I took the FeelFree Moken 12.5 Angler Kayak out to Briery Creek Lake last Sunday. It was a bit of a brutal day. Winds were gusting 20+mph. I was fishing with my friends Bob and Katie of PowerTeam Lures. We fished deep and shallow, moving into coves looking for the Florida Strain Briery bass, but they proved tough to find. Bob, of course, still caught double digit total fish. He does that no matter the weather, it's kind of annoying. ;) But I've been studying his kung fu style and soon I hope to be fighting fish into the boat as much as he does. Katie and I had a rough day. I caught a few photos of everyone.
As we paddled back to the docks, I decided I couldn't go in with the skunk. I told Bob and Katie that I was "hitting the hump one last time." I paddled over to my favorite stump and tied on my go to rig, the Sick Stick on a drop shot. I cast it into my favorite timber pen and let it drop. As I worked it slow, I felt the familiar thump.
Pros: The FeelFree Kayaks Moken 12.5 is a solid fishing vessel. It comes with the Kingfisher seat, the wheel in the keel, and the new Uni-Track system. I enjoyed the ease of the quick release mounting plate that comes with the kayak. I mounted my Yak Attack Panfish Portrait on it, which allowed me to easily slide it back and forth for good angles. The standing platform padded area is a nice touch. The center console allows storage of easy to reach items like fish grips, etc. I also liked the simple drink bungee. It kept my Klean Kanteen from rolling around.
Cons: The Moken 12.5 paddles well. I wanted a little more speed/tracking out of it. There is no where to really stash your paddle. There are bungee paddle keeps on the side of the kayak, but I'd never use those while fishing. The bow needs some bungee for parking your paddle while casting. I also wish the flush mounts were not angled out like trolling rigs, but angled back. This is a 12.5, save the trolling angle for the 14.
All in all, the Feelfree Moken 12.5 kayak has it's advantages and disadvantages. It is a solid fishing rig, with great storage and a built in wheel for scooting it around. The Uni-Track Mounting System allows you to customize to your specifications and the Kingfisher seat has a fair amount of cushion. FeelFree Kayaks is stepping up it's game with their full line-up of fishing kayaks.
Their newest model the Lure is set to drop soon. They recently released some sneak peek photos. Word on the street is, we'll be one of the first shops to have them. I can't wait to test out that seat! Enjoy, it looks pretty intriguing!