Perception Pescador Pro 12.0
The Perception Pescador Pro 12 is an incredible performer in variable conditions. You can trust its built-in safety, stability, and fishability while having fun building your balance and confidence on the water.
Perception Pescador Pro 12 is an excellent boat for discerning people who equally enjoy paddling and kayak angling. This boat offers remarkable value for the money and even more potential.
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Size and Weight
The Perception Pescador Pro 12 is 12′ (365 cm) long, has a 32.5″ (82 cm) beam, and 14.5″ (37 cm) deck height. Its weight of 64 lbs allows relatively easy loading onto the car top racks or the truck bed. Leaning into the lightweight category also provides better storage options.
The Pro 12 has a maximum capacity of 375 lbs and is well-suited to accommodate you, your gear, tackle and catch without compromising performance. This kayak is best suited for anglers with a sitting fishing style or bass fishermen of average or smaller stature who, together with their gear, do not exceed 80 percent of the kayak’s total weight capacity.
Perception makes their kayaks from a proprietary High-Density Polyethylene material using the company-specific, one-piece rotational molding technology. The process involves pouring beads of polyethylene into the mold, which gets heated up and slowly rotated so that the material fills up every nook and cranny. After the mold cools down, you get a one-piece, leak-proof construction that is extremely rugged and durable.
The Perception Pescador Pro 12 features two flush mount carry handles and two molded-in grips, one on each side of the cockpit.
In terms of storage, the kayak features a sizeable bow tank well covered with stretch mesh to keep the gear or catch in place. It also doubles as a paddle park.
In the rear, an oversized tank well secured with bungees can accommodate a crate and additional gear or tackle. Under the seat, the manufacturer provides a molded-in recess that fits one Plano 3600 tackle box. Two eyelets next to the chair serve to tie some tools or small accessories.
Behind the seat, there is a horizontally orientated, 5″ deck plate that is the only dry storage in-hull access point on the whole boat. However, this hatch is not easy to use while fishing because of its position and angle.
Apart from a set of standard, adjustable footrests, and the two molded-in rod parks, the cockpit features a low-profile center pod that is fish finder ready and fits a transducer battery. It comes with an insert on the lid where you can fix the display.
The unique thing about the Pro 12 console is that it includes two cable outlets at the back that guide the battery wiring directly into the transducer scupper hole in the bow tank well. Through the hole, the installation ends with a transducer recess at the bottom that includes all necessary inserts to secure the device. The console also features a cup holder.
In Perception’s Pescador line, the Pro 12 and Pro 10 are the models that come with a stadium-style chair. It features a removable aluminum frame, dual-layered mesh padding and excellent comfort for all-day fishing excursions. The seating is adjustable into two settings – high and low but it is recommendable to put plugs into the scupper holes under the seat if you prefer a pleasant and dry journey.
The Pescador Pro 12 comes pre-rigged with multiple accessory mount options throughout the deck.
The boat includes two plastic YakAttack gear tracks on each cockpit gunnel where you can attach rod holders, GoPro, or any gear of your choosing.
Behind the chair, the Pescador Pro 12 comes with two molded-in rod holders that are only 5.4″ deep. Thus, they cannot accommodate most of the fishing rods. As a solution, Perception offers the specially designed Rod-X Pro tapered rod holders that are compatible with all the Pescador and Sound models.
Lastly, the Pescador Pro 12 includes a replaceable skid plate that protects the stern keel and paddle tie-down on the left side of the cockpit.
The hull design and balanced load distribution provide superb stability and on-deck maneuverability in calm to moderate weather and water conditions.
For a 12-foot kayak, a 32.5″ beam guarantees excellent sitting stability for an agile paddler that has mastered its balance in this yak.
It is very easy to gain momentum with this streamlined fishing kayak because it is highly responsive to paddle strokes and the tracking keel effortlessly holds straight course. The built-in buoyancy and sharp, narrow bow tip that cuts the water without friction only adds acceleration to your paddling efforts. If you need better drift control during casting, installing an anchor is an easy fix.
If you need to cover long distances, prepare yourself for some hard paddling or consider buying the 12-foot version of the Pescador Pro instead.
Perception kayaks are warranted against material or manufacturing defects in the hull and deck for 5 years from the date of the original purchase of the kayak. Parts, accessories, and outfitting are warranted for one year.
To learn more about Perception Kayaks’ warranty terms and conditions, click here.
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Specification: Perception Pescador Pro 12.0