Tarpon 120 Ultralite - Can you stand up and fly fish from it?


I'm in the market for a very light kayak from which you can standup and fly fish from. I current have an Ocean Kayak Big Game Prowler which is great on stability but kind of heavy (69+ lbs).

I'm looking at the Tarpon 120 Ultralite which has a great weight (43 lbs) but I'm not sure if you can stand on it to fish.

Has anyone experience with this, and even better some photo/video documentation?


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Comment by Shota Aki on April 11, 2010 at 12:56am
I own the Ocean Kayak Big Game Prowler and it is a great boat. I can stand on it very easily (and I'm 200lbs). I can sit on the side of it with my legs in the water. I can jump in the water and climb back on. I can even stand on it facing backward when the winds force me to. so its a very stable platform. I think it would be awesome for larger waters but I've never taken it out on the ocean. Its just heavy. I don't know about the Malibu.

I was just at an expo and talked to the Wilderness Systems folks and they actually discouraged me from purchasing the Tarpon line for stand up use. They steered me to the Commander line instead. A very nice boat but still a little heavier than I wanted, plus when standing in it, I found it a little cramped but others may have different reactions.

So I ended up getting the Native Watercraft Ultimate 12. The seat which is super comfortable, also pops out so you can get it almost to less than 50lbs. I havn't taken it out yes but its designed for stand-up use. I think the one thing I might miss is the ease of jumping in and out of the water like you can do on a true sit-on-top like the BGP but I'm keeping both to get the best of both worlds :-)
Comment by ron smith on April 10, 2010 at 10:32pm
I am looking to buy a kayak and have it down to 3 models ocean kayak prowler, Malibu, or 120 tarpon.
I would fish river lake bay and northcoast of ca ocean. does the tarpon compare or beat the other two?
I am about 250lbs, 5ft 7, still pretty athletic. Any suggestions would be great.
Comment by Shota Aki on April 9, 2010 at 8:29am
Hi Dallas,

Yea I just wanted to get confirmation from someone who actually owned the Tarpon 120 Ultralite. But thanks for the note, and the pointer on the stabilizers. I didn't know about those so I will have to check it out.

Comment by Dallas Eastley on April 8, 2010 at 11:25pm
Hi Shota,

I previously owned a 2005 Tarpon 120, not the ultralight model, but the hull shape (bottom) is the same to my understanding so stability should be pretty much the same.

I could stand up in mine easily enough without any modifications (95kg, 6' tall) and once up I had no major trouble keeping balanced.

So I would say yes.....another other option if you found it a little too unstable for fly fishing would be to add a set of Scotty Kayak Stabilizers, they are quick and easy to attach/remove even when on the water, and they will make it a very stable platform - I have a set and am able to stand in my narrower T160 with these fitted.



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