There is a LOT of talk and questions online lately about Bass Pro Shops’
Ascend FS128T Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak. With the increase in popularity of the sport, people are looking for deals and easy ways to get on the water. We believe there is no better way to get on the water and catch more fish than the right lure choices and a decent fishing kayak to get you there. It’s the single biggest advantage we will have over bank fishermen and even guys with big expensive boats that break down or take all day to load up and launch.
There’s always a lot of debate from pros and veterans out there with regard to the quality of these boats. And rightly so. Some complain about the lack of quality manufacturing. Some say it’s better to save your money and invest in a better one. But, to each their own. Someone anxious to get on the water this weekend isn’t likely to want to wait around to save a few hundred more for a better boat that may not last that much longer anyway. Maybe they could bank more memories and experiences now while still planning to save for an upgraded boat in the future. Yes, I have seen some manufacturing flaw and heard the criticisms, but when it comes to the owners of these boats, themselves, they all seem pretty happy with them. Some have stuck with them. Some have upgraded since. The reviews online are always at least an average of 4 out of 5 stars. These aren’t the very bottom of the barrel, cheapest option on the market. They are mid-level in price and about right for any beginner. So it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks about them, it’s if it will do the job you need it to do, for you.
In any case, these fishing kayaks offer an inexpensive and quick way, for nearly anyone, to get on the water efficiently and to catch fish effectively. That’s what we’re all about here and we applaud that. There are a few options to choose from which we’ll list below. All are sit on tops and two are angler models, but the last could easily be outfitted to be an angler model. Its main difference is length. Depending on the water you’ll be fishing, and maybe your transportation and storage options, a shorter kayak may be what is right for you. I wouldn’t buy a showroom floor model either. These are the ones that may be more likely to have the manufacturing flaws. I’d order online (after doing a demo, hopefully) and get one from a warehouse. You may even qualify for free shipping leaving you with just the cost of your boat.
If I was starting from scratch again, and wanted to stay within this price range, an often recommended entry level kayak is the Perception Pescador. It comes in a 10 and 12 foot model and with angler options or not. But, it also comes as a beginner package with paddle and PFD. All for right around the $500 mark. Perception has been a quality kayak maker for a long time. If you order from Austin Canoe and Kayak, you’ll get 15% off the additional accessories you need to make it a fishing vessel.
In any case, there are multiple entry level options. Take your time and do some research. Talk to some veterans or pros. And get out there and enjoy the amazing sport of kayak fishing.