The Ocean kayak Trident 11 angler is one of the first sit-on-top model designed mainly for fishing and is still one of the most popular choices for anglers (beginners, amateurs, and professionals).
We are impressed by the wide range of conditions on the water offering speed, stability, and maneuverability and how it can cope with breaking surf and rough seas.
This kayak will not break any speeds, but it definitely goes a lot faster than a lot of other kayaks that offer this level of stability.
What to Consider when Buying Fishing Kayak
Shopping for a kayak begins with understanding the key considerations that every angler should consider. You will undoubtedly spend big money which is fine if you get a kayak that is suited to your personal needs. Consider the following main concerns before you begin your hunt for the perfect fishing kayak:
- Skill level
- Sit-on-top vs. Sit-in kayaks
- Type of construction
- Speed vs Stability
- Intended use
Ocean Kayak Trident 11 Review
The Ocean Kayak Trident 11 for sale is a great sit-on-top kayak that offers great ventilation and drainage, so it is perfect for a day of fishing.
There is a comfortable seat that allows for good access and the material is very rugged. The stern tank well has a bungee which will accommodate a large dry bag full of a cooler, gear, or the fish that didn’t get away.
Ocean Kayak Trident 11 Specs
|Type||Sit on top|
|Rigged for fishing||Yes|
- At 11’6” this kayak can get up to some pretty impressive fast speed
- A 30 ½” beam gives this kayak good stability considering its length
- Comes with Paddle keepers
- Good standing room
- Reasonably light compared to some other kayaks, weighing a total of 56 pounds
- Comfortable seat, although it is not extravagant
- Foot braces are Adjustable
- Modular fishing pod
- Excellent Rod holders
- Transducer compatible
- Dry storage room that is good
- Lacks anchor trolly
- Outfitting is quite sparton
- Not as maneuverable as some kayaks due to the length and beam size
- Not as stable as some novice kayakers would like
Size and Weight
The Ocean Kayak Trident for sale has an overall capacity of 400 pounds and is great for anglers on the smaller end of the scales or who do not take many equipment on their fishing trips. If you are used to going on long expeditions and taking many equipment then the capacity may be a problem to you.
To us, the balance between maneuverability and stability is really good considering the length of this kayak, but is less maneuverable than a lot of other kayaks, if this is what you are after.
Coming in at 56 pounds it is pretty light compared to some other fishing kayaks and those who are not so strong will love the fact that it can be moved by one person.
Ocean has done an amazing job at designing a kayak that offers good ability to maneuver and stability whilst still remaining relatively quick. They have managed to do this by getting the combination of beam size and length on point.
The speed is not phenomenal by any standard, but it does reach higher speeds than an average 11 and a half foot kayak. Sporty types may still not like this kayak, but those who are thinking of moving on to a quicker kayak but do not want to take too much of a risk will love it.
The team has done super well at achieving a relatively lightweight kayak that at 56 pounds is reasonably simple to transport. You may need a little bit of help getting the kayak on top of your car, but other than that you should be able to launch on your own,
The overall design of the Trident means that the Kayak runs very smoothly and it takes minimal effort to paddle, meaning you have more energy in store to fish.
We have to admit, the back support was far superior to that we have seen on some models within this price range. The cushioning on the seat is some of the best we have tried and you will be forgiven for taking a power nap in between catches, it is that comfortable.
This seating is something that we think we would like as much but is something that we have not been able to stop talking about, it is that confortable.
As we have said, this kayak is not all about what it looks and feels like; it has lots of innovative features, such as foot braces that you can adjust and adjustable seating.
These features may loom trivial but when you think of the different sizes of anglers, you can think about how a couple of inches of extra room can be beneficial. Larger anglers often go for Wilderness kayaks due to the extra room and is one of the primary reasons people select the Trident model. If there is room to stand up and get as close to the fishing action as possible, it is a big tick in the box from us.
As we earlier mentioned, the center console is placed in such a way that it does not protrude, the way some consoles can, so it gives great space in front of the seating area. It is the little things like this that makes the most difference to anglers, especially if you are going to be out in the water all day and need to feel as free as possible.
The fact that the designers of this kayak have managed to create such a great kayak is awesome and we are sure that it would sway experienced kayakers to compromise on speed.
The maneuverability and stability make this kayak great for fishing in lakes and rivers, as well as other calmer water where you have to get around a lot of debris and greenery.
We have covered enough grounds on the speed and appearance of the Trident 11 kayak, now we want ti get to the nitty-gritty of what other features makes this kayak stand out from other fishing kayaks.
The Trident 11 kayak boasts of a modular fishing pod console that is a very welcome place to keep your electronics and is designed in such a manner that it does not obstruct the standing room.
Equipment’s and rods are simple to access and the hill is transducer friendly. There is also a large hatch in the bow for dry storage, although we have to say that the amount of space is on the lean side.
However, there will be plenty room for your coolers and bait buckets, but there is not a lot of outfitting other than that. There is loads of opportunity to customize if you so desire.
The Trident’s stability is as a result of it having a pontoon-type hull design, which is becoming popular in the new generation of stand-up kayaks. The Trident is definitely not flimsy!
The weight of the Ocean kayak Trident 11 angler is pretty average and while you may need help getting the kayak onto the rod of your car, It should be simple to launch and move about small distances without the help of a friend. If you are not very strong and cannot always get help, then a trailer might be your best bet.
Many features of this kayak are great, some very special even, so we think that it would be a wise investment for anglers who are ready to upgrade the speed of their kayak without losing any of the maneuverability and stability.
We are assured that you would go ahead and purchase this kayak, regardless of the small issue being the lack of outfitting and lack of anchor trolley, both which can be easily fixed with a bit of smart thinking.
There is plenty room in the cockpit for you to make adjustments to make it more relaxing and comfortable for you. If you want a very fast kayak then the Trident is not ideal for you, but if you want a good mix of stability and speed then it will be spot on.
Critics have argued that thus kayak is a bit old school, without as many modern features as some kayaks falling within the same price range, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with liking classic features, in our opinion.
Whilst this isn’t a kayak we would shout out about, we do think that it is a great kayak for those who like an easy to maneuver and stable kayak, rather than one that will build up a good speed.
So, what do you think of our Ocean Kayak Trident 11 review? Shoot us a comment below!