3 Waters Kayaks Big Fish 108
The Big Fish 108 certainly lives up to its “big” namesake when compared to other pedal kayaks. It has plenty of room for both seated and standing positions. Thanks to the cathedral tri-hull design, The Big Fish 108 has the same reputation for outstanding stability as other kayaks from 3 Waters.
- Outstanding stability
- Comfortable seat
- Easy to maneuver
- Good value
- Rod holders feel cheap
Size and Weight
At 11’ (335 cm) in length and 38” (96.5 cm) the Big Fish 108 is no small ride. At 135 lbs (61.2 kg) without the seat and the pedal drive, it’s not a lightweight kayak, either. To help you manage the heavier weight, the Big Fish 108 offers oversized, molded handles for loading and unloading, as well as tying off to a vehicle or trailer.
This kayak is one of the best for larger-sized individuals as the weight capacity is 450 pounds. Users report that the kayak is incredibly stable for individuals up to 300 pounds, even when standing on the Big Fish 108’s reinforced platform. It’s safe to say that the average angler could really pack this kayak out with plenty of bells and whistles and still have a very comfortable, smooth ride on the water.
There is no shortage of impressive features on the Big Fish 108. One of the most talked-about features on this one is the Pro Fish Pedal Drive, which is a chain-operated propulsion system that offers users with an incredibly smooth pedaling experience.
The Pro Fish Pedal Drive system is designed with anglers in mind. It features an 8 Ball one-hand steering system that helps users effortlessly turn the kayak in any direction. This makes it incredibly easy to move into a spot with your rod at the ready.
Part of the reason why the Big Fish 108 has unmatched maneuverability on the water the oversized Beaver Tail rudder system, which comes readily-installed on this kayak, unlike others in the Big Fish lineup.
The propeller system can be accessed from the seated or standing position, making it very easy to stop and clean any debris from your prop.
While the Big Fish 108 certainly delivers on having some great features that anglers want to see in a pedal kayak, there are a few drawbacks. Some of the features, like rod holders, appear to be more budget-minded than other premium kayak brands.
The Big Fish 108’s padded, adjustable seat provides all-day comfort. It can quickly and easily be adjusted for height, recline position, and can also be flipped up and out of the way if you need maximum standing area. The seat can be adjusted with one hand, which is important if you’re holding a rod in your other hand.
The Big Fish 108 is one of the most accommodating kayaks on the market for large people. Even those who might avoid kayak fishing due to height or weight concerns will be surprised at the extensive legroom and weight capacity this kayak offers. The tri-hull design coupled with the oversized Beaver Tail rudder provides a great balance of tracking and maneuverability.
One drawback of the Big Fish 108 is that it is slower than many kayaks of the same length. This is mainly due to the wide body and extra weight, but it’s quite apparent that this kayak is built for comfort and performance rather than raw speed. The Big Fish 108 is also known to be much easier to pedal than the Big Fish 105 or some other pedal kayaks.
Specification: 3 Waters Kayaks Big Fish 108