Potomac Tidewater 100 Angler Kayak
I fish from my yak, super stable with decent amount of storage, I wish it had a front compartment. The seat is alright I would deff buy a nicer one, has limited drag.. Tracking could be better... has nice features I would honestly recommend to a beginner to intermedite yaker. Gave it a 4 due to it costing $400 plus paddle and doesn't track all the well.. Kinda dissapointed in that but over all a good kayak.
May 13, 2013
This a great yak for the money
I got this one for Christmas three years ago and it was great but I sold it worst mistake ever I got a new one today and I'm happy with the out come
April 21, 2013
I bought this kayak 9 months ago and have used it multiple times per month in large lakes, small lakes, rivers, saltwater marshes and saltwater bays. I catch bass, stripers, trout, redfish, and others. I have been very happy with the way this kayak performs. It is light but durable. I have made a few modifications to fit my needs. I added additional foam to the seat, bungee cords on the bow, and added an anchor trolley. It does everything I need it to do to get me to the fish. It tracks fine and is highly maneuverable. I definitely recommend this kayak.
April 10, 2013
Fantastic, safe yak!!! Great for coastal fishing!!!
I bought this Kayak last year from my local Dicks for the sole purpose of using it to fish coastal waters. I am fortunate to have access to a creek in my neighborhood that empties into the intracoastal waterway and needed a kayak that was rugged enough to get me through shallow muddy flats and over oyster beds. I didn't want to shell out a ton of money on something I knew was going to take a beating, get scratched, caked in mud etc. If you are looking for a kayak that will get you into the tight, shallow spots where the fish like to hang out than this kayak is for you. I have hauled in reds, flounder and specks in spots where boats just can't get to. My only gripe with this yak is the lack of storage space. There are ways around it though. You can get a deck bungee kit, install it to the front of the yak and bungee on a cooler, bag, etc. Also, the milk/office crates you find at Office Depot fit perfectly in the back of this kayak. Just bungee it in. Head to lowes for some PVC tubing, cut the length to the height of the crate, drill holes and zip tie inside or outside the crate for more rod/net holders. You can keep all your tackle in the crate as well. When the water gets cooler and you need to plug your scupper holes to keep dry, yellow practice golf balls, the harder foam ones, are a perfect fit. I just use a 4 lb hand weight tied to achor line and it will hold all day long, even on rough windy days on the ICW. I installed an easy anchor trolly that can keep the nose of my boat pointed where I want. I love to fish first and kayak second. Could I spend $1500 on a nice new shiny, longer, thicker, heavier yak with all the storage space and bells and whistles? Yep! Would it catch me more fish? Nope! This is a fun kayak, that doesn't mind getting dirty or banged up a bit. It is comfortable for long hours of fishing. It is stable enough for you to turn sideways in the seat and cool your legs and feet while you fish, it is even stable enough to throw a cast net while kneeling. Plain and simple, it is a functional, no frills kayak that will get you where you want to go. I would even feel comfortable taking this kayak offshore fishing on a 1-3' day.
March 21, 2013
Love it!!! Great for petite females
Just got this and, though the green wasn't my favorite color of choice, it is awesome in terms of my being able to handle it. I'm 5'2" and almost 60, so it was important that I can maneuver this myself. Not only is this my first kayak, it was my first time ever kayaking this past weekend on the New River near Pembroke. I thought it tracked very well and was super stable. I was worried about what it would take to flip it, so in shallow calm water, I sat sideways with my legs over, moved around a lot and even rocked it back and forth with no tipping over. Having flipped in a canoe in fast rapids, this was important. The seat was extremely comfortable. Not just a great buy for the price, but a great kayak, period! Can't wait to go out again! taking the fishing gear next time. Oh, and my husband said he would paint it pink! i think it's perfect just the way it is.
August 12, 2012
Not for serious kayaking at all.
The seat is awesome. It has no tracking abiity at all.Always pulls to the right. No rest at all, it won't sit straight in the water. The worst I've tried.Might be good for kids to play with. the seat is great but thats all. Has no tracking at all.Is miserable to paddle.Cannot fish at all because it wants to go around in circles to the right. Might be ok for kids to play with but that's it.
July 31, 2012
Over a month of owning this thing.
Still enjoying how easy it is to load up and unload in the bed of my pickup. That is still number one. Found no major flaws. Tracking is best on short slow paddle strokes. It's very easy to turn and for a lazy paddle while fishing it does what it's supposed to. You are not working your butt off unless you are trying to get somewhere fast. Durable? Just had a snap back bowfishing from it and it the side of the kayak. I thought for sure I put a whole in it. Only a scratch. I am tickled I gave this thing a chance and it's just perfect for what I want to use it for.
July 19, 2012
Great buy for the money!!!
When I first got this I was not overly impressed with the tracking, however after reading some rowing technique articles and spending more time on the water, I must say that it tracks much better. I fish in it and feel that it meets all my fishing needs, still not as luxureous as a bass boat but how could it be? Its easy to load and unload....after 2 years I am very very happy that I got it
June 19, 2012
Pros- Very easy to load and unload for a smaller person. This was number one on my list for a kayak. Feels stable in the water which was number two. I can move forward a little bit but not stand I can sit sideways on it without feeling like I am going to tip or sink it. Seems durable. Very easy to fish out of. The seat although does not look great compared to other brands sits good for hours. I think the contour of the plastic makes it more comfortable at least for my body and I have back and neck problems. I expected to hate the seat but can't. For a smaller person that is wanting a smaller kayak that is easier to handle as far as loading and unloading this thing is great. Storage is great also. This thing is small enough I can slide right under my trailer for my big boat for right now. Easy as pie. So far I am having a hard time returning it. i keep looking at other brands that are more expensive thinking that is what I need but I seriously can't make myself return this thing. Maybe it will just fall apart on me or something then I won't have a choice but it is looking like unless that happens i I will keep this little gem. Maybe I wil buy another and just put it away until I need a replacement. Cons- Honestly I expected to return this when I bought it. I have already returned one from another store. I want to make sure I get exactly what I want the first time and for the money they all stores want for these plastic boats I will hold them accountable for their flaws. But after three trips this week in it the only thing I can find wrong with it is that it does not track straight. Nothing too annoying but it wants to turn to the right slightly during a hard paddle then as the kayak glided and slowed it would turn slightly. Now I am not expert and no little about a kayak so this might be common on shorter lighter kayaks. The one I returned was heavy and 12 foot and did not do this. Bottom line as of 3 trips and one week of owning I am kind of tickled that I did not take it back already. I still have 23 days and may find something major but it really does do what I wanted in a kayak. This is not my only fishing boat so i did not want a fishing barge. I have a big boat for that. I did not want a 70 pound boat I had to man handle into the bed of the truck on a steep ramp. I have a 12 foot jon boat that I do that with already. So a kayak for me needed to be light and easy so that for those very quick trips I can just load and go and not worry about batteries and electronics just a few fishing poles, stringer and a small tackle box. This gem might be all I ever need if it is durable. We will see. Tracking is not poor just noticable I have only had it on a small lake that is trolling motor only and small river that as of right now does not have much current because of lack of rain but does get some boat motor traffic.
June 8, 2012
Perfect for Female Angler!
Dick's offered EXCELLENT customer service! We bought this 1 for me and the F&S Eagle Talon for my husband - this is perfect for me in terms of carrying weight & length - it fits right into the truck & I can handle it without help - it is very fast on the water & very easy to maneuver vs. the F&S Eagle Talon which takes more paddle strokes to get going & make turns - doesn't hold the line as great so more strokes to keep on line but less effort than F&S, but overall to move it doesn't require as many strokes as a heavier, longer yak - it does wiggle more than F&S when getting in & out & wiggles when dog moves around, but didn't tip even when dog tried to jump off - we did get wet & water came on - I did try the F&S & took more effort for me to maneuver & I could not carry it more than 2 steps - as a beginner I love the ease of use, length & weight
May 25, 2012