Predator XL Minn Kota ‘bad news for bass’
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Bad news for bass, but good news for anglers – that’s the new kayak now appearing on the market from Old Town, says the US manufacturer.
Introduced to the trade at last year’s ICAST, the Predator XL Minn Kota pairs two of the industries most admired brands in a combination designed to get anglers to the most inaccessible or tight fishing spots.
A powerful 45lb-thrust, saltwater-grade Minn Kota motor is matched with Old Town’s foot-operated rudder system in this ‘serious fishing machine’.
“We wanted to bridge the gap between fishing kayaks and bass boats and shallow water skiffs,” says David Hadden, Brand Director for Johnson Outdoors Watercraft, owner of the Old Town brand.
“The game changer is the combination of the new Minn Kota motor and foot-controlled rudder system, which allows you truly hands-free fishing. Now you can work the shoreline like a tournament bass angler, moving and casting at every dock, stump or hanging tree limb without taking your hands off the rod to reposition your boat.”
The Predator XL Minn Kota incorporates all of the popular features of the orginal Predator, including the seating system, customisable, sonar-mounting plates and a deck and tri-hull design to provide extra stability and tracking.
The ‘XL’ signifies the kayak’s 600lb carrying capacity along with a lift-and-stow Minn Kota console system that features a dual forward and reverse speed dial, battery level indicator, sonar-mounting plates and USB charging port. It can be simply lifted for storage and equally easily repositioned back into its housing.
“The Predator XL Minn Kota will set a whole new bar in what consumers expect from a fishing kayak,” adds Hadden. “We guarantee you will fish more and catch more fish!”
The XL is 13’ 2” long and 36” wide and weighs between 92lb and 117lb.