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  1. 3 years ago
    Solid kayak
    I've been on several different kayaks, both hard shell and inflatable, and this is by far my favorite. It tracks very well, is comfortable, has plenty of space to store coolers, life jackets, fishing gear, or whatever else you may need on the water, and is good and stable. I have yet to fish off of it, but I have every bit of faith that it'll make a great little angling craft. It's also got a little cord on the side along with a small indention in the shell designed to hold a paddle, which is ... read more incredibly handy when entering and exiting the boat, and would certainly be good for when you want to hold a fishing rod. My only complaint is the lack of a small dry compartment. It has a large dry hatch up in the front, but it just opens up into the inside of the boat, so it isn't ideal for small items that could slide around like cell phones, small tackle boxes, car keys, or anything of the sort. That's not a huge issue, though. I just bring a water-tight container and strap it in the back with the life jacket. All in all, I'm very pleased with the purchase and will be getting plenty of use out of mine!
  2. 2 years ago
    The bigger the better.
    Very user friendly for people who never used one. I am 250lbs and new to the kayak world and I was worried with my size that it would flip over a lot, but to my surprise the kayak was easy to use and very stable.
  1. 9 months ago
    fast, funn, and effective
    I bought this yak almost a year ago. together the two of us have been on amazing fishing trips.. and some of the worst. However one thing stayed true, its performance. no matter how choppy the water or how long of a paddle it cut through the water with ease and with superior stabibility. I have tested it for hunting firing many different rounds while afloat and with each shotgun blast only a small jolt through the boat. I fired bird shot, duck, and 1 oz slugs and all of which the kayak handled ... read more perfectly! must have for any outdoorsman
  2. 2 years ago
    fat girl loves this kayak
    Let's be honest plus size women maybe be apprehensive to kayak. Well ladies get in thus boat. I just went for my first adventure on a lake and loved I. Great kayak. I wasn't skimming the water felt very stable and safe. Great time with the mister. I highly recommend this kayak.
  1. 2 years ago
    Great price for all purpose kayak
    My husband and I did some serious comparison of kayaks and retail stores and we were really impressed with two things: 1) Academy's great customer service in helping us select the right kayaks and get them delivered to the store for us, and 2) This product as far as quality, features, price and stability. These were our first kayaks and we wanted something that would work in rivers and lakes, as well as at the Texas Coast for fishing. We liked this kayak so much that we each bought one. Academy ... read more jumped to work to get them shipped to our local store from two other locations. So I'm 52, a women and about 5 foot 3 inches tall and my hubby is 60 and is 6 foot 1 inches tall.This kayak is actually perfect for both of us. Super stable and easy to get in and out of--even in deep water. the various features for fishing and securing gear are great. Everything from the cord to secure our ice chests in the back to the console in the middle for mounting fishing pole holders or holding a soda. Great arrangement for clipping your paddle in. Seat is wicked comfortable. I also love the adjustable foot rests. I definitely recommend this product and this store.
  1. 2 years ago
    great for everyday use
    We've had this kayak a month and love it. Hull is especially nice and stable. Well built.
  2. 4 months ago
    nice kayak for a person new to kayaking
    got this kayak its easy to carry ,load. tracks great in water . smooth finish easy to clean . love the scuttle plugs they work great . new hull design is a dream stealthy look not fancy . back port is a bit small but is good . now this is the 11th kayak i have bought and all different styles and lengths all purchased from academy great product for any kayaking skill level this is a perfect kayak if you just want to go out and chill on the water
  1. 2 years ago
    Great Buy!
    This Yak is very stable, whether your fishing sitting straight, side ways, or standing up.
  2. 3 years ago
    very stable, even for a top heavy guy
    I own 3 of these and a more eskimo type kayak, these outperform the other 5 to 1. I am about 240 lbs and stability is not an issue as with the sit inside eskimo style.
  1. 4 years ago
    Big guy kayak
    I am 6"1' and weigh 230lbs. I went red fishing at Lake Calaveras and had a blast. You can hang your feet off the side and fish all day. Just remember to take some sunblock with you. I bought an anchor before going. You need one for any boat when you fish. You can't beat the price.
  2. 4 years ago
    Love this yak
    I bought one of these for myself and used it on 2 lakes, both were all day trips on the water. I liked the yak so much I bought my wife one for a week long camping and fishing trip. We did a 15, a 6 and a 2.5 mile float on a small river in Oklahoma, on 3 consecutive days. Only reason we cut the distance each day was we kept wanting to stop and fish in certain holes. Perfect yak for all day fishing trips, stability is great, tracks good and you CAN'T beat the price...I looked!
  1. 2 years ago
    Overall... great Boat for the money!
    I bought this boat over a year ago. The only issue to be found is it needs a more comfortable seat but there are all kinds available to fit on the net. I am 5'10 ad weigh 220 lbs. and it has taken me on many lakes and bays already. For the price and the quality its a great buy!
  2. 2 years ago
    love my kayak
    It was on sell when I got it and the next day I took it out on the lake I had know leaks just about a half cup or less in the kayak hole i was out there four a good 5 hours One the front lid it was sagging down put I just put a screw in it and it looks like it cam with it The fish rod holder in front seems to be far up the to get it I will be putting it on the side closer to me Its a nice long kayak for fishing From olathe ks
  1. 4 months ago
    Great quality
    I purchased the 12' instead of 10' because I am overweight and this boat does incredibly well even with all the gear i bring with me. It is top quality compared to others around its price range and stands out as a great buy. This boat is super fast - i was really impressed with that. The seat is more comfortable than it looks and i dont have any problems when i go out for an hour or two. The only thing i don't like about the boat is the drain plug...its in the wrong place and generally a pain. I ... read more have a regular pick up and I just throw it in the back without problems. I am very happy with the boat and would buy again. As a side note Academy had the best price.
  2. 2 years ago
    Good small lake boat
    I have had this for about a year now. It is holding strong and has some scratches but still a tuff boat.
  1. 2 years ago
    Good quality!
    I bought this yak to fish in and around a marina and shallow coves here in North Texas where we have a boat and slip. Carries plenty of gear with dry storage up front. Came with a removable center console and a dry box along with a Scotty rod holder that fits nicely into the console. Two additional flush mount rod holders behind the seat. Very stable boat for a 6'3" 225 pound guy. Tracks very well and good maneuverability around the marina. Great buy at $499. The staff at our new Academy were ... read more very helpful and polite.
  2. 1 year ago
    It is an great reliable kayak. Also, super stable!
    I purchased my Emotion Mojo Angler about one year ago and it has taken me from fresh water, to the bay, all the way out into the open ocean !! I love the stability on this kayak, on a calm day I can even stand up with confidence. I have even taken my little brother with me, both on the kayak, with no problems! This kayak is great for a serious fisherman on a budget. It is also very hydrodynamic, I have been able to keep up with kayaks that have the mirage drive easily, it is fast. the kayak also ... read more comes with a center counsel that you can remove if you like, and a cool dry box to store lures, keys, etc. I have no regrets at all with this kayak.. Great product highly recommended!
  1. 5 years ago
    My first kayak.
    This is the first kayak I've purchased, and don't have a lot of experience with them, so this is a noob's review. I was very surprised at the ease of travel for the size, I was thinking it would take a lot more effort to propel it but it's very responsive. Coasting though, it does like to veer off course and wind does move it around quite a bit. It is very stable and offers a great platform for fishing. It has mounting screws for a rudder so that will be an up grade needed before going offshore. ... read more All in all I'm very happy with my purchase and think this kayak will provide years of fun.
  2. 5 years ago
    This is a rebadged Heritage Redfish with problems
    First I will say the good news and that is this kayak is a rebadged Heritage Redfish. The design is identical to the redfish but with this model made just for academy sports they decided to give it a realy small hatch upfront and also decided not to include the great seat the the redfish has. This kayak is very stable and you can actualy stand up in it and fish but this is where the good news stops as when it comes to paddling this kayak is like a barge to move and it has a tendancy to veer ... read more off to the left also with it's extreme flat bottom this boat get's pushed around with the wind way to much....if you are paddling any distances at all this boat is a chore to paddle. This kayak is also very heavy and much heavier than the spec say's and the way the carry on handles are located it is a very awkward kayak to handle and load onto a vehicle plus has a tendancy to pinch your finger's the front hatch is way to small and just about useless for storing anything. when I owned this kayak I was also unfortunate to have the common problem with Heritage kayaks happen to me with the scooper holes developing cracks so my kayak began taking in water...reading online it seems Heritage has had this problem for quite awhile...luckily Academy Sports was great about me returning this kayak and got a Perception Sport Pescador from them here is the link to it--> wich I enjoy much more than the heritage angler kayak. All in all the heritage Angler 12 is not a terrible kayak and if you are a larger person you probably will appreciate the stability of this kayak but for $50 more you can buy Academy's Perception Sport pescador kayak which with this boat is actualy a rebadged Wilderness Systems 2008 Tarpon 120 and is a much better boat and buy than the Heritage Angler 12....The Pescador Kayak is a dream to paddle and I reccomend that kayak without hesitation.
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Sit-In Kayaks

Avid kayakers can enjoy the features of sit-in kayaks, which may be equipped with an adjustable seat, molded-in cup holders, padded cushioning and roomy cockpits for extended time on the water. Sit-in kayak privide a little more protection from your environment while paddling, but can be more difficult to get in and out of. When browsing through kayaks for sale, you can find kayaks and canoesto help customize or store your kayak.

Sit-On-Top Kayaks

Immerse yourself in the fresh air with sit-on-top kayaks that let you sit on top of the kayak rather than in a cockpit. Paddle keepers, rod holders and swivel rod holders make sit-on-top designs ideal for fishing kayaks, and padded seats allow you to lean back comfortably as you cast out your line and wait for a big catch. Fishing kayaks offer durability and storage space for all your gear.

Inflatable Designs

For quick excursions on the lake or for fun out at camp, inflatable kayaks offer a viable option. The lightweight design of inflatable kayaks makes them ideal for moving between locations or for tucking away on the go. Units with hand pumps make inflation and deflation simple. Even though they are lightweight, inflatable kayaks come equipped with helpful features, such as cargo nets for keeping accessories in place, deep cockpits for added stability, polyester deck covers to protect against UV rays and grab lines that let you pull the unit easily out of the water after your adventure.