Ascend H12 "Hybrid" Fishing Kayak

The following is a quick overview of the new Ascend H12 kayak. Not your typical sit-in-kayak, the H12 has a tunnel stepped hull design allowing for the perfect fusion of ease and tracking of a sit-in kayak while giving the angler the stability sought after in a true sit-on-top kayak. The kayak comes loaded with many options and room for customizing thanks to pre-installed track mounting rails. This is a great kayak for those wanting to stand on a kayak, but have the peace of mind that comes with a traditional sit-in. Thumbs up to Ascend for their continual development and design on their fleet of fishing kayaks.

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The following is a quick overview of the new Ascend H12 kayak. Not your typical sit-in-kayak, the H12 has a tunnel stepped hull design allowing for the perfect fusion of ease and tracking of a sit-in kayak while giving the angler the stability sought after in a true sit-on-top kayak. The kayak comes loaded with many options and room for customizing thanks to pre-installed track mounting rails. This is a great kayak for those wanting to stand on a kayak, but have the peace of mind that comes with a traditional sit-in. Thumbs up to Ascend for their continual development and design on their fleet of fishing kayaks.

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James Mathews
James Mathews - 2 years ago
I stand fish out of a canoe. So, you can pretty much get used to standing in anything.
cavinoff usa
cavinoff usa - 2 years ago
You can stand on tbe fs10? Until you hook a fish
BigNasti
BigNasti - 2 years ago
How does this kayak handle on rapids and turning? I'm into long distance camping river trips and this looks like the best bang for your buck. I'm also curious about the durability.
brett visions
brett visions - 2 years ago
Is there away to fit another person on this?
ocstaft
ocstaft - 2 years ago
brett visions i bought the H12 for fishing mainly but take my small boys with me occasionally. Works well with one child in front and one behind (and I’m a large guy)
scottcov56
scottcov56 - 3 years ago
"At 76lb, you can easily load on your car"? Please show how you do this. I'm very interested in this kayak but loading and unloading keeps me from buying. I have just made a "loader" but even question this. Also, what about your kayak cart, how do you transport 100+ yards to the water? I have to consider this too, and I won't always be right by the water. Where I fish now, it's 20 yards to the water, so not too bad. In other lakes it's perhaps 1/4 mile or so.

Nice video but wanting to see / hear about how you load it on your car. I tried to lift one at bass pro, not easy at all to get off the ground even an inch. Also, please provide details to which cart / wheels you are using and how they connect to the H12

Thanks, Scott
Mike jones
Mike jones - 3 years ago
hey nextgenfishing what kayak would you recommend for me. I'm a big guy and I want one to be able to stand up and be stable enough to fish also. thanks
Kenton Lemon
Kenton Lemon - 3 years ago
Do you have a cart to move the kayak? How do u move when fishing
jjkewlaid
jjkewlaid - 3 years ago
just got one. haveing it shipped. cant wait
YakkelBerry
YakkelBerry - 3 years ago
Howdy Nextgen, obviously your review is awesome! I made an in depth review on my channel, and I hope it will compliment yours, and perhaps answer a few additional questions folks might have.  I hope you don't mind me sharing here. :)  Take it easy friend! https://youtu.be/-364v6GTKck

10. comment for Ascend H12 "Hybrid" Fishing Kayak

LB Fishing
LB Fishing - 3 years ago
This kayak looks amazing!!
Rob Scott
Rob Scott - 3 years ago
so how did you like this kayak? you said you would do a review of it.
bigol davey
bigol davey - 3 years ago
i bought this kayak in September of lay year , only had it out 4 or 5 times. very stable , to me it doesn't seem slow , goes quite easily. I'm a big boy at 315lbs and it handles me n my gear very well. Glad i bought it , paid $800 bass pro only one complaint now that i think about it , the bags fir storage that hang on sides hang down and last on floor and not water proof so any wateryou drag in when getting in soaks whatever is in them. I'm gonna make an adjustment to then.
Iowa Fishing Addiction
Iowa Fishing Addiction - 3 years ago
I've owned the FS10 and the FS12T. I was happy with the 10 but wanted a sit on top. hated the 12T. it was super slow. how does the H12 rate vs the ones I've owned? is it slow like the 12T?
thanks
Unlimited Kayak Fishing
Unlimited Kayak Fishing - 3 years ago
I'm looking for a kayak that can with stand ocean waves would this kayak be stable enough
Yackety Yak
Yackety Yak - 4 years ago
how difficult to re-enter would it be if flipped??
William Adair
William Adair - 4 years ago
I'm looking at getting my first kayak for fishing and for trekking around. Would you recommend this one for a newbie?
Brayton Long
Brayton Long - 4 years ago
would this be a good first kayak to someone new to kayak fishing?
Marcus Vollans
Marcus Vollans - 4 years ago
Hi i have a question. I am 6"4 Do you think i would be able to fit in this kayak? Im a beginner too. How stable is it? Does it tip over easily? I was looking at the sit on top kayaks cause im a beginner but i really like this kayak.
bigol davey
bigol davey - 3 years ago
Marcus Vollans sorry , it's very stable too
bigol davey
bigol davey - 3 years ago
Marcus Vollans yes you would fit in it , loads of room
Paul Faria
Paul Faria - 4 years ago
I just needed to know if your going to do the water review?

20. comment for Ascend H12 "Hybrid" Fishing Kayak

TEXASsized69
TEXASsized69 - 4 years ago
good info man!! quick question... would the kayak still be stable for a someone who is 6'7" 270lbs? I know the weight capacity is 450lbs but just from your knowledge of the kayak would you think I have any problems standing or possibly sitting due to height?
Jason Eden
Jason Eden - 4 years ago
I would like to see a review of you fishing from this yak. Also standing up and sitting down while in the water.
Blade2172
Blade2172 - 4 years ago
I want to see someone catching fish on the H12.
Jonathan Norris
Jonathan Norris - 4 years ago
bought it. love it. only thing i wish is that ascend maid more rail attachments. so ive been getting scottys i feel like there as good as yak attack but cost friendly
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Jonathan Norris I use those Scotty's too. I agree, they're every bit as good!
ben terwellen
ben terwellen - 4 years ago
I have been looking at the ascend 12' sot kayak because the river that i typically kayak on is shallow so it is necessary to get off the kayak often, would you recommend this kayak for shallow water, also does this kayak drain easily or does it fill with water...........
ben terwellen
ben terwellen - 4 years ago
ty, i think i might get the 12 foot sit on top
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+ben terwellen Honestly, in terms of draining, the kayak has every bit the identity of a Sit-in-kayak so, draining won't happen if you tip over unless you carry a bilge pump. Having said that, I do think this kayak would be great in shallow water because of its tunnel stepped hull on the bottom. It would provide a really stable ride. One last thing is...is there a lot of current on the river you yak? If so, you might be better off with the shorter kayaks like the FS10T or the FS10. Either way, let me know how it goes. I'm really excited for the H12. We just had the spring classic at bass pro shops and I gave seminars on kayak fishing. The hype was all about the H12! Hope this helps.
Horacio Rodriguez
Horacio Rodriguez - 4 years ago
Hello, I would like to know what kayak from bass pro would u recommend for me. I'm 6'3 270 lbs, new to kayaking, most of the time ill be using it on lakes. every now and then I'll be shark fishing. so I'll be yaking out baits.

thanks
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Horacio Rodriguez Good question! I would check out the FS12t. It's a great kayak which would definitely be able to handle the types of fishing you're doing. Very stable as and can do well on longer trips. The new FS128T is nice, but I'm not a huge fan of the seat. It's a little higher up and may be a little too tipsy in the ocean, but if you fasten the seat down with something other than the provided bungee, you can definitely make that work as well. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Omar Munoz
Omar Munoz - 4 years ago
Do a review on the new ascend fs10t
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Omar Munoz I got you bro....done!
Kori Whitchurch
Kori Whitchurch - 4 years ago
They make wet suits I'm in Illinois as well and if I was Ascends pro staff or a speaker about this Kayak I'd be doing a whole lot more then just a inside video ppl want to see and know what this thing can do on the water
Blake Sanders
Blake Sanders - 4 years ago
So you think it will be hard to flip it back over like a canoe?
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Yakin Yahoos I usually go on a canoe trip to the Boundary Waters once or twice a year. This is definitely easier than flipping a canoe back over.
FShaeffer
FShaeffer - 4 years ago
Great value competition to the Commander or Ultimate that's for sure. Big names(aka expensive names) better take notice.
FShaeffer
FShaeffer - 4 years ago
...or the Kilroy.

30. comment for Ascend H12 "Hybrid" Fishing Kayak

gabe428
gabe428 - 4 years ago
Where does water drain? If Hybrid Kayak then there should be at lease 4 to 6 scupper holes available. If not have to carry a bilge manual pump at least. Other than that, LOOKS GREAT.. Love it...
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+gabe428 Hey bro, yeah I definitely wish it was a hybrid that weighed more on the side of a sit-on-top but this one leans more towards a sit-in in that respect. The ability to stand is a great feature but definitely gonna have to pack a bilge pump with the absence of scupper holes. Still...like you said, some good innovation and great applications. Tight Lines!
Jason Raby
Jason Raby - 4 years ago
I have an fs12t. .. do u think this would be worth upgrading too?
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Jason Raby Really depends on the type of fishing you do. In my waters I would be a little hesitant to take it out on Lake Michigan trolling for Kings (but I would still do it =) I love the fs12t for the ability to take on big water as well as small lakes. The H12 can definitely do that, but you would really have to be mindful of the winds if your fishing big water. I think the H12 has a lot more upside in everything else. It's a dryer ride, it just feels more comfortable when I'm sitting in it, and I can pack more gear on my longer trips. If you're looking for these features it might be a good upgrade for you. Hope this helps.
Greenpea
Greenpea - 4 years ago
I'm sure this cost less than the Jackson Big Rig but I really think the Jackson is by far the best fishing yak made. At $1,700.00 it should be I suppose and that's without the bells and whistles. I came so close to buying the FS12 Ascend and still may to save a grand. I wish there was a local event where all these fishing yaks could be evaluated together.
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Roger Stevens +gabe428 Love the feedback guys! Keep em coming! Roger, at this price, in my opinion it's a great deal!
Greenpea
Greenpea - 4 years ago
+gabe428 You know you are 100% correct. Buying more than I need has been one of my biggest faults many many times. I have the bad habbit of getting all wound up over a new hobbie and blow crazy money on what's considered the best. Then I loose interest and I have another pricey object taking up space.


I got to looking at the Ascend H12 Hybrid online at Bass Pro and that is a sweet yak. They have one in a brown color. Heck the money I will save I could put towards a trailer.
gabe428
gabe428 - 4 years ago
+Roger Stevens I agree on being able to test both at same time. But Im sure if you look you might be able to test a local dealer that carries Jackson and you can test. Ascend I think is only sold by Bass Pros only, but they have a return policy which allows you to return within 7, 10, or even 14 days if not satisfied. But for me is the PRICE.. Just can not seem to buy a Native, Jackson, Ocean Kayak, Eddie, or Hobbie Kayaks for over $1500.00 to $2000.00. Can buy a Kayak on Steroids at that price like a GHEENOE,.. LOL.. Manufacturers making same rodo molded kayaks, good quality, now also high seats, like VIBE kayaks (come with ruder assembly too), Pelican, and even Feel Free has some models at under $1000.00..
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Roger Stevens Honestly, I'm with you on this one. The Jackson Big Rig is in my opinion probably one of the best out there, especially for the type of fishing I do out on lake Michigan. Still, glad to hear that you regarded the Ascend high on your list to compare it to the two.
slim fisherman
slim fisherman - 4 years ago
You plan on doing a review of this kayak on the water soon?
vjmerc
vjmerc - 4 years ago
+NextgenFishing where's the review?
slim fisherman
slim fisherman - 4 years ago
+jonramos4 ah lol alright thanks man
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Mark Toliver It's winter out here in Chicago, but as soon as the spring hits, we'll get a review out on this one for you. This is more of an overview for those wanting a close up look at the kayak.
Bassyaker
Bassyaker - 4 years ago
I absolutely love that boat. I have always loved the hybryd style, are they gonna put it out in smaller models? I would love that in a 10ft model. The setup and storage and track system is awesome.
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Bassyaker Thanks man! Be sure to check out our overview video on the new Ascend FS10T Sit-on-Top kayak new for 2016. Tight Lines!
Kayak Freaks
Kayak Freaks - 4 years ago
looks kinda like a hobie
BBQ Mike's
BBQ Mike's - 4 years ago
great vid, I just saw this yak today, it looks awesome, very impressed with it a must see, retail here in San Antonio was $699 plus tax. can't wait to see it on the water.
Keith Lapere
Keith Lapere - 4 years ago
+NextgenFishing heard that one before and still waiting
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Mike V. Thanks for the comment. It's definitely a nice kayak. We'l be getting her out on the water for an on the water test soon enough!
Gustavo Garcia
Gustavo Garcia - 4 years ago
I'm looking into buying a kayak and the review you did on these kayak cought my attention im a first time kayaker ,do u recommend these one ? Also you need to test it on waters so we can see what it can do and and what not thnx keep up the good work!!!!
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Gustavo Garcia Hi Gusatvo. I'm glad the kayak caught your attention. It's a great kayak for the beginner and the seasoned angler. I would recommend this one unless you're fishing the ocean or the Great Lakes. If that's the case, I would opt for a true sit-on-top kayak to keep you safe in case you tip. If you have any questions on kayak fishing let me know and I'll be glad to answer what I can.
KyleMatt11
KyleMatt11 - 4 years ago
This is currently available at my local bass pro and I want. Thanks and congrats for putting the first review on YouTube.
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+KyleMatt11 Thanks! We'll be putting up an overview of a couple of new kayaks Ascend has for 2016. Stay tuned.
stimpy 17
stimpy 17 - 4 years ago
Me wantie, me needie!
Branden Crabtree
Branden Crabtree - 4 years ago
What are the black things beside the seat? I couldn't make it out very well.
tcochr
tcochr - 4 years ago
There are 3 things I can think of you're referring to. There are straps that are coming from the back to lower sides, for folding and adjustments for the back. There are numerous adjustment slots you can sticking up. These obviously allow seat adjusts, forward or back. Then there are saddle bags so to speak on each side. These allow for storage. Also, one more thing, there is a cup holder as well. I recently went down to basspro and saw this kayak close up.
Kym Dinh
Kym Dinh - 4 years ago
have you taken it out yet?
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Kym Dinh Still cold up here in the Chi. As soon as we get a string of warm weather, we'll get it out for an in depth overview.
tcochr
tcochr - 4 years ago
Awesome vid! Cant wait to pick one up. One question, does it only come in white and olive colors? I would love to have the camo pattern like the FS12T.
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+tcochr Sorry for the late reply. This one will be coming out with the Desert Storm and White but hopefully other colors will soon follow.
ChrisGagnon DIY
ChrisGagnon DIY - 4 years ago
when is it available?
NextgenFishing
NextgenFishing - 4 years ago
+Chris Gagnon The kayak has just recently come available pending on which Bass Pro Shops you go to. If you want, let me know which store location you're closest to, and I'll let you know if it's already available at that location. Hope that helps!

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