Kayak Angler
Kayak Angler editor Ric Burnley demos the Pelican Catch 100

I fell in love with Pelican’s Catch 120 when it was introduced a few years ago. Even though the new Catch 100 is two feet shorter, there is more to love about this new boat.

Pelican’s famous thermoformed manufacturing process builds a lighter, tougher boat that remains stiff and strong. The 10-foot Catch 100 is even lighter than her big sister. The new boat keeps the popular flat deck of the Catch 120 with little room sacrificed for a shorter water line. It also uses a modified tunnel hull that provides straight line tracking with solid stability. On the water, the boat paddles well for a 10-footer. The pontoons keep the boat on course while the shorter waterline makes it easy to turn. One paddle stroke spins the boat 180 degrees. As if standing in the boat isn’t easy enough, they added a stand-assist strap to make it even easier.

Upgrades include a new locking bow hatch and tough bow and stern handles that make it easy to move the boat. The foot rests are simple to adjust and stay in place and there is even a fish ruler on the deck. Flush mount rod holders behind the seat are perfect for transport or trolling. There are paddle holders on each side of the seat so you can

One of my favorite things about the Pelican line is the cool color combinations from bright yellows to muted oranges and greens.

I saved the best for last. Pelican redesigned their high-low seat to look cooler and feel more comfortable. The new ERGOCAST high-low seat combines mesh and foam for padding and breathability. The seat doesn’t sag in the middle while still providing plenty of support. To move the seat, simply loosen a strap and lift the seat into the higher supports. Lower the seat and it sits flush with the deck for the best possible paddling position that is out of the wind. Integrated into the seat, a large pocket in the back will fit a tackle tray and smaller pockets on the seat are perfect for small tools or a cell phone.

Like the popular Catch 120, the new Catch 100 will also come in a Catch 100 NXT model that includes Scotty fishing accessories.

Length: 10ft

Width: 34in

Thickness: 15in

Weight: 60-pounds

Max Capacity: 350lbs

Available Fall 2017

Catch 100: $649 Catch 100NXT $779

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