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- Ocean Kayak Tetra 12 Angler
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- Build QualityEditor: 93%
- Storage CapacityEditor: 90%
- ComfortEditor: 90%
- StabilityEditor: 86%
- ManeuverabilityEditor: 88%
Anglers seek out different things in kayaks. Some prefer a plethora of storage space and fishing-friendly features, while others prize stability and build quality above all else. Still, others value a kayak that is lightweight and easy to launch or land. Read our in depth Ocean Kayak Tetra 12 Angler review and see our feedback on this fishing kayak’s build quality, storage capacity, comfort, balance, and more.
While these types of features are usually not found in the same kayak – at least not at an intermediate price point – the Ocean Kayak Tetra 12 Angler provides all of these things and more. A 12-foot-1-inch-long, 56-pound kayak, the Tetra 12 Angler performs well on the water and comes with almost all of the features that an angler could want.
- Lightweight, yet strong kayak that is very easy to carry and launch
- Provides a very stable ride, even in choppy water
- The included Modular Fishing Pod allows you to mount additional rod holders or electronics
- Comes with a comfortable seat and adjustable foot supports
- Some anglers reported that water readily entered the craft and caused them to get wet
- No standing platform is included
- Only one paddle keeper is included
The Ocean Kayak Tetra 12 Angler is a very well-built kayak. It is very rigid, sturdy and durable, yet it remains very light – especially for such a roomy boat. It weighs only 56 pounds and features front and rear handles, which makes it very easy to manipulate or load on your car, even if you are by yourself.
A few anglers did complain that it frequently took on about half an inch of water, but this was a minor complaint. In general, the overall quality of the construction received great praise from anglers who tried the kayak. The Ocean Kayak Tetra 12 Angler is saltwater safe and ready to help you catch your favorite saltwater gamefish.
The Tetra 12 Angler provides an adequate amount of storage space for most anglers. It features a watertight storage compartment in the bow, which is accessible via a click seal bow hatch, which some anglers may prefer to the typical hatch closures included with other kayaks. It also features a roomy cargo area in the stern, which is equipped with elastic bands to keep your cooler or bait well secure.
It comes with a single paddle keeper on the right side of the seat and two flush-mounted rod holders. However, the most impressive storage feature of the craft is the included Modular Fishing Pod, which includes a cup holder and provides a place to mount GPS units, fish finders or articulating rod holders.
The Ocean Kayak Tetra 12 Angler provides a bit more room than many kayaks of similar size. It comes with Ocean Kayak’s Comfort Hybrid Seat, which is easy to adjust and provides the kind of support and comfort most anglers want. You can even remove the seat back quickly and easily if you’d like.
The Tetra 12 Anger also features the Support Track Foot Brace System, which is easy to adjust and comes with position indicators, so that you can ensure both foot supports are at the same distance from your body. The foot braces also feature extra padding, which makes them great for those who prefer to kayak while barefoot.
The Tetra 12 Anglers is surprisingly stable for a craft that only measures 28 inches across. Most anglers who tried the kayak found that it was easy to stay upright in the craft and that it was also easy to get out and get back in – even in deep water — without capsizing.
It even appears to remain stable in relatively choppy waters and was specifically designed to punch through the surface and cut through open waters. Several anglers used it for near-shore fishing excursions and found it to be up to the task.
The Tetra 12 Angler is a nimble craft that is easy to pilot with precision. It tracks well and allows you to turn quickly and easily. Most anglers reported that it even performed well in windy conditions, although it does weathercock in especially strong winds.
It does not come with a rudder, which disappointed a few anglers, and an aftermarket, add-on rudder would probably make the craft maneuver and track even better than it already does.
Most anglers will be very pleased with the Tetra 12 Angler. It comes equipped with enough storage space and enough weight capacity to hold all of your gear, and it is ready for a variety of different fishing locations, from small farm ponds to the open ocean. It maneuvers and tracks well, although it does have a habit of turning into the wind when crossing open spaces.
It comes with the innovative Modular Fishing Pod, so it is ready for all of your electronics, and it provides plenty of legroom and adjustable foot supports for maximum comfort. The Tetra 12 Angler has a few small problems, but most are easily outweighed by the craft’s construction quality and stability.
|Model||Tetra 12 Angler|
|Price||Check on Amazon|
|Color(s)||Brown Camo, Urban Camo|
|Length (ft / cm)||12'1" / 368cm|
|Width (in / cm)||28" / 71.1cm|
|Height (in / cm)||N/A|
|Kayak Weight (lbs / kg)||56 lbs / 25.4kg|
|Weight Capacity (lbs / kg)||350 lbs / 158.8kg|
|Cockpit Size (in / cm)||N/A|
|Number of People||1|
|Salt Water Friendly||Yes|
|Adjustable Foot Braces||Yes|
|Other Included Items||None|