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- Pelican Catch 120
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- Build QualityEditor: 89%
- Storage CapacityEditor: 80%
- ComfortEditor: 87%
- StabilityEditor: 93%
- ManeuverabilityEditor: 82%
It is sometimes possible to save a little money when purchasing a high-quality kayak by opting for a similar model with fewer features. This allows you to access a kayak that performs very well on the water, while still having the ability to add on features at a later time. In fact, many manufacturers produce “stripped down” versions of some of their most popular models, to enable anglers to do exactly this.
Pelican does this with their Catch line, which includes a feature-packed version called the Catch 120 NXT and a relatively spartan model, called the Catch 120. In this particular case, the Catch 120 is a great option for anglers that can’t quite afford the Catch 120 NXT, but still want a craft that provides similar stability, maneuverability and durability.
- Very stable craft, which permits standing
- Made from premium materials
- Two-position seat system allows you to sit high or low as appropriate for the circumstances
- Somewhat limited storage space
- Some anglers complained that water entered the cockpit
- No skid plate or thigh pads are included
Like many other Pelican kayaks, the Catch 120 is made from RAM-X™ PREMIUM — a multi-layer polyethylene containing advanced resins. This provides more rigidity than standard polyethylene and makes the craft lighter, stiffer and stronger than most kayaks at the same price point.
The Catch 120 features a tunnel hull design, which makes it perform well in shallow water, but it does not have a skid plate, so care is required.
The Catch 120 only provides a modest amount of storage space; this is part of the reason it is priced a bit lower than the Catch 120 NXT. A large quick seal hatch is located at the bow and provides you with a place to store tools and tackle, while a spacious cargo deck is located behind the seat.
A small flat area is present behind the cargo area, but it won’t be especially helpful as it lacks the bungee cords that the cargo deck has. Two flush-mount rod holders are included and situated diagonally behind the seat. Two paddle keepers are included (one on each side of the vessel) and a bottle holder is located directly in front of the seat.
Despite being a relatively feature-light kayak, the Catch 120 comes with the ERGOCAST G2 dual position seating system, which allows you to ride in an elevated position for maximum visibility or drop down to deck-level when its time to paddle.
The seat is adjustable, as are the included foot braces to ensure that you can achieve a comfortable riding position. The cockpit is rather roomy, and most anglers will likely find that it is easy to stay comfortable during long trips.
The Pelican Catch 120 is a very stable vessel. It is capable of handling calm to moderately choppy waters with ease, and you’ll be able to battle big fish confidently and without fear of tipping over.
In fact, most anglers will find it possible to stand up on the Pelican Catch 120, as it is not only stable, but it provides plenty of room for your feet and a stand-assist strap. The Catch 120 is a very buoyant craft, and it’ll handle up to 400 pounds of rider and cargo.
The Catch 120 is a pleasure to pilot, as it tracks well and turns on a dime. It isn’t the fastest kayak available, but it is fast enough to suit the needs of most anglers – finding a faster vessel will likely require spending more money, not choosing a competing model.
The Catch 120 weighs about 70 pounds, so it won’t be light enough for all anglers to carry, but it will be a breeze to haul it from your vehicle to the water with help. The four included handles make it even easier to do so.
The Catch 120 doesn’t have as many storage compartments or features as some other kayaks at the same price point, but it makes up for this by providing performance that exceeds that of most comparably priced models. It is a stable craft that will handle moderately choppy waters or allow you to battle big fish, and most anglers will find that standing up while fishing is easy too.
It is relatively lightweight, yet most anglers will probably want help when moving it around, but this is a small price to pay for such an excellent craft. Anglers shopping at this price point should definitely give the Catch 120 serious consideration.
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|Length (ft / cm)||11'8" / 355cm|
|Width (in / cm)||34" / 86cm|
|Height (in / cm)||15" / 38cm|
|Kayak Weight (lbs / kg)||15" / 38cm|
|Weight Capacity (lbs / kg)||400 lbs / 181kg|
|Cockpit Size (in / cm)||N/A|
|Hull Material||Multi Layer Polyethylene|
|Number of People||1|
|Salt Water Friendly||No|
|Adjustable Foot Braces||Yes|
|Other Included Items||None|