Field & Stream Eagle Talon Kayak
The Field & Stream® 12' Eagle Talon Sit-on-Top 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 tackle box and bucket, with cargo mesh cover. The two flush mount rod holders with leashes ensure your rods stay secure before you cast out.
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- 1 person sit-on-top kayak
- Front deck bungee cords
- Drain plug
- Padded seat with adjustable backrest
- Oval rubber hatch
- Molded-in space for one 3600 tackle box and bucket (tackle box and bucket not included)
- Screw top hatch with mesh bag
- 2 flush mount rod holders with leashes
- Swivel fishing rod holder
- Stern tank well with mesh covering
- Adjustable footpegs
- 2 paddle parks
- 1.5 pound folding anchor with 100' of polypropylene line and float
- Side, bow and stern carry handles
- Manufacturer's one year warranty
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- Length: 12'
- Width: 30"
- Deck height: 13"
- Carry weight: 68 lbs
- Max. capacity: 400 lbs
Country of Origin: ThailandWeb ID: 11279269
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Good Yak to Start and can be killer when upgraded I bought this kayak June 2014. The first and most apparent thing that is needed is a seat upgrade. I was not able to pull an all day without going to shore at least every hour or two. However, seats can be done on the cheap by looking up videos or by looking at sites that sell yak gear for higher end seats. Although, the most outstanding feature is that the kayak is a great base to start modifying off of. This yak can be taken out as soon as you can get to the water after leaving the store and load it up with your gear and get to your favorite spot, but to make it awesome you got to modify and it is easy. I already have installed a fish-finder and got a new seat. The anchor trolley is effective in very limited conditions. The trolley does not allow for much adjustment to the wind and can make it where your unable to get the angle on a spot if the wind or current are in different directions then the last time you were at that same spot. The anchor trolley can be extended and made easier to operate with a couple of pulleys placed to span the total length of the yak allowing for full adjustment. The storage may seem limited but with a little measuring and perusing the interwebs you can find pretty much anything that you could need from coolers, to bait buckets, or the sorts that will fit in that rear area. Scupper hole plugs are a must if you are going out in the winter months or in cold water. The four holes in the cockpit area wont let you sink, but does not keep it dry either. The seat soaked up a lot of water when I had them unplugged in the summer months which was nice then, but is a big problem in the winter months. The yak does track well and you can get it going at a pretty good speed. Overall the layout is great and I fish a few species in my local bay system, but I feel like you could take this yak out and catch anything. The yak is a good price because no matter what brand yak you buy you know your going to be personalizing it anyways. I gave it five stars because it was a good yak, good price, and a great base to personalize for how I like to organize and fish. February 4, 2015
My 1st Kayak Works really good Other than the seat this Kayak turned out to be a great fishing platform. If the Seat had provided some back support I would have scored this 5 stars. I replaced the seat and when I went out fishing the lakes, ponds and rivers of New Hampshire I was really happy with it. Caught plenty of fish species, bass, perch, crappie and every kind of panfiish there is in our waters. This kayak is stealthy and stable, not a speed demon but pretty easy for me a newbie to learn in. February 4, 2015
good product Very smooth ride. Very comfortable seat and can sit in it for hours fishing. January 13, 2015
Awesome fishing yak Read the reviews, did some shopping, bit the bullet and purchased one in early summer 2014. After fishing on and off through the summer and pretty aggressive fishing in the fall, here are my pros and cons: PROS Excellent kayak for the price. Tracks well, is outfitted to drop right in the water from the store and can be used in all situations. It is not the fastest yak on the water but its not meant for speed and does well with comparable size yaks. It is extremely stable and at 6'2 260lbs I can easily get in and out and sit on the side to cast without issue (one of my buddies actually has a picture of me sleeping in it on the water). I have landed bass, croaker, cats, trout and rocks with no issue (one cat was over 40" and was a bit difficult to bring over the side without help but was accomplished). CONS Scupper plugs are a must if you will be fishing in colder water. There are 6 total holes....4 in the cockpit (2 under the seat and 2 a bit forward of the foot pegs) and 2 in the stern gear area. I don't plug the two in the rear but plug all 4 in the cockpit and have never had a problem getting wet.. The installed anchor trolley is not great...it only spans the rear quarter/half. If you plan to anchor in a current, you will need to install a new one that runs the length of the boat and is a bit easier to manipulate otherwise it is useless. Mine does seem to have a very small leak in the hull...there is usually a little bit of water in the hull after a trip. That being said, it is seriously a minimal amount of water even after several hours so I have not been motivated enough to spend time finding it...rather spend that time fishing! As other reviews have stated, the seat is pretty lame but that can probably be said for most stock seats in most of the yaks I looked at. It's fine as a starter but you will want to invest in a good quality seat soon. All in all, a great fishing yak. The cons were fairly easily mitigated with a few adjustments (which, if you are going to get into yak fishing, you are going to do some modifications no matter what). I have thoroughly enjoyed this fishing season in it and am already planning a few more modifications (changing front swivel mount to a triple mount, adding a cleat or two and changing my milk crate layout) while anxiously awaiting the spring season. If you are looking for a great yak to get into the sport which will last awhile and won't kill the checkbook, this is a great choice. December 30, 2014
Great in saltwater and an excellent value for the money I have taken this bad boy on about 10 trips now and it has yet to let me down. This thing can really move once you get it going and tracks pretty well. The amount of features that is included at this price is what really sets it apart though: dry storage compartment runs all the way through the hull and stays bone dry. Comes with an anchor and trolley system for windy days... Rod leashes and paddle keeper on both sides are integrated into the design, and you even get an adjustible scotty mount front rod holder. Most yaks with these features will set you back a couple of hundred more, so this thing is totally worth the $$ . I have caught numerous fish on this kayak in choppy water, and have even been taken on sleigh rides by some of these guys, and never once did I feel unstable. The weight capacity is also a plus as I do intend on taking this thing on island camping trips. The only downside to this kayak would be that standing on it while fishing might pose as a challenge. I attempted to do this and felt a bit wobbly about half way up, so aborted that attempt... I'm also 6'4 at 240lbs so this may be easier for someone with a smaller build. Also, the seat will leave you butt-hurt after about 4 hours or so. I recommend getting a new seat or adding extra cushioning underneath. All in all, I would totally recommend this kayak for someone just getting into the sport and not looking to spend an arm and a leg doing it. I'm very satisfied with this purchase and look forward to slaying more fish with it in the future. December 30, 2014
Good For First Time Kayaker's This kayak is good for first time kayak fisherman. I bought this kayak at Dick's and it was my first kayak and it was good it took the waves awesome if you like getting wet.The only down fall is the seat is very uncomfortable I would recommend that you get a better seat because the seat it comes with will be comfortable for a minute or two but I got a john boat seat and I put it on my kayak and it lasted me for about 5 hours in till I had to get out and stretch. December 7, 2014
This Product Is Great The Field and Stream Eagle Talon Kayak is worth the money. I've taken it out multiple times around the lakes here in SD. It handles very well on rough water. I recommend this to anyone that's debating getting one. Dick's will usually have this on sale around May. Pro: Handling Storage Anchor Easiness Con: Loading it on the truck Carrying it Is not able to hold milk crate November 18, 2014
Great kayak, sound investment I bought a blue camo Eagle Talon on Sept 9th from Dick's. This is my 3rd kayak. I looked around and combed the internet 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. I love this kayak but I never tried it "out of the box" without some slight modifying. After reading tons of reviews on Dick's, I installed scupper plugs under the seat, changed the seat to a really 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. The Eagle Talon 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, 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. 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. 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. Many owners of this boat simply use a cooler they find and to fit and mod it with rod holders which you can also buy at Dick's 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. 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. It is very comfortable. 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. Next stop is the open ocean with a beach launch. This boat is strong and versatile, you won't find better for the price. October 22, 2014
This a great product for pleasure kayaking I love this boat. Enough room for me and my standard poodle to ride. Stable for a beginner me and tracks straight. Have only had it out a couple of times but love it. Bought plugs for the holes under my seat so I will stay dryer. Lots of room to store my paddle inside the boat. October 14, 2014
heavy but great I bought the kayak at Dicks and have used it about 5 or 6 times. It is heavy, but i can carry it by myself and load on top of my van. But i am in good shape, as a professional painter, ( I haul a lot of ladders). The hull is pretty rigid and can take a beating. The seat is not that good, ok for 3 hours, but uncomfortable for > 3 hours. The forward hatch is about impossible to access while you are on the water. The canoe is stable, i have had it on rivers and lakes. I have not figured out the anchor very well, and it seems to get in the way. I am glad I purchased it, and have enjoyed my hours on the water. It has opened a new joy for me. September 20, 2014