THE CATCH 130 HYDRYVE is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 33.
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THE CATCH 130 HYDRYVE by Pelican brings pedal drive technology within reach on this 12’6” rudder controlled fishing kayak. Read more


THE CATCH 130 HYDRYVE by Pelican brings pedal drive technology within reach on this 12’6” rudder controlled fishing kayak. Made with our proprietary RAM-X™ Premium, a multi-layer polyethylene with an advanced resin in the top layer imparting a glossy finish and providing significantly more rigidity than standard polyethylene, THE CATCH 130HD remains light, stiff, strong, and easy to move. At only 78lbs, you won’t need any help to transport this kayak to your favorite fishing spot.
The HYDRYVE pedal system makes maneuvering in shallow water or around aquatic plants, an absolute breeze and by using the power of your legs, you’ll be able to go for long distances without getting tired. We have taken a modular approach to our design. This way if anything goes wrong, repairing the drive is easy. To prevent damage to the actual kayak, we have specially designed an independent housing in which the HyDryve sits. This ensures if too much torque is applied to the pedal drive, the kayak remains undamaged and the housing is easily replaced. It is important to note that the pedal housing is NOT a watertight structure as the "scupper hole" in which it resides is watertight. The gap between the top and bottom halves is completely normal and specifically designed in that manner to ensure easy cleaning and rinsing as well as quick drying. The pedal housing acts as a buffer between the pedal drive and the watertight hull.
The HyDryve comes with a One-year limited warranty and features adjustable pedals as well as adjustable foot straps to ensure a comfortable position. In addition, our footrests are double-sided and optimized for either barefoot use or use with boots and shoes. And, while you have to reverse the HYDRYVE in order to go backwards, we have made sure that insertion and removal of the pedal drive is simple and quick.
THE CATCH 130HD provides the same quality and durability you have come to expect from THE CATCH family. We have packed this kayak with the convenient features you love like multiple flush mount rod holders, several rigging tracks, bottle and tackle box holders, accessory eyelet, anti-slip carpet, an 8” day hatch with storage bag, a convenient angler ruler, and two tank wells for easy storage.
Our famous tunnel hull still provides a high level of stability to ensure an easy and relaxing sight fishing experience. We’ve also included our most recent and most comfortable ERGOCAST G2 seating system. A pocket on the backrest allows you to insert extra lumbar support with straps that adjust the level of support. Straps under the seat adjust to provide as firm or as soft a seat as you prefer. An elastic pocket and strap conveniently located on the seat allows you to keep your pliers, cutters and clippers close at hand. And, there is a large pocket on the back of the seat to provide even more space to store your gear. When you're ready to stand, simply flip the seat backwards to give yourself even more deck space to stand on.
Our unique manufacturing process allows us to include additional flotation inside the hull of all of our sit-on-tops in order to meet or surpass ABYC Standards. This overall process keeps our kayaks lighter than the competition while making them even more solid and buoyant. Made with our patented RAM-X™ PREMIUM material, an exceptionally durable high molecular weight polyethylene that contains a top layer of advanced resin, which provides more rigidity while still being conveniently lightweight, THE CATCH 130 HyDryve will provide years of fishing adventure. The wait is over, it’s time to create stories in your own pedal drive, fishing kayak. THE CATCH 130 HYDRYVE, making the dream a reality!
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  • 8 in. (20.3 cm) day hatch with storage bag
  • Accessory eyelets
  • Anti-slip carpet
  • Bottle holder with bungee cord
  • Drain plug
  • ERGOCAST™ G2 dual position seating system™
  • Ergonomic carrying handles
  • Flush mount rod holders
  • HYDRYVE Pedal System
  • Rigging tracks
  • Rudder control
  • Tank well with bungees
Patented Tunnel Hull


  • Length
    12 ft 6 in. - 381 cm
  • Width
    34 in. - 86 cm
  • Height
    15 in. - 38 cm
  • Weight
    78 lb - 35 kg
  • Capacity
    425 lb - 193 kg
  • Seating

Warranty & Materials

Pelican International works hard to ensure our products are free from defect. Therefore, we will repair or replace the hull on this item should it fail during its lifetime due to poor quality in materials or workmanship. All accessories that come pre-assembled on your product are guaranteed for 1 year. Please see full details of warranty here.
RAM-XTM Premium is a multi-layer polyethylene with an advanced resin in the top layer imparting a glossy finish and providing significantly more rigidity than standard polyethylene.


Reviews & Questions

Rated 1 out of 5 by from DRIVE IS GARBAGE I have had the Catch 130 for almost a year. I that time i have put in about 8 warranty claims. I have had 6 total drives that keep breaking. I am so unhappy with my product and wish I could go back and get something different. When its working its awesome but I have had such a bad experience with it. They have no one in charge to talk to about all the problems i have had with it.The customer service started off good, but has since gotten extremely terrible. They expect ME the customer to be understanding about all the problems I have had with it. DO NOT GET THIS KAYAK unless you want countless problems.
Date published: 2020-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome for every purpose I just purchased this at the selkirk mb location. I decided to dish out the money as I went through shoulder surgery 3 weeks ago. Absolutely love it and the drive is really smooth. My only complaint would be is the amount of scratches on the bottom. I know it's big and bulky and it was the last one on display. And over time I will probably add more scratches. Maybe I'm just really OCD and I take care of my stuff. So when purchasing cause of the size and awkwardness of it. Store employees and shipping campers could take better care of the product till the customer purchases it
Date published: 2019-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from only one problem dang love perfect for bass walleye cat and others.... i ran into one issue the bolt on the fin connection randomly snapped in half even though i hit nothing. I strongly advise going over the kayak with your own two eyes first. besides this i loved it. throwing on two more tracks for fold up wheels and done. this is not a im grabbing this and going around the falls and through the brush real fast kayak on your shoulder....more of a ontop or back of truck to water yak not really due to weight just the size makes carrying longer distances a much harder task but fishing is an amazing time
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Has screw leak issues I like the kayak specially the price for a 13ft pedal drive one but it has issues with leaky screws used to secure accessories. The kayak already had the recall done to the rudder base leaking issue but the problem seems to be with any screw. I would find that water would seep in to the hull siting on dry dock after it would rain. I solved the main problem by sealing the pedal deck screws with silicone. Again I like the kayak but there is a quality control issue. I hope I don’t have any other issues and hope Pelican address this problem.
Date published: 2019-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple fixes Perfect for my purpose / Good price / Comfortable / Stable / Transport is a challenge. 1/ Peddle deck deformed in storage prior to sale - could have been avoided by supplying a shape retaining insert for storage. 2/ steering cable guide at the side steering station broke during set up - Could have used metal vs plastic as steering has similar stress to bicycle brake cable.
Date published: 2019-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Kayak! I just bought this kayak, took it out on a maiden voyage and love it. Light weight, easy to get it from pickup truck to the water. Love the pedal drive, very easy to pedal and fish in the current. Caught 2 big bass first time out as it took me into places a paddle would have limited the ability to fish and stay in the current. Fished about 5 hours straight and seat is very comfortable, no sore rear upon getting out. Absolutely love it, thank you Pelican!
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Needs just a few tweaks... First let me say I love my new Catch 130HD. And less than 1/2 the price of a comparable Hobie pedal drive, it's a great value for the money! That said, I have a few suggestions for future design improvements: : 1. Starting at the bow, there is an obvious spot on the front of the boat where a hatch could/should have been installed it even looks like space was created for one during the design process, but the hatch was simply never installed? It appears to be the perfect place for a batteries, etc. that you don't want exposed to the elements. 2. There is another seemingly obvious spot for a hatch on the bench right behind the seat. Again it appears as though an opening for a hatch was part of the initial design specs, and then never installed - don't know why? 3. The paddle retaining strap does not nest the paddle up against the boat very well at all poor nesting design/strap placement seems to be an afterthought, almost like "oh yeah, we need to add a retaining strap for the paddle." Add some molding on either end of the paddle nesting spots to better secure the paddle & keep it from bouncing around in rough water. 4. While you're at it, it also needs another strap & molding for a paddle/anchor pin on the starboard side of the boat as well. 5. And how about an anchor trolley for said anchor pin as well? If this is the Flagship of the Pelican fishing fleet, it should have all the accessories! 6. Last but not least, the plastic rudder protrudes from the stern about 4-5 inches, even in the stowed position, leaving it vulnerable to damage when it is secured in the bed of a truck during transit (or even hanging off the back of a trailer). Perhaps future designs could allow for the entire rudder assembly to pivot up onto the deck of the boat to minimize the potential for damage during transit? Like I said though, I LOVE my new 130HD - the pedal drive is smooth and fast - faster than a prop-driven kayak, and you can't beat the value If you want a human-powered, fin-driven pedal drive!
Date published: 2019-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Kayak, worth buying! Let me start off by saying this is my first kayak so, I can't compare it to other pedal kayaks or any other kayak for that matter. I took it out the day I bought it to test it out and it did an outstanding job, I even caught a few sheepshead and snapper. The biggest that I notice was how comfortable the seat it. I’ve been on at least 10 trips in this kayak since my purchase four months ago and have been very pleased with the comfort, roominess for all of my gear and the stability. Another plus is the track mounts that are pre-installed. They make mounting rod holders, fish finders and other accessories really easy. My Hydryve broke recently and Pelican’s customer service was absolutely great! They are very responsive and quickly set me a replacement in about a week.
Date published: 2019-12-06
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Are the Catch 130 kayaks still being made? I would like to purchase one and can’t find one anywhere.

Asked by: Keith
They are still being made, very popular item however. Inventory can be difficult to locate
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2021-03-08

Hello. Does this drive go in reverse?

Asked by: Jake
It does not go in reverse but you can remove the drive and switch it around to pedal backwards
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2021-02-12

everywhere seems out of stock. Have you stopped making these kayaks?

Asked by: DKC
Pelican hasn't stopped making these kayaks, production is up and running more availablity may be in the upcoming weeks.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-11-23

Es scène qu il y a un détaillant au Québec? 

Asked by: Pierre
Magasin Latulippe, Patrick Morin
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-11-16

Hello..i recently ordered a catch 130 from Recreational Equipment, Inc...backordered now. My question is about the drive on the 130 and if its upgraded to the hd2 version of the pedal drive. I have read nothing but bad reviews on the first version...

Asked by: Crop
The Hydryve 11 is a completed revamped and re-engineered model of the original.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-11-03

Do you offer this kayak without the drive if I have a drive already?

Asked by: rgulp
No we do not.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-11-01

Wondering if it's normal for water to get inside the kayak's hull? Wanted to store a battery inside it...

Asked by: Simonize
It is normal for a little bit of water to get inside the hull on any sit-on top kayak and this is nothing to be worried about. However if there are large amounts of water getting into the hull further investigation and action is necessary.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-10-28

Why is the catch 130 hydryve available for order through rei, and not the hydryve 2 version...i was hoping this is what I ordered. I see everyone having issues with the 130.

Asked by: Crop
We are only offering the scratch and dent models of the Catch 130. It comes with the Gen 1 Hydryve completely remanufactured with a one year warranty.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-10-21
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