Our Tarpon 120 Kayak Review for 2021!

Tarpon 120 Review

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Kayak Review

Wilderness Systems Tarpon Kayak Series | The Tarpon Kayak is perfect for the beginner to intermediate paddlers and avid anglers. The Tarpon is extra wide, and super stable giving even the most novice paddler confidence to take on rolling waves and chop. The Tarpon’s flat cockpit floors combined with its superior stability gives the average angler the confidence to stand up and cast.

[toc]The Wilderness Systems Tarpon comes in five sizes; Tarpon 100 (10′), Tarpon 120 (12′), Tarpon 130T (13′ Tandem/2-Person), Tarpon 140 (14′), and Tarpon 160 (16′). The Tarpon 120, 140, and 160 are also available as Anglers, already set up with rod holders, anchor, and the “SlideTrax” Accessory System. The Tarpon 120 is the most popular version of the Tarpon series, it size is efficient and versatile for most all paddlers, it has plenty of storage room, and it is rigged for your next adventure.
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 | Overview

What makes the Tarpon so great?

The ever popular Tarpon series of kayaks offers exceptional paddling performance through enhanced the bow lift for gliding through the surf and copious tankwell storage space. Raised floors offer an even drier ride in the seating area. The real headliner, though, is the customization capability of the total experience made possible by a series of outfitting and deck innovations. The Tarpon 120 is the most popular Tarpon by far. The Tarpon 120 measures 12’3″ in length, and 30″ wide, making the Tarpon 120 a great boat for people of most all sizes (weight capacity is 350lbs).

Looking for Comfort?

The Tarpon 120 Kayak comes with the most comfortable “Phase 3 Sit-On Top” Seat! The Legendary Phase 3 comfort technology meets the sit on top as one of the best kayak accessories there are. Unprecedented body fit and comfort comes from an ergonomically designed seat and precision adjustment settings. The Tarpon’s Phase 3 SOT outfitting is a key component of making the most enjoyable ride on the market.The Phase 3 SOT seat is engineered with a high-density foam seat for air circulation. Patented height-adjustable backrest and adjustable leg supports allow repositioning on the fly. The Phase 3 Seat is available on all Tarpon model kayak except Tarpon 130T and 120 Ultralite.


One of the down sides to the Tarpon 120 is its weight. The Tarpon 120 weighs a hefty 63 pounds, making this boat difficult for one person to car top by himself. Because of the size/weight of the Tarpon it is suggested that you use transport this boat flat on its hull rather than on its hull. You can do this inexpensively with a set of kayak foam blocks and tie down straps on your roof top rack, or with a set of Thule or Yakima Rollers & cradles specific for this kind of transport.

Want to lose a few pounds?

The Tarpon 120 also comes in an “Ultralite” version. The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Ultralite is just that, light weight… for a Tarpon. The Ultralite Tarpon weighs a mere 43 pounds, making transport much easier than say the heavier Dagger kayaks. The Tarpon 120 Ultralite comes in two colors Red/White & Yellow/White.

Buy American Made!

All Wilderness Systems Tarpons are made right here in the USA!

Wilderness Systems Tarpon | Fishing Kayak

What more could you want out of an Angler Kayak? Wilderness-Systems-Tarpon-AnglerThe Wilderness Systems Tarpon Angler fishing kayak is one of the best selling boats in the industry. The Tarpon 120 is a great general duty use boat that excels in small waters, ponds, lakes, creeks, and bigger waters as well, such as off the beaches, bays, and coastal rivers where large boats are present.

Whether you are an experienced kayak angler, or even just entering into the sport, the Tarpon is a boat that you are going to own for a long time to come. The Tarpon is a dry riding fishing kayak that tracks straight, has sufficient storage space, and plenty of hull speed and maneuverability to get you into your favorite fishing spots.

It doesn’t matter where you fish, or if you fish in multiple types of waters, Wilderness Systems’ Tarpon 120 fishing kayak is at home in a wide variety of fishing conditions.

Wilderness Systems knows what it is that kayak anglers want… Large storage hatches, Comfortable Phase 3 Seat, ample rod holders and unlimited rigging options with the SlideTrax plate help you grow into the boat as you use it more, instead of having to replace it when you grow out of it.

Wilderness System Tarpon Angler Features:

  • Self-Bailing Scupper Holes
  • SlideTrax Universal Mounting Plate
  • 3.5 lb Anchor w/ Bag
  • Gear Storage Pocket
  • Side Carry Handles with Paddle Holder
  • 8-inch Orbix Midship Hatch
  • Keepers Foot Brace System
  • Flush Mount Rod Holder (2)
  • SlideTrax Accessory System
  • Phase 3 SOT Seating System
  • Large Oval Orbix Bow Hatch
  • Scotty Rod Holder
  • Comfort Carry Handles
  • Rudder Ready
  • Tankwell w/ Bungee

Tarpon 120 Specifications

  • Length: 12′ 3″
  • Width: 30″
  • Capacity: 350 lbs.
  • Deck Height: 13.75″
  • Weight: 64 lbs.
  • Cockpit Length: 52″
  • Cockpit Width: 20″

Hopefully I’ve laid out enough of both the positives and negatives of the wilderness systems tarpon 120 so that you can at least consider this kayak.

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