My First Kayak Fishing Experience: Strike 120X

by • April 22, 2015 • Kayak Reviews, Product ReviewsComments (0)9932

My good friend, Brad Ross, paddled and fish from the Pelican Strike 120X kayak on his first ever kayak fishing trip.  Brad took to the Pelican Strike 120X kayak like a fish to water.  Brad shares with us his thoughts on the Strike 120X from Pelican in a first timer’s review.

I have been fishing in Northeast Florida for many years, and think it is one of the better places to fish in the state. I have fished from the shore and boat, but never from a kayak. Tony from Yak Outlaws set up a fishing trip for some veterans on February 22, 2015, and invited me to tag along. Tony had arranged through Pelican to have two kayaks donated to two veterans who are currently in school at a Jacksonville college. In addition to the two kayaks, Tony was given a Pelican Strike 120x Angler Fishing Kayak. This was my kayak for the day! Tony and Buddy, another Yak Outlaw employee, got myself and the rest of the individuals set up and ready to go. They pushed us out, and told us to go under the bridge and go to the point. I responded with a “yes sir,” and off I went.


Brad in the Pelican Strike 120X


I was surprised by the ease and balance of the Pelican kayak, and after about 10 minutes, I turned around to see that the other anglers were about two football fields behind me. The Strike 120 Angler Fishing Kayak stayed on top of the water and soared through the shallow water of the creek. As I sat there waiting for the rest of the party to catch up, I noticed some of the features of the kayak. The most notable specification was the paddle tie down. It was conveniently located next to the Ergobrand seat and easy to use. There were three different rod holders, with one being a swivel, and an eight-inch dry hatch with a waterproof bag.  These are all necessities when fishing in the flats.


Brad’s first kayak fish


As everybody approached, we hunkered down and set our sights on our fishing hole. The location was large enough to host all six anglers, and provide a great opportunity for all of us to catch some fish. As I set up for my first cast, I found that there was enough space in the Pelican kayak for me and my gear. I threw out my first cast and immediately put my rod into the swivel rod holder. It was not long before the group started to pull fish out of the hole. I, personally, caught an undersized Red Fish while the others caught some Red Fish and Sand Perch.

As the sun started to set, the crew decided it was time to head back. As I was paddling back, I realized that I had fallen in love this Pelican kayak and kayak fishing in general. The kayak handled very well for this beginner. At no time throughout the day did I feel that I was going to tip over and join the underwater club. We get back to shore to take pictures and share some of our stories. I told Tony, “That I am addicted and now a believer in kayak fishing.” Fish on mates!


Pelican Strike 120X Angler Kayak


Pelican Strike 120X

  • 8’’ day hatch with storage bag
  • Accessory eyelets
  • Adjustable footrests
  • Carrying handles
  • Drain plug
  • Ergoband Seating System
  • Flush mount rod holders
  • Lay-down bottle holder
  • Paddle tie-down
  • Quick Lock hatch
  • Storage platform with bungee
  • Swivel rod holder
  • Length: 12′
  • Width: 30″
  • Weight: 59lbs
  • Capacity: 350lbs
  • MSRP: $649.99


About the Author

301Brad Ross is an active fisherman in Jacksonville, FL. Although he grew up in the Cincinnati area, he has adapted well to the fishing population in Northeast Florida.  Brad is also the Executive Director for Combat2College, a nonprofit organization who support our military veterans.

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