Perception Pescador Pro Kayak Review 2022

  • Date: December 26, 2021

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If you have been researching different paddle kayaks to go fishing in, then I am sure you have come across the range of Perception Pescador Pro kayaks.

After looking into these kayaks more myself, it became apparent what all the fuss is about.

So I have written a full review of the Perception Pescador Pro kayaks here to give you as much information on them to help you make an informed decision.

Table of Contents

Perception Pescador Pro range

There are two kayaks available in the Perception Pescador Pro range, the Perception Pescador Pro 10.0 and the Perception Pescador Pro 12.0.

The two different versions vary in size, with the 10.0 model reaching 10’ 6” in length, and the 12.0 reaching 12’ in length.

Perception Kayak Pescador Pro

Perception Pescador Pro 10.0

Perception Kayak Pescador Pro

Perception Pescador Pro 12.0

Design factors

Both of these kayaks have a sit-on-top design, which is ideal for fishing as it gives you more flexibility to move around and utilize more space within the kayak with your fishing gear and accessories.

What I loved about the design of the Perception Pescador Pro kayaks is that they are very spacious.

The hull is quite wide, so not only do you have that extra bit of stability due to the wideness, but you also feel that you are not squeezed into a tight spot and you have plenty of room to move around and store your fishing gear.

The quality of the kayaks also feels very good. As soon as you start to look over all of the design elements you can see that a lot of thought has gone into the layout, and also the quality of the build is extremely high.

Both Perception Pescador Pro kayaks are surprising light too. Carrying them from your vehicle to the water should not be a problem, and this also gives you more ability to access waterways that other heavier kayaks may not be able to reach.

The hull of the kayak is made from polyethylene, so it is light and extremely durable. There is also a skid plate added to the bottom of the hull to provide added durability. You can expect to get many years of usage out of your Perception Pescador Pro.

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One of the biggest gripes for many kayak anglers is the lack of comfort, as so many kayak designs have put their focus on other areas.

But that cannot be said of the Perception Pescador Pro, as comfort levels have clearly been out high up in the thought process when designing them.

The stadium-style pro seat gives you a nice big cushioned area to plant your bum, and even if you are of a larger build you will find there is plenty of room, and cushioning to support your weight and size.

Perception Kayak Pescador Pro

The backrest of the seat also provides some much-needed support when spending hours out on the water.

Also, the seat has two adjustable positions, so you can set it in the optimal position for your requirements. The seat is also removable if you want to take it off to clean or while traveling.

The size of the cockpit allows you to move your legs around freely, which again is a very important factor when spending a long time in the kayak.

There are adjustable foot braces so you can plant your feet in the most comfortable position while paddling out to your fishing spot.

Main Features

While the Perception Pescador Pro kayaks are not as feature-heavy as some other models, you still get a lot of the essential design features that you would want in a fishing kayak, and a few other very well received ones too.

First of all, you have tank-wells on both the bow and stern of the kayaks that have been molded into the design.

The tank-wells on the Perception Pescador Pro 12.0 kayak are larger in capacity than on the Perception Pescador Pro 10.0 version.

On both versions, the stern (rear) tank-well has bungee keepers to hold your tank in place, and the bow (front) tank-wells have a mesh gear cover to ensure you don’t lose any of the fishing equipment.

If you want to add a fish finder to the kayak, you have a storage console that will be able to house all of the electronic components and battery.

There is also a small hatch at the stern of the kayak that gives you access to the interior of the hull.

There is also a small dry storage area in front of the seat, so you can store things like your wallet and phone. It is not very spacious though, so you won’t be able to fit much more than a few smaller items.

Perception Kayak Pescador Pro

In the middle of the kayak, you have a convenient recess that can easily hold your tackle boxes and any other gear that you want easy access to.

There is also a cup holder molded into the kayak’s body, so you can keep that early morning coffee at hand while you are out on the water.

Rod holders

The Perception Pescador Pro kayaks come with dual rod holders that are molded into the body of the kayak, just behind the chair.

This allows you to keep your rods out of the way while you are paddling out to your destination, and also you are able to quickly and easily access them when needed.

Only having two rod holders built into the design of the body is less than some other kayaks have, but you always have the option of purchasing additional rod holders that can be attached to the kayak if required.

You can do this by using the excellent YakAttack Gear Trac system, which allows you to easily attach other rod and paddle accessories to the kayak, and fix them in the optimal positions for your own personal requirements.

There are also paddle parks, so if you want to store your paddle out of the way while you are fishing you can do so by simply clipping the paddle into this convenient parking system.

Carry handles

There are two carry handles attached to the Perception Pescador Pro kayaks, one at the bow and another at the stern.

There are also handles at each site around the position of the chair that have been molded into the design, to give you a sturdier grip when picking the kayak up from the side.

Tracking and manoeuvring

One thing that really stands out on the Perception Pescador Pro kayaks is their tracking ability. They seem to glide through the water effortlessly and stay on a true course, making your paddling that much more efficient.

The kayaks are very easy to turn as well, so if you are in tighter spots and you need to maneuver around structure, you will find this quite easy to do. Even in the larger Perception Pescador Pro 12.0 model, the maneuverability is impressive.

Stability and ideal water types

Both Perception Pescador Pro kayaks are designed to be stable, but due to their fairly thin depth, they are more suited to calmer waters.

While you can certainly take both models out into open water, you would not want to do so if conditions are poor and the water is too choppy.

Perception Kayak Pescador Pro

You can stand to fish in the Perception Pescador Pro, but you do need to be mindful of your balance and do not make any rash movements. But if you are fishing on flat water, then standing is definitely possible.

The ideal water types for the Perception Pescador Pro kayaks are lakes, ponds, slower-flowing rivers, estuaries, and calmer coastal waters.

Kayak dimensions and weight capacity

To get a better understanding of the size, weight, and weight capacity of both the Pescador Pro 10.0 and 12.0, here is a breakdown for both:

Perception Pescador Pro 10.0Perception Pescador Pro 12.0

10′ 6″  |  3.23m

12′  |  3.65m


32 ” |  81cm

32.5″ | 82cm

Deck Height:

14″  |  36cm

14.5″ | 37cm


57lbs  |  26kg

64lbs  |  29kg

Weight Capacity:

325lbs  |  147kg

375lbs  |  170kg

Pros and cons:


  • Extremely tough and durable
  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Very comfortable adjustable seat
  • check Plenty of room for legs, and fishing gear
  • check Well thought out design
  • check Large tank-well storage at front and rear
  • check Very stable
  • check Tracks extremely well
  • check Great manoeuvrability
  • check Great value for money
  • check Suitable for beginners upwards


  • Dry storage area very limited
  • Only has two built in rod holders

Final verdict on the Perception Pescador Pro

The Perception Pescador Pro kayak, whether it be the 10.0 or the 12.0 model, is ideal for the beginner up to the intermediary level of kayak angler.

The design is excellent, every aspect has been well thought through with so it is not only very comfortable to sail but also you will have everything you need within easy reach.

If you are looking for a good quality kayak at a reasonable price, then the Perception Pescador Pro certainly delivers. With the two sizes available, you have good options to suit your kayak fishing needs.

  1. After several weeks of reading reviews, going and looking, pushing on some of the flimsy models I finally purchased the Pro 10 on. Being rather new to kayaking, only have gone down some easy flowing rivers and creeks a half dozen times in my life, I wasn’t sure what to expect. With my wife and youngest daughter, a friend and his wife and son, we took off to a local lake. At first I was a little unsteady, so I put my seat in the lower position. Then we were good to go. The lake was never smooth, between boats constantly going by and the wind, but the kayak never gave me the feeling I was tipping over. My buddy and I decided to make about a two and a half mile trip across the lake and up a creek, we had our wives pick us up at a different spot. The kayak wasn’t super fast but wasn’t bad. Seemed to track well, even though it was only 10 and a half feet long. Once we got up in a shallow spot I decided to try standing. At 50 years old, 5′ 11” 225 lbs it was shaky. Wouldn’t fish like that. Someone younger with better balance maybe. Overall, packing a cooler full of drinks, 12 waters 4 Gatorades with ice. Some food and our drink cups all carried on my kayak, getting to stuff was no problem. I carried my phone and wallet in a plastic bag in the small compartment in the front, moving around on it was no problem, just not gonna stand on it. The seat was very comfortable, we were on the water for 5 hours and I never got sore, I am a farrier so back pain is a reoccurring issue. All in All I was very pleased, my buddy has a Jackson sit in, and we stayed pretty much the same the whole way across the lake.

    1. Hi Chuck, thank you for taking the time to post your review of the Pro 10 here. And great to hear that you’re enjoying the freedom that a fishing kayak can provide. It certainly sounds like you got a lot of gear on the kayak without any issues, and doing a 5 hour stint without getting sore is excellent. They certainly do have comfortable seats and make longer sessions out on the water possible. Keep enjoying your Pro 10 kayak Chuck, i’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun in it.

  2. I bought a Perception Pescador Pro 120 and returned it 2 weeks later. After having it on the water 3 times I quickly realized it had some design flaws. First as you mentioned there is hardly any dry storage. Second the rod holders will barely hold on to your rods. I almost lost one and thanks to my wife I didn’t. Third the scupper holes under the seat act as a jets for water to soak your rear end. In the end I end up with a Vibe Sea Ghost 130 for roughly $100 more. Weight capacity is almost 150 lbs. more, there is drastically more dry storage. Rod holders don’t seem like a second thought. The Vibe comes with a rudder. Overall the Perception Pescador Pro 120 is an decent kayak, but I prefer the Vibe SG hands down for being in similar price points.

    1. Hi Chris, thank you for taking the time to post your experience with the Pro 12.0, and sorry to hear you had issues with yours! When I tested the 12.0 I was on very calm water, and my bum stayed pretty dry (and i found the stadium style seat really comfortable). But I agree that the two rod holders didn’t look that sturdy, but I didn’t actually use them other than when I was paddling out and back. You can also buy additional rod holders to fit on the Pescador Pro too, so could be an option if you felt the original ones weren’t up to scratch. Good to hear your opinion on the Vibe Sea Ghost as well, I will have to try and get one to test so I can write a more in-depth review about it also.

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