Tested July 2012
In this age of truck-like fishing kayaks built to carry a load, it sure is sweet to hop on a boat with get up and go. At just over 14 feet long and 30 inches wide, the Grand Slam Angler hits an undeniable sweet spot between glide and maneuverability. It can slink through the mangroves with speed, yet is still plenty stable for a practiced flats caster to do his thing while standing tall. Our test anglers enthusiastically praised the Grand Slam as an all-around winner with its dual, flush-mount rod holders, an adjustable console-mounted rod holder up front, and sizeable compartmented storage in the stern. The two paddle keepers were also a tester favorite, proving to be a great place to stash that drift anchor (a flats staple). While the bow hatch is definitely an improvement over prior Emotion models, a nest of stretch cord made on-water access difficult. However, the new see-through cockpit hatch proved so convenient and easy to operate that most testers didn't feel the need to use the larger bow hatch on the water.
Emotion Grand Slam Angler
Swift power hitter
($699 in roto-molded linear polyethylene, emotionkayaks.com)
L: 14'5"; W: 30.5"; 69 lbs., 355-lb. capacity