THE CATCH 130 HYDRYVE is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 24.
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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
Tunnel Hull
  • Easily manoeuvrable
  • Superior stability
  • Versatile


  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 5 out of 5 by from Nice entry pedal drive. This review is after my second day on the water river fishing. I purchased this boat unseen based on the ICast 2018 reviews on YouTube. I initially had some issues with the rudder cables due to installing them too tightly onto the rudder causing the hard steering and eventually the cable
Date published: 2019-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Borken drive Returned two of these kyacks due to broken drive. Dont by
Date published: 2019-04-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Drive broke in a week I bought this and was pretty happy til the drive broke in a week. Headed to academy now to see if they will return or exchange. I was peddling and felt something slip. Now one of the under water flaps flops!
Date published: 2019-04-22
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Can this product be bought straight from or it's outlet if there's one?

Asked by: Jazz
All of our kayaks are sold through dealers and retailers. We do not ship direct. If you would like to locate a dealer that has a specific kayak, you can either call our customer service line, or write us an email with your location. We will try and locate a dealer close to you. :)
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2019-12-20

Does the weight of 78 lbs include the pedal drive? Or is that weight boat only?

Asked by: Stevie Kayak
Only the weight of the kayak. Accessories needing to be removed before transport are not included in the weight : the Pedal Drive Sytem is 7.2 lbs, and the seat is 5.2 lbs.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2019-12-26

Hi, my name is Hormoz, i a am living in Germany and love to buy one of your fishing boats, but its not possible to find a local dealer who is offering them. (Catch 130 highdrive). Is it possible to buy it from you directly? Regards

Asked by: Hormoz
Unfortunately, we do not sell directly to consumers. You can always verify Bahag Baus Handelsgesellschaft ag
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2019-11-28

Do you offer replacement fin rods only? I only found fin and rod replacement on the site, but all I want is spare rods since I have had mine break already and the other is bent and ready to give. I don’t need extra fins, just the rods. 

Asked by: Yak Don
Since this product is less than a year old, we offer very few replacement parts. We would strongly suggest to get in touch with our customer service with your serial number on hand at 1-888-669-6960. Or send over some pictures to with your serial number, we'll be able to check if this would be covered under warranty!
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2019-11-26

is there a cover for the catch 130?

Asked by: gretchen
Unfortunately, the size of the cockpit does not allow for a cover
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2019-10-28

I am planning to purchase the catch 130 HD. This is a very good fishing kayak with an affordable price. However, there are some complains in YouTube reviews regarding breaking off the fin drive. Are you taking corrective action to fix this problem?

Asked by: HanL7A
This issues have been resolved, we take your suggestions and comments very seriously and have been working really hard to rectify any issues with this boat.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2019-10-28

Hi, my current kayak has a forward hatch that allowed me install transducer for my fish finder. The catch130 doesn't have a hatch installed toward the bow but it looks like there is an indentation meant to except one. If not how do you mount a transducer

Asked by: Flyfisher
You can use the scotty rails to mount the transducer, we do not recommend drilling any additional holes in your kayak as this may void the warranty in that specific area.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2019-10-21

Would this craft be suitable for fishing in sheltered waters like the Broadwater on the Gold Coast and also how would it handle sea conditions if a little rough ? ps im not a good swimmer and going afloat is new to me. Kind Regards,Ray

Asked by: Ray
Our kayaks are made for calm waters such as lakes. Several people bring our products our into the sea however we recommend to rinse thoroughly after each use with a soft soap and warm water to reduce the risk of rusting in the hardware.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2019-10-16
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