The Crescent Kayaks LiteTackle is one of the most popular fishing kayaks in the $1,000 range for good reasons. It is considered to be one of the best “paddling” kayaks available and offers superb performance in a relatively lightweight package.
- Excellent tracking
- Good stability
- Plenty of storage
- Easy to transport
- No deck padding
- Low seating
The LiteTackle was designed by kayak anglers for kayak anglers. Crescent has gone to great lengths to ensure that it meets and exceeds your expectations. With endless amounts of storage and impressive performance on the water, it’s easy to see why the Crescent LiteTackle has made such a splash in the kayak angling world.
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Size and Weight
The LiteTackle is measured at 12’4” (375.9 cm) long and 34” (86.3 cm) wide, which puts it squarely in the range of full-size fishing kayaks. It is—like most other Crescent Kayak models—surprisingly lightweight for its overall size. The LiteTackle tips the scales at just 75 lbs (34 kg), making it considerably lighter than most other kayaks of the same size. Most adults will be able to cartop and handle this kayak without too much effort.
With an overall capacity of 450 lbs (204.1 kg), the LiteTackle provides users with plenty of space to store gear. The LiteTackle also has an open deck which allows users to store more items right in front of the seat if they choose to.
The LiteTackle has plenty of features that anglers will find useful, especially for a kayak that’s priced at under $1,000.
To start, there is more than enough storage space all over this kayak. The bow features an oversized watertight hatch. It lets you store fishing rods, paddles and just about any other gear inside the hull. That hatch is covered by bungee straps which can be used to hold other gear items like jackets and rain gear.
The LiteTackle has handles on the bow and stern, as well as on both sides of the seat, which make it relatively easy to handle this kayak and for one single user to put it atop a vehicle or even tote it to the shoreline.
The kayak also features YakAttack gear tracking systems on either side, which can easily accommodate rod holders, camera mounts, paddle holders, and more.
Users will find plenty of legroom as the LiteTackle features an open cockpit area that does not have the usual center console or dry pod that most other fishing kayaks offer. Some users find this to be a positive aspect while others are less enthusiastic.
The cockpit area features a reinforced platform that allows the user to stand on and cast or paddle, but one downside is that this platform is not padded, and therefore does not dampen any noise created by footsteps or dropping items on the cockpit floor.
Users will find a StashBox on either side of the cockpit that allows for dry storage of small tools and tackle items, as well as cellphones and other valuables.
The LiteTackle’s seat is reported to be extremely comfortable. Its curved backing provides plenty of support and can be adjusted to recline, or sit up straight based on the user’s preference.
While the seat is said to be very comfortable, it’s low position in the boat is a problem for some anglers when they sit and stand. Many users find themselves struggling to stand up from such a low seating position, and also report that it is difficult to sit down as well.
The stern area features an oversized open well storage area, and users can also clamp a trolling motor to the stern without adding any bracket systems.
When it comes to performance, the LiteTackle blows away most of the competition among kayaks listed as being priced under a grand. The full-length keel creates excellent tracking, and users report that the LiteTackle does not easily veer off-course when paddling, despite not being fitted with a rudder. The hull design also gives users plenty of stability to stand whenever necessary. It also has the ability to make moderately tight turns, which will allow anglers to easily get in and out of narrow canals and creeks.
Specification: Crescent LiteTackle