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Old Town
Sportsman Big Water Pedal Kayak

4.333333333333333 out of 5 stars
12 Reviews



Why We Like The Sportsman Big Water Pedal Kayak

Getting to our favorite spot on the water is effortless with the Sportsman Big Water Pedal Kayak as our vessel. Old Town's award-winning PDL Drive is one of the easiest to use, and the precise control it offers gets us casting our line in no time. In addition to being easy to navigate, this kayak is also designed for comfort. Whether we're lounging in the breathable seat or standing on the EVA deck pads for extra leverage, our feet and bottom are supported and secure.


  • Angling kayak with PDL Drive for easy launching and fishing
  • Supportive seat made with breathable mesh for all-around comfort
  • EVA deck pads offer traction when standing up to reel in a big one
  • Flush-mounted rod holders keep rods secure while traveling
  • Mounting systems for additional accessories and a fish finder
  • Bow hatch for dry gear and snack storage while on the water
  • Stern well offers space to secure a cooler or tackle crate with bungees
  • Item #JOPF120
Hull Material
single layer polyethylene
13ft 2in
Deck Height
Maximum Load
included, PDL Drive
Claimed Weight
[assembled boat] 122lb, [pedal console weight] 21lb, [removable seat weight] 6lb
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime, [PDL Drive] 5 years
flatwater paddling

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 12 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
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5 Stars - 8 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

May 15, 2024

The previous model Predator PDL was better

I have a 2018 and a 2019 Predator PDL in Urban Camo (white, light gray, black), I love them and protect them because they are awesome. 2019 was the last year Old Town made the version i have with the aluminum rudder and locking front hatch cover. I have not tried one of the newer ones with the plastic rudder. But on paper I think the Bigwater PDL starting in 2020 is a downgrade in quality and a big increase in price. I have read reviews where people think the newer Bigwater PDL is not stable. I find this surprising because the boat looks the same as what I have. But i do wish Old Town would bring back the old design with aluminum rudder and especially bring back the Urban Camo color. The darker colors available now absorb too much heat in the Florida sun.

Salwater angler
Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

5 out of 5 stars

October 26, 2023

Perfectly stable kayak!

This kayak is extremely stable! Very fast and cuts through the water flawlessly. If you are rolling this kayak then it is your fault for not keeping center of gravity. This kayak is perfect for choppy water and going btb. I personally love it for shallow water sight fishing. I’ve compared this kayak to many out there and still have not found one better. If you spend enough time in it, to really learn it, you will love it.

Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

1 out of 5 stars

October 10, 2023

Sorry, I have to disagree with these

I bought one of these thinking it was a stable kayak, but it is not. This kayak will flip on a dime. I went back to my old kayak because this one is dangerous in the water. You better off with a canoe. I thought Old Town would be a good buy because it has been around for yours, they make other good products. I'm an older man and this is not a good stable kayak. Now I can not get rid of it.

Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

5 out of 5 stars

April 18, 2023

Very stable with a few needed changes

Purchased this last year. Very stable and easy to fish from. Navarre kayak makes mods to fix the issues this kayak has such a replacement rudder that is made of metal instead of plastic. Overall a great kayak. Just make sure you visit Navarre kayak Nick is a great guy and will help you set up this kayak right.

Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

5 out of 5 stars

October 31, 2022

tested for over 7 years.

ok, a lot of reviews get written when the person has only just gotten the item. many want to know if someone likes the item years afterwards. so in a nut shell, ohhh heck ya! my wife and i own 2 of the preditor pdl's (now days big water) i have put like a million miles on them over the years and even to this day would not trade them for newer kayaks from other companies. (that right there says something) i have fished for halibut, kings, silvers, pinks, cod, trout to give you a idea. to say i love this kayak is just way understating it. i am a hard core fisherman in both salt and fresh water. if i only had one wish it would be that they made these when i was much younger! (on the up side, i did buy mine the very first year they came out!) these are truely incredible boats. i can fish all day with ease (i have a bad back so that was a big worry for me when i got mine) but i find i can fish longer in my kayak then i can in a normal boat or just shore fishing. even after YEARS AND YEARS of fishing in both the salt and fresh water the pedal drives are still going strong. (thats amazing!) i looked at many other kayaks such as hobbies, wilderness and pescidors just to name a few. bottom line, KILLER BOAT if you are on the fence, you are just waisting time and will kick yourself for having waited. to the guys at old town, THANK YOU SO MUCH! for building these wonderful boats!

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Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

5 out of 5 stars

July 30, 2022

Great kayak

Had a blast with the quality, ease of use and modability

Michael A
Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

3 out of 5 stars

July 24, 2022

Good kayak but doesn't less performance.

I've had it for a year now. I bought it to go beyond the breakers for fishing 6 miles out. I like it more than my tarpon 120x but it isn't better than my brother's top water 120 pdl. His is more stable and the speed is roughly the same. My bigwater pdl feels tippy to the left side and it is hard to jump out so I can drift it back in the surf.

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Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

5 out of 5 stars

March 22, 2022

Great kayak

The big water is an all in one fishing experience. I was able to get in and start fishing right away. Moves smoothly through the water and with little effort I can maintain a1.5 mph via the peddles. Generous mounting platforms and plenty of storage.

Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

5 out of 5 stars

October 6, 2021

Great Fishing Platform

I had been considering purchasing a fishing kayak for about five years. So many choices out there! I've had my PDL 132 for about a month, logged a fair amount of time in it and caught a lot of fish to include a few pretty big ones. Fishing and fighting fish from the seat is very comfortable and fun. Organizing all the gear I need is easy. My cast net fits behind my seat. I removed the carrying handle from a mid sized cooler and replaced it with a triple rod holder using SS screws and 5200. This fits in the generous bed behind the seat and is secured by the bungee cord system that comes with the kayak. One loop over the handle facing forward and the other over the rod holder, securing the cooler to the kayak but allowing me to easily open the lid of the cooler to put fish in. I put two rods and a landing net in those rod holders and a third rod goes in one of the other two aft facing integrated rod holders. I found the rails located forward of the seat to be unhelpful so I removed them and laced a bungee cord back and forth between the screws using SS fender washers to pin the cord down. Now, a tackle box the size of the one that comes with the kayak will easily stow on each side. I fish with one in the port side, two under the seat and use the starboard stowage for pliers, fish grabber and other items I need to get to often. A boat bag easily slips under the seat that holds other misc gear. The universal transducer mount is not universal :-), but it was easy to drill the holes in the removable plate needed to mount my Lowrance transducer. Running the wires was incredibly easy and required no hole drilling that resulted in a professional looking install that only took a few minutes. I mounted my chartplotter/FF to the removable plate located to the right of the pedals and stowed the excess data cable neatly in the space underneath. The power cable is routed under the forward hatch cover not requiring any drilling. Note: when selecting your electronics, avoid a unit with a transducer mounting system that will put the transducer below the plane of the hull or risk damaging it when you drag the craft over anything. The battery stowage bag is sized to fit a small 12V battery. I purchased a 10ah battery which fits very neatly in there, but found I needed more run time and upgraded to a larger battery placed in a stowage box which I am still problem solving for a better solution to prevent it from sliding around the forward hatch. The integrated bow carrying handle is great. I run a tie down strap through it when securing my kayak inside my truck and another strap across the middle, through the side carrying handles to finish the aft secure. This approach is incredibly fast and easy and leaves no doubt that the kayak is not going to slide out of the truck. The aft integrated handles are in the right place and make it easy to get a good purchase on the stern when carrying with another person. While on the water, I use the opening of the forward carry to hold a small anchor. I route the line through the carrying handle, under the round bar of the pedal unit and tie it off to the carrying handle on the same side. The anchor line goes in an anchor line bag stowed in the forward hatch. That anchor is used on every trip whether to dig into the beach preventing the kayak from floating away on a rising tide while I'm walking the shore throwing the cast net for bait or holding position near a school of fish. A factory integrated anchor mounting system on the bow would be a huge plus. I can really scoot with the pedal system even against a strong current and troll for hours effortlessly, which I must say I did not expect. The rudder friction knob feels a little "economical" and I think there is a better system to be had. The stainless screw is slowly cutting the groove it rests in and I find that I need to remove the chips it cuts to keep the rudder control moving freely. Perhaps more of a cam type brake would be an improvement? After looking at so many other fishing kayaks over the past few years, when I saw the PDL 132, I knew why I hadn't purchased a fishing kayak until now. After several trips, the differences are even more clear. I am extremely happy with my new Old Town and glad I waited for the right one to take to the dance.

Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

4 out of 5 stars

October 6, 2021

"This thing is great!"

The title says it all. Very happy with the performance and deck space. You will have plenty of space to personalize your rig however you choose. The only thing I found challenging was although this boat comes with an shallow anchor mount. If you are fishing in lakes or streams that are muck and the pole won't retrieve you can't move the anchor/pole freely due to the closed molded hole available that also runs through your rudders cables. This is the 3rd boat I've had from old town. Still highly recommended their kayaks. Very slick rig and highly reccomend the pdl it's worth it. Would've been 5 stars just stinks with the power pole getting stuck and having to pull up on the pole.

Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors