Native Manta Ray Angler 12 XT
The Native Manta Ray Angler 12 XT is built to perform as a budget-friendly kayak that still offers the high-performance that the brand has become known for. This kayak is a new adaptation to the thermoformed Native Manta Ray 12 LT, which was also billed as a kayak that offers plenty to like without the hefty price tag. The Manta Ray Angler is designed for optimal stability in a variety of potential conditions, including fishing in coastal areas with larger waves. This kayak certainly deserves a closer look from anglers looking to get in on some of the best features Native is known for producing without spending more than $1,000 to do so.
- Good overall agility and control
- Great stability
- Transducer ready
- Dry storage
- Adjustable seat
- Lightweight design
- Lacks rod holder in front of seat
- Limited space for electronics display
Size and Weight
The Manta Ray Angler XT is wider and longer than the LT. The kayak is 12’7” (384 cm) long and 33” (84 cm) wide, offering a more solid base for greater stability. This kayak is one of Native’s more lightweight options, tipping the scales at a hull weight of just 63 lbs (28.6 kg) and a fully-rigged weight of 68 lbs (30.8 kg).
Like its thermoformed cousin, the Manta Ray Angler XT has just 325 lbs (121 kg) of capacity, a number that might turn away some anglers who require a greater amount of gear. However, for users who might not need to pack this kayak down with lots of extra weight, the Manta Ray Angler XT offers a lot of reasons for potential buyers to be interested in choosing it over some of the larger, heavier options offered by Native and its competitors.
The Manta Ray Angler XT is rare in that it’s price is offered at under a grand, but the kayak still includes many of the features and capabilities that are typically found in premium fishing kayaks.
The bow and stern are fitted with molded carrying handles to make porting the kayak easier, especially considering it’s lightweight design. The bow is also fitted with a large dry storage hatch where users can easily store personal floatation devices, extra tackle and other gear as needed.
The kayak’s cockpit area features an electronics-ready console that anglers can use to install their favorite electronics equipment and to store their battery in a dry, safe place on the kayak.
There are two adjustable footpegs located on either side of the cockpit, as well as non-slip padding along the deck that will help add footing for anglers when standing. Two long gear tracks are located on either side of the cockpit area in front of the seat.
The Manta Ray Angler XT’s adjustable seat is one of its shining features. The seat is fitted onto an aluminum frame and features breathable mesh padding that allows users to remain as dry as possible. The seat can be placed in either a high or low position, and there is ample tackle storage located under the seat. There is also a grooved water bottle holder directly in front of the seat.
Behind the seat is another, smaller dry storage hatch that can be used to store extra gear. On either side of the seat’s back are two rod holders that can be used for trolling or storage.
The stern features a large open storage well that is ideal for coolers and tackle crates. The well is also fitted with bungee cords to aid in keeping gear in place.
The Manta Ray Angler XT’s overall design and size helps provide excellent stability when comparing this kayak to others of competing brands. Despite having a slightly wider body than other budget kayaks, the Manta Ray Angler XT offers good speed and tracking thanks to an improved molded skeg design. The kayak is very easy to control and has great agility in a variety of different conditions. Many users report that the Manta Ray Angler XT handles much like one would expect a premium kayak to and are sometimes surprised at its abilities despite its minimal price tag.
Specification: Native Manta Ray Angler 12 XT