Tamarack Kayak Review
The Tamarack Angler Kayak is a popular kayak for those looking to fish.
I decided to write this Tamarack kayak review to get a better look at what this kayak does well, and what it doesn't do well. Let's jump right in!
When you order the kayak online, expect to wait about a week to have it shipped to your house.
If you're worried about receiving a faulty kayak, the company includes a 5 year limited warranty. Just call customer support and they should take care of the situation.
The Tamarack is a sit-on kayak that weighs 52 lb. and has a weight limit capacity of 275 lb. The kayak is 10 ft long and has a width of about two and a half feet.
The kayak is made from UV protected high-density polyethylene. This makes the kayak resilient to dragging, dropping, and anything in-between.
An important factor when getting a kayak is whether it's comfortable or not. The Tamarack was built with comfort in mind.
For one, the kayak has a variety of foot rest positions. This is so that people of different sizes can all be comfortable.
It also comes with an adjustable padded seat back and seat pad, further accommodating people of different sizes.
Although the seat is fairly comfortable, it can get uncomfortable after a while. You'll probably want to upgrade it at some point if you plan on kayaking often.
The tracking performance is great on this kayak, in part because of the deep hole channels and the chine rails that this kayak has.
Because of its stability, you can stand on the kayak and fish without worrying about keeling over. Let me stress that it will take some time to get the hang of it, especially if you never fished on a kayak before.
I'd also be cautious if you were taller than 6 ft. because it'll be more challenging to balance.
Although the Tarmarack has good stability, the kayak is on the slower side and less agile.
This isn't too concerning though because with any kayak design, you'll have to compromise speed for stability and vice versa.
Ok, now let's get to the juicy parts, aka why this kayak should be used for fishing in the first place.
The kayak has one top mount fishing rod holder and two flush mounted fishing rod holders.
The image below shows the top mount fishing rod holder, which has the ability to swivel 360 degrees.
That means at any given time, you can carry 3 fishing rods at the same time.
On top of that, the kayak has two 6 in storage compartments located in the rear and center of the kayak.
To access it, just unscrew the plastic lid and place your items inside.
If you need even more storage than the two storage compartments, the kayak comes with front and rear shock cord straps.
So no matter what, you'll have a place to store your fishing rods, tackle box, and any other fishing gear you'll be bringing along.
This kayak also comes with a paddle, and has a paddle keeper that allows you to secure your paddle to the kayak for more convenience.
However, there are some issues that you might come across from using the paddle.
When you're paddling, often times the water will travel up the paddle. This will no doubt get you wet, and can be pretty annoying.
You could either put up with this, or you'll have to find some solution to it. One option is just buy a better paddle.
This could be pricey if you don't have the budget for it. A cheaper alternative, and what other people have done, is add a 1 to 2 inch piece of pool noodle to each end of the paddle shaft.
This prevents water from dripping on you and makes your kayak experience much better. You could also buy a drip ring instead of the pool noodle technique.
Another issue that I found with this kayak is the scupper-holes by the seat of the kayak.
It let's in water from time to time, and this is an issue for people on longer kayak trips (Not everyone will be affected by this).
You definitely don't want to be paddling with a kayak full of water. What you can do, and what many people have done, is buy foam golf balls to plug the scupper-holes.
They're cheap and they fix the problem of the scupper-holes letting water into the kayak.
I'd say this kayak is very good for someone starting out or someone looking to maximize value without spending too much.