Fishing Kayak Review: Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130X (VIDEO)

Tarpon 130x: The boat we love with a topside design we love more. Photo: Ric Burnley
Tarpon 130x: The boat we love with a topside design we love more.

Why reinvent the wheel? Wilderness Systems’ Tarpon has been a proven fish killer since the early days of kayak fishing. For 2015, the Tarpon has been redesigned to include modern features in a time-proven hull. While the underside of the Tarpon hasn’t changed, the topside features the modern marvels that kayak anglers expect.

For beginners, the new Tarpon includes Wildy’s FlexPod OS that accepts electronics and gear or the Torqueedo motor. They’ve also included a handy utility consol that can be switched from a cupholder to a tool holder to a blank slate. The tankwell has been expanded to accept utility crate or live well. A test paddle of the new Tarpon proved the same great performance while the new additions were easy to reach and easy to accomodate.

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Ric Burnley
“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.


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