In depth review of Perception Pescador Pro 12 Kayak

Summary

Perception hails its streamlined Pescador Pro 12.0 as “the perfect first fishing kayak.” We agree. This fishing kayak has a sit-on-top design for anglers, who are serious about both kayaking and fishing. The Pescador Pro 12 boasts performance features such as enhanced speed, stability, and straight-tracking within a variety of environmental conditions. Performance is, in fact, what this kayak is all about. Its modern engineering delivers great performance for both lake and pond fishing. We really like the many demonstrations of “smart design” on this kayak. Every detail appears to show a thoughtful consideration of what the fishing kayaker needs in order to have a productive and happy experience on the water.

This model has also been thoughtfully designed for easy transport. The length of the Pro 12.0 has been extended to accommodate additional, onboard storage and mounted accessory options, for the express purpose of facilitating all-day fishing trips. This model, like other Pescador kayaks, comes with a 5-year warranty and is made in the U.S.A. It touts a “most durable” badge of performance as well. And finally, there’s the adjustable camp chair, which is said to be so spectacular as to be worth the price of the kayak.

Vital Stats

The Perception Pescador Pro 12.0 is a simplistically designed, high performance kayak, which contains some scaled-down, basic level amenities that are fully functional and don’t leave much to be desired. This model is a one-piece constructed kayak, primarily composed of high-grade polyethylene plastic. The special plastic is employed in order to achieve maximum speeds, while also being exceptionally lightweight.

Pescador Pro 12

It is a twelve-foot (365 cm), 32.5-inch (82 cm) wide beginners fishing kayak, weighing 64 pounds (29 kg). The Pescador Pro 12 has a deck height of 14.5 feet (37 cm) and a maximum holding capacity of 375 pounds (170 kg). Keeping the weight down of both its own materials and the weight of its passenger and cargo, has contributed to its performance potential. The accessory holders are, likewise, designed to not interfere with maneuverability.

The Perception Pescador Pro 12.0 is a simplistically designed, high performance kayak, which contains some scaled-down, basic level amenities that are fully functional and don’t leave much to be desired. This model is a one-piece constructed kayak, primarily composed of high-grade polyethylene plastic. The special plastic is employed in order to achieve maximum speeds, while also being exceptionally lightweight.

It is a twelve-foot (365 cm), 32.5-inch (82 cm) wide beginners fishing kayak, weighing 64 pounds (29 kg). The Pescador Pro 12 has a deck height of 14.5 feet (37 cm) and a maximum holding capacity of 375 pounds (170 kg). Keeping the weight down of both its own materials and the weight of its passenger and cargo, has contributed to its performance potential. The accessory holders are, likewise, designed to not interfere with maneuverability.

The Pescador Pro 12 is specifically designed for lake, pond and flat-water river fishing and kayaking. Its overall, upgraded design was made to be faster than the average kayak and more stable. The tracking engineering is designed to move as close to the straight performance of a land vehicle as can be achieved within the parameters of a kayak. The stability performance was designed to enable safe entrance upon and exiting from the craft for an enhanced kayaking experience. In addition, the stability performance design was attempted to even enable a kayaker to stand up while fishing. Whether this is actually doable or not would lie with the super-skilled, stand-up fisherman to prove.

Stability is an essential quality, especially for the novice fishing kayaker. The Pescador Pro 12 is advertised as a first fishing kayak, although it is perfectly suitable for experienced fishing kayakers, who don’t want or need all the bells and whistles of a larger, super-charged fishing kayak. The Pro 12 boasts top stability features including a design that makes it easy and safe to enter and exit the kayak; secure paddling; and on-water steadiness. The safety features of the Pro 12 include built-in buoyancy; leak proof construction, due its one-piece design; and a Permanent U.S. Coast Guard compliant hull identification number.

The durability of the Pescador Pro 12 is enhanced by a number of design features, beginning with the use of what Perception calls “proprietary” high-density polyethylene in its overall construction. The plastic is molded using a rotational process, which the company touts as “industry-leading.” The Pro 12 is made to withstand impact and resist abrasion due to the use of the highest UV. Its finish is wear-proof to protect the kayak’s color and graphics.

Bonus Features

The Perception Pescador Pro 12 has a number of highly useful bonus features to make an all day fishing excursion that much more enjoyable. As an overall bonus feature, the Pro 12 is a versatile vessel for fishing as well as other activities, including simply riding on the water in a leisurely way to take in the natural beauty of the kayaker’s surroundings. Fans of the Pescador Pro 12 especially appreciate the super simplistic design of the vessel and feel better for having foregone the added features of the larger fishing kayaks on the market, which now seem overburdened by accessories and other unnecessary features.

A built-in skid plate helps to prevent damage during transport from the car to the water and back. The Pro 12 also comes with well-sized bungee cords for containing the kayak and its cargo and, of course, it has rod holders. Handles are provided for ease of transport from land to water. The accessory holders act like the base of Swiss Army knife, allowing for easy access to the tools needed to paddle, bait, lure, reel, retrieve and hold the day’s catch.

There are several, carefully placed storage compartments around the Pro 12 kayak for convenient reach and use. The Pescador Pro 12 has a cup holder and a tackle box storage area. The tackle box storage compartment is sufficiently large (about 12”) and properly placed as a work area when you’re ready to cast your line. A mesh-covered space is generally provided for items that are not ideally placed in the other, larger compartments. This is another smart design feature, meant to substitute a lightweight, easy to manage space for the previously mounted hatches that tended to break or leak. The center console is cleverly positioned with space between it and the seat to allow for the necessary activity of the kayaker. It is meant for storage and protection of important electronic items, such as a fish finder and GPS device. However, critics of the Pescador Pro 12’s compartment situation are disappointed with the location and water tightness of some of the compartments. The center console, for instance, is not watertight and, although it is specifically designed to hold electronic devices, batteries and electronic wiring for safekeeping, there is every possibility that these items could become water damaged if not used carefully. In addition, the bungee cords for the tackle box placed under the seat are likely to get wet because that’s where the water pools on the kayak.

A small, conveniently located hatch provides extra space for dry storage. Although this limited interior space may cause some to be a bit dissatisfied for lack of space for extra items, that space was sacrificed to facilitate the streamlined design, which greatly enhances the kayaking experience. The dry storage compartment is certainly sufficient to hold all of the kayaker’s essential belongings, including phone, wallet and other small personal belongings. Unlike the dry cargo compartment, the wet cargo compartment provides ample space for the catch of the day. This space is perfectly designed to hold all the fish you can carry home and designed to counterbalance with the hull for a smooth ride back to shore.

The Piece de Resistance (the French term for the single, outstanding accomplishment) of the Perception Pescador Pro 12 is the seat. The seat is ergonomically designed to provide an excellent degree of comfort while sitting for many hours. The designers at Perception clearly understood the needs and desires of their clientele when this camp chair was designed. It’s not enough to glide smoothly along your favorite fishing spot when your back is breaking from sitting in a stiff cockpit all day. The Pro 12 camp chair has a stadium chair design with a strong mesh overlay. It is removable and adjustable. It is said to be the most comfortable chair to be found in any kayak. In addition to being adjustable to two positions, the seat boasts an ergonomically constructed back, reinforced cushioning and specifically designed legroom positioning with accompanying footrest. 

What Separates This Product From The Others

The seat is, hands down, the superior feature of the Perception Pescador Pro 12. Considered the best seat that has yet been incorporated into the kayak experience, this ergonomically designed, specially reinforced and adjustable seat takes first prize. Because comfort is considered so highly valuable in the all day fishing experience, Perception has a true winner with the seat of the Pescador Pro 12. The fact that it is not only adjustable but also removable makes it all the more on a scale of par excellence.

The camp seat is more than a comfy place to rest your butt and your back; it beats fatigue. An entire day’s excursion on the water is a physically draining experience. Ergonomic design is more than just a way to feel good, it is a much needed assistant for the weary fisherman to keep him going over the course of a long day and, potentially, over the difficult terrain. Many modern fishing kayakers already experience excruciatingly long hours sitting in office chairs to make a living. During their leisure hours, they absolutely require a seat that facilitates the kind of endurance needed for fishing and long days on the water in a kayak. The seat is so popular among kayak enthusiasts that it is considered to be worth the price of the kayak, notwithstanding its other features and exceptional, overall design.

The stadium-designed camp chair seat is not only exceedingly comfortable and durable, but it is also well placed within the overall framework of the Pro 12’s design. Fans of the Pescador Pro 12’s seat appreciate how well it “fits” with other amenities, such as the adjustable foot rest, for an overall, exquisite fishing experience.

In discussing the rest of the Pro 12’s accomplishments, let’s start with the kayak’s hull. The Perception Pescador Pro 12 outperforms other beginner kayaks by its specially engineered hull, which is designed to work with wind push in order to glide gracefully on flat surface water. The hull is not slick, but has a specially designed rough finish for ease of maneuverability. This design defeats drag in the water in a way that is surprisingly effective.

The rest of the specific features of the Pro 12 work beautifully and holistically for an exceptional kayaking experience. The compartments – small and large, wet and dry – work in harmony to provide convenient storage for everything the fishing kayaker needs, and a few non-essentials that they might want to take along. The accessory holders are also smartly positioned around the Pro 12 kayak to anticipate the fishing kayaker’s activities while onboard. The hardware that holds the whole thing together and the finish of the mainframe are all top-notch and give the buyer a true sense of having made a quality purchase.

All that being said, it’s the unique overall, one-piece design that demonstrates the engineering marvel of this Perception kayak. The Pescador Pro 12.0’s general kayaking performance is outstanding and earns real respect for its ride and maneuverability within its price point, which is under $1,000.00. This kayak paddles efficiently and smoothly. It is meant to glide along the flat-water surface as if it were a part of the natural landscape and it achieves that goal in large measure. The solid, plastic mainframe possesses a remarkable disregard for drag and water resistance, allowing its single-seated captain to glide across the water almost effortlessly like a natural hunter. Maneuvering backward as well as forward and around turns is a structural design feature that does not go unnoticed by experienced fishing kayakers. The interior as well as exterior design features of the Pro 12 kayak are intuitively designed to accommodate the angler’s needs and assist in capturing more fish more often. Perception’s use of its “proprietary” high-density polyethylene is superb in creating a lightweight, ingeniously balanced vessel. The impressive manipulation of this material is demonstrated in a number of ways, including the boat’s balance, its surprising speed, and a satisfying host of other convenient features that cater to the particular needs of anglers. 

When an angler need not worry much about taking care to get into the kayak or to exit from it without tipping, modern kayak design has come a long way, indeed. The unexpected swiftness of the Pro 12 provides an added treat to the fisher, who just can’t wait to get to their special fishing spot or to get home to show off the day’s catch. The ancillary amenities, like the conveniently located accessory holders and placement of storage compartments, likewise make the angler feel as if this kayak were designed with their special needs and desires at heart.

Whatever the fishing kayaker had prayed for while using their old fishing kayaks, their prayers were answered with this one. The concerns about the slight imperfections of the Pescador Pro 12 are certainly outweighed by the extraordinary performance and excellent features of the product. The Pro 12 is an exceedingly popular fishing kayak, which has achieved high marks from experienced fishing kayakers. Given all that comes with a purchase of the Pescador Pro 12.0, above all its superior design and awesome chair, it is a bargain within its under-a-thousand price point.

Pros

Cons

Lightweight construction

Slightly oversized to fit for some vehicles.

Excellent balance for easy entrance and exit

Water resistant compartments are not water-sealed

Comfortable and adjustable seating

Insufficient dry storage space for some users

Comfortable legroom

Comfortable footrest

Durable construction and scratch-resistant coating

Somewhat ample compartments and accessory holders

Easy transportation features

Ideal for serious anglers without unnecessary weight and accessories

Can add rudder

FAQ

Does the Perception Pescador Pro 12come with an anchor trolley?

Where are the carry handles on the Pro 12?

Are there pad eyes installed on the Pescador Pro 12?