After a quiet year of reorganization and design behind closed doors, Perception and Wilderness Systems hit the water with both feet introducing six new kayaks at ICAST 2019.

The new flagship is Perceptions Outlaw 11.5. Playing off design of Wilderness’ ATAK stand-up kayak, the Outlaw starts witha wide-open deck and fold-away seat.

The boat accommodates fish finder rigging and gear tracks. They’ve included ball mounts, they call solo mounts,to attach rod holders and other accessories.

Innovative “Double Barrel” rod holders on either side of the seat hold a rod at trolling angle or for transport.

The Outlaw has styling and accessories found on more expensive boats for only $699. The Outlaw will be available in late November. Coming in 2020, Wilderness Systems will add a Recon 120 and Patrol 120 fishing kayaks.

Building on the stand-up capabilities of the ATAK, the new boats will have a huge bow well and high seat. The Patrol is the paddle version and the Recon will offer Wildy’s new Helix pedal drive that looks to be simpler and stronger than previous pedal systems.

The Patrol will sell for $1099 and the pedal-powered Recon for $2199.

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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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