Kayak bass fishing

Old Town’s new Topwater 120 PDL

The new Topwater 120 from Old Town comes in two models, a PDL version with the company's proprietary drive system. The other version features the same layout, but in a paddle-only model.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The new Topwater 120 from Old Town comes in two models, a PDL version with the company's proprietary drive system. The other version features the same layout, but in a paddle-only model.
The new kayak is well thought out, and it was built with the hardcore angler in mind.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The new kayak is well thought out, and it was built with the hardcore angler in mind.
The Topwater 120 PDL retails for $2,149.99 and the Topwater 120 retails for $999.99. Learn more here: <a href=
Photo: Thomas Allen - The Topwater 120 PDL retails for $2,149.99 and the Topwater 120 retails for $999.99. Learn more here: Old Town Kayaks
Starting at the front of the kayak, there is a waterproof hatch that allows for ample storage of additional gear.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Starting at the front of the kayak, there is a waterproof hatch that allows for ample storage of additional gear.
The hatch is held closed with two bungee cords that can be disconnected with one hand.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The hatch is held closed with two bungee cords that can be disconnected with one hand.
It easily opens and remains fastened to the hatch when it's open.
Photo: Thomas Allen - It easily opens and remains fastened to the hatch when it's open.
The PDL drive system conveniently slides into place when it's required for on-the-water maneuvering. The locks on either side of that shaft keep the entire unit in place, and by
Photo: Thomas Allen - The PDL drive system conveniently slides into place when it's required for on-the-water maneuvering. The locks on either side of that shaft keep the entire unit in place, and by "unlocking" each knob the entire system can be removed for storage or when plying shallow water.
This handle makes pulling out or dropping the drive system down a snap.
Photo: Thomas Allen - This handle makes pulling out or dropping the drive system down a snap.
Here you can see it being removed from the water.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Here you can see it being removed from the water.
But additional storage is available within the drive system. Pretty handy.
Photo: Thomas Allen - But additional storage is available within the drive system. Pretty handy.
Add-on rails are available on either side to mount fishfinders or other accessories.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Add-on rails are available on either side to mount fishfinders or other accessories.
The same rail is on the opposite side.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The same rail is on the opposite side.
Here's a good look at where you keep your feet when fishing. Plenty of room and it offers ample comfort for extended days on the water.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Here's a good look at where you keep your feet when fishing. Plenty of room and it offers ample comfort for extended days on the water.
The seat folds down when traveling from lake to lake, but it quickly sits up.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The seat folds down when traveling from lake to lake, but it quickly sits up.
The big knob on the top right is the steering wheel for the Topwater 120 PDL.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The big knob on the top right is the steering wheel for the Topwater 120 PDL.
Plus rod holders.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Plus rod holders.
Here's view of the rear of the seat.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Here's view of the rear of the seat.
And even another storage compartment beneath the seat. A great place for rain gear?
Photo: Thomas Allen - And even another storage compartment beneath the seat. A great place for rain gear?
Here's a view of the open hatch.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Here's a view of the open hatch.
Sweat a lot? This seat will help keep air flowing through the mesh material.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Sweat a lot? This seat will help keep air flowing through the mesh material.
Two rod holders, one adjacent to the seat, one to the rear on the same side. Lots of rods.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Two rod holders, one adjacent to the seat, one to the rear on the same side. Lots of rods.
The rear storage area is ideal for a cooler, tacklebox or a storage crate of some sort.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The rear storage area is ideal for a cooler, tacklebox or a storage crate of some sort.
There are handles all over the place. Here's a convenient handle on the rear of the boat that helps in launching and landing the kayak.
Photo: Thomas Allen - There are handles all over the place. Here's a convenient handle on the rear of the boat that helps in launching and landing the kayak.
Here's a look at the stowed rudder. This is a cool aspect of this boat.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Here's a look at the stowed rudder. This is a cool aspect of this boat.
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This handle on the right side is for rudder deployment.
Photo: Thomas Allen - This handle on the right side is for rudder deployment.
<em>Bassmaster</em> Editor James Hall demonstrates.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Bassmaster Editor James Hall demonstrates.
Now with the handle part way through, its motion has the rudder is partially deployed.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Now with the handle part way through, its motion has the rudder is partially deployed.
Halfway.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Halfway.
Fully deployed.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Fully deployed.
And another rod holder on the left side.
Photo: Thomas Allen - And another rod holder on the left side.
More handles.
Photo: Thomas Allen - More handles.
Here's another look at the lock on the floor that keeps the drive system deployed.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Here's another look at the lock on the floor that keeps the drive system deployed.
This channel is a built-in rod holder.
Photo: Thomas Allen - This channel is a built-in rod holder.
Same on the opposite side.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Same on the opposite side.
Here's a look under the boat at the propeller of the drive system.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Here's a look under the boat at the propeller of the drive system.
This little shelf is where you would mount the transducer for your electronics. Very easy.
Photo: Thomas Allen - This little shelf is where you would mount the transducer for your electronics. Very easy.
Here's a look underneath the rear of the boat.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Here's a look underneath the rear of the boat.
On the side of the boat there is a paddle holder, but you'll have to install it. Two screws, it'll take one minute max. Easy.
Photo: Thomas Allen - On the side of the boat there is a paddle holder, but you'll have to install it. Two screws, it'll take one minute max. Easy.
That's an early walk-through at the new Old Town Topwater 120 PDL. Check it out!!
Photo: Thomas Allen - That's an early walk-through at the new Old Town Topwater 120 PDL. Check it out!!