predatorkayak

A closer look at the Predator

The following is taken from Old Town’s press release, and offers a closer look at the boats of Canyon Kayak Bassin’.

The Predator brings anglers closer to the water and the action with nearly unlimited options to customize the kayak around their specific equipment and unique needs. Featuring six strategically-placed, removable mounting plates, the Predator enables consumers to install rod holders, GPS units, fish finders, cameras and more virtually anywhere around the boat without drilling into the hull so they can tailor the craft for their personal style.

The Predator boasts standout features including the three-stage Element™ seating system that can be lowered for paddling, raised for fishing or even flipped out of the way in stand-up mode for poling, sighting and casting. The proprietary, slip resistant Exo-Ridge™ deck is designed for sure footing and superior drainage, while the Tri-hull construction provides both incredible durability and stability. A package unique in the marketplace, the Old Town Predator ensures anglers can paddle in comfort, arrange equipment to their exact specifications and even stand to fish.

“In designing and building the Predator, we set out to turn convention upside down and deliver a totally new fishing experience,” said David Hadden, Old Town Brand Director. “The Predator still delivers the stability and comfort kayak anglers demand, but the ability to customize this kayak to your specific needs, and adjust it on the fly as your needs change, helps set it miles ahead of the competition.”

The Predator possesses a large capacity center console for maximum storage and additional mounting options, while dual rod tip holders at the bow help store valuable fishing rods safely and securely. Other key features include a large bow hatch with Old Town’s patented Click Seal cover, scupper holes for quick drainage, large rear tank well with Exo-Ridge design to keep gear accessible and dry, paddle keepers, adjustable foot braces and side-mounted rod retainers that allow for convenient grab and cast. The Predator is tailor made to accept aftermarket options like Scotty™ outriggers, Steady Stand-Up Bar and a Minn Kota™ trolling motor mount. Available in two new models, Old Town Predator kayaks land at authorized dealers in Summer 2013.

Meet the anglers - Brian Steves

Background

Age 40, originally from upstate New York, currently residing in Portland, OR.

I grew up fishing for bass, panfish, pike, walleye on Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes. Ice fishing was a big deal in my family.

I was a lifeguard and swim instructor in high school and college and I’ve been a marine biologist since, so all of the day jobs I’ve ever owned have been water related.

I started kayak fishing while attending grad school in Long Island New York.  I didn’t know kayak fishing was becoming a sport in places like San Diego at the time, I was just looking for a cheap way to get me out to the schools of striped bass and bluefish I had been fishing for from the beach.  It actually worked quite well and I was hooked.

Tournament Wins

2005 1st annual NCKA Elk Rockfish tournament  (this tournament was later moved to Albion and became the largest NCKA tournament), 2006 2nd annual NCKA Bendo at Mendo striped bass tournament, 2006 Randy Fry Memorial - Kayak fishing division.

That was 3 wins in my first 5 tournaments.  Since then, I’ve had a bunch of top 10 finishes.

Previous Expeditions

I spent May of 2005 in Baja Mexico kayak fishing with two buddies.  No guides, no resorts, just three guys in a Tacoma Tundra with tents and kayaks.  Together we caught over 30 different species of fish and ate about 20 of them.

Sponsorships

Ocean Kayak

Learn more about Brian at The Milkcrate Magazine