, distinctly designed with people in mind. For one, the seat and foot brace use advanced technology to ensure comfort while floating, as well as security while wrestling creatures of the deep. There are comfort carry handles so your lovely kayak can be transported to the trunk of your car, and from the trunk to the lake, river, or ocean easily – although it is durable, there’s no need to be rough with your baby, and no blisters on your hands if you have a long walk to the water. The carry handles also have a paddle holder, so you can easily devote both hands to fishing without literally ending up in the creek without a paddle.
Overall, if you’re looking to invest in something long lasting, that can handle all kinds of water and fishing, then you absolutely need to consider a Wilderness Systems Tarpon. While this is a great kayak, there are cons if you’re not looking for a kayak for all seasons or water types – you could find something to suit more basic needs that is much more affordable and tailored to your requirements. This is for the adventurer who needs a kayak that can handle the variety.
Last updated: January 12, 2017